Nike Metcon 4 Vs. Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

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In December 2017, Nike dropped two cross training shoes that were updated versions of their current models. These updated cross training models included the Nike Metcon 4 and the Nike DSX Flyknit 2. The Nike DSX Flyknit 2 was released on December 1st, while the Metcon 4 officially dropped December 19th.

To the unknowing eye, it can be tough to differentiate between the two, but there are a fair amount of differences. In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive look into the Nike Metcon 4 and the Nike DSX Flyknit 2. We’ll look at what makes these shoes similar, along with the in-depth differences you may not be able to find so easily.

Nike Metcon 4 Vs. Nike DSX Flyknit 2

Construction

Nike Metcon 4

The construction of the Nike Metcon 4 is one way it differentiates itself from the DSX Flyknit 2. For starters, the outer shoe material on the Metcon 4 is sandwich mesh and uses Nike’s Flywire, which is a slightly stiffer material compared to Nike’s Flyknit material. There’s less of a stretch in the Flywire, so it feels a tad more stiff (relatively speaking).

Nike Metcon 4 Construction

There’s a 4mm offset in the sole, so a strength athlete will feel stable in this shoe. The tongue is a lightweight leather material, which is lightweight and breathable. Towards the heel, there’s a plastic heel cup to provide additional heel support. On the forefoot, there’s a sticky rubber, and that’s said to provide extra grip on multiple surfaces.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

Similar to the Nike Metcon 4, the DSX Flyknit 2 also uses Flywire material, but more towards the front of the shoe. The mid-foot and heel is composed of Nike’s Flyknit and it’s a little more stretchy in feeling, it’s almost sock-like. In addition, the Flyknit material is much more thin and breathable compared to the Nike Metcon 4. Also, it should be noted that the heel in the DSX Flyknit 2 has extra padding that sits slightly separate from the rest of the shoe.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Construction

There’s a 6mm offset in the sole, which isn’t a huge difference compared to the Metcon 4, but it’s a subtle difference you could feel in cardio movements. Basically, the heel on these shoes are slightly higher than other cross training shoes, which mimics your standard tennis shoe design a bit more. Similar to the Metcon 4s, the DSX Flyknit 2s also have a plastic heel clip and sticky rubber for grip.

Check out and explore more Nike Metcon 4 colorways and options, here

If I had to pick a winner, I’d have to take the Nike Metcon 4. In my opinion, I like a little more stability when reaching for a cross training shoe, so the Metcon 4’s stiffer Flywire material and 4mm sole offset take the win.

Winner: Nike Metcon 4

Functionality

When it comes to functionality between these two shoes the devil’s in the details. Both shoes can support cross training style workouts well, but they’ll provide slightly different feelings, which should be accounted for.

Nike Metcon 4

The Nike Metcon 4 will provide a bit more stability in workouts, especially with heavy loaded movements. There’s the full shoe Flywire that provides a flexible, yet slightly more stiff feeling compared to the DSX Flyknit 2. Also, the 4mm offset keeps the heel a bit more grounded, and it will feel slightly harder on impact.

Nike Metcon 4 Functionality

The heel clip is nice tough for additional heel stability and I like the forefoot’s sticky rubber. If you’re performing strength or power movements, these shoes will provide you with a stable base. The only thing I’d note is that the sole’s material is a bit stiff, so endurance moves may feel a bit harder on the body.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

The Metcon 4 may provide more stability, but the DSX Flyknit 2 offers more flexibility. This shoe will provide a stable base to move on, but it’s much more maneuverable around the heel and mid-foot. You can see in the image below how thin the material is that encloses the shoe, and it has some stretch to it. This will will never feel bulky or heavy on the foot.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Functionality

Like the Metcon 4, the heel clip adds some stability to the heel since this shoe is slightly more flexible. In strength and power movements this shoe feels okay, but it gains the edge on more endurance based activities. The 6mm offset and flexible construction makes it slightly easier on impact for these style activities.

It’s hard to really give you a definitive winner for functionality. My recommendation would be to assess what you value most in a cross training shoe. The Metcon 4 will have a slight edge on stability, while the DSX Flyknit 2 has the edge in flexibility.

Winner: Tie

Material

Nike Metcon 4

The outer material for the Metcon 4 is composed a sandwich mesh. On the outer most part of the shoe is Nike’s Flywire, which is flexible, breathable, and pretty resilient to prematurely fraying from things like ropes. In addition, the toe of the Metcon 4 has a wider lip that comes up on it, so it looks less like your standard tennis shoe. Lastly, the padding around the ankle is thicker compared to the DSX Flyknit 2 and the insole is slightly skinnier.

Nike Metcon 4 Material

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

The DSX Flyknit 2 is composed of two signature Nike materials and that’s the Flyknit (hence the name) and Flywire. The mid-foot and toe are Flywire, while the heel is Flyknit and stretches to form fit the ankle, it provides a sock-like feeling. There’s an additional heel padding to provide extra security and stability. There’s a bigger lip on this shoe compared to the Metcon 4 and the insole is a little bit more padded.

[Interested in other Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 color schemes? Check them out here!]

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Material

Both shoe’s offer solid materials that have proven to be durable, breathable, and performance enhancing in them gym. It’s going to really come down to your preference, but in terms of pure material, I was a fan of the DSX Flyknit 2’s feeling for all day use.

Winner: Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

Security

Nike Metcon 4

This shoe provides a fair amount of security for being a lower cut cross training shoe. It had three things going for it when it comes to security on the foot. First, there are six eyelets compared to the previous model’s five. You can now lace the shoe up higher if you desire. Second, I like the plastic heel cup that surrounds that back portion of the shoe.

Nike Metcon 4 Security

Third, I’m a fan of the outsole that wraps up the mid-foot on both the inside and outside, it helped provide additional shoe security in lateral movements.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

If we’re looking at pure shoe security, the DSX Flyknit 2 offers a fair amount, but when compared to the Metcon 4 it falls a tad short for two reasons. For starters, this shoe only has five eyelets compared to the Metcon 4’s six. Secondly, the surrounding material towards the back of the shoe is somewhat stretchy, so it’s not the most secure fit.

Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 Security

Although, keep in mind, these above traits are in direct comparison to the Metcon 4 directly. This shoe is a secure option and will provide you a secure feeling in workouts, it’s just a bit more flexible compared to the Metcon 4, thus making it fall short on security in this shoe comparison.

Winner: Nike Metcon 4

Price

Nike Metcon 4 and Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2

Both of these shoes are relatively new to the market, so they’re still being retailed at full price at most locations. Their prices are align with other big company’s cross training models, so if you’re shopping around, then you’ll probably notice there’s not much variance in retail prices.

Below we’ve included the average prices you can expect to pay for each model.

Shoe ModelPrice 
Nike Metcon 4$130.00
Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2$150.00

 

Winner: Nike Metcon 4

Nike Metcon 4

Overall Winner: Nike Metcon 4

If I had to choose an overall winner between these shoes, then I’d have to go with the Nike Metcon 4 for two main reasons. One, it’s stable and secure, which is what I look for in a cross training shoe. In my opinion, I don’t want a cross training shoe to feel too much like a tennis shoe because that’s not what it’s designed for. Two, the price is a bit better than the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2s.

In reality, both shoes are solid options, and they’ll serve their purpose well. If you’re someone who wants a slightly more flexible and “tennis shoe” feeling cross trainer, then the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit 2 would be a better option despite the higher price.

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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.