Nike Metcon 6 Differences

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The Nike Metcon 6 is my favorite CrossFit shoe for the year 2021 – and now that it has been out for quite a while, there are lots of different versions and editions.

Nike Metcon 6 AMP - How is it different than the regular edition? Let's compare and contrast.
Nike Metcon 6 AMP – How is it different than the regular edition? Let’s compare and contrast.

That’s the difference between the Nike Metcon 6 and the Nike Metcon 6 AMP (or the FlyEase, or the Premium?)

That’s what we’ll cover in this article – we will compare and contrast all the differences between the different versions of the Nike Metcon 6.

What’s the real difference between the new and the regular edition Metcon 6?

Nike Metcon 6 X What the Metcon Knows CrossFit Shoe Review (9)
From mild to wild – there’s a Nike Metcon 6 colorway for everyone. This is the Nike Metcon 6 X – also called the "What the Metcon?!"

Nike came up with a real winner when they designed the Nike Metcon 6. Now in it’s sixth version – this all-purpose cross-training shoe will bring out the best in your CrossFit WOD, heavy squatting, Oly lifting, and just about anything else.

Let’s compare and contrast.

Here’s some of the styles that are available now:

Nike Metcon 6 Available now is the launch colorway of the Men's Nike Metcon 6. What's new? The upper is super-breathable - and this shoe looks HOT!
Nike Metcon 6 X Men's Available now the Nike Metcon 6 X or WHAT THE METCON is going to sell out fast!
Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase (Black/White/Light Solar Flare Heather) Nike brings FlyEase to the Metcon shoe line for the first time ever. This is the colorway you see in most of the photos in this article.
Metcon 6 AMP Women's Training Shoe (Blue Void/Flash Crimson/Flat Silver/Vivid Purple) Metcon 6 AMP Women's Training Shoe. I'm calling this the "I am not a robot" edition - that's printed on the heel. These are functionally identical to the regular Metcon 6 - it's just a bolder colorway.
Metcon 6 AMP Men's Training Shoe (Blue Void/Black/Flat Silver/Flash Crimson) Metcon 6 AMP Men's Training Shoe. This is the Men's version of the "I am not a robot" AMP. Same materials, same functions. It looks pretty good though.
Nike Metcon 6 AMP Training Shoe (Black/Metallic Pewter/Ice/Metallic Pewter) This is my favorite version of the AMP for the Metcon 6 - it's using different materials and uses a glossy look all over. It looks quite good, especially in person. The upper is different material- but still super comfortable.

Let’s take a closer look and figure out what has been changed, upgraded, and improved in each version of this shoe.

Nike Metcon 6 – Regular Edition

Let’s start with the launch edition of the shoe.

Nike Metcon 6 Versus Nike Metcon 5 - Side by Side
What’s different in the Nike Metcon 6 as compared to the Metcon 5? Not much. The upper is the real difference.

The Nike Metcon 6 is clearly an evolution of the Nike Metcon 5.

The flat, all-rubber outsole is back. Just like in years past, it has sticky rubber in the forefoot for traction, but is firmer and more durable in the heel.

Nike Metcon 6 Camo - Sole
Here’s the all-rubber outsole. It’s crazy tough. The forefoot rubber is stickier for better traction. You can see the color has changed a bit already . The heel is firm rubber – for heavy weight lifting.

The Nike Metcon 6 is an excellent shoe for lifting heavy barbell weights.

It has a minimal drop for versatility (4mm). But, you can drop the “Hyperlifts” into the shoe and add 8mm of drop (6mm additional for Women.)

Nike Metcon 6 Camo - Midsole and Hyperlift
What’s on the inside? A dual density drop-in midsole is made from two different kinds of foam – one firm (heel) one squishy (forefoot). This gives you cushion where you need it. Hyperlifts add drop – but only if you want it.

You can see the massive rope wrap section is still there too.

Last but not least, here’s the real difference between the Nike Metcon 6 and Nike Metcon 5 – the upper is now very breathable thanks to the extra-large perforations.

Nike Metcon 6 Camo - Upper
Here’s a closeup of the upper on the Nike Metcon 6. Those giant sized perforations make this shoe very breathable.

Nike Metcon 6 Mat Fraser Edition

The first version of the Nike Metcon 6 that was available in 2020 was the Mat Fraser PE (Personal Edition).

Nike Metcon 6 Mat Fraser
Nike Metcon 6 Mat Fraser PE (Personal Edition). Looks pretty good.

Are there any new performance features? Nope.

The shoe is adorned with several callouts to Matt’s storied CrossFit career, and it looks pretty nice – that’s it.

Nike Metcon 6 Mat Fraser
Circles on the heel represent Mat’s CrossFit Games wins. They better make them smaller on next year’s PE… as he won again in 2020.

Overall, it’s not a bad shoe. But it lacks the visual appeal of the 2019 version of the Mat Fraser shoe, in our opinion.

Nike Metcon 6 Versus Nike Metcon 5
Mat Fraser Versus Mat Fraser – the one in the back is the Nike Metcon 5 PE.

Nike Metcon 6 X

Here’s a crazy looking shoe – this is the Nike Metcon 6 X.

