Unless the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% proved otherwise, the runners were prepared to spend a lot of money on a shoe they believe will improve running. Asics took this ball and started a shoe for 220 pounds. The extensive cash buys you the MetaRide, which facilitates the running of long distances thanks to the energy-saving technology in the sole.
The key to this is the new Guidesole, a curved sole that rocks your foot with each step forward to propel you on the path. Other shoe brands have used a seesaw in their shoes earlier, but Asics has figures to support the effectiveness of Guidesole. Tests carried out by the research and development company Progressive Sports at Loughborough University show that energy loss around the ankle is reduced by 1
The design of the shoe also reduces ankle movement to provide more stability and promises a whole new ride
Along with the Guidesole, the shoe is replete with all sorts of other proprietary technologies, including FlyteFoam's and FlyteFoam Propel backed midsole foams from Asics. These are found in other Asics shoes such as the DynaFlyte 3 and offer a slight cushioning for long runs, though we have not found them as bubbly as the foams of other brands such as Adidas Boost and Saucony's Everun.
Given the MetaRide's Focus In terms of facilitating the long-distance run, it does not seem that Asics is taking action against the Vaporfly, claiming that the MetaRide is a PB-setting machine. However, more efficient, energy-saving steps will certainly have a positive effect on your time over the marathon distance.
The launch of the MetaRide with black upper and red soles will be available in limited quantities from February 28 on the Asics website. At £ 220, it is even more expensive than the Vaporfly (£ 209.95), though the MetaRide should not have the durability issues of Nike's record shoe, which is best for only about 200km.
Buy at Asics | £ 220