3. Asics Conviction X
The Asics are enjoyable to wear while lifting, and even though they are the heaviest shoe in this review, they really don’t feel like it when out and about in the gym. I appreciated the roominess in their toe box and the solid, flat heel that made it easier to dial in my squats, while the forefoot outsole flared out a bit to add to the feeling of stability.
Heat regulation is excellent, since the forefoot upper and tongue both were made with mesh panels that let lots of heat escape, which also seemed to give them a lighter and airier feel while I was wearing them. The back half is covered in an abrasion- and tear-resistant synthetic leather called RynoSkin that feels like it’s super durable and has a nice matte metallic sheen that made them attractive in the Indigo Blue colorway.
Another nice feature: The top of the tongue has a little pocket, or “lace garage,” to stow the ends of your shoelaces so they don’t get snarled up or loosen when getting into more dynamic parts of your workout, like pushing a sled or jumping rope. Overall, this is a good middle-of-the-range shoe that, though fairly heavy, feels airy, roomy, and solid.
Sizing: True to size
Drop from heel to forefoot: 4 mm
Weight: 320 grams
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