We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A majority of consumers lauded the Nike Metcon Repper DSX for being a very comfortable all-around trainer.
  • Most of the reviewers found the shoe to be true to size.
  • The sole received a lot of praises for being flexible and cushiony enough for jogging and cardio workouts.
  • Training enthusiasts stated that the footwear offered a stable platform for lifting weights.
  • The design and colorways were favored by many buyers.
  • The price was deemed affordable for a Metcon shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The most pressing issue buyers had with the Metcon Repper DSX was its durability as the seams ripped after a few months of use.
  • Some stated that it sat too low and dug into their ankle.

Bottom line

Training aficionados were pleased that the shoe performed well for all sorts of activities, from running to lifting. It also delivered excellent quality for its price and became the go-to cross-training shoe for droves of people.

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The types of training which involve metabolic conditioning have gained considerable popularity over the past few years. As one of the largest athletic brands, Nike could not stay behind and has released a series of training shoes, known as the Metcons, dedicated to that specific purpose.

The Nike Metcon Repper DSX was constructed with running and jumping in mind. It is reflected in the “DSX” abbreviation of the shoe’s name which stands for “Distance. Stamina. Cross-training.” Thus, it offers a bit more cushioning than the popular Metcon 4.

The outsole is made of a solid, sticky rubber that delivers traction. It also protects the midsole from the potentially damaging effects of continued use.

Flex grooves are present in the forefoot area to facilitate movement. They essentially accommodate the natural bending of the toes as the foot prepares to lift off the ground.

The heel part of the Metcon Repper DSX is flat to provide stability while lifting weights.

The Nike Metcon Repper DSX features a Phylon midsole, which is a type of cushion made from ethylene-vinyl acetate foam. This material undergoes a series of changes as a result of compression, heat treatment, and cooling. EVA is a popular choice for shoes because it is lightweight, durable and flexible.

The outer midfoot of the shoe has a textured rubber overlay that assists during rope climbs.

The upper of the Metcon Repper DSX is made from mesh which is both breathable and lightweight. It has a padded tongue and collar that secures the foot.

Its flat laces keep the plush tongue in place via a small slot on top. It passes through the eyelet where it connects with the Flywire cables in the midfoot area.

Flywire is a cable made from Vectran, a type of material created from a liquid-crystal polymer which is extremely strong and flexible. Pulling on the laces tightens the Flywire and locks the foot down. It also delivers support during lateral movements.

It has thermoplastic polyurethane overlays present at the toe box for protection and at the heel to keep the foot in place. A combination of hard plastic and soft silicone, TPU is elastic, resistant to abrasion, and oil or grease.

Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes,, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.