Ballistic Trainers - Low Top - Black + Black + Charcoal
Ballistic Trainers - Low Top - Black + Black + Charcoal
Ballistic Trainers - Low Top - Black + Black + Charcoal
Ballistic Trainers - Low Top - Black + Black + Charcoal
Ballistic Trainers - Low Top - Black + Black + Charcoal

Ballistic Trainers - Low Top - Black + Black + Charcoal

Regular price $125.00

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3X Support™ = 3X Stability

Lift heavier. Sprint faster. Ruck harder. And look cool doing it. The new standard in functional fitness footwear with 3X Support™ and 3X Stability for all three (3) of your arches, making them the best workout shoes for men and women ever created.


Engineered Warp Knit & CORDURA® Ballistic Nylon Upper
The forefoot is constructed using an engineered warp knit technology which provides a seamless one piece vamp and toe cap while offering areas of reinforced strength and other areas of breathability and flexibility. The lace area, midfoot and heel is made from two panels of 1680D CORDURA® Ballistic Nylon — offering the toughest Special Forces grade abrasion resistance against the stresses of rope climbs. This 1680D CORDURA® also provides superior midfoot and heel support during dynamic movements.

Anatomically Molded TPU Heel Counter
Anchors your foot with a supportive, injection molded heel counter that stabilizes your heel when you're doing dynamic, load bearing exercises.

Lace-Lock Eyelets
Extra top eyelets can be used to create a tight heel lock — commonly called a runner's loop or lock lace — that prevents heel slippage and excessive movement around the ankle.

Wide Toe Box
Generous forefoot area lets your toes breathe. Over time and distance doing the work at the gym or anywhere you're training, your feet will swell. This extra space, along with the breathable and flexible knit, reduces the friction that can occur if your feet rub against the insides of your shoe.

Custom High Density Insert
Dense, PU foam insert custom made to fit the contours of the foot supporting all three (3) arches of the foot — yes, you have three arches in your foot (the medial longitudinal arch, the lateral longitudinal arch and the anterior transverse arch). An additional, thinner insert is also included if you prefer less arch support and want to feel closer to the ground.

Versatile Heel-to-Toe Drop
Classic powerlifting shoes have a 20mm+ heel-to-toe drop (and meant for nothing else), running shoes are all over the place (according to the latest fad), other functional fitness trainers and some weight training shoes are 4mm (and you can't wait to take them off after the WOD), Chuck T's are zero drop (and painful over all the miles). The 8mm heel-to-toe drop in the Ballistic Trainers™ creates the best biomechanical advantage when lifting heavy loads (squat, clean, snatch) or moving more than 400 meters (running or rucking).

Gradient Density™ EVA Midsole
Two (2) different types of EVA fused together in a smooth gradient from forefoot to heel. High rebound, high flexibility EVA in the forefoot provides cushion and support for explosive movement. Firm, stable EVA in the heel provides a stable platform to keep you grounded when lifting or squatting.

Triple Compound Rubber Outsole
Three (3) different rubber compounds form a single, seamless rubber outsole. Forefoot rubber is formulated for increased grip while the heel area is dense and won't wear down after miles of running or rucking. The midfoot is formulated from a rock climbing compound and hardened for exceptional abrasion resistance — ideal for rope climbs.

Specs + Materials
  • Upper materials: Engineered Knit, 1680D CORDURA®
  • Gradient Density™ EVA Midsole
  • Triple Compound Rubber Outsole
  • Two inserts included - Custom High Density Insert & optional thinner insert
  • 8mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Weight (size 9): 0.675 lbs (10.8 ounces)
  • Lace-Lock eyelets
  • Built in Vietnam

Care Instructions: Remove insert. Hose them down thoroughly and let air dry (won't take long). Do not use washer/dryer - it's easier this way.

3X Support™ = 3X Stability

You Need More Support

The Ballistic Breakdown

It's Science.

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UPPER // Dual Material Construction

(1) Breathable + Flexible Knit

Seamless, one-piece engineered warp knit covers the entire forefoot giving you plenty of breathability and flexibility without cramping your toes. The pattern of the knit is varied — tighter where you need reinforced strength and looser where you want increased airflow.

(2) Tough Ballistic Nylon

The lace area, midfoot and heel is built from two panels of Special Forces grade Ballistic nylon (1680D CORDURA®). You get Ballistic protection from the stress of rope climbs with additional structure and stability in the midfoot and heel.

MIDSOLE // Gradient Density™ EVA

(3) Flexible + Cushioned Forefoot

The forefoot area is resilient and flexible, providing excellent cushioning and rebound from strike to recovery when running, jumping or performing other explosive movements.

(4) Firm + Stable Heel

The firm heel keeps you grounded on a stable platform when lifting or squatting and the 8mm lift maintains your center of gravity for a versatile mechanical advantage.

OUTSOLE // Triple Compound Rubber

(5) Grippy, High-Traction Forefoot

The forefoot rubber is formulated for increased grip in any environment — wet and dry, inside or out.

(6) Hardened Midfoot for Rope Climbs

The midfoot rubber is formulated from a rock climbing compound for the best abrasion resistance and long term durability — ideal for rope climbs.

(7) Dense, Durable Heel for Pavement Pounding

The rubber in the heel is dense, tough and won't wear down after miles of running or rucking.

You Have 3 Arches in Your Foot... Not Just One.

And dynamic movements tax the hell out of all three of them.


