- Weight: 255g (M) 210g (W)
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 5mm
- Type: Road
- Price: £110
A lightweight but highly cushioned shoe for 10K to half marathon.
- Curved outsole for quick heel to toe transition
- High toe spring to push off easier
- Light and responsive ride
- Not best suited to wet weather: breathable but porous mesh.
It’s not often that the third version in a trilogy is better than the original but that’s definitely the case here. The Evoride follows on from the MetaRide and the GlideRide in featuring ASICS’s Guidesole rocker design (not dissimilar to the rocker - curved outsole – that Hoka shoes have). The reason for the Evoride’s relative success is down to the reduced weight and increased responsiveness. It’s designed to be the speediest of the three shoes in the range and it’s when going quickly that the Guidesole comes into its own, delivering a smooth and speedy ride.
The grip is nothing to write home about: it’s perfectly fine in the dry on tarmac and grit based surface such as towpaths, but it did struggle a little in the wet. We experienced a bit of slippage when cornering.
Flytefoam Propel foam
Asics has used its Flytefoam Propel foam in the one-piece midsole: we found this not only light but well cushioned and with the same tuning [feeling of density] along the full length. Some shoes can be more cushioned at the rear or the forefoot, but the ride here was consistent, meaning however your foot lands on the floor you’ll experience the same level of energy return.
The mesh on the upper gets one of the main things right: it’s highly breathable, which is important if you’re using this shoe to pound out some speedy miles; your feet are going to heat up and require an outlet fr the build up of heat. Sadly there was a yang to that yin: the weatherproofing. It was fine in a light drizzle but when our testers were out and about in proper wet weather they came home with sodden feet.
The fit is excellent and consistent, but one minor quibble here was the thickness of the tongue which seemed excessive in comparison to the dimensions of the rest of the shoe.
The Evoride is not meant to be an out and out racer, more of an everyday shoe for lean, quick club runners and sub-elites – but the vast majority of consumers would use this for faster runs only such as tempo and interval sessions. It also comes in a range of colours if you don’t fancy trying to keep such a light coloured pair of trainers looking pristine..!
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