With the release of the Nike Metcon 4, the idea of the perfect shoe was born. Months later Nike loyals immediately began to speculate on the next iteration of the fanboy favorites for Functional Fitness. As competitors released some details about upcoming colorways and special editions, Nike released an improved Metcon 4 XD, with more durable construction, wild colors, and some fun additions like velcro backs or chalkboard panels. Then, the leaks started.
A nearly complete redesign of the silhouette. A new unrecognized sole. The trademark giant swoosh no longer blazed almost obnoxiously down the side. They promised it would be better than expected. After 9,000 hours of testing and redesigning with some of the most prominent names in Competitive functional Fitness, The Metcon 5 was ready to redefine ”perfect.” A haptic textured upper for better grip and stability, a prominent grooved midsole made specifically for better rope climbs, and a wider, more stable heel for heavy lifting were the more obvious changes. Some went unnoticed at first.
Things like a softer more forgiving forefoot for running and jumping, a padded tongue to lock in the fit, and the debut of the hyperlift inserts to raise the heel 8mm inside the shoe. This puts the athlete in a better, more stable position with increased heel contact for squatting movements. The at-bat became a home run with the limited release of the Mat Fraser ”#HWPO” Pro Edition. The colorway and design elements were meticulously chosen to represent the mindset and accomplishments 3-time Crossfit Games Champion Mat Fraser holds above all else when going to the ”dark place” he finds comfort in while training.
The first run nearly sold out within hours of public release. It’s safe to say the bar for perfect may have been raised by Nike with the Metcon 5 and there’s nobody better at lifting bars quickly than Mat Fraser himself. Take a closer look at the all-new Nike Metcon 5 and pick up yours today at Nike and select retailers.