A training shoe can be quite beneficial for a variety of reasons, which include, increased stability, increased overall performance and I find are usually better made then a standard running shoe. Today I will be doing a Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 review, this is a shoe that I have had for around a year now and overall, I am quite impressed! Within this review I will be giving an overview, going into detail on the durability, performance and appearance of the shoe. I will then give a closing opinion. Enjoy!
This shoe is made of a lightweight and breathable material called flyknit, with sticky rubber at the forefoot and textured rubber for the mid sole. The heel is made of a softer rubber as well as hard durable rubber which is used for reducing drag on certain exercises. It currently comes in 7 different colours on Nike’s website, however, you can find many other colours from other websites. Some notable features that I find to be quite helpful include the flywire, mesh heel area, and the “sock-like” material to secure your foot which replaces the tongue. I find these features allow for a more secure foot, keeping your foot cool and a more comfortable overall feel. You can check them out on Nike’s website for even more information! Let’s get into the rest of the article.
As always, durability is the first aspect of a product I talk about because I feel it is the most important. If a product doesn’t last, it doesn’t make sense to spend your hard-earned money on it despite how well it may work. Overall, I would say the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2’s have great durability. Let’s get into why I think this.
As I said, I have had this shoe for over a year now, so I am able to give a very sound opinion on its durability. I would describe this shoe as a tough, very resilient yet rather flexible and comfortable shoe. I feel this is attributed to by the lightweight but “tough” flyknit, the hard and durable rubber bottom makes for a stable lifting platform while being well made. It is the perfect balance between tough but not crazy stiff and flexible with a contouring fit without being flimsy. Also worth noting is there is a squeaky insole when it is flexed, however, I never notice this as I always have music in when training. It is something to consider though.
Because of all this, I give this shoe an 8/10 on durability. The only reason it did not receive a perfect score is that there are some signs of wear in areas such as the heel, with very minor loose lettering and a wrinkled soft rubber area. There is also noticeable rubber damage on one small spot on the front toe area, however, it is also very minor. Now as I said these are both minor things, but, they are worth pointing out seeing as I do not do CrossFit which would be much more stressful on the shoe. All in all, seeing as I have owned this shoe for about a year now, they have held up very, very nicely!
It is now time to talk about what I am sure you’re all wanting to know, does this shoe actually work? After all, even if a product lasts there is no point in owning it if it doesn’t do its job. A piece of steel will last forever, but I bet it won’t serve much of a purpose for most.
It is first important to know the main objective of the product, in this case, it is to provide a stable yet flexible and comfortable feel for lifting. This is very important for training with heavyweight especially exercises with lots of moving parts, and of course different forms of endurance training. You also need to feel comfortable in your shoes throughout the duration of the workout. You don’t need to be distracted by your heel slipping up and rubbing against the shoe.
I would say this shoe performs quite well overall, with some minor exceptions. The tough and well put together rubber out sole provides a very stable feeling, I do not feel like I am moving or “leaking” energy at all throughout heavy compound movements like the squat or snatch. In other words, the shoe doesn’t have any give to it from a compression standpoint. As far as flexibility goes, I would say it does a good job overall. I feel like there is plenty of flexibility in the forefoot, while not being too flimsy that you have no stability for lateral type movements. Where I think the shoe lacks flexibility is from the mid-point and back. I think this can be attributed to the tough rubber out sole material coming up a bit into the shoe, as well as the stiff rubber side pieces located near the heel which are there to reduce drag during rope movements. I often find it is tough for me to move freely when doing exercises involving sprints or agility, such as the 5-10-5 because of this. I don’t personally mind this because that isn’t the main reason why I bought the shoe, it was for lifting and it isn’t hugely noticeable anyways. As far as comfort goes, this is about as best as it gets for a training shoe, it strikes the perfect balance between stability and forgiveness; which makes for the perfect comfort level. Not too sturdy, and not to loose. Some factors that definitely contribute to the comfort would be the lightweight and breathable flyknit construction, contouring sock-like fit that locks in your ankle/foot and the smooth padded feel of the inner material. This together makes for a very comfortable shoe!
I would give this shoe an overall performance rating of 8/10, it does the job of being stable and comfortable very well. However, I feel like there is some room for improvement in certain parts of the shoe for flexibility. Overall, this shoe does its job very well!
Appearance is of course not the most important thing to a product, however, if you are going to buy something you might as well like the way it looks. I think the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2’s are quite an eye-pleasing shoe, I would say one of, if not the best on the market.
I personally have the metamorphic colour way, which you cannot currently find on Nike’s website, however, it can be found on others. I chose this colour way because I’ve always liked how white pops, and with the black and marble accents it couldn’t look better. I find it has a very eye-catching modern look while not being too overpowering. There are many other colourways and “special additions” you can get on Nike’s website which look quite nice as well. You can also find older colourways on other websites as there were some very nice looking original ones.
All in all, I would give this shoe a 10/10 on appearance. There isn’t any place Nike could’ve done better on the colour way I have, and from what I can tell the same applies for the other colour ways. If appearance is important to you, (which it certainly is for me), then these shoes are definitely the ones for you!
As I am sure you can now tell from my article on the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 review, this is quite an impressive shoe, I would give an overall rating of 8/10. It does a perfect job of striking the balance between being well-made and durable while still having the performance attributes of stability, flexibility and comfort. Of course, it doesn’t look half bad either. This shoe is perfect for those who don’t just do one type of training, that’s why I got them myself. I was doing different types of training at different times, such as powerlifting where I needed the stability, circuit training where flexibility and stability were key; and it was also nice to have a flashy shoe that was comfortable and performed well for my hypertrophy training. So if you’re looking for a shoe that can perform for various types of training… even CrossFit I suppose, haha, then this is the shoe for you!
P.S – This shoe would actually make for a great CrossFit shoe because CrossFit incorporates different types of training which is where this shoe thrives!
If you are interested in this shoe, I will be leaving a link below where you can find them:
Order them from Amazon
Please note that the Amazon link is the one I had for use, however, you can find them cheaper elsewhere at places like Eastbay or Nike. Many people do prefer ordering from Amazon though, especially if they have Amazon Prime.
I thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope you were able to benefit from the information! As always, if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave them below and I will be sure to reply! Be ready for my next article, which I will be posting later in the week!