The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's are the latest CrossFit training shoes Nike has released in their Metcon line. The Flyknit 2's improve in just about every area over the originals except for the outsole. After training in the shoes, we can confidently say they're one of the best training shoes currently available.
Table of contents
- Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 vs. Nike Metcon 3
- Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 review
- Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 colorways
- Suggested improvements
- Full rating
- Where to purchase
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 vs. Nike Metcon 3
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 review
If you're someone who partakes in functional fitness/CrossFit (you likely are if you're reading this) then you have a TON of options for training shoes.
When CrossFit originated, there were only a few realistic options (remember Vibram 5 Fingers?), and then the Reebok Nano 2.0's came out which changed the game. Since then, it seems that every company making shoes wants to take a stab at grabbing some of the share in the CrossFit shoe market.
Nike started to notice the growth of CrossFit and decided to create their own line of shoes, which I am reviewing today.
The Metcon line of shoes from Nike are likely the most popular training shoes in the world. I see people all over, whether at a CrossFit box or not wearing Metcons. Nike has taken their understanding of limited releases along with producing outstanding shoes to begin dominating yet another market.
The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 is, in my opinion, one of their best creations yet.
Before we dig into the shoe, it must be understood that the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 is a completely different animal from the original DSX Flyknit's. Sure, they share the same outsole, but aside from that, these are an entirely different shoe.
To be honest, I was very much not a fan of the original DSX Flyknit's. They were bulky, uncomfortable, and ugly. The Nike Metcon 3's as illustrated in our guide for the Best Training Shoes are an excellent shoe, but their more expensive counterpart, the DSX Flyknits were pretty subpar.
To start with, as already said, the outsole on the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's are the same as the originals. This isn't a bad thing, just something to understand when upgrading. The outsole on the Flyknit's as well as the Nike Metcon 3's and the upcoming Nike Metcon 4's is my favorite out of any shoe. It's been so well done in fact that many others have copied the design, including the Altra HIIT XT's (another excellent pair of shoes).
The outsole has a unique pattern using sticky rubber that extends up the sides of the shoe to prevent the upper from ripping during movements like rope climbs while also allowing extra grip on the rope.
The midsole on the DSX Flyknit 2's is similar to the originals but also very different. It's similar in the fact that it's a drop-in midsole, meaning the footbed and midsole are all one piece.
If you used any of the previous Metcon's, you're likely aware of the dreaded squeaking that's been associated with the shoes after a bit of use. This squeaking comes from the midsole rubbing against the side of the shoes. This same squeaking is possible with the DSX Flyknit 2's. However, I haven't experienced any issues yet.
The drop-in midsole of the latest DSX Flyknit 2's actually has much more cushion than the originals. The originals featured a black rubber, while the new ones have a white rubber midsole that is more spongy. I did notice them being more comfortable, however, I'm curious if over time that comfort will lead to less stability under load.
One of the big differences between training shoes and running shoes is the amount of cushioning in the midsole. A more minimal amount of cushion lends itself to more stability in movements like the squat, deadlift, and Olympic lifts. For CrossFit, this is absolutely imperative. I will update this review as the shoes get more worn in, but up to this point, I haven't noticed any issues with the shoes being too cushioned.
While we're discussing the midsole, it's important to point out that the heel to toe drop is also a higher than most other training shoes. The Nike DSX Flyknit 2's feature a 6mm heel to toe drop while shoes like the Reebok Nano 7 Weave and the Nike Metcon 3's have a 4mm drop. If you prefer a 0mm drop (which I do), then the Altra HIIT XT's are a great option.
6mm isn't a huge difference from 4mm (only 2mm for those who don't do math real good), but it's a difference none the less. For those used to running with a heel strike and extra cushion, you'll prefer the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's to most other training options currently on the market.
The upper of the shoe is what has really changed. The material remains the revolutionary Flyknit that Nike introduced many years ago. However, it's a much stiffer construction. The original DSX Flyknit's were much too flexible and although they did indeed have a sock-like feel, for any sort of cutting and lateral movement (not often done in CrossFit, I know) they were awful. Don't get me started on using them for burpees.
The new upper formulation on the Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's is EXCELLENT. I would still prefer them to be even stiffer in the upper, but they are a huge improvement over the originals.
Outside of the stiffness of the Flyknit, the other major change in the upper is the removal of a separate tongue and instead of a one-piece construction. This, in my opinion, is the best feature of the new DSX Flyknit 2's.
Flyknit is one of the only materials that allows Nike to create a one-piece shoe that remains tight to the foot, but also flexible enough to be taken on and off. Not including a one-piece construction on original DSX Flyknit's was a BIG mistake and I'm glad they've corrected it in their latest offering.
The shoe is still a low top, but no longer will the shoe dig into your ankles and Achilles. The sock-like upper wraps the foot creating a solid feel for any shaped foot (even my boney, thin, skeleton looking feet) and removes any pressure points that come with many other shoes.
Seriously, the upper on these is one of my favorites of any shoes.
They also look pretty good in my opinion. Granted, I think the Metcon 3's are the best LOOKING training shoes on the market, but the new DSX Flyknit 2's aren't too bad either. Leave it to Nike to create a shoe that is both aesthetically pleasing and incredibly well performing.
Another improvement of the new DSX Flyknit 2's is the heel counter. The heel counter is used to reinforce the heel cup of the shoe and is definitely necessary on a pair of shoes with a knit upper. The DSX Flyknit 2's keep the foot locked in with minimal heel slippage. This is also due to the extra cushion located on the back of the shoe to provide comfort for the Achilles.
As expected with a knit material, the shoe is very breathable. Thanks to a lot of ventilation in the forefoot, your feet should experience a lot of airflow. This is nice, especially when working out in 100-degree heat with no A/C in the garage gym.
Overall, the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's are a great pair of training shoes and ones I would recommend for anyone focusing on CrossFit-style training.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 colorways
As always, Nike has come out with many different colorways for the Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's. Here are a few:
Matte Silver/Light Silver/Sail
Black/Chile Red/Vast Grey
Although I'm a big fan of the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2's, there are a couple of improvements still to be made.
The most notable area for improvement is the laces. This is a VERY easy fix, but the laces on the DSX Flyknit 2's are to put it simply: poorly done. No matter how tight I tie them, they come undone within a matter of minutes unless they're double knotted (which I will not do because I am not five years old.)
The second area that could be better is to make the upper even stiffer. The upper on the original DSX Flyknits was much too flexible, and although these latest shoes are stiffer, I believe they could benefit from even more stiffness to help keep the foot locked in during lateral movements.