Asics has been making high-quality running shoes for over 60 years. Typically durable, comfortable, and offers great protection, Asics reputation precedes it in many cases, and the DynaFlyte is one of them. While their Gel series is their most well-known and one of the best running shoe series on the market the DynaFlyte--which is designed to be a lightweight shoe that still offers effective cushioning—is a neutral shoe that has responsive cushioning and made for daily running.
With a consistent, lightweight platform that delivers full-length cushioning to the runner’s foot, the DynaFlyte’s responsive nature is appropriate for both races and daily running. Its soft, springy platform delivers comfortable landings and take-offs, while its upper unit’s flexible fabrics wrap around the foot to provide security after lace-up. The seamless interior gives the runner a sock-like feel and delivers excellent ventilation, while its antimicrobial sock liner keeps the foot safe and secure from debris and hazardous materials. Its comfortable midsole unit is made from organic fibers that provide a good deal of energy return, helping propel the runner forward with each step. The high-quality rubber compound—the standard used in most Asics shoes--of its outsole is resistant to wear and tear and provides a fair amount of traction. For Asics fans looking for their next everyday shoe, the Asics DynaFlyte could end up being their next favorite trainer.
The mini square pods that cover the forefoot of the outsole helps with 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 cushioning. The outsole also features an outside crash rail that is part of the shoe’s FlyteFoam technology. This technology provides the runner with a soft landing and protects the foot during foot strike. As Asics’ slogan for the DynaFlyte states, “it makes you feel like you’re not even touching the ground.”
Thanks to malleable fibers, the FlyteFoam bends and conforms when the foot presses on it, then springs back to its original shape as the runner moves toward toe off. As a result, the DynaFlyte has a highly responsive and cushioned midsole that will appeal to many runners.
In addition, the Asics DynaFlyte’s midsole also features the Impact Guidance System, which enhances the runner’s ability to transition through the gait cycle with greater ease and comfort. Asics set out to design a lightweight shoe with a strong cushioning system, and that all starts in the midsole. As such, Asics certainly succeeds with their FlyteFoam technology.
The comfort dry sock liner adds to the protection and comfort of the shoe. The ComforDry Sock Liner has been sprayed with an anti-bacterial coating that keeps your foot clean and protected. The lacing system is standard, although it does feature an extra hole at the top for a tighter fit. These shoes can be worn without socks, as the seamless upper is comfortable against the skin and protects the top of the foot.
The upper neither constricts or suffocates the foot. The DynaFlyte’s sock liner also adds to the breathability as it soaks up any sweat, keeping the foot nice and dry. A few runners have said that the shoe can be a bit warm, which may be one reason why Asics suggests running without socks.
The FlyteFoam midsole is soft but not “mushy” to the point where it feels like there is no firm support. The FlyteFoam carries down to the outsole and continues to provide strong overall comfort that feels good underneath the foot. Some runners have commented that they didn’t even need a few miles to break the shoes in to start, instead of slipping them on and having it feel like they had been running in them for hours, which really speaks to the overall comfort level of the shoe. Any shoe that is designed to be worn without socks inherently suggests that comfort has really been taken into account in their construction.
The Asics DynaFlyte are sleek running shoes that feature a wavy upper design and an altogether great blend. Nothing feels out of place or added on: instead, all of its elements seem perfectly balanced. Although it’d be nice to see more color choices, the ones on offer by Asics will satisfy most runners who like a little kinetic flair in their trainer.
The outsole doesn’t peel or 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 of a light 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 the foot well-protected and the sock liner, complete with its anti-bacterial coating, protects the foot from blisters or fungus. Where the protection really shines through is in the Asics Impact Guidance System. It’s a standard feature on most Asics shoes and what it does is guide the foot through the gait cycle. This guidance prevents any type of rolling or twisting of the foot and ankle.
•Solyte midsole unit is 55% lighter than standard EVA foam and still provides great cushioning
•Impact Guidance System keeps the foot protected and enhances the gait cycle
•ComfoDry sock liner with anti-bacterial coating keeps the foot dry and clean
•Seamless construction of the upper that provides an irritation-free run