Fall 2018 has finally arrived, Time for verdicts, another year is getting to its end, nevertheless athletes and fitness maniacs are not going to stop working out.
We trained hard all year long, trying out different WODs, programs, gears and of course shoes. Whether it is bodybuilding, weightlifting or cross-training, a good technical shoe must deliver stability and fast response during physical activity to help out reaching your best performance.
These are two of the key factors that I kept in mind when evaluating and ranking the top 6 crossfit shoes to buy in 2018.
Please note these are just my personal opinions: keep in mind you should choose your personal best option considering your feet shape, your training program, aesthetic preferences, etc..
That being said let's dive into the crossfit arena!
#6 - New Balance Minimus 40
The NB Minimus 40 is an outstanding shoe, featuring a robust woven upper, TPU heel clip and flat vibram outsole. These bad boys will assist your feet in the toughest moments of your workout, thanks to the double sided midfoot support; The NB M40 is also one of the most comfortable cross-trainers, it's built with a cushoned midsole featuring the Rapid Rebound insert in the forefoot. Traction is granted when running or box jumping, but proper stability when lifting is ensured by the Rev Lite technology under the heel.
You can purchase the NB Minimus 40 here
#5 - Adidas Powerlift 3.1
The Adidas Powerlift 3.1 is not such a cross-training shoe as it is designed particularly for olympic weightlifting. The reason I included it in this article is that you might want to consider a shoe for heavy squats, deadlifts, snatches etc..
The synthetic leather upper supports and protects well your feet while applying power during your lifts, with the big strap over the laces providing great stability. Both the midsole and the flat outsole are made of TPU, the heel is elevated for improved ankle mobility in exercises like squats.
This shoe has also good flexibility in the forefoot: for many people is one if the most comfortable lifter on the market. You can even try some box squats or alternative exercises but keep in mind this is a shoe for heavy weights with the priority of stability. Another pro of this shoe is the price: with the Adidas Powerlift 3.1 you can have a quality lifter without breaking the bank.
You can purchase the Adidas Powerlift 3.1 here
#4 - Nike Free X Metcon
This is one of my favorite shoes for hybrid training. It's a real cross-trainer of excellent quality and design. Imagine to have two shoes in one: the lightweight of a Nike Free Trainer combined with the imprint of the Nike Metcon. The mesh upper is reinforced with flywire cables providing optimal flexibility combined with resistance for your rope exercises; the wraparound rubber of the outsole confirms this attitude, the TPU insert around the heel and the embroidered tongue promote solid stability for strength training; the outsole is near-flat with pretty deep carving under its bottom for better traction. Despite the cushioned midsole, the Nike Free X Metcon does not forget to add TPU support under the heel.
Long story short: you can train as you wish without being afraid to run, jump and lift wearing the same shoes...with almost no performance loss.
You can purchase the Nike Free X Metcon here
#3 - Nike Metcon 4
One of the most iconic crossfit shoes, the Nike Metcon 4 features noticeable improvements when compared to its previous version. The upper is built with softer texture with a new printing technique, allowing more lightness and flexibility, the midsole is more comfortable as it's made of softer foam.
the outsole is flat and steady, so you can lift/strength conditioning with proper grip, the cushioned forefoot has cuts offering traction, helping out when running/changing direction or jumping. TPU supports are added on the back heel.
You can purchase the Nike Metcon 4 here
#2 - Reebook Crossfit Nano 8.0
Considered the best crossfit shoe by many, the Reebook Crossfit Nano 8.0 is definitely one of the best choices you can make. The upper is made of Flexweave, an innovative mesh designed with the aim in Reebook's mind to reach superior flexibility, transpirancy and resistance.
The heel has a full TPU insert; the shoe feels supporting your arch, but the midsole and the flat outsole confirm their improvements in terms of speed and mobility.
The wide toe box allows comfortable power movements, the herringbone pattern under the forefot ensures all things are under control when sprinting, running or box jumping with remarkable grip.
