NOBULL Trainers – CrossFit Training Shoe

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The NOBULL Trainer (from NOBULL Shoes) is a training shoe designed for the rigors of the CrossFit WOD.

Not only is it functional, but it is comfortable and looks good too.

NOBULL Trainers Mens (NO Bull Trainers) - Shown here in Matrix Burst pattern - this is a great Cross Training Shoe for 2019

Many people consider this to be the most comfortable cross training shoe for extended wear.

It’s also one of the lightest CrossFit shoes for 2019 – only bested by the Minimus Prevail from New Balance.

What can you do in NOBULL shoes? Pretty much anything -heavy weight lifting, running, box jumps, rope climbs, or just about anything else. It’s available in a number of styles to order online from Rogue Fitness.

What’s even better – there are options for high top, mid top, and more.

NOBULL Trainer (Woodstock Camo) Shown here in the new “woodstock camo” color option – the NOBULL trainer is an excellent shoe for the CrossFit WOD. It’s tough, comfortable and good for lifting weights and short runs.
NOBULL Trainer (Black Coffee) The NOBULL trainer is also available in other color options, such as Black Coffee.
NOBULL High Top Trainer The High Top Trainer (shown here in Frostbite Camo) is something unique – a tough, versatile CrossFit shoe in high top form factor.
NOBULL Mid Trainer (Canvas) Also available in a mid-top height – this version of the shoe is made from canvas.
NOBULL Trainer (Canvas) For a budget option – the shoe is available in perforated canvas – it’s durable, good looking, and easy on your wallet.

NOBULL Trainers – The Benefits of SuperFabric – Tough Shoes

First, let’s talk about SuperFabric. That’s what the seamless one-piece upper (the top part of the shoe) is made of. It’s extremely durable, breathable and abrasion resistant material. These shoes are tough – the manufacturer claims they can resist harsh weather, glass, and even barbed wire!

Here’s a close-up of SuperFabric. Those little dots are TOUGH – and as you can see they cover the entire upper.

Close-up of the Upper of the NOBULL Trainer Cross Training Shoe - you can see SuperFabric covers the entire upper - and it is TOUGH.

SuperFabric is no joke – it’s not just used in shoes, it is used in a variety of products such as motorcycle and military apparel. It’s very tough – and slash and scratch proof.

The material was originally created for gloves that could resist cuts from surgical knives. Here’s a graphic from the manufacturer showing how the addition of “guard plates” to an underlying mesh fabric create this unique material. It’s not just durable though – it’s also breathable and flexible.

SuperFabric as used in the NOBULL Trainer - durable, flexible, breathable, and it looks good! The above image is courtesy of SuperFabric® brand materials.

Rope climbs can kill a pair of shoes quick. Shoes not designed for it just can’t take the stress in the areas where you’ll be gripping the rope with your feet.

But not the NOBULL Trainers – they have a medial rope grip to ensure both climbing traction and durability.

NOBULL Trainer - Versatile and comfortable CrossFit training shoe -built for the rigors of the WOD - in Fire Heather color

For comfort that seamless, one-piece upper is made of a highly breathable base mesh layer. The tongue is a breathable perforated microsuede tongue. And a molded, anatomical sock liner helps round out the fit.

NOBULL Trainers Mens - Shown here in Matrix Burst pattern - this is a great Cross Training Shoe for 2019

NOBULL Shoes – Styles and Colors

What colors are available? The list varies, but here’s a few that are currently available:

Dark Denim, Black Ivy, Arctic Grey, White Heather Forest, Black/White, Bright Pink, Sand Camo, Black Heather Yellow, Bright Blue, White Heather Granite, Matrix Burst, and Blue Glass.

All Styles and Colors of the NOBULL Trainer, including both SuperFabric and Canvas models

Here’s a close-up of my personal pair – in Matrix Burst – which is a new pattern for 2019.

NOBULL Trainer - Mens - Matrix Burst - new for 2019 CrossFit Training Shoe from NOBULL Shoes

OK, they look great – I think we an all agree on that.

Let’s talk more about how they function.

