Reebok’s challenger to the Powerlift is the CrossFit Lifter, which has a hefty, but light, polymer clip in the sole and a hook-and-loop strap to keep your feet secure as you whip through power cleans. It’s hardly limited to the weightlifting platform, though—the Lifter’s grooved, flexible forefoot is forgiving enough to carry you through jump-rope workouts or box jumps. That makes it a good choice for WODs that blend weightlifting and other moves, like Elizabeth (cleans and ring dips) and Fran (thrusters and pullups), although they're probably a little too unforgiving for sprinting.
Weightlifting purists might prefer the CrossFit Lifter Plus (shown above), which has a beefier polymer sole, dual hook-and-loop straps, and a stiffer Strobel board for maximum security at the same heel rise. Bottom line: “They’re super comfy,” says Wittenstein.
$99.99 for the Lifter, $129.99 for the Lifter Plus.
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