Asics MetaRideGet It
A couple of our editors have been lucky enough to take Asics’ new shoe, the MetaRide, for a spin. They’re zero-drop—meaning the heel is even with the toe—but you wouldn’t know it given what designers have coined GuideSole technology. The sole is curved to rock you forward and give a sense of propulsion. The bulk of the shoe’s weight is in the back (a men’s size 12 is 12.3 oz), so your stride mimics a pendulum. Pressure is taken off the ankle joint; the toe box is tapered, which is meant to help with toe-off; and heel-lock technology keeps your foot secure without added irritation. All of this works to maximize energy efficiency, making longer miles feel less taxing. Asics’ designers say heel strikers will get the most out of it, since it naturally keeps you more on the ball of your foot, as will neutral runners. That said, over-pronators (whose feet roll inward more than the normal 15%) will enjoy them just fine.
So, specs aside, how does MetaRide perform? I’ve had mixed feelings about maximalist shoes in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised when I started jogging. I spent a couple years consciously transitioning from a heel striker to a mid-foot striker, and the MetaRide felt like they were made for me. Running just felt easy, and I wasn’t actively thinking about how I was landing—though the real fun begins when you pick up the pace and sprint. The heel stayed put, as promised, and the shoe overall felt snug but not uncomfortable. It’s a sharp-looking release from Asics. (As a long-time Chicago Bulls fan, I’ll always be partial to red and black.)
If there’s a buzzkill, it’s the price: $250. But Asics promises it’ll go down in the coming months (they’ll also roll out cheaper versions of the shoe), and that you can expect to get more miles out of these than other running shoes—up to 500. Fifty cents a mile. Totally worth it. — Marjorie Korn, Senior Editor
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