What is it? Here’s the description of the Nike Metcon 4 from Nike: PRECISION, DURABILITY, SUPPORT. The Metcon 4 Men’s Cross Training, Weightlifting Shoe provides a strong, stable base, flexible support, and extreme durability for a wide range of training activities, from sprints and sled pushes to lifting and rope climbing. A new textured mesh makes it stronger, lighter, and more durable than any Metcon—ever. Superior Durability This edition of the Metcon is more durable than any other. An innovative, textured print reinforces the shoe from toe to heel—so it won’t wear out before you do. Flexible Support A drop-in midsole is firmer in the heel and softer in the forefoot, which provides stability for lifting and flexible cushioning for sprints and short runs. Strong, Stable Base A flat, stable platform helps you feel connected to the ground during explosive lifts and high-intensity training.
Flywire cables offer lightweight support when and where you need it
6 eyelets, versus five on the previous Metcon, allow you to fine-tune your lacing for precise comfort and support
A soft tongue provides added cushioning between the laces and your forefoot
Heel counter reduces drag on wall exercises
Heel clip stabilizes your foot during side-to-side movements
Mesh on the heel and ankle help keep your feet cool
Sticky rubber in the forefoot provides excellent traction for sled pushes
Textured rubber wraps up the midfoot for durability during rope exercises
What do I think? As far as all of Nike Metcons, these have been the best shoe in terms of fit and design. For starters, I’ve been training in them for weeks and there is no sign of squeak in the sole which has been a major issue in the first three versions. The design of the upper has been flawless thus far in terms of durability and is showing no signs of wear and tear. While I haven’t done any longer runs in them (due to this being winter in the midwest) they are awesome for every kind of functional fitness training. I really liked the Metcon 3, but the Metcon 4 beats those by a long shot.
Why do you need it & when should you use it? If you were a fan of the Metcon shoes, you would be missing out by not picking up a pair of these. I think the fit in the midsole is very true-to-form but I don’t have an especially wide foot. These are great for all workouts.