Gym rats who love their Nikes and Crossfit “athletes” who prefer their shoes with a swoosh instead of whatever Reebok’s logo is, the shoe you’ve been waiting for is here. That’s right, Nike just announced a new update to their Metcon gym sneaker and we’re getting two of them: the Nike Metcon 3 and the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit.
As with previous Metcon silhouettes, these trainers are aimed at high-intensity training, whether for those who spend their gym time doing strength drills or cardio-based workouts. And, yes, they’re seriously marketing this hard to the Crossfit crowd, which should make for some fun trade of barbs between Nike and Reebok’s marketing departments in the near future.
While they’re two different silhouettes, the Nike Metcon 3 and the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit, of course, share similarities. That includes a firm rubber outsole and external heel counter for better stability, along with sticky rubber and molded flex groove in the forefoot for increased flexibility and a whole lot more traction during movement. Rope wraps deliver better support and protection during rope climbing workouts, while a low-profile heel clip minimizes drag during wall exercises.
The big difference, of course, is the upper construction. As you can tell by the name, the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit comes with a knitted upper, complete with Flywire at the midfoot (for a locked-in fit), an elevated 6mm offset, and a drop-in articulated cushioning system. The Metcon 3, on the other hand, has a ballistic mesh and embroidered TPU upper, with a flat platform and a low 4mm offset to support heavy lifting.
The Nike Metcon 3 and the Nike Metcon DSX Flyknit will hit stores in January 6.