Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 Review

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Here’s the 2nd version of Nike’s Metcon Turbo shoe for CrossFit. We are going to review the Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2.

The Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo is known for its stability, support, and cushioning for all kinds of gym exercises. Now it comes in a new version, and let’s see what’s more to love aside from its good looks.

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The Metcon Turbo shoe is back with a new trick up it’s sleeve – there’s now a Zoom air capsule up in the forefoot. The shoe still has a good amount of React foam too. Read on to find out more.

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Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 My Review

Here it is – the new Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2. Let’s review this CrossFit shoe.

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Let’s cut right to the good part. This is the secret of the Metcon Turbo shoe – it has more cushion than your average Nike Metcon shoe.
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That removable insole is mostly made from Nike’s React foam – which is one of it’s most sophisticated cushioning foams.
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Here’s the real big deal for this year – that’s a Zoom air capsule up front. This helps quite a bit because there’s not a ton of react foam up front. It’s kind of thin.
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You can see in this side view that the front React foam is quite thin – but that’s where the Zoom air capsule helps out.
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By the way, the middle part of the insole is still that thick, stiff plastic bridging piece. The outsole of this shoe is very flexible in the middle, but this internal plastic bridge keeps it feeling solid when you want to lift.
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Here’s a view of the outsole – notice that the outsole is really 3 separate pieces – a very stiff heel, a less stiff, but still rigid forefoot, and then a connecting piece in between. That part is very flexible.
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Side profile of this shoe. I’ll be honest – I don’t like the looks. It looks too much like a Golf shoe to me. But, as they say – beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Here’s a 3/4 view of the shoe. Let’s talk about other features now.
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Diamond shaped heel – very firm. Perfectly fine for lifting CrossFit barbell weights. I wouldn’t take these to a powerlifting meet.
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Just like last year’s shoe – this is a narrow fit. I always recommend going 1/2 size up on the Nike Metcon line. If I don’t do that, my feet are squeezed in slightly too tightly.
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The upper is comfortable, but not particularly lightweight or breathable.
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This shoe has more cushion than your average Nike Metcon shoe, especially now with the Zoom capsule up front, but it’s still not a running shoe. It’s a Cross Training shoe. I wouldn’t recommend you run a 5K in these.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 – Overview

Let’s see what Nike marketing has to say about this shoe.

The Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 has gone through deliberate reduction to make it the shoe it is now. Each component is lessened from the Zoom Air cushioning underfoot to the rope wrap at the instep to minimize weight while boosting function and durability. The Zoom Air and the Nike React Foam are made lightweight and responsive for quick, repetitive movements like box jumps and double unders.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 right side
Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 right side

As a result, you get spring when you take off and cushioning when you land. The instep of the upper is also thin and lightweight yet tough to handle abrasion, while the mesh on the outer part keeps it breathable during high-heat sets. Even the rope wrap and handstand heel clip are improved and pared down to trim down ounces. They give you the same function and durability without the weight.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 heel
Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 heel

This shoe blends stability and responsiveness in a lightweight package to help you move fast during circuit training, high-intensity intervals, or a cardio workout. It also has a grippy rubber sole that is flexible to let your foot flex comfortably and a wide, flat heel to keep you stable. All materials are made lighter and more robust for speed and strength.

The new Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 will be your favorite go-to shoe in the gym. It combines stability, responsiveness, and cushioning for a comfortable and stable ride. It is an all-rounder and comes in Black/White/Anthracite/Metallic Cool Grey colorways.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 outsole
Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 outsole

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 – In Summary

That’s our review of the Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2.

If you liked the Metcon Turbo shoe, you’ll probably like the Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2. With a Zoom air capsule up in the forefoot, it has more cushion than ever. To be clear though, this still isn’t a highly cushioned running shoe – it’s a cross trainer. That means it is versatile and you can use it to lift weights.

It’s narrow (in my opinion) like every other recent Nike Metcon shoe – so I say go 1/2 size up for comfort.

Looking for more options? Check out these other great products:

You can still get last year’s Nike React Metcon Turbo – so you may want to check out that review.

Or, how about the Nike React Metcon Turbo Versus Reebok Nano X1 Review.

Find more CrossFit Shoes from Nike.

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Comparing outsoles to last year’s shoe – which is in the front.

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I like the laces on this shoe.

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View of the heel.

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