Nike Metcon 6 X What the Metcon Knows CrossFit Shoe Review (3)
Get crazy with the Nike Metcon 6 X. This shoe is an amalgamation of iconic elements from previous Metcon shoes.

I like it… I think…

Nike took the design and visual elements from many of the iconic Metcon shoes of the past – and remixed them into one new design.

Does it look good? (That may depend on what angle you are looking at these from!)

Nike Metcon 6 X What the Metcon Knows CrossFit Shoe Review (29)
Other than the crazy style, this is a Metcon 6 like any other.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If nothing else, these are conversation starters for sure.

Nike Metcon 6 X What the Metcon Knows CrossFit Shoe Review (75)
Both outsoles are translucent. It’s a nice look – but it will get dingy over time.

Nike Metcon 6 Premium

New for 2021, Nike has released the Nike Metcon 6 Premium.

Nike Metcon 6 Premium Training Shoe Review Metallic Silver (5)
The Nike Metcon 6 Premium is styled like travel luggage.

It’s got a luggage and travel theme – and thoughtfully includes an awesome Metcon M luggage tag.

Nike Metcon 6 Premium Training Shoe Review Metallic Silver (2)
It’s even got a luggage tag with the Metcon M on it.
Nike Metcon 6 Premium Training Shoe Review Metallic Silver (1)
It’s a functional luggage tag.

Beyond the good looks – it’s just a regular Nike Metcon 6.

Nike Metcon 6 Premium Training Shoe Review Metallic Silver (16)
Nike Metcon 6 Premium

That’s OK – it’s a good training shoe.

Metcon 6 AMP Versus Nike Metcon 6

THere are several “AMP” versions of the Nike Metcon 6.

AMP usually means $10 more in price. What do you get for your money?

So far, the Nike Metcon 6 AMP shoes have been a visual upgrade – with bold styles, and different colorways. But, there are some new materials as well at least in some of these shoes.

As we mentioned earlier, the real compelling change from the Nike Metcon 5 is the new super-breathable upper.

Most of the AMP shoes have the same breathable upper, but there are exceptions.

Beyond that, the AMP line offers some bold color and style options.

There are no real performance differences in the AMP line – and we’ve tested all of these shoes ourselves.

Here’s the first AMP version of the Nike Metcon 6 – it’s a bold, fun color and style.

And it lets you proudly proclaim “I AM NOT A ROBOT”.

Whether or not that applies to you is for you to figure out…

The men’s version of the “Robot” Metcon 6 AMP is as stylish as the women’s version – but a little more manly and subdued.

The Black/Metallic Pewter/Ice colorway is the most exciting version of the Metcon 6 AMP to date.

Nike Metcon 6 AMP Metallic Shoe Review (38)
What’s new in this version of the Nike Metcon 6 AMP? A lot. It has a different upper and more visual embellishments.

This AMP version uses different materials and has a glossy appearance on the heel, laces, and more.

Nike Metcon 6 AMP Metallic Shoe Review (4)
Want a shiny Nike Metcon 6? This is your pick – it’s glossy all over.

There’s a chrome-plated heel counter too, just like on the Mat Fraser PE.

Nike Metcon 6 AMP Metallic Shoe Review (10)
Chrome plated heel counter – just like on the Mat Fraser shoe. Note that this chrome finish will wear off with use…

(Nike also warns you that the chrome finish will wear off over time.)

The AMP shoes come with the Hyperlifts – of course.

Nike Metcon 6 AMP Metallic Shoe Review (16) Hyperlift
Here’s the removable midsole with the hyperlift underneath – this gives a 12mm heel to toe drop.

Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase

For the first time ever, Nike has made a FlyEase version of the Nike Metcon.

Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Training Shoe for CrossFit (55)
For the first time ever, Nike brings it’s FlyEase innovation to the Metcon shoe. Once tied, you can put these on and take them off without using your hands or arms.

This is the Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase.

FlyEase is meant for adaptive athletes – once you tie the laces, you can put these on and take them off without using your hands or arms.

How does this work? Take a look:

That large TPU (tough plastic) frame in the back can be depressed – and then you can slide your foot in.

Overall, it’s just like a regular Nike Metcon 6.

Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Training Shoe for CrossFit (46)
The TPU heel frame is labeled "step" – that’s how you depress it to slide your foot in.

Just be aware there is no internal heel cup, which makes this shoe feel looser and less stable in the heel.

Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Training Shoe for CrossFit (42)
There’s no internal heel cup in the FlyEase. It fits a bit looser than the regular.

Metcon 6 Differences Review – In Summary

The Nike Metcon 6 is a great training shoe whether you are doing a CrossFit WOD, a functional fitness workout, or just bodybuilding in the gym.

There are many versions now, and it can be confusing to decide which is the right one for you.

We hope we’ve helped you figure out which is best for you.

Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase versus Regular Nike Metcon 6.
Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase.

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Nike Metcon 6 Mat Fraser
Nike Metcon 6 Mat Fraser PE (Personal Edition).

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Nike Metcon 6 AMP Metallic Shoe Review (41)
No matter what the version, all of the Nike Metcon 6 use the same flat, all-rubber outsole. It provides great traction and grip.

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