I bought Recon Trainers for my wife and I a few months ago, mostly for Crossfit training. They have been awesome! Broke in quickly and they've been very durable. We both wore them recently on a family hike up a 14er in Colorado and they performed better than other hiking boots or shoes we've owned, even through a boulder field that was tricky to navigate. The rope feature is helpful if you like climbing the rope in your workouts (I do). I don't run in them as I don't believe this was their intended purpose, but for daily WODs they're great. Overall this was a HUGE value purchase considering the price, and I've worn them for much more than just workouts.
These shoes are just about the most comfortable shoes I can ever remember wearing for any purpose, other than maybe another pair of 5.11 boots I used for work. They are no bigger than they need to be - they easily fit in my suitcase without taking up a lot of space. They are light and flexible, and the soles are flexible and make almost no sound when they hit the ground. I absolutely love them! When you order, be aware that they fit snugly, so don't order small.
I bought these shoes a few months ago and have only used them a couple days a week, for no more than 2 hours at a time. After wearing them the first time for a few hours, I noticed that they did not breath very well and my foot would sweat. Fast forward 4+ months of walking, light running, and crossfit 3x a week and the exterior sole orange stripe on the inside part of the foot has drastically seperated from the fabric of the shoe itself. I havent even used it for a rope as it is also designed for. Today I drew the line and decided I will no longer wear them. After 1 hour of playing football and incredibly sweaty feet, a massive blister formed on the balls of both feet. A large blister on my foot is the last thing I want to deal with before backpacking in the pacific northwest next week. If I could return them, I would. Hopefully the sole issue is a fluke, but I think the breathability is a design flaw.
The shoe is a little narrow but very comfortable, and the 5.11 branding is subdued so your feet aren't screaming "TACTICAL SHOE" while you are out and about.
They're so light and supportive. Great for running.
These are true to size. I ordered a size 10 and they fit perfectly. If you're looking for something with a lot of support in the arch and ankle, these are not it. But if you want some super light, breathable shoes you can wear for casual or working out, these definitely fit the bill. I like that I'm not another Joe Blow wearing Nikes too.
Just got these shoes in and I have to say to this point, I love them. They have been super comfortable to wear just like every pair of 5.11s I own. This is my first pair of shoes ( all others are boots ) and I plan to get more. Surprisingly they look good with the tactical pants too. Highly recommended!!
Love this shoe. I bought two pairs of these and use them predominantly for Crossfit. They have held up really well through some significant wear and are still one of the most comfortable trainers I've ever owned. Highly recommend this product.
Am ordering my 3rd pair. I have owned this shoe for approximately 4 years. These are "minimalist" running shoes...i.e. very flexible but limited support. Many runners like this...I am one of them and love these shoes - I use these to run (typical run 3-4 miles every other day during summer months) to work out and casual.
These shoes are not only light but supportive and grip like no other! I use them as approach shoes for rock climbing and they have never let me down! You can wear them for hours while at the gym or hiking and your feet still feel great. Defenatly recommend them.
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