Nike React Metcon AMP – Women’s Glow-In-The-Dark Training Shoe

New for 2020 is the Nike React Metcon – this great new cross training shoe combines the best features of the Nike Metcon 5 with Nike’s React foam cushioning system.

And now they’ve launched some AMP colorways of the shoe for men and women.

Side view of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
The Nike React Metcon AMP in Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury. Yes, the sole is Glow-In-The-Dark – but not very much.

What’s AMP?

It’s a style upgrade, mostly.

The AMP shoes have all the same great high-performance features of the regular shoe – but give you a bit more style and flair.

And this variation even glows in the dark (but not very much – as you’ll see.)

Let’s take a look at what makes these shoes great for CrossFit WODs and functional fitness style training.

Here’s the styles that are available now.

Nike React Metcon AMP - Women's Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury New for 2020, Nike has given the Nike React Metcon for Women a major style upgrade with this AMP colorway. See that hot pink sole and rope wrap? It GLOWS IN THE DARK.

Let’s take a closer look at the Nike React Metcon AMP – by first understanding what the React foam system is.

Nike React Metcon AMP – Women’s Cross Training Shoe

The big draw with the React Metcon shoe is the use of Nike’s React foam cushioning system.

Unlike the dual-density midsole of the regular Metcon 5, this foam is a single density piece.

Drop-in midsole of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
This is the drop-in midsole of the Nike React Metcon AMP. It is made from Nike’s React foam – which claims to return energy with every step.

But, it uses React foam – which is supposed to give energy return and rebound with every step.

And you will find out from our hands on review that it does – although not to the same degree as the React running shoes – which use massive amounts of React foam.

Midsole of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Here’s the reverse side of that React foam drop-in midsole. The React foam does what it is supposed to – but there is not as much of it when compared to the React running shoes – so expect a less dramatic effect.

But, that’s probably OK, because functional fitness isn’t all about running.

It’s about lifting weights, jumping, skipping rope, burpees, and even climbing ropes too.

So during this visual tour, we’ll tell you a bit about what makes these shoes special.

But first, let’s talk about that Glow in the Dark sole.

Nike React Metcon AMP – Glow In The Dark Outsole

Nike claims that the outsole (the sole) will glow in the dark.

Yes – it glows in the dark. But not very much.

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
The sole of the Nike React Metcon AMP is glow-in-the-dark. It has to be "charged up" in the daylight and will glow dimly for a few minutes. It is NOT bright enough to be a safety feature.

Practical use? Nothing – but it makes you look cool.

(And let’s be honest – if you didn’t want to look good why are you working out?)

How well does it glow? How brightly and how long?

It will glow – but not very brightly and not for very long.

It’s really no different than those glow-in-the-dark bouncing balls you had as a kid.

You “charge” it by leaving it in the daylight – and it will give off a dull glow for a few minutes.

To illustrate which parts of the outsole glow – see these photos.

However, please note – these were done with an iPhone in Night Shot mode. This is NOT an accurate representation of the glow – these are far brighter than what you will obtain.

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
This is an enhanced photo take with iPhone Night Shot mode. This shows you that the sole glows – but it won’t look nearly this bright to the naked eye.
Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
This is an enhanced photo take with iPhone Night Shot mode. This shows you that the sole glows – but it won’t look nearly this bright to the naked eye.
Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
This is an enhanced photo take with iPhone Night Shot mode. This shows you that the sole glows – but it won’t look nearly this bright to the naked eye.

Ok – so the glow-in-the-dark outsole is a little bit of a marketing gimmick.

But that’s OK, because these are good looking (and performing) shoes even without the glow.

Nike React Foam – Responsive, Dynamic Cushioning

React foam is a recent Nike innovation.

To date it has mostly been used in shoes the Nike Epic React FlyKnit 2 (That’s a mouthful).

As a purpose designed running shoe, the Epic React FlyKnit 2 is light, fits like a sock, and provides excellent “bounce” thanks to the use of lots of React foam.

Side and sole of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
This shoe does use Nike’s React foam – as a thin slab in the midsole. The entire outsole is not made from React foam – as is done on the running shoes. Hence it’s more of a subtle improvement.

In the running shoes, the entire midsole and outsole are made from one contiguous piece of react foam.

In the React Metcon, in contrast, the React foam is a relatively slim slab that goes into the shoe.

So, there’s a lot less React foam – and you still have the regular rubber outsole like the Metcon 5 uses.

What does all this mean?

The Nike React Metcon doesn’t feel as light and bouncy as a proper React running shoe.

