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And here it is – the newest member of Nike’s Metcon line – The Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2!
While everyone is still holding their breath waiting for the Metcon 4 that’s coming up in January 2018, the new generation of the new Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit’s is already standing up to the hype.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Design
There are some changes that Nike introduced in its new model.
The first and most noticeable thing is the missing separate tongue. Instead, it’s one-piece construction and the upper part reminds a little bit of a sock.
The outsole, to no surprise, is the same as one of the originals. The stiff and firm rubber outsole extends up the sides, which is proven to be very helpful during exercises like rope climbs.
The drop-in midsole is extremely spongy and offers a ton of cushioning. Compared to the members of the original Nike Metcon Line, like the Metcon 3’s for example, the Nike DSX Flyknit 2’s have a slightly bigger heel-to-toe drop.
There’s an extra cushion located at the heel counter, which prevents the foot from slipping out and gives additional comfort.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Performance
Not gonna lie, the one-piece construction threw me off at first (when I saw pictures online).
For once, I didn’t think it would look as cool as it actually does on the foot, but most importantly – I didn’t think the top part would be sturdy enough to support any lateral or cutting movements.
Thankfully, I was wrong!
The upper part of the shoe, made from Nike’s famous Flyknit material, is sturdier than expected (although there’s probably some room for improvement there), and the shoe truly looks amazing! Nike delivered once again.
My first reaction when I put the shoes on was – “Wow, these feel so comfy!”
As already mentioned, they have a lot more cushioning in the midsole, compared to other Metcons.
By keeping the same outsole as the originals, they manage to offer a lot of stability as well. In my opinion, a very well-balanced and gracefully made combination.
As you know (and if you don’t, check out Choosing the right running and training shoe), running shoes have a lot more cushion, compared to trainers.
The less cushioning they have, the more stability they give, which makes them appropriate for heavy lifts and movements like squats, deadlifts, etc.
This is why the whole Metcon line (and any other CrossFit shoe) aims to combine both qualities in one shoe and so far they seem to be doing a pretty good job.
If I have to be honest, I am not the biggest fan of running in my Metcon 2’s or Metcon 1’s (they are alright for short runs), but they perform well in movements like box jumps or burpees.
Of course, they are excellent for heavy lifts. With the new Metcon Flyknit’s though, I have zero problems with running and so far they perform great with heavy lifts as well.
Fingers crossed that they stay like that over time.
If I had to point out the weak side of the model, it would probably be the laces.
I don’t think they are attached to the shoe the best way possible. I have the feeling that if you tie them a bit tighter, they might rip the upper part of the shoe, but time will show.
As I mentioned before, I was pleasantly surprised how firm that Flyknit upper part of the shoe is, but I think they could have made it just a tiny bit stiffer.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Final Thoughts
Overall, those are just minor complaints.
The shoe looks beautiful and stylish and the comfort level is beyond anything I have experienced before.
It became my favorite training shoe from the moment I put them on and despite the heavy price tag, I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a multipurpose shoe for functional training and Crossfit workouts.
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Colours:
What about you?
- What’s your favourite shoe for training?
- Do you use specific shoes for the different type of workouts you do?