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The Asics GlideRide is a classic example of a company taking an existing product, making refinements, and ending up with a better product than the one which was first to the market. The GlideRide is the shoe that I wish the Nike Zoom Fly had always been.
I bought the Zoom Fly 3 earlier this year, and I was really disappointed. The midfoot was narrow, and the arch poked into me, the foam was firm and lifeless, and it was an overall uncomfortable shoe. Running in it felt unstable, and the upper was too minimal.
The GlideRide takes all of the problems I had with the Zoom Fly and fixes them. It’s like a softer, more stable version of the Zoom Fly with a comfortable, plush upper.
You still get the propulsive feel of the plate inside the shoe, but the Asics GlideRide feels like a more polished product.
|BEST USED ON||Road|
|TECHNOLOGY||FlyteFoam, EVA rocker plate|
|DISTANCES||Half marathons, marathons|
Upper & fit
The GlideRide’s upper is extremely structured and built up. It might be the most structured upper I've ever run in. The unsleeved tongue and the heel counter are generously filled with foam.
The tongue doesn’t move at all during runs, and the plastic clutch external molded heel counter secures and locks down the heel well. There are also reflective overlays by the laces and around the heel counter for nighttime visibility.
I’m a big fan of the look of the shoe. It looks like a premium, well-made shoe filled with technology. Asics has finally stopped making “grandpa shoes.”
The molded heel counter and plush padding combine to lock down the heel without irritation.
The upper is made from engineered mesh that doesn't stretch and is smooth inside the shoe.
The thick mesh and the structured upper means that the shoe runs on the warm side. It fits true to size, and the toe box has plenty of depth and foot splay room.
The engineered mesh looks stretchy from afar, but it is far from stretchy, so make sure you order the correct size.
The only thing I don't like about the GlideRide’s upper is the seam inside where the panel ends, which I could feel on my midfoot. It didn't cause any blisters or pain, but I could definitely feel it on the lateral sides of my feet.
The inside seam where the smooth lining ends might irritate your foot if you wear thin socks or go sockless.
Midsole & ride
I almost rolled my ankle a few times while running in the VaporFly Next% because the midsole is so high and narrow.
Running in the GlideRide feels like running in the Vaporfly with training wheels on. It's much more stable in the heel and midfoot, and it cradles the feet.
The GlideRide also has a dual foam setup of Flytefoam Propel and Flytefoam like the Asics Cumulus 21. Still, it doesn't have the sink in layer of cushioning directly under the insole.
The top part of the midsole is Flytefoam (firmer, more responsive), and the bottom part is Flytefoam Propel (softer, bouncier). In the Cumulus, Flytefoam is at the bottom, and Flytefoam Propel is at the top.
The GlideRide is still a cushioned shoe, and the Flytefoams used are much softer than the React foam used in the Zoom Fly 3. The combination of Flytefoams provides a great balance of cushioning for comfort and firmness needed for the plate in the shoe to work.
There is a small amount of GEL in the heel, but it can’t be felt during runs. The red part of the midsole is Flytefoam; the white part is Flytefoam Propel.
Many people say that the shoe is only for heel strikers, but I disagree. I am a midfoot striker, and I still feel the propulsion that the plate provides upon toe-off.
It doesn't feel like a spring pushing your feet; it feels more like a rocker that eases your foot through the gate cycle. The GlideRide is a really unique shoe in that the longer you run in them, the better they feel.
The first 2km’s of every run feel a bit awkward, but 30 minutes into the run, you get into a pleasant rhythm that feels like the shoe is helping to propel you forward. At the end of every run, I don’t want to stop.
The GlideRides are lively and fun to run in.
The GlideRide is also responsive, which is surprising for an Asics shoe. It’s built for long runs but has enough pop for tempo workouts.
Flexibility & toe-spring
There is no flexibility due to the stiff plate and the thick midsole. The lack of flexibility is needed for the rocker effect to take place.
The GlideRide has a high toe-spring where the front of the shoe angles upward. This upward angle is how the shoe rolls you forward along the front of the shoe instead of flexing like with most shoes.
Asics takes a page out of the Hoka playbook when it comes to the high toe-spring.
When looking at the GlideRide with its high stack height, it's easy to assume that the shoe is unstable and will be hard on the ankles. However, the GlideRide's wide forefoot, midfoot, and heel makes the shoe extremely stable.
The sides of the midsole are raised, so your feet sit inside the midsole. This means that the shoe cups your feet to prevent lean bias.
The red part of the midsole is raised and acts like guide rails to keep your feet centered.
The GlideRide's outsole is a full-contact blown rubber. Asics says that it’s AHAR rubber sponge, but it’s definitely not the same durable AHAR rubber used on the Cumulus 21.
The rubber does grip well on wet and dry surfaces, though.
Wear can clearly be seen in the high wear areas such as the outer heel. There are cutouts along the outer heel area to save weight.
The guidance line (Guidesole) that runs through the length of the outsole helps keep the foot centered. When the shoe is loaded, the exposed area in the guidance line touches the ground. This gap in the outsole provides extra cushioning.
The hard EVA plate can be seen through the bottom.
- Very stable ride
- Eases your foot through the gate cycle
- Padded ride for very long runs, responsive for short runs
- The seam inside the shoe can be felt
- Heavy midsole compared to modern super foams
- The outsole rubber is not as durable as other Asics models
The Asics GlideRide is the most fun shoe release of 2019. It’s the first plated shoe that I can wear as a daily trainer. It’s cushioned enough for long marathon distances and responsive enough for tempo workouts.
I have always thought of Asics as a boring company, sticking to their recipe of making small tweaks to their popular Nimbus, Cumulus, Kayano lines. Asics took a big risk with the GlideRide, and it paid off. It’s now my favourite Asics shoe of all time!
Anyone who didn’t like the Nike Zoom Fