FIT/FEEL/RIDE: ASICS developed this new highly responsive neutral training shoe built on its innovative and very lightweight FlyteFoam midsole material—made from proprietary foam and organic fibers that help limit the amount of deformation in each footstrike. It serves up a superlative ride, which is a mix of cushy, stable and responsiveness. The shoe feels low to the ground, but not in a vulnerable way that many minimalist shoes can feel. It’s a true cushioned high-mileage trainer with a speedy demeanor that’s more akin to a racing flat. That’s partially due to the foam midsole being 55 percent lighter than similar EVA foam midsoles, as well as easy-flexing characteristics from strategically placed forefoot flex grooves. It has a section of high-abrasion carbon rubber in the heel for long-lasting durability. A few of our wear-testers felt that the guidance provided by the DynaFlyte, while adequate for neutral runners, may not be enough for moderate overpronators. But we liked this shoe enough to give it our Best Debut award in our Fall 2016 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide in our August issue.
This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a versatile, lightweight and softly cushioned trainer capable of doing all kinds of runs you do during a week.
Weights: 9.5 oz. (men’s), 7.8 oz. (women’s)
Heel-to-Toe Offset: 8mm; 25mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)