Who should buy the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 is a lightweight CrossFit trainer designed to withstand grueling workout routines. The acronym "DSX" stands for Distance, Stamina, and Cross-training. It is a solid option if: 

  • You are into CrossFit and other high-intensity workouts and need a pair supportive enough during explosive movements. 
  • You are looking for a shoe that offers enough grip when rope climbing. 

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Updates to the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

  • The upper was redesigned in this version. It now sports a sock-like construction. 
  • It has a more flexible drop-in midsole and is less compressible compared to the old ones which appeared squishy.
  • The traditional collar was replaced by a heel tab cushion. The heel clip is also less pronounced which is more for aesthetic reasons than performance according to Nike. 

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Multi-directional traction

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.

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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.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Outsole Rope Climbing

Shock-absorbent midsole

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.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Midsole

Breathable upper

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.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Upper

Anti-heel slippage

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.

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

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Heel Tab

Enhanced lateral support

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.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Drop: 6mm
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Jan 2017
Collection: Nike Metcon
BRAND Brand: Nike
Colorways: Black / White / Red

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years 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 Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.