Facts

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  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 9.4oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
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Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many fitness enthusiasts lauded the versatility of the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit.
  • A lot of users liked the mixture of snugness and flexibility offered by the Flyknit upper.
  • Several training aficionados loved that the soft cushion gave way for comfortable landings during box jumps and pull-up bar exercises.
  • Some expert reviewers praised the sticky rubber sole for its traction.
  • The seamless Flyknit material made the upper more durable, according to some users.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A majority of users and expert reviewers complained about the shoe’s squeaky insole.
  • A few wearers griped about the low quality of the shoelaces.
  • One buyer reported that the inner lining tore after only a month of daily gym sessions.
  • The shoe’s flexible upper and compressible midsole were deemed as deterrents to a proper weightlifting form.
  • One user warned overpronators and flat footers against using this trainer as its platform caters to neutral pronators.
  • Some reviewers found the $160 price tag too steep for the shoe’s overall performance and construction.

Bottom line

The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit is a shoe that can stand up to the varied CrossFit WODs and functional fitness training, according to numerous testers. The trainer was appreciated for its comfort, a flexible yet snug fit, sticky grip, and well-rounded performance. However, some users felt that the heavy support that the other Metcons are known for was compromised in order to make the Metcon DSX Flyknit more versatile. It was also found to be too expensive for what it has to offer.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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79 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible

    I would definitely recommend picking one up.

  • 65 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible

    Great idea, except when you’re sacrificing what make’s the Nike Metcon’s such an excellent shoe: their stability.

  • 75 / 100 | FloElite

    The Metcon DSX Flyknit are by far the most comfortable training shoe I’ve owned and while I wouldn’t put them into a meatgrinder with incredibly heavy or destructive workouts, they are more than capable in most training sessions.

  • 66 / 100 | RIZKNOWS

    No major upgrades over the Metcon 2 – People love them but they are not our favorite CrossFit shoes.

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Updates to Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit

  • The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit is designed to be a more lightweight and well-rounded shoe compared with the other Metcons. It is made with CrossFit in mind, making it perfect for box jumps, short runs, and other plyometric and cardio-focused exercises. It also aims to give enough support for moderate weightlifting although Nike had to sacrifice some of its steadiness to make it a Jack-of-All-Trades shoe.
  • Its design shares the iconic look with the previous Metcons, but has its own flair due to the new Flyknit upper. It is a breathable, stretchy yet snug material that is meant to provide a sock-like fit.
  • The Metcon DSX Flyknit also comes with a firm removable midsole with a 6-mm drop (a 2-mm increase from the Nike Metcon 3). It also features a softer and more flexible forefoot to meet a wide variety of training needs.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit size and fit

The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit is available in both men’s and women’s versions. It tends to run on a small side, so it is recommended to try the shoe in person before purchasing. It is offered in a D – Medium width option for men and in B – Medium for women. The shoe may have a tighter feel in the upper area due to the foot-hugging Flyknit material.

Outsole

The outsole of the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit has a strong grip due to its sticky rubber compound. Nike retained the textured treading that was prominent in the Nike Metcon 3. Another inherited feature is the textured rubber wrap that protects the midfoot from abrasion during rope climbing.

Midsole

The Metcon DSX Flyknit utilizes a drop-in dual-density midsole. It is designed to be firmer in the heel section for stability and softer in the forefoot for flexibility.

Upper

The upper unit features the innovative Flyknit technology. It is a stretchy, supportive, and breathable material that aims to give a snug yet comfortable fit.

It is also coupled with eyelets made from strong Flywire cables to ensure that the foot is locked in place no matter how dynamic the movements are.

A firm yet lightweight TPU heel counter sits on the back of the shoe. It helps in preventing the foot from wobbling and maintaining steadiness when lifting weights.