You know what you’re getting when you get an Asics shoe. Asics has been making high quality running shoes for over 60 years. Typically, they are durable, comfortable, and offer great protection. While their Gel series is their most well-known and one of the best running shoe series on the market, they offer a wide variety of styles. Asics latest series is the DynaFlyte, which is designed to be a lightweight shoe that still offers effective cushioning. Does it succeed?
- Well-cushioned midsole.
- Responsive ride than you can feel underneath your foot.
- Extremely durable all around, from the upper to the outsole.
- Unique design that stands out on the road.
- Can be worn without socks.
- Not as light as one would think.
The mini square pods that are prevalent in the forefoot help with the grip and traction on the road. While not part of the gel series, there is a gel packet in the heel of the outsole that gives the runner a little extra cushion. The outsole also features an outside crash rail that is part of the shoe’s FlyteFoam technology. This technology gives you a soft landing and protects your foot when you strike the ground. Asics says, “it makes you feel like you’re not even touching the ground.”
Thanks to malleable fibers, the foam is able to bend and conform when the foot presses on it. It then springs back to its natural place as you move towards your toe off. It’s a very responsive and cushioned midsole that many runner will be happy with. Asics set out to design a lightweight shoe with a strong cushioning system. That all starts in the midsole. And Asics certainly succeeded with their FlyteFoam technology.
The comfort dry sock liner adds to the protection and comfort of the shoe. The sock liner has been sprayed with an anti-bacterial coating that keeps your foot clean and protected. The lacing system is your standard lacing system, with the extra hole up top for a tighter fit. These shoes can be worn without socks, which tells me that the upper is comfortable against the skin and protects the top of your foot.
But, if you’re going to tout a shoe as being a lightweight trainer, one would expect it to be far less than below average. I thought these shoes would be almost an ounce less than the advertised weight and was disappointed to find that it was 9.3 oz. If the midsole unit is 55% lighter than EVA foam, where does the extra weight come from? My guess is the outsole unit.
Despite not giving the appearance of being breathable due to the holes blending in, it’s a very breathable shoe. The upper doesn’t constrict or suffocate your foot. Since you are able to run without socks, that adds to the breathability and it’s an extra layer removed. The sock liner also adds to the breathability as it soaks up any sweat, keeping your foot nice and dry. A few runners have said that the shoe can be a bit warm, which is why Asics suggests running without socks.
The FlyteFoam midsole is soft, but not “mushy” to where it doesn’t feel like there is nothing there. The FlyteFoam carries down to the outsole and continues to provide strong overall comfort that feels good underneath your foot. Some runners have commented that they didn’t even need a few miles to break the shoes in ti start. They slipped them on and it felt like they had been running in them for hours. That really speaks to the overall comfort level of the shoe. I really like any shoe that is designed to be worn without socks because it tells me that comfort level has really been taken into account.
I don’t wear my running shoes out casually, I wear them for running. And these are sleek running shoes. I love the waving design of the upper and the whole shoe blends well together. Nothing feels out of place or added on. I’d like to see more color choices, but Asics offers a solid variety. I typically think of Nike as offering the most diverse and slick looking shoes, but Asics is right behind them.
The outsole doesn’t peel and doesn’t wear down quickly. The upper is flexible and durable so it’s not going to rip or tear. The midsole might not be your standard EVA and made out of a lighter material, but it doesn’t appear that Asics has sacrificed any durability with their FlyteFoam technology. Most runners are able to get 300-350 miles out of these shoes, which is standard and even a bit above average if you are able to get to the 350 mark.
The upper keeps the top of you foot well protected and the sock liner, with the anti-bacterial coating, protects your foot from any blisters or fungus. Where the protection really shine is in Asics Impact Guidance System. It’s a standard feature on most Asics shoes and what it does is guide you foot through the gait cycle. This guidance prevents any type of rolling or twisting of the foot and ankle.
And you can feel the FlyteFoam spring into action after you push off and as you strike the ground. You’ll feel it even more if you are a heel striker. The upper can be felt on the top of your foot and it flexes well when you run. Asics doesn’t want you to feel the road with these shoes, they want you to feel the shoes.
•Solyte midsole unit that is 55% lighter than standard EVA foam and still provides great cushion.
•Impact Guidance System that keeps your foot protected and enhances your gait cycle.
•Comfordry sock liner with anti-bacterial coating that keeps your foot dry and clean.