When sprinting, running, and rucking — forward and laterally — you land on the outside of your heel (supination) and then as you roll into midfoot stance your tib/fib and ankles rotate so your knee is in line with your femur as your toes splay out (pronation). Your plantar fascia (which supports your arches) stretches, becoming a spring as you move to the propulsion phase. If you don’t have enough support, over time in an unforgiving world, your plantar’s gonna get overworked. Plantar fasciitis is simply an inflammation due to excessive, unsupported work.

When loading the body with a barbell or a sandbag, your tib/fib and ankles rotate, encouraging your foot to roll inward (pronation). That’s why people say you should point your toes outward and knees straight. But if there’s not 3X Support under your arches, you have a tendency to crash inward with your knees. This creates not only greater injury risk, but a loss of power. You do not want to lose power. Or get injured.

3X Support™ = 3X Stability

Hence 3X Support in your Ballistic Trainers™

A-B // Anterior Transverse Arch
B-C // Lateral Longitudinal Arch
A-C // Medial Longitudinal Arch

Stability + Mechanical Advantage

For Cleaning, Snatching + Squatting

Let's Talk Drop.

People talk about a zero drop heel lift — which basically means the whole shoe is flat with no support (0mm) — and they talk about minimal, 4mm drop as if they’re good. They’re not.

They forget to talk about the discomfort and the injuries, and how you can’t wait to take your gym shoes off when you’re done. Some pain in life is good, zero drop pain is not.

For reference, weightlifting and powerlifting shoes are ~20mm because there’s a mechanical advantage to greater drop — but you can’t move in them at all — that’s a problem. Running shoes are 12mm drop because you need more support to reduce strain on the achilles, especially as you extend your legs and heel strike — but running shoes aren’t stable for any kind of lifts — that’s a problem.

From 20mm to 12mm and then came zero drop, a new fad harkening back to a time when the footwear industry didn’t even know how to create a performance shoe with drop, so that’s what lifters wore. The best way to deadlift is barefoot because you’re closer to the ground, so the second best way must be with a zero drop shoe … and boom! The marketers had their hook and everyone was sold. But then comes life and you have to move — that’s a problem.

Zero drop and minimalist shoes are insanity unless you weigh 100lbs soaking wet and grew up jogging barefoot on 10 mile trails to school and work your whole life.

If that’s not you or if you ever pound the pavement, literally, you need more support.

Ballistic Trainers™ proudly have an 8mm heel-to-toe drop. It’s more than the others in the space. Ballistic stability puts less strain on the achilles tendon during lifts, with additional heel stability to support your full range of motion when running, and moving, and living, and the forefoot knit fabric is different than the Ballistic nylon because when you need to flex, you need to flex more.

And no matter what, you always have 3 arches in your foot and you need to support all three. We built the Ballistic Trainers™ functional fitness shoes with this in mind — 3X Support™ and 3X Stability across all dynamic movements.

Optimal Flexibility + Cushioning

For Jumping, Sprinting + Rope Climbs

Developing the Ballistic Trainers™

Sure, the Ballistic Trainers™ are built to perform inside of a CrossFit box. You can do snatches and cleans and jerks. You can do squats, you can do heavy lifting in them. But the real challenge was to make these the most versatile and functional shoes for training in the real world. You're not always at a box. You're not always at a gymnasium. You are out in the world training, doing weighted ruck activities, doing sandbag workouts in dirty environments, environments where you need better traction and environments where you need more support. We took each portion of the shoe and scrutinized it — built it and rebuilt it over and over to ensure they will support you no matter what you're doing or where you're doing it.

The foundation of our approach was similar to creating MACV-1™ — begin with supporting the foot and human body as it goes through dynamic movement. In footwear development, biomechanics is all about keeping the body balanced and in alignment with your center of gravity. If you're carrying weight or doing dynamic loading of the body, whether it be from a squat, clean, or snatch or anything with a ruck or sandbag — you want your body to be in a neutral state for peak power output. Proper biomechanics means your body has the best chance to stay healthy and you get to train harder without injury.

The versatility and performance of the Ballistic Trainers™ is unlike any other product out the market — with the science to prove it.

Paul Litchfield, Shoe Dog, inventor of the Reebok Pump (and 160+ other patents)

The perfect shoe for doing the work. I use them for rucking, conditioning and weight training. Durable, lightweight and breathable; a great multi-purpose shoe.

Cadre Ragnar, Special Forces

They're comfortable — secure and snug, but with good room in the toebox. They provide both a supportive platform and great flexibility.

Blayne Smith, Special Forces

3X Support™ = 3X Stability

Work Harder + Smarter

0% of this makes you stronger, or faster. And it definitely won’t make you happier. Find some friends and do the work for that. But with 3X the support and stability from Ballistic Trainers™ — for all three of your arches — you can work harder and smarter.

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Ballistic Trainers™

Functional Fitness Trainers with 3X Support™ and 3X Stability for All Three (3) of Your Arches

The new standard in functional fitness shoes with a focus on stability, backed by proven science of proper under foot support. Breathable and flexible in the forefoot, tough and stable in the midfoot to heel.

UPPER // Ballistic Nylon + Engineered Knit
MIDSOLE // Gradient Density™ EVA
OUTSOLE // Triple Compound Rubber
PROFILE // Low Top Trainer
FIT // About a half size larger than other athletic trainers (big-brands tend to run narrow).

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