Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Asics GlideRide running shoe. It’s a piece of kit designed for running efficiency over long mileage and features some quite specific details.
From distance of 5k up until about 15k, including a couple of 10k races, I’ve found the GlideRide to be a very specific running shoe and one that won’t be to everyone’s tastes.
That noticeable curved design is far more than an aesthetic feature. It’s an extremely rigid and noticeable aspect of the shoe that propels the wearer into a forward running motion. That may sound like a useful tool for promoting momentum, but that, along with a stiff upper that holds the foot tightly, produces a movement that can feel very alien.
I talk through my thoughts on the Asics GlideRide in detail in this video for The Run Testers. Have a watch and see what you think. Add any queries or feedback in the comments (it helps us make more videos).
An overview of the specs for the Asics GlideRide (via SportsShoes.com):
- Type: Cushioned / Neutral
- Terrain: Road
- Knit Uppers – Ensures lightweight, breathable and supportive comfort.
- Adaptive Fit – Works to provide a supportive, comfortable fit.
- Clutch Counter – Locks in the heel for a stable fit.
- Seamless Fit – Reduces the risks of chafing and irritation.
- Lacing System – Locks down the midfoot for distraction-free strides.
- GlideRide Midsole – Increases running efficiency by reducing 16.1% the energy loss at the ankle joint.
- FlyteFoam – Lightweight and responsive, it features a reinforced, sustainable nanofibre compound which increases the foam’s durability and provides more stability.
- FlyteFoam Propel – Designed to provide enhanced responsiveness at toe-off.
- Rearfoot GEL Cushioning Systems – Attenuate shock at heel-strike and toe-off plus promote a smooth transition through the gait cycle.
- 3D Guidance Line – Vertical flex groove works to enhance gait efficiency.
- AHAR+ – A tough rubber compound that provides durability and traction.
- Curved Outsole – Increases running efficiency and reduces ankle flexion.