After challenging Reebok for supremacy of the CrossFit market with the original Metcon, Nike has upped the ante, unveiling the new Metcon II on Thursday.
And while you won’t see them at the official CrossFit Games (the Reebok-affiliated company banned them in 2015), it’s clear The Swoosh has doubled down on the features that CrossFitters want.
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CrossFit—or any cross-training, really—demands footwear as tough and versatile as its workouts. Nike’s engineers have clearly aimed for that versatility with the Metcon II, designing the new gym sneaker to be light enough for gymnastics, durable enough for climbs and runs, flexible enough for moves like lunges, and supportive enough for Olympic lifts.
The Metcon II will be available in 16 colorways at Nike.com and select retailers beginning January 23. Scroll through the gallery for 5 takeaways and photos of the new kicks.
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