Grinder's Gear Review | NOBULLWhat is it? The web description of the NOBULL Nautical Blue Trainer sums its shoe up very concisely.  It states, “The upper of the Trainer features a seamless one-piece construction of SuperFabric®, an extremely durable, breathable and abrasion resistant material. The SuperFabric® guard plates are injected on a water repellent and highly flexible mesh base layer, creating a 360 degree shield from zombies, rope climbs, and excuses. The outsole lug pattern was designed for multi-environment usage, allowing for an easy transition between inside and outside with the right blend of flexibility, traction and support.”

Run, climb, slide, grind, lift….these kicks have you covered. Lightweight, breathable and flexible protection that moves the way you do.

  •  The upper of the Trainer features a seamless one-piece construction of SuperFabric®, an extremely durable, breathable and abrasion resistant material.
  • The SuperFabric® guard plates are applied on a highly flexible mesh base layer, creating a 360 degree shield from zombies, rope climbs, and excuses.
  • The outsole lug pattern was designed for multi-environment usage, allowing for an easy transition between inside and outside with the right blend of flexibility, traction and support.
  • High carbon lateral and medial guards for added protection on sidewalls.Grinder's Gear Review | NOBULL
  • Reflective NOBULL logo for visibility when you need it most.
  • Breathable perforated microsuede tongue.
  • Molded, anatomical sockliner.
  • Medial rope grip.
  • The Trainer comes with two pairs of laces.
  • 4mm heel to toe drop.

What do I think? The material on the upper is like anything else I’ve worn or trained in and is seamless just as they said, which I liked.  It has a sleek and slick finish which I thought at first was going to lack in ventilation.  The reality is that this shoe is very breathable, but less so that other shoes I’ve trained in in the past. The lower (sole) is not a flexible as other trainers I’ve used, but that is not a negative. What I love about these shoes is that they are very comfortable and that they have such good heel stability that you could easily use these for olympic lifts.  I used these for everything: box jumps, snatching, double unders, running and burpees and they were just excellent no matter what type of training movement I threw at them. Great shoe. 

Why do you need it? If you are looking to break away from the “big name” brands and still have a trainer that is going to stand up to any WOD, these are a good fit . . . literally.  Also, these shoes are the most “true-to-size” of any of the trainers I’ve reviewed.  At first I thought it was a little weird that there wasn’t a lot of toe room but once I started moving around and running in them, I really liked that fact. Don’t take that as they are too small or narrow, just a good, true, fit.

When should you use it? They looked good enough to wear around as everyday shoes but obviously work well for any type of workout.  These have the most stable heel so if I were to pick any shoe to snatch or clean in, that wasn’t a specialized weightlifting shoe, these would be the ones I’d pick.

How do you get it? NOBULL is around at Regionals and at various fitness competitions on the east coast especially. The most efficient way to get these Nautical Blue Trainers is to get them straight from their website. The trainers I reviewed retailed for $129 but they have a variety of styles which range in price and color.

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