You can purchase the Reebook Crossfit Nano 8.0 here
#1 - Adidas Crazytrain Elite
The Adidas Crazytrain Elite is one of the best (if not the best) engineered cross-training shoes in terms of comfort combined with stability.
The midsole is entirely made of boost, which is the famous last-generation cushioning material developed in collaboration with German chemical company BASF: it's a particular kind of it, not too much compressible so you have shock absorbing without loosing too much support; the outsole is very grippy and made of a less softer plastic with TPU inserts in the midfoot. Lifting is not such a problem with these bad boys, but - hey - It's a multi-purpose trainer, with a generous toe box and a reniforced mesh upper.
The internal padding will prevent your feet to slip during intense training.
The Adidas Crazytrain Elite is available here
Today I am going to start a new section of this blog by sharing tips for my readers.
Let's talk about gifts and gadgets (whether electronic or not) - we always are looking for the best ones money can buy.
But what do we mean for "the best"? The answer is essentially individual: we have our unique preferences, our personal taste and needs.
You are well aware of the value of money, so it's peaceful to assume that you absolutely don't want to waste it in any nonsense, low quality or awful item.
Rather, you'd want to get advantage back from your purchases because you have spent so much time searching, having done efforts to identify the most remarkable options for you or for your family, girlfriend/boyfriend and so on.
In such a scenario it is essential to deploy the right strategy to find out what really meets your expectations so you can solve the issue in a few clicks.
You need some quality advice, you want to rely on the expertise of specialized reviewers like the guys at Reviews.com .
Reviews.com is a website on which you can find comparative reviews of many products and services.
Its mission is to provide help in spotting the most valuable options for customers.
They built a full research team, and they work every day close to industry experts, doing tons of reviews, collecting relevant amount of data, with the aim to suggest the smartest choices for your needs.
This sounds great, especially if we think how time consuming and tedious this task can be: you might not have time and energy to do all the researches in order to take decisions efficiently and quickly.
As we know our lives are plenty of things and duties to do on a daily basis but we hope to be confident in what we are going to purchase.
This is just one reason to give Reviews.com a chance.
I'd focus also on the competence of their reviewers and the fact they mainly consider 4 to 5 star rated products from top retailers around the world through an intense crowsourcing activity.
Brand reputation is another crucial feature in their reviewing process.
Take a look for example at their comparison between chef knives (I am totally in love with cooking) or between espresso machines, maybe you are looking for the best smart watch; you will definitely appreciate their in-depth insights as they catalog every single item under their lens.
You can find reviews by typing in the search box or just by having access to their archive.
Reviews.com is constantly updated with the latest market trends.
You can learn more of the website history and how it works here.
So if you are looking for the perfect gift (but not only), consider to take a little piece of your time to try Reviews.com and build up your own decision funnel.
New Spring inspired iPhone X cases are available on Lucky's Gift store on Zazzle.
Colors tend to be pastel and bright, with the adding of one of the most trending tones for Spring/Summer 2018: azure.
designs are mainly thought for her, though a couple of them are openly unisex.
For the blue marble and pastel beige options, the OtterBox solution is also available
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Christmas Holidays have finally come!
Every year we are looking for the most stylish way to make our living space cozier. There's nothing better than being in a living room ornated for holidays with those typical warm colors - red, green and gold as dominating tones - while it's snowy outside. All of our friends and family under the Christmas tree, throwing pillows against each other in funny harmony...
Well, in fact in this article we are going to take a look at the last throw pillows ideas by Lucky's Gift.
And of course they are all available from my store on Zazzle.
Click on pictures to discover more on them.
It's not Christmas without a reindeer and a proper tree. They are filled in tartan plaid pattern and they are indeed very smart to display everyday in winter, because of the minimalism of these designs.
In Addition, you can choose among these other deigns.
The first one is completely hand-made, representing a cute winter landscape , the latter symbolize a forest, with minimal style trees over a red background (but you can change color at your pleasure).
