- Flexible, breathable upper
- Comfortable bootie-like construction
- Good lockdown
- Rope protection system + heel slider for handstand push-ups
- Solid outsole for gym workouts
- Heel constantly slips
- Relatively stiff shoes (i.e. there’s a break-in period)
The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 are all-around good training shoes for general gym workouts and lifting.
Nike has been making a big push into the training shoes category in recent years. They’re now designing shoes to be extremely functional and capable of taking on virtually any movement. That, of course, means they won’t excel in one specific area, but they’ll be solid for everything from light running to powerlifting. Here’s what we like and don’t like about the Metcon DSX Flyknit 2.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Review – Construction
As you probably already knew, the DSX feature Nike’s proprietary Flyknit upper, which is somewhat like a sock material. It’s flexible, breathable, stretchy, and comfortable. We really appreciate having the Flyknit upper, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen from Nike before.
The shoes do, however, have great lockdown and since they have a bootie-like construction, there’s no need to worry about pulling up a tongue. They simply lock your foot to the sole plate without any overbearing pressure points or pain.
The toe box is also relatively roomy, allowing your feet to stretch out during olympic and power lifts. It even comes in handy for sprints. Again, nothing new here, but definitely a positive for the shoes.
When you flip the shoes over, you’ll see basically the same outsole as is on the Metcon 4 CrossFit shoes. It’s grippy and solid, but relatively stable and dense, making it ideal for lifts, but not so ideal for longer distance running events. In fact, if you plan to run in these shoes, don’t. While they have a 6mm heel to toe drop, we felt that they just weren’t responsive enough for any extended running.
Nike DSX Flyknit 2 Review – Stuff we don’t like
Our biggest issue with the Flyknit 2 is in the heel area. In every pair of Nike Metcon shoes, we’ve had issues with the heel slipping. Same thing on the DSX Flyknit 2. Regardless of the exercise that we’re doing, the heel slips. Just no way around it and it’s annoying. This is subjective, however, and you may not have the same issue, but judging from the other reviews on Nike’s website, you very well could experience heel slippage as well.
We might sound like a broken record with this next point, but the price at $150 is just too steep. Whatever happened to good shoes priced around $100? The current MSRP for the DSX just seems unnecessarily high to us.
The other major complaint that we had with the shoes is related to the break-in period. The shoes are relatively stiff, including the outsole. It’s just not that pliable or responsive. On the flip side of this, however, having a more stable, rigid shoe is generally better for very heavy lifting. It all depends on what you want the shoes for. And speaking of that…
Nike Metcon DSX 2 – What are they best for?
These are ideal for general workouts at the gym. There are clearly better shoes for Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and running. That said, if you want to be able to do all of those activities with just one pair of shoes, that’s what the Metcon DSX are for. You should think of lateral jumps, burpees, sprints, box jumps, battle ropes, and other functional movements. You should not think of 10 mile runs or heavy heavy clean and jerks. That’s just not what the shoes are built for.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 vs Metcon 4
These are very similar shoes, but the DSX have a bootie construction and the Metcon 4s have your traditional tongue and lacing system. The 4s also have a more low profile fit. It’s really going to come down to whether you want the bootie construction of a typical shoe construction. We happen to like both, but the heel slippage kills us. Having said that, the 4s have a 4mm heel to toe drop, while the DSX have the 6mm drop, so technically the 4s are more ideal for lifts, while the DSX are better suited for running (if you’re a heel striker). In terms of fit though, very similar.