What is it? This is the information and description from Nike’s website: BREATHABLE AND STABLEDesigned with breathable fabric and stabilizing Flywire cables, the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Men’s Training Shoe offers lightweight ventilation and lockdown for intense cross-training activities from lifting to sprinting.
Foot-hugging Flyknit is snug, lightweight and breathable
Foam cushioning provides stability and comfort
Heel clip helps reduce drag during wall exercises
Sticky rubber in forefoot for traction and firm rubber in heel for stability
Flyknit Origins Nike Flyknit technology was inspired by feedback from runners seeking a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock. Nike embarked on a four-year mission with teams of programmers, engineers and designers to create the technology needed to make the knit upper with static properties for structure and durability. Then the precise placement of support, flexibility and breathability—all in one layer—was refined. The result is a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper. This unprecedented precision maximizes performance while reducing the material waste of traditional cut and sew by an average of 60%. The equivalent of six recycled plastic bottles are used in every pair of Flyknit shoes, saving millions of pounds of material from reaching landfills.
What do I think? While I’ve worn and trained in every Nike Metcon that has been made, this was my first time grinding out some workouts in the DSX Flynits. The first version of this shoe was very popular, but several people I talked to had issues with them tearing out in the upper, especially along the ball of the foot. Now that I’ve had some time to train in these, I’ve been very impressed. The heel cup is a separate cushioned section and does a great job cradling the back of the foot and ankle. I wasn’t sure about the one-piece Flynit upper but it really does conform to the top of the foot and you don’t have to worry about the tongue of your shoe folding over. These are great to squat in as well as lifting and gymnastics movements like double unders. The best part is that they are not showing any signs of that infamous Nike Metcon “squeak”.
Why do you need it & when should you use it? Whether you have been a fan of the Nike Metcon series or if you’ve considered making the switch to the Flynit side, I would recommend that you give these a shot. Solidly constructed and form fitting to your foot, the DSX Flynit 2 is a solid performance shoe.