Over the past week, we’ve looked at several of the most notable new models you’ll find at your local Box. While you can see more in-depth reviews on their individual pages, I wanted to do some cross-comparison, so you can find the model that best fits your needs.
The Repper is closer to the previous years’ Metcons than the 3. It’s much softer, due to a few millimeters more cushion in the heel and a less-dense rubber in the forefoot. This makes it better for running than the following two models, but it loses its rope-climbing abilities. That shouldn’t be a problem for most people, and the Repper is in fact the model Nike is using as its trainer for collegiate athletes in 2017. So, while less expensive, this shoe can hold up to serious athletics.
Best for: The budget-minded or those seeking to be more well-rounded athletes.
Flatter and stiffer than the Repper, the regular Metcon is heavy and rugged. It feels great in powerlifting and Olympic lifting, but less so during jumping movements. If you like lifting in Converse Chuck Taylors, but want to get a little running in (or just want to spare your Chucks the sweat), you can’t do better than the Metcon 3.
Best for: Focusing primarily on lifting and strength-building.
This one does it all: lifting, short running, rope-climbing, plyometrics. Like any “metabolic conditioning” shoe, its main focus is on weightlifting. In the running department, the Repper beats it out by a hair. If you’re a member of an actual Crossfit box, training for football (American or regular), or mostly participate in high-intensity weight training, the Nano is made for you. The sole has some great multi-directional traction too, so agility training, even on grass, is served by the Nano.
Best for: Those people truly invested in Crossfit or contact sports.