NOBULL Shoes – Minimal Drop For Stability

Training Shoe Anatomy Confused about the insole, midsole, and outsole? Check out our Anatomy of a Training Shoe graphic. It’ll set you straight.

CrossFit WODs involve a lot of weightlifting – and heavy weights at that. If you’ve ever tried to do heavy lifts in running shoes – you know that’s a bad idea. There’s simply too much cushioning in the sole, heel, and midsole of a running shoe. The problem is that your feet are sinking into the thick cushioning – and this wreaks havoc on stability. It’s also an unacceptable loss of power in the quick lifts (the Olympic lifts) – you can’t get efficient power transfer on a mushy shoe sole.

But these problems are eliminated in the NOBULL Trainer. It’s got a versatile, but stable outsole and midsole – perfect for the variety of big weights you’ll have to lift.

NOBULL Trainer - Versatile and comfortable CrossFit training shoe -built for the rigors of the WOD

Secondly, the “heel to toe drop” is a mere 4mm. This means there isn’t much of a heel on the shoe. If you’ve ever lifted in purpose-built weight lifting shoes you know that sky-high heel is great for getting low on a squat or clean with ease. But you can’t really do much else in weight lifting shoes – that too tall heel (and the extreme rigidity) make them unusable for running, jumping, and quite frankly – anything except for lifting weights!

Want to find out more about weightlifting shoes?

With a low profile 4mm heel to toe drop these shoes are versatile. They can do it all. Big squats and deadlifts? No problemo.

Let’s check out the outsole aka the sole. See that versatile lug pattern? It’s made for traction indoors or outdoors.

NOBULL Trainer - versatile lug pattern on the outsole

NOBULL Trainer – Lightweight CrossFit Training Shoe

We did something interesting – we compared the weight of all the CrossFit shoes for 2019.

The NOBULL trainer (Men’s size 11, single shoe) came in at 11.3 ounces. The only shoe lighter was the New Balance Minimus Prevail.

That’s over 2 ounces lighter than the Nike Metcon 5 or the Reebok Nano 9.

Here’s a picture of the line-up – from lightest to heaviest.

Lineup of CrossFit training shoes for 2019
Lineup of CrossFit training shoes for 2019

NOBULL Shoes – High Tops and Canvas

There’s also a High-Top Trainer model.

NOBULL high-top trainer in frostbite camo

It’s got all the great features of the regular shoe, but with the added stability of a high top. The high-cut collar provides padding and a secure fit for movement in any direction.

But otherwise – all the same features – the multi-environment lug outsole, reflective NOBULL logo for maximum visibility, 4mm heel to toe drop – it’s all there.

NOBULL Trainer - High Top

Here’s a new model with a perforated canvas upper – for those that prefer it. Just like the SuperFabric version it offers durability and breathability – but at a cheaper price point. Otherwise it’s got all the great features of the SuperFabric version of the Trainer.

NOBULL Trainer - Versatile and comfortable CrossFit training shoe -built for the rigors of the WOD - Army Canvas model

There’s also a lighter color Sand Canvas option. It looks really nice. This view also shows the medial sole grip for rope climbs:

NOBULL Trainer - Versatile and comfortable CrossFit training shoe -built for the rigors of the WOD - Sand Canvas model - also showing medial grip for rope climbs

And lastly, there is a mid trainer version of the canvas shoe. Not as high as the high-top, but otherwise has all the great features including the perforated canvas upper.

Designed with a perforated canvas upper and an outsole lug pattern equipped for multi-surface training, NOBULL’s Storm Canvas Mid Trainer is a high-performance, go-anywhere athletic shoe with no-nonsense style.

What Sort of Training Are NOBULL Shoes Good For?

Can I squat in NOBULL Trainers?

Yes – you can – low bar, high bar, front squat – it’s all good. It’s a “flat” shoe with a small 4mm heel to toe drop (no outrageous heel raise), so you’re not going to get any help on getting low with ease in a squat. But the sole and midsole are rigid enough to ensure a stable platform for lifting. Time to work on that ankle flexibility.

