Altra HIIT XT 2 Review: Great Alternative to Reebok Nanos and Nike Metcons
Bottom Line Up Front: Altra HIIT XT 2 is a great alternative to the Reebok Nano or Nike Metcon.
As you may know if you are a loyal reader, I am very into shoes. If not, the short back story is I rethought which shoes in owned completely in 2018. I shunned my favorite Reebok Nanos and Vans in favor of other brands which were healthier for your feet. After a year, I realized I had a gap in my shoe closet: a non-running shoe with more substance to it (basically what the Reebok Nanos are). I have great Altra running shoes which are terrible for anything else. I also have Xeros which are great for the gym since they are almost like being barefoot, but they are so minimalist, you can’t do much running in them and can’t ruck in them.
So I thought I would take a look at the new Reebok Nano 8. They seemed to have a wide toe box and have only a 4mm drop, which is basically flat. One positive I can say for the previous pairs of Nanos I owned before is they are super durable, so I knew these shoes could take a beating. Two days later they are here and as soon as I put them on, I knew they were going back. The shoe was constructed well, but it was so tight across my foot and the toe box was definitely not wide as compared to Altras, Xeros, or Lems – all my approved brands. What I wanted was a shoe like my Xeros with the materials and more robust sole of the Nano….then I remembered Altra actually makes a Nano competitor, the HIIT XT 2, which I just plain forgot about. Three days later they arrive.
I can sum up the details rapidly: this shoe is exactly what I described! It is the Nano or Metcon with a legit wide toe box and stable zero drop sole. 100% solution. These shoes are durable, comfortable, and versatile. They are perfect for mixing running, jumping, rucking, burpees, heavy lifting, and swinging kettlebells alike. Altra did an excellent job creating this shoe for someone like me who wanted the great parts of the Nano but in the foot-healthy option that Altra excels at providing.
Altra also offers free shipping and returns, plus you can actually wear the shoes for 30 days and still return it. My sizing on this was my normal size. If you want to be sure, buy a few sizes knowing you will return the ones that don’t fit.
If you are in the market for the Reebok Nano or Nike Metcon, give the Altra HIIT XT 2 a try.
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