Review: CrossFit Nano 5.0 Vs. Metcon 2

Review: CrossFit Nano 5.0 Vs. Metcon 2
We all have physical activities we enjoy doing. In order to stay in shape, working out is a regular part of our everyday lives. Over time our shoes worn down, and it becomes time to find a replacement. As a general rule of thumb, we expect the next pair to be more durable, longer-lasting, and better designed to accommodate our routine than the last. In order to meet these expectations, companies are always putting out new products to help increase our efficiency and maximize our routines.

 

In this review I’ll be tackling the question: Which is better, Reebok’s CrossFit Nano 5.0 or Nike’s Metcon 2? In hopes of finding this answer, first I will be taking a side-by-side look at the background of Reebok and Nike, two of the most popular athletic sportswear companies. Then I will provide an analysis of the price point and features of each product to show how they compare with each other, and lastly, concluding with a final verdict on which I feel is the best.

 

Company Background:

 

Let’s begin with some background information.

 

Reebok was founded in 1985, and ever since has expanded all over the world. Currently their headquarters is located in Massachusetts. The biggest change to the company happened in 2005 when another sportswear company, Adidas, acquired Reebok. Then in 2010, they would start the CrossFit line featuring shoes, clothing, and accessories. this would even include the debut of the CrossFit Nano in 2011. Thanks to its growing popularity, Reebok has continued to release updated versions of their products on a regular basis. Bringing us to the CrossFit Nano 5.0, released this year.

 

On the other side, we have Nike. They were founded in 1964 and have too grown tremendously ever since. Nike has countless sponsorships and deals with numerous athletes across many sports, which along with their strong line of products, only further solidifies their place at a top among sportswear brands. Even outside of sportswear, their influence in casual clothing cannot be overlooked. They are very popular with people of all ages. The Metcon brand was launched just last year and is now seeing its first renewal with the Metcon 2.

 

 

Pricing:
Looking at Redbox and Nike’s websites, the shoes are $140 and $130 respectively. However, doing a quick search on the internet, I found them for reduced prices. The CrossFit Nano 5.0 was only $79.98 on Rouge Fitness, roughly 43% off the regular retail site. While Nike’s Metcon was also located on the same site but with no price reduction. Compared to similar shoe products, the prices are reasonable

 

Features:

 

Now let’s take a look at two key features between each product.

(Source: http://www.reebok.com/us/custom-reebok-crossfit-nano-5.0/p_20851.html)

 

1)   Reebok’s CrossFit Nano 5.0 promises a RopePro carbon rubber bottom to handle any level of CrossFit techniques. This should be compatible with any routines you regularly perform and increase the lifespan of the shoe as it puts less pressure on it. Durability should be at standard levels thanks to this feature.

 

2)   The shoe has a Lug Pattern on the bottom which can provides numerous uses during exercises. Most notable is the increased surface area you can control when you take a step. That allows for increased traction, making it easy to transition into your next movement with little extra effort expended.

 

(Source: http://www.roguefitness.com/nike-metcon-2-mens-racer-blue-glow-black-bright-crimson)

 

1)   This shoe is designed with the idea of being lightweight and durable in mind. Allowing the user to move quickly and keep the shoe lasting for a long period of time. In addition, rubber in the forefoot increases traction during difficult or quick movements

 

2)   The Versatile design makes it useable in almost any exercise routine. Helping to the match any fitness plan the user has in mad.It should be a very good product for any athlete, of any level.

 

Ratings:

 

So at long last, how would I rate these two products? Based on a scale from 1 to 5, considering the features and everything else listed above:

 

Reebok’s CrossFit Nano 5.0: 4/5

–       Strong durability

–       Completive price

–       Many features such as the Carbon Rubber and Lug Patterns

 

Nike’s Metcon Con 2: 3/5

–       Higher price

–       Good features, but not overly impressive

–       Versatile design

–       Durable

Conclusion:
Personally I would select Reebok’s CrossFit Nano 5.0 for my CrossFit routines. Reebok is a strong brand with a long history of strong products and they’ve only continued to impress over the years. The Metcon 2 is not bad by stretch of the imagination, but the cost vs. durability and efficiently makes the CrossFit Nano come out on top. I hope the review helps guide your decision in picking which product is right for you.

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