51 users: 4.3 / 5
1 experts: 90 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9oz / Women 7.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 4mm / Women 4mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8.4 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • A seamless construction does away with stitching and seams, keeping irritation and discomfort at bay.
  • Most reviewers mentioned that the moisture-wicking lasting of this shoe was capable enough.
  • The Solyte midsole material is a lightweight platform and it’s added with a softer foam called the AmpliFoam.
  • The FluidAxis flex grooves are anatomically shaped naturally to the runner’s foot, making each step more natural.
  • The Asics High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR+ is featured in the outsole unit of the 33-DFA 2 and it’s durable and capable of providing traction.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners didn’t like the most squishy mid-sole material because it didn’t offer a lot of structural support to fully provide a natural stride.
  • Others noticed that the toe box was a bit too small that it clumped their toes together.

Bottom line

The 33-DFA 2 from Asics is a cool-looking running shoe that has a lot of features for comfort, stability, and support. It can be used daily for many types of activities, from training to casual walks. This shoe is a good option for those who are looking for an affordable and lightweight road running companion. 

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Expert reviews:

  • Asics comes up with a new seamless upper construction in the 33-DFA 2. Besides giving personalized fit and comfort a boost, the soft interior and the new upper makes sockless running a very nice option in this shoe. This is now easily an all-day everyday shoe.
  • Still with the upper, the 2nd iteration of the 33-DFA features lesser overlays and slightly bigger holes in the mesh. The lesser overlays mean a bit of reduction while the new mesh will improve even more the breathability of this shoe.
  • This Asics running shoe has a no-sew toe protection made of durable, but flexible material provides adequate protection without adding weight or cramping the toe box.

Asics continues to use an anatomically-based last in this shoe that provides an average fit in the heel, midfoot, and a generous toe box. This is exactly the same last used in the original version. Runners with regular measurements and with a preference for adequate room in the toe box for the toes to splay will be very comfortable in this shoe. Asics offers the shoe under medium widths. The size is standard like the prior version and is available in 6-15 for the men’s and 5-12 for the women’s.

This is an almost full-contact outsole made up largely of regular-sized treads. There are substantial grooves in the outsole as a way of supporting the 33 joints of the foot, for flexibility, and enhanced transition. AHAR, which is very durable, is located in the heel to fight off durability issues.

Two of Asics’ top midsole technologies are located in the midsole. There is the extremely light and durable Solyte, which sits just on top of the outsole. This is a slightly firm midsole that is mainly responsible for responsive cushioning. On top of this layer is the Amplifoam, which is also very light and resilient. It is a bit softer foam compared to the Solyte that really cushions the foot upon landing. The midsole is where Asics takes the name DFA or Deep Fluid Axis. This technology means the deep grooves that are located in the midsole, which helps promote flexibility and a natural running movement.

The upper of this neutral shoe is a very simple combination of an extremely breathable mesh and welded overlays. Asics is now using a seamless construction in the upper for a foot-wrapping coverage that moves very well with the foot.

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How 33-DFA 2 compares

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This shoe: $90
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This shoe: 9oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.