Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9

The Nike Metcon 5 is here!

And now we can compare it head to head with the other great CrossFit training shoe for 2019 – the Reebok Nano 9.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - which is the best CrossFit shoe for WODs in 2019?
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 – which is the best CrossFit shoe for WODs in 2019?

Let’s take a look at these shoes and compare them.

We’ll help you decide which is best for you.

Here’s where you can get different styles of the shoes we’ll review here:

Nike Metcon 5 Cross Training Shoe
Nike Metcon 5 Men's Black/Gunsmoke Black/Gunsmoke will be available worldwide on Monday July 8th.
Nike Metcon 5 Men's Jade Horizon/Imperial Blue/Gunsmoke/Glacier Blue Jade Horizon/Imperial Blue/Gunsmoke/Glacier Blue will be available worldwide on Monday July 8th.
Nike Metcon 5 Cross Training Shoe
Nike Metcon 5 Men's Black/Sunset Pulse/Black/Oil Grey Black/Sunset Pulse/Black/Oil Grey is available now on Nike Plus.
Nike Metcon 5 - Coming Soon!
Nike Metcon 5 Men's Gold/Black Gold/Black is available as of July 8th.
Nike Metcon 5 Cross Training Shoe
Nike Metcon 5 Women's Pure Platinum/Imperial Blue/Black/Oil Grey Soon there will be several non-special edition options available in Women's sizes, including Pure Platinum/Imperial Blue/Black/Oil Grey
Nike Metcon 5 Mat Fraser Edition
Nike Metcon 5 Mat Fraser Edition Features signature details that pay tribute to 3X CrossFit Games Champ Mat Fraser. It was a very limited edition, and is now sold out.
Reebok Nano 9
Reebok Nano 9 Mens - Black/Bright Cyan/White This is the pair shown in many of the photos in this revew.

With that out of the way, let’s dive in and compare and contrast these two types of shoes.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9

Let’s start with the uppers. That’s the part that covers your foot.

Reebok has used Flexweave again (as in the Nano 8).

That’s a good thing because it is makes for a breathable and comfortable shoe.

For the Nike, the “haptic” upper is back. It’s a breathable mesh with 3d printed reinforcements in varying patterns all over the shoe.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - let's compare and see which shoe is the best for your WOD.
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 – let’s compare and see which shoe is the best for your WOD.

I don’t have enough real world mileage on these yet to tell you which is more breathable. I’ll update this article when I do. I can tell you that I think they are both going to be in the same ballpark – based on the thickness of the material in the upper.

Let’s talk about heel to toe drop – also commonly just called “drop”.

The heel to toe drop is the difference in height between your heels and toes.

More heel raise makes certain things easier – like squatting.

But a very large heel raise makes other things more difficult – like running, jumping, etc.

As such, both shoes have a 4mm heel to toe drop.

This makes them versatile.

But, Nike includes removable “Hyperlifts” for when you do want more raise.

Both shoes have a similar profile. They are low cut on your ankle. The Reebok Nano 9 fits my heel better though. It’s got more of a “socket” for your foot.

This isn’t particularly an issue on the Metcon 5, but when you put the included Hyperlifts in, the shoe fits differently (because your heel is now an extra 8mm higher in the shoe).

That’s always been my beef with shoes that have different insoles you can use for additional heel raise – each one will feel unique.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9

Here’s the Nikes with the Hyperlifts in.

Nike Metcon 5 includes removable Hyperlifts - use these when you want 8mm of additional heel raise.
Nike Metcon 5 includes removable Hyperlifts – use these when you want 8mm of additional heel raise.

Here’s a comparison of the soles.

Sole of the Nike Metcon 5 and Reebok Nano 9
Sole of the Nike Metcon 5 and Reebok Nano 9

Both use a very grippy outsole material.

Traction seems fine in both – at least indoors or at the gym.

Neither of these make great turf or trail running shoes. But, that’s not really what they are intended for.

You can see that the Nike Metcon 5 Mat Fraser edition uses a translucent sole and shows off Mat’s signature.

It’s a nice touch, but the regular Nike Metcon 5s don’t have this – and I’m not sure how well that translucent sole will stand up over time.

I do really like the red racing stripe.

Both shoes claim good forefoot flexibility – and they do have that, but I’d have to give the Metcon 5 the win in regards to how flexible it is.

You can see that the pre-formed flex grooves on the Metcon 5 run side to side, while on the Nano 9 they do not.

That could be the difference.

Both have a very rigid heel that is perfectly adequate for lifting weights – squats, deadlifts, cleans, snatches, etc.

That’s what I love about the cross training style of shoe – they are great for strength building workouts – without all the weight and discomfort of a real “lifter” (which can be heavy, clunky, and usually don’t breathe well.)

Having said all that, if you are looking to hit a squat PR – I’d reach for a pair of lifters with a 20mm or so heel raise.

Let’s look at the toebox.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - Wide toebox winner is the Nano 9
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 – Wide toebox winner is the Nano 9

The Nano 9 brings back that really wide toebox.

It’s easy to see the difference above.

The Metcon 5 is definitely narrower.

Does this make a practical difference? I guess it depends on how wide your feet are – but if you like the Nano 8 for this reason, you’ll like the Nano 9 as well. (And not so much the Metcon 5).

NOTE: The Metcon 5 also runs a bit small compared to the Metcon 4 XD. I recommend you go 1/2 size up for the Metcon 5.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - toebox comparison
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 – toebox comparison

One thing I do love about the Nano line – they are great for all day wear – long distance walking, etc.

They have more cushion in the midsole.

I can’t say definitively yet where the Metcon 5s fall.

But they have really improved the cushioning – it’s a much more comfortable shoe to wear all day.

Nike is also bragging about a more cushioned tongue in the Metcon 5.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - Tongue cushioning
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 – Tongue cushioning

Indeed it has cushion – this is a key difference compared to the Metcon 4 XD.

But it’s got nothing on the Nano 9 – which has a tongue cushioned like a pillow in comparison.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9

One more thing I’m sure you are dying to know.

Has Nike fixed the dreaded Metcon squeak?

(The previous Metcon shoes are known to be some of the noisiest around.)

I can’t say at this time.

The issue is that the Metcons use a drop-in midsole.

So far, it is NOT squeaking – but I haven’t removed it yet.

It seems to me like once you take them out or move them they are more prone to squeak.

The internet recommended solution for this is to drop some chalk or foot powder in between the drop-in and the outsole.

I can tell you the Nano 9s don’t make any unusual noise – nor have any previous Nano that I’ve tried.

Let’s look at the rope climbing abilities of these shoes.

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - Rope Wrap Comparison
Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 – Rope Wrap Comparison

I don’t have a rope to climb, but to me the Metcon 5 looks like it would work much better.

With the Metcon 5 they’ve made the “rope wrap” crazy large.

Further, it’s got a directional tread pattern now for even better grip.

There’s not anything really like that on the Nano 9.

Reebok Nano 9 vs Nike Metcon 5 – In Summary

Overall, both of these shoes seem like great options.

Obviously, this isn’t a long term review of the Nike Metcon 5 – they just came out.

But as is the case with the Reebok Nano 9 – Nike knew not to mess with success.

Many of the features of the earlier shoes are back – that goes for both the Metcon and Nike.

Give these shoes a try for your next workout.

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