Sneaker Spotlight: Metcon DSX Flyknit

If high intensity workouts, heavy lifting and explosive sprints are part of your regular training routine – Nike has created the perfect shoe for you.

Last month, Nike released the Metcon DSX Flyknit – heralded as the brand’s most versatile and adaptable trainer yet. It’s the latest addition to the Metcon range (short for metabolic conditioning) which was built specifically for cross training and popular for being extremely stable and durable during the toughest of workouts.

Taking into account the diversity and demands of balanced training routines, the Metcon DSX Flyknit was designed for those who incorporate a mix of strength and cardio drills. Essentially, it’s your all-purpose training shoe that can take on anything from a 400m run to rope climbs, burpees and squats.

It’s the first Metcon to be produced using Flyknit technology which means it’s lighter, more flexible and breathable and provides a more tailored fit than its predecessors.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is the sole. If you’ve never worn cross fit or lifting shoes before, you’ll find the Metcon’s a little more rigid and grounded than what you’re used to – however the DSX Flyknits are not as stiff as the Metcon 3’s. Both are designed to be tough enough to withstand explosive lifts in the heel (support in the form of a rubber heel clip) but softer in midfoot to provide better cushioning with plyometrics and cardio-focused movements. It also has a 6mm drop (essentially how much taller the heel is than the forefoot) meaning the shoe is flat and low to the ground. The Metcon DSX provides a strong, stable platform for explosive lifts – especially the deadlift. The shoe also feels a little wider around the front to allow for natural splay in the toes for enhanced stability.

The Metcon DSX Flyknit has quickly become my new favourite functional training shoes (I know I say this every time I review a trainer but it really gets better and better) especially for those strength workouts where I combine lifting with more explosive and cardio based movements. It’s one of those shoes where you can comfortably squat and deadlift in and just as easily do broad jumps, box jumps and sprints. Keep in mind it’s not as heavy and strong as the original Metcon range but has more of focus on varied and versatile workouts – a shoe with enough cushioning and flexibility to jump and run in but still stable enough to lift in.

The Metcon DSX Flyknit is available now in mens and women’s sizing from Nike.

Image by Christine Ai

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