Facts

  • 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

    Cross-training

    Multi-purpose training shoes which can be used for a wide variety of exercises. See *cross-training 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
    $150
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm
  • Width
    Men: Narrow, Normal
    Women: Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
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A top rated Nike training shoe
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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    The DSX Flyknit 2s are an excellent, excellent training shoe and I highly recommend them if you don't mind spending the extra money.

  • 91 / 100 | Garage Gym Reviews | | Level 3 expert

    After training in the shoes, we can confidently say they're one of the best training shoes currently available.

  • 80 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | | Level 3 expert

    The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 are all-around good training shoes for general gym workouts and lifting.

  • 90 / 100 | Daniel Ince | Level 1 expert

    I really like the Flyknit aspect of this shoes, it gives a nice secure fit; it gives a snug-like, sock-like fit.

  • 90 / 100 | David Gora | Level 1 expert

    After spending a few hours wearing the shoe, both walking around and training with this shoe, I have to say that this has probably been one of the best training shoes I've ever had in my entire life.

  • 90 / 100 | BOXROX | | Level 1 expert

    The combination of the stable sole and flexible and newly designed upper creates a training shoe that is much more versatile than you would expect.

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The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 is a lightweight CrossFit trainer designed to withstand grueling workout routines. The "DSX" abbreviation in the name of the shoe stands for: Distance, Stamina, Cross-training.

DSX Flykit 2 vs. DSX Flyknit

Banking on the success of the original Metcon DSX Flyknit, this version features the same sturdy outsole with the tri-star tread pattern for exceptional grip on various surfaces. The rubber wraps up both sides of the shoe, protecting the knit upper during rope climbs.

- Like its predecessor, this model uses Nike’s proprietary Flyknit technology for the top half of the footwear. However, the upper has been redesigned and now sports a sock-like construction.

- What’s new in this version is the drop-in midsole. Though it is still 6 mm thick, the density and flexibility of this insert have changed. It is more flexible and less compressible compared to the old ones which appeared to be squishy.

- The back of the shoe lost its traditional collar and was replaced by a heel tab cushion. The heel clip is also less pronounced, but according to Nike, it’s more for aesthetic reasons than performance. However, this construction gets revised in the next iteration of the shoe, the Metcon Flyknit 3. The newer version sports a generously padded cleatie collar which extends up at both the front and the heel to keep the footwear securely around the ankle and eliminate undesirable heel slipping.

The Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 employs a full-length rubber outsole. The tri-star tread pattern delivers multi-directional traction. It is sticky in the forefoot area for added grip during sled pushes or other activities that require pushing off from the toes.

The rubber compound wraps the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot and serves as a rope guard. The textured surface helps the footwear grip the rope better when climbing while protecting the Flyknit upper from abrasion. The rubber also extends to the quarters and forms a heel clip that holds the back of the foot securely to keep it steady during explosive movements.

Designed with a low-to-the-ground sole unit, the Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 lacks a fixed midsole layer. It does, however, have a 6-mm drop-in insert that aims to bring shock absorption and protection to the underfoot. The removable midsole is also flexible to allow natural foot flexion. The component is made of dense rubber that does not readily compress to deliver a steady platform.

The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 utilizes the brand’s proprietary Flyknit technology. This fabric was crafted in response to the athletes’ need for a barely-there shoe that fits like a sock. It has been applied in many of Nike’s trainers.

In this model, the upper sports a single, continuous piece of Flyknit that resembles a sock. The form-fitting material is designed to be breathable, flexible and durable, not to mention supportive during workouts. The low-cut profile allows for unrestricted ankle mobility.

Because of its sock-like design, a lightly padded heel tab is used at the rear section to keep the Achilles comfortable and prevent blisters from forming. Pull loops are present on the attached tongue and the back of the heel tab. They make it easier for a user to put the shoe on given how it lacks a traditionally adjustable throat.

The footwear has a lace-up structure in the instep area. It does not function as a closure system, but a way for wearers to customize the fit of the upper. The laces integrate with the Flywire technology. The cables become taut when the laces are tightened, resulting in enhanced lateral support to the midfoot.

An internal heel counter cups the back of the foot. It prevents slippage and delivers a locked-down feel.

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