Asics DynaFlyte

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Asics DynaFlyte Facts

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?

Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • Expensive.
  • Not as light as one would think.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Asics knows what they do well. And one thing do better than most is provide a highly durable outsole. So they didn’t mess with near perfect on the DynaFlyte. They use their Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber technology, which is durable and protective. The forefoot features two flex grooves that help with the flexibility of the shoe, which is a must in any lightweight runner.

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.”
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is where Asics went into a design overhaul. They implemented their FlyteFoam technology, which is one of the lightest midsole foams they’ve ever used. Asics says that it is 55% lighter than the standard EVA foam found in most shoes.

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.
Upper
Upper

Upper

A seamless upper than has a wavy like design that you’re not going to find on many shoes. The upper is woven with a unique design that it meant to be flexible and durable. It wraps nicely around your foot, but isn’t suffocating and has plenty of give to it. The seamless design helps prevent irritation, chafing, and blisters.

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.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The shoe weighs 9.3 oz. Asics touts these shoes as lightweight, but 9.3 oz isn’t exactly the lightest of weights. In fact, it’s only slightly below the average of most running shoes. This isn’t meant to be a knock on the shoe, because it’s still lightweight and it still offers good cushioning and protection to go along with the weight.

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.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The wavy design of the upper gives you the impression that it’s breathable. And that impression is correct. This isn’t your standard shoe where you’re going to see the knit holes in the upper. The design is almost like a camouflage as the waves blend seamlessly into the upper. Asics actually markets the fact that the shoe features “discreet eyelets” as part of the upper.

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.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

If you’re going to tout the cushion of a shoe, it better deliver on comfort. And the Asics DynaFlyte does just that. The upper, midsole, and outsole all work together to give your foot a comfortable ride for many miles. The upper fits comfortably around the top of your foot and can be tightened via the laces or kept a little loose. But where the shoe really shines is in the midsole.

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.
Style
Style

Style

Asics offers the DynaFlyte in four different colors via their website. None of these designs are what you would call neutral. All four designs stand out, which some people have complained about. One person was disappointed at the design and the fact they didn’t feel that they could wear them out casually. Personally, I love the design of the shoe.

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.
Durability
Durability

Durability

While Asics is promoting the lightweight and cushion of this shoe, that doesn’t take away from the durability. As mentioned, Asics is one of the best in the business when it comes to constructing a highly durable shoe. Thanks in large part to their High Abrasion Resistant Rubber, the outsole of the DynaFlyte is going to last under the toughest conditions.

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.
Protection
Protection

Protection

As with any shoe that you are able to run in without socks, protection is a must. And protection is delivered with the DynaFlyte. The High Abrasion Resistant Rubber on the outsole is some of the most protective rubber you’re going to find on any outsole. Thanks to this rubber, chances are you’re not going to feel the ground underneath your foot.

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.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

With its lightweight design, the shoe delivers on supreme responsiveness. There is great flexibility with the shoe. Asics says that the shoe is built for speed, and if a shoe is built for speed, it needs to have great flexibility and a responsive push off. The DynaFlyte delivers on both instances. The flex grooves on the outsole and midsole of the forefoot gives you a strong push off.

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.
Support
Support

Support

With a 8mm heel to toe drop, these shoes are designed to support runners with neutral arches. Midsole is very supportive. Asics says that the shoe is meant for those with under and neutral pronation. That means if your foot rolls outward or doesn’t roll at all between the foot fall and the toe off, these shoes are designed for you. If you over pronate, you’ll still likely find success with the DynaFlyte, but they might not be quite as comfortable as you would hope. And since these shoes are made for people with under pronation or neutral pronation, if you have over pronation, you are putting yourself at a bigger injury risk.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes were meant for the road and they perform exceptionally well on the road. The outsole gives you a strong grip on the road. While Asics says that they don’t want you to feel like there is anything underneath your foot, some runners have said that they felt the terrain underneath their foot. This wasn’t a complaint by any means, just an observation. With the High Abrasion Resistant Rubber, you can take these shoes on good trails that are well designed and don’t feature a ton of environmental obstacles. You can also use these shoes on the track.
Price
Price

Price

Asics has the DynaFlyte listed at $140, which is above the average price of a running shoe. The good news is, these shoes used to be $250. Not the exact same shoe, but the limited edition MetaRun from last year. Asics took a lot of things from the MetaRun and put them into the DynaFlyte. Think of the DynaFlyte as the offspring of the MetaRun. If you think of these shoes as a pair of $250.00 shoes for the price of $140, they look like a steal. But if you only see the $140 price tag, they look pretty expensive.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber that is durable and keeps your foot protected.

•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.

•Seamless construction
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Aside from Brooks, Asics might be the best when it comes to designing a nearly perfect running shoe. The Asics DynaFlyte is built for speed and it delivers. It’s relatively lightweight, very responsive, and extremely durable and well cushioned. The price tag may scare some people off, but you’re willing to shell out $140, you know that you’re paying for more than just the name.