2017 Black Friday week has come.
As it happens every year, we are driven crazy by Black Friday deals and offers until last seconds of Cyber Monday, trying to choose the most relevant items to us and to our beloved ones.
But how can we handle all this "shopping pressure" during these deal-days, and how to spot the best possible deals, avoiding to waste our money?
No problem at all, here you are the top suggestions and deals for this Black Friday week by Lucky's Gift.
Just click on images to see more details.
For passionate book lovers - Save big on Kindle E-readers
For the tech-savvy ones
The most valuable smart TV is the new TCL 32S305 32-Inch Roku Smart LED TV
You can have it for $149. No doubt It's a real best-buy.
For home theater enthusiasts
You should definitely give this Sony 5.1 Channel Home Theather System a shot.
For music lovers
Check out the best on-hear-headphones offers. Tons of quality stuff at amazing price.
For movies/TV series maniacs
If you can't stop watching your favorite video and you want to be sure that you can do it everywhere in eye-pleasing ratio, even from your smartphone, here you are something you simply must have - the 7TECH Screen Magnifier. This item will enlarge your smartphone screen so you can relax better when streaming videos.
You definitely don't want to miss this deal on the Garmin Vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch. It is truly a great device to wear when you are training so you can perfectly monitor your progress step by step, day by day.
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New houndstooth items are available on Lucky's Gift Society6 shop.
This original fabric pattern is always the right choice, especially in cold months as it recalls warmth and a comfortable but always trendy environment.
Houndstooth is the mandatory choice for big fashion brands, and every year you can see new beautiful products covered in this pattern.
This is the most classical houndstooth color combination - white and black - and you can have it on duvet covers, comforters, backpacks, mugs, iPhone bumper cases and more.
Click on the images to see the products on Lucky's Gift store and purchase them.
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This Fall one of the first moves by Lucky's Gift is to combat the grayness and cold weather which are common in the season.
And the weapon? Bright colors, of course.
At Lucky's Gift we decided to enrich your bedroom with this particular tone of mint green in polka dot pattern, so you can end your day and start a new one with the perfect mood.
(Click on the images to see the products on Lucky's Gift shop on Society6 )
You can choose also beautiful pillows and a pillow sham set
On 14 October of every year, England celebrates the anniversary of the famous battle of Hastings, which was won by William the Conqueror and his Norman army.
It is one of the most important events in British history as the Norman Kingdom installed on the island, for many reasons, represented the genesis of modern England.
You can visit Hastings, UK for the annual reenactment of the battle made possible by passionate organisations, and breathe the air of this ancient site which will leave you astonished.
But you can also have the new anniversary t-shirt and hoodie of the Battle of Hastings, special tribute to the battle that was fought in 1066 between the Norman faction led by William the Conqueror and the one led by the Anglo-Saxon Harold II Godwinson.
The artwork is comprehensive of the coat of arms of the main factions at war.
So wherever in the world you are if you’re in love with great military strategy and history this is for you.
Hurry up and get your shirt, hail King William the Conqueror.
Prices: £19 for T-Shirts and £40 for the Hoodie.
Click here to order from Lucky's Gift new store on Teemill.
1-day delivery for UK, international shipping 3 to 5 days
I uploaded my first design in my new Threadless shop. My inspiration was an old illustration from a very old book.
It represents a caricatural-style demon wearing some sort of ancient carnival costume, colored with ultra modern tones which are excellent for every season of the year.
Atomic Blue meets Magenta. Ready to be printed on your T-Shirt
I hope you like it!
Order your Carnival Devil Tee on Threadless
New artwork out of my Fine Art America shop.
I designed this image in order to help anyone looking for a great encouraging quote for hard times.
Sir Winston Churchill is the right man for this job.
You can have this print on various products: poster, postcard, canvas print, etc..
The choice is yours. Get ready for battle.
Click on the image for details
Lucky's Gift is an indie website where you can find prints for your gadgets and gift ideas.