Heel view of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
The Nike React Metcon AMP is basically a style upgrade over the non-AMP shoe. It has the Nike Metcon features you expect, like that monster sized "rope wrap".

Instead, it offers a more subtle, fine tuning of the cushion provided in the Metcon 5.

The “Dual Density” midsole of the Metcon 5 is very noticeable in comparison. There’s a distinct difference between forefoot and heel.

The React foam does provide energy return in the Nike React Metcon – just don’t expect it to feel like a React running shoe.

Top view of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Top view of the Nike React Metcon AMP.

Nike React Metcon AMP Special Features

As we mentioned, the AMP colorway is simply a style upgrade from the regular Nike React Metcon.

But that’s OK, because Nike’s Metcon shoes are great. They are the best CrossFit shoes for most people in 2020, in my opinion.

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
You can’t see it here, but these shoes have a 4mm "heel to toe drop" which makes it a very versatile shoe.

The Nike React Metcon has a 4mm heel to toe drop.

This minimal “offset” means it is a versatile shoe.

A lot of heel raise is nice for squatting – but not great for jumping, running, etc.

So a “low-profile” shoe with a firm heel is really the best compromise for WOD style training.

The heel is firm enough to lift heavy weights – think PR deadlifts, squats, and the Oly lifts – the snatch and clean/jerk.

Heel closeup of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
The Nike React Metcon shares the same basic outsole with the Metcon 5 – the wide diamond shaped heel provides plenty of stability for lifting weights.

All can be done in the Nike React Metcon.

The Nike React Metcon, because of the foam, have a better feel for impact activities – think box jumps, skipping rope, sprinting, etc.

And the Nike React Metcon has that massive “rope wrap” around the midfoot as well.

Rope climbs can shred regular shoes (upper and sole) – so the Metcon line make great climbing shoes.

Nike has opted to use their yarn-like FlyKnit material for the “upper” of this shoe.

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Closeup of FlyKnit upper. It’s a double layer upper – it is not as light and stretchy as the React running shoes – which use single layer FlyKnit.

The upper is the part that covers your foot.

And because this is a training shoe – you want it to be light and breathable.

FlyKnit in the Nike React Metcon AMP largely is those things – but it’s double layer – not like the single layer in most of the Nike React running shoes.

Flyknit closeup of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
One more closeup of the FlyKnit.

To be honest, the FlyKnit upper in the Nike React Metcon feels more like the regular Nike Metcon 5 upper than it does FlyKnit.

The Nike React Metcon has no traditional laces – instead it utilizes a quick-close lace system.

Quick lace system of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Closeup of the quick pull lacing system. You can’t tighten these as much as traditional laces – like on the Nike Metcon 5.

This is great for making fit and feel adjustments on the fly – but you are not going to be able to tighten these as effectively as the Nike Metcon 5.

The Nike Metcon 5 line uses regular laces with Nike’s FlyWire system.

It’s a very effective combination for tightening up the whole structure of the shoe when you tie the laces.

The React Metcon borrow’s the heel from the Nike Metcon 5 too – and it’s got the tough but slick TPU for minimum of wall drag.

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
The Nike React Metcon has the same low-drag heel as the Nike Metcon 5.

Nike React Metcon AMP – Sizing

The React Metcon shoes have a very similar form factor to the Metcon 5.

(So much that the drop-in midsoles are swappable between the two models of shoe.)

Top view of the Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
The React Metcon is the same basic shape and layout as the Nike Metcon 5 – that means they are narrow shoes. Order 1/2 size up is my recommendation.

As such, these are not the greatest shoes for people with very wide feet.

And in fact, I recommend going 1/2 size up to ensure a comfortable width.

In general, the current crop of Nike Metcon shoes (save the Free x Metcon 2) are much narrower than the Reebok Nano 9 in the toebox specifically.

Nike React Metcon AMP – In Summary

The Nike React Metcon AMP is a fun variation of the Nike Metcon shoe.

The AMP colorways give a great look and style – especially with the glow in the dark outsole.

But make no mistake, the glow in the dark isn’t bright – nor does it last long – so it is not a safety feature.

These shoes are highly functional too – with all the performance you need for the CrossFit WOD (or lifting in the gym.)

The only real mark against the Nike React Metcon – you might not be able to tighten them enough due to the lack of traditional laces.

These shoes are a bit on the expensive side as well – you are paying a $20 premium over the Metcon 5 for the “React” foam – and then another $10 premium for the AMP colorways.

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Nike React Metcon AMP
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Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Heel pull tab on the Nike React Metcon AMP makes these easier to put on.

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