It should be mentioned that many people find the NOBULL trainers less friendly for heavy weights when compared to the Nike Metcon 4s. The NOBULL Trainer is more flexible and comfortable it seems, but the Metcon is stiffer and better for weights. It’s all trade-offs – which area is most important to you?

Nike Metcon 4 XD vs NOBULL Trainer The Nike Metcon 4 XD is Nikes competitor to the NOBULL Trainer.  It js also a versatile and tough CrossFit training shoe - how do they stack up? The Nike Metcon 4 XD is Nike’s cross training shoe and is new for 2019. It is similar in many respects – it’s light, breathable, and meant for the rigors of both heavy weights and explosive and quick WOD movements. It’s also got a 4mm low-profile drop and is constructed of light-weight, breathable material. Either shoe is going to be an excellent choice – and which one you prefer may come down to styling and aesthetics.

Can I deadlift in NOBULL Trainers?

Yes – a flat (minimum heel to toe drop) shoe with a stable heel, sole, and midsole is just what you want for a big deadlift. This minimizes the range of motion (why lift the weight even 1/2 inch more than you have to?) and provides a stable base.

The amount of material under your feet, also known as “stack height,” is an important characteristic of a good training shoe. It’s one of the principles that minimalist shoes are built on – less material means a more natural feel that leads to better biomechanics. But thicker, more protective shoes might lead to fewer injuries and better running due to shock absorption.

The NOBULL trainers lie somewhere between – not too much, not too little.

Can I Olympic lift in NOBULL Trainers?

Yes – Efficient power transfer is needed for the Olympic lifts, and the NOBULL trainers deliver.

Can I run in the NOBULL Trainers?

Yes – they are not bad running shoes at all – they are light. The “NOBULL” logo on the side is reflective – it’s good to be seen. But they are not purpose-built running shoes either. Look elsewhere for long distance running.

If you like NOBULL shoes, and do need a real running shoe, Rogue Fitness also carries the NOBULL Knit Runner – shown where in Dark Grey.

Designed with a breathable stretch knit upper and an outsole lug pattern equipped for multi-surface training, NOBULLs dark gray Knit Trainer is another high-performance, go-anywhere mens athletic shoe with no-nonsense style.

This is a classic runner’s shoe – 10 mm heel to toe drop, anatomical sock liner for a perfect fit, and very lightweight.

NOBULL Trainers – In Summary

The NOBULL Trainer from NOBULL shoes is a good-looking, versatile, and comfortable shoe.

Made with SuperFabric – they are tough. They are also designed to accommodate the kind of workouts required by CrossFit.

They are also very light-weight – they are almost 2 full ounces (per shoe) lighter than the Nike Metcon 5 or Reebok Nano 9.

Many people buy these for casual wear – but they are still versatile training shoes for the WOD, so give these shoes a try for your next workout.

And, this is the only pair of CrossFit Training shoes available in a mid-top and high-top version as well – for those that prefer it.

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NOBULL Trainer in Matrix Burst pattern - Versatile and comfortable CrossFit training shoe -built for the rigors of the WODThe secret ingredient is NOBULLs ultra-durable SuperFabric®, which is built to withstand harsh weather, glass, and even barbed wire (if you are ever in that situation). Better still, the material is uniquely breathable, keeping your feet cool and comfortable throughout a workout. SuperFabric® guard plates are applied to a highly flexible, lightweight mesh base layer, giving you 360 degrees of protection AND freedom of movement.High-Tops for hard work. When the workout calls for more, the High-Top Trainer goes the distance.  High-cut collar provides padding and a secure fit for movement in any direction.  The outsole lug pattern on the Trainer was designed for multi-environment usage, allowing for an easy transition between inside and outside with the right blend of flexibility, traction and support. High carbon lateral and medial guards are included for added protection on sidewalls, and a reflective NOBULL logo provides visibility when you need it most.NOBULL Trainers - Mens - Matrix Burst - new for 2019, this is a great CrossFit Training Shoe with SuperFabric upper
Cross Training Shoes for 2019
Cross Training Shoes for 2019. We found the NOBULL trainer to be the second lightest shoe.

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