Nike React Metcon Turbo Review: Everything You Need to Know
There is a new Metcon on the block...the Nike React Metcon Turbo.
This all new Metcon (which is launching 10th Feb) has already caused quite a stir amongst Metcon-heads. Fans went WILD for the shoe when photos first leaked on fan accounts such as @NikeMetconClub and @NikeMetconTribe last month, desperate to cop the shoe as soon as it dropped. This excitement was followed up by an instant sell-out of an exclusive US Turbo colour-way when it dropped at WIT USA on the 1st of February. The Turbo seems to be the hottest ticket in Metcon world right now, everyone is desperate to get a hold of one. But is the shoe worth the hype...?
It could just be the best Metcon ever.
The Turbo is not only a beautiful shoe to look at with sleek aesthetics and asymmetric detailing, it is a design and engineering masterpiece. This is the Metcon that you NEED to push the pace, chase your best performance, and frankly if you are doing the Open this year, this is the shoe that should be on your feet. You will NEED to sign up to shop the Turbo first, with early access 1 hour ahead of launch, to stand a chance of copping your pair.
"THE TURBO IS THE HOTTEST TICKET IN THE METCON WORLD RIGHT NOW. EVERYONE IS DESPERATE TO GET A HOLD OF A PAIR. THE US EXCLUSIVE COLOUR-WAY SOLD OUT IN MINUTES AT WIT USA EARLIER THIS MONTH."
So let's take a look at exactly what makes the Turbo the must have shoe of the Season....
"THE FASTEST METCON EVER"
As the name Turbo suggests, speed really is the name of the game with the Turbo. The goal that Nike had when designing this shoe was to create 'the fastest Metcon ever." The shoe is designed specifically for the athlete that is striving to push their pace and get that extra percent faster...the athlete that is sprinting from box jumps to double-unders and then throwing themselves up on the rig...the athlete that needs to accelerate.
This athlete needs more than your 'all-rounder' shoe. To have the edge and to move at their best, this athlete needs a lighter more malleable shoe, that still has all the essential features of a stable, comfortable training shoe. Essentially this athlete needs a shoe that has everything you need, and nothing that you don't. The Turbo delivers exactly that - the optimal balance.
"THE TURBO HAS EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED FOR SPEED AND PERFORMANCE, AND HAS REMOVED ANYTHING THAT YOU DON'T. IT IS THE OPTIMAL BALANCE."
LIGHTWEIGHT & FAST
The team at NIKE have essentially chipped away at any excessive or unnecessary weight in the classic Metcon silhouette, and introduced new, innovative lighter weight materials, to achieve the lightest Metcon ever. They have reduced the weight so that you can increase your speed. In the Turbo you will feel fast, agile and free.
STABLE & FUNCTIONAL
But stability and functionality have not been sacrificed in the aim of creating a faster shoe. The Turbo is after all still first and foremost a Metcon, and in a Metcon we need a stable chassis and functional design features to help us to perform every movement in our wheelhouse.
Rather than removing these functional elements, Nike have simply carved them back to the essential elements or introduced new materials in their place.
Take the Hand Stand Push Up clip for instance (on the back of the heel). In the Turbo this clip is carved out and what remains is just the essential area where the shoe makes contact with the wall. Anything unnecessary...gone.
Or take the large rubber wrap which encloses the classic Metcon's silhouette for rope climbs. This heavy rubber has been removed and replaced with a mouldable thermoplastic which is far lighter but still offers grip and protection.
"stability and functionality have not been sacrificed in the aim of creating a faster shoe. The Turbo is after all still first and foremost a Metcon, and in a Metcon we need a stable chassis and functional design features. "
BREATHABLE & DURABLE
The Turbo delivers both breathability and durability in its upper, whilst still remaining true to its core aim of being lightweight and fast. Nike opted for a split upper on the Turbo which comprises of a more durable material on the inside of the shoe (where the foot would commonly meet most friction), and a more breathable, lightweight material on the outside of the shoe. Once again, delivering an optimal balance.
RESPONSIVE & RUNNABLE
But there is another franchise in the Turbo's full name...the 'React Metcon Turbo'. Similar to its predecessor the Metcon React, the React Metcon Turbo includes Nike React Foam cushioning in the midsole. This offers great shock absorption for quick, dynamic movements such as double-unders, but also great comfort and cushioning for quick runs.
"THE TURBOS IS SET TO BE THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER METCON OF THE YEAR. GET READY TO RE-FRESH YOUR BROWSER ON LAUNCH DAY AND PRAY YOU GET A PAIR." @NIKEMETCONCLUB
The Nike Metcon React Turbo is launching in extremely limited quantaties on Wednesday the 10th of February. Those that have signed up will be able to shop with 1 hour of early access from 7AM GMT, ahead of launch at 8AM GMT.
Stocks are extremely limited. We encourage you to sign up to the access list and be ready to shop from 7AM sharp for your best chance of securing a pair.
SIGN UP TO ACCESS THE LIMITED DROP FIRST
Some frequently asked questions below!
1. Are Nike Metcon React good for running?
More forgiving than a Metcon 7, you can definitely run in the Nike Metcon React Turbos.
2. Are Nike Metcons good for cardio or HIIT?
Absolutely. You can do almost anything in a Nike Metcon. For cardio, try burpees, box jumps or any machine work.