The eighth iteration of this impressive silhouette still lives up to the hype. The reworked upper definitely fixed any issues we had with its predecessor, and we really like the stability for static lifts.
The Metcon 8s are quite impressive when it comes to rope climbs, despite the lack of a rope guard on the medial side.
While the blocky heel is great for static lifts, it does hinder performance when it comes to cardio-based workouts.
Reebok Nano X2
You need to be pretty damn good to be called the official shoe of fitness. Thanks to a re- engineered FlexWeave Knit upper and more defined heel clip, the latest iteration of the award-winningNano is.
While not a running shoe in its own right, we definitely appreciate the comfort and responsiveness of the Floatride Energy Foam, too, making it a great pick for sprints and agility training.
Puma Fuse 2.0
The brand’s original Fuse trainers sat at this spot for quite some time, and have been a go-to for budget-friendly shoes for a while.
The lockdown fit is still present, and we appreciated the grip and traction provided by the footwear. We wouldn’t recommend these sneakers for PR days, as we noticed some unwanted compression when squat and deadlift totals began to get heavier.