ASICS EVORIDE – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: ASICS EvoRide?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop ASICS EvoRide
- About the Author
Interested in upping your run game this year? The brand new ASICS EvoRide could be your ticket to a quicker pace with less energy on a wide variety of
Guest reviewer Brian Metzler gives his insight into this new style from ASICS that draws its inspiration of the MetaRide and GlideRide technology.
ASICS has re-emerged in 2020 with some stunning new shoe models, including the notable EvoRide, a neutral, lightweight performance-oriented training shoe built on a curvy undercarriage that promotes efficient running motion.
The ASICS EvoRide is a light and fast shoe with moderate cushioning and an energetic vibe designed to make running feel easier for all paces and
WHAT'S NEW: ASICS EVORIDE
Although it borrows its rockered Guidesole design from ASICS’ MetaRide and GlideRide shoes that were released in 2019, the EvoRide is a brand new model for 2020.
ASICS designed the EvoRide undercarriage with a significantly
curved profile to encourage an efficient, rolling motion from foot strike to toe-off and reduce muscular output and fatigue in every stride.
The bottom of the ASICS EvoRide has segmented sections of grippy outsole rubber
in high-abrasion areas and exposed foam where there is less significant interaction with the ground. The engineered mesh upper is stretchy and soft, but still offers a little bit of supportive structure to keep the foot in place.
Like a lot of modern running shoes, the EvoRide has a snug fit in the heel and midfoot, but it’s a bit wider and roomier in the forefoot. It feels comfortable and secure when you step in and lace it up, but quickly you realize the
chassis of the shoes has a decidedly firm and athletic feel. That produces a unique rolling sensation that increases from heel to the midfoot to toe-off, resulting in a crisp and lively ride. But it’s also a very efficient ride,
Although the EvoRide is entirely stable in all directions, it almost feels as if the shoe is encouraging you to fall forward in a controlled, rhythmic fashion as you roll through the phases of a stride.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
Runners who appreciate lightweight, versatile training shoes with energetic pop will really enjoy running in the EvoRide. It’s ideal for running at a variety of paces, including tempo runs, long intervals and faster long runs,
but it could also be the everyday training shoe for an intermediate runner who doesn’t want to invest in more than one shoe. It could also be a great race-day choice for a 5K, 10K or half marathon.
PROS AND CONS: ASICS EVORIDE
Pros: ASICS EvoRide
The single-layer FlyteFoam Propel compound in the midsole is a light, soft and resilient foam that’s built with eco-friendly components. It’s thicker in the heel — offering just enough
comfort and shock absorption upon impact with the ground — and thinner in the forefoot — for snappy toe-offs.
Aside from the subtle but significant boost of energy the EvoRide provides in every stride, it also seems
to help a runner recover quicker. Our wear-testers reported feeling a lack of lower-leg fatigue the day after a moderately hard 10-milers in the EvoRides.
Interested in upping your run game this year? Lace up a pair
of EvoRide shoes and you’ll find yourself running faster with less energy on most of your runs. And when you actually want to run faster, the EvoRide will be there to answer the bell every time.
Cons: ASICS EvoRide
The firm feel of the rockered chassis is distinct and impossible to ignore. While that allows for a supremely efficient ride, it might take some runners — especially those who are heavy
heel strikers — a few runs to adjust to it and find the rhythmic sweet spot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Kicksology”, “Running Colorado's Front
Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”