ASICS: A runner’s guide

Published 23rd November 2020 by mymo

ASICS have been around since the late 1970’s and have been a market leader in the running world for many years. Their blend of great running shoes, long lasting technical apparel and unavoidable marketing means they are not to be ignored. Their Frontrunner programme draws together superb advertising with runners of all abilities, showing us ASICS is a running brand for everyone.

ASICS has a shoe for every runner. Whether you are a mileage fan, prefer shorter racier distances, or you’d rather be out there on the trails, they have a shoe for you. But this breadth of choice can make ASICS feel a little confusing. Here’s our gentle jog through the most well-known ASICS running shoes to help you choose which might be best for you.

Gel Kayano

Perhaps the most well-known, Gel Kayano is currently on its 27th edition. This is a stability shoe that offers support to runners who overpronate, but the many tweaks and improvements it has been through means it’s become a lightweight racier version of its former self. Gel Kayano offers maximum cushioning so it’s a great choice for longer running, and the male and female fit should mean you can find your perfect pair.

Gel Cumulus

At a glance, you might mix these up with the Kayano, but this is a neutral shoe for runners who don’t need support. The slightly lower price tag is great, but there are no obvious perks missed out. Cumulus is a lighter-feel road shoe that will suit tempo and longer runs, and the extra cushioning provides great comfort. The best part of the newest update to this shoe (version 22) is the replaced rubber sole that offers runners a ton of extra miles of wear.

Evoride

Not to be confused with GlideRide (up next!). Evoride is ASICS’ most affordable neutral racer featuring the Flytefoam propel foam and Guidesole technology that is said to give runners a great heel to toe transition. At just 258g (men’s) and 5mm drop, it certainly feels like a racing shoe, and the great toe-spring feel means it will translate well to racing shorter or longer distances.

Glideride

If you have slightly more to spend on your lightweight shoes for racing or tempo, take a look at Glideride. As with Evoride, this is a shoe combining the energy return bounce of Flytefoam with the Guidesole technology in a 5mm drop shoe. The difference is Glideride’s stiff forefoot and dynamically curved sole which promises an increased running efficiency by reducing the movement of the ankle joint. They have that ‘rocker’ look that we see in so many racing shoes on the road.

Novablast

Novablast is another of ASICS neutral running shoes that is great for tempo workouts and racing. Offering maximum cushioning through Flytefoam Blast midsole, it guarantees a landing with bounce. Novablast is higher off the ground than most of ASICS’ other running styles, promoting improved comfort over longer distances. This could be a racing shoe for winter and spring evenings, as a reflective detail provides extra visibility.

Dynaflyte 

Dynaflyte is easily confused with the Novablast, with even their price tags being very similar- Dynaflyte retailing at slightly more. It’s a racy shoe great for neutral runners looking for a shoe for tempo running or racing, but it doesn’t have the same stacked look as the Novablast. Combining Flytefoam with rear GEL technology, Dynaflyte also has an edge in ASICS’ I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) technology which promises to ensure you get a cleaner stride, strategically enhancing your natural gait. 

Metaracer

Metaracer sits somewhere between the high stack shoes we see from other manufacturers and ASICS’ more traditional racing shoes. Metaracer features a carbon plate and Guidesole technology that helps energy return with every stride. The great eye-catching colour makes Metaracer unmistakably ASICS, and with a new prototype version already debuting at the Elite London Marathon in October 2020, we think it might just keep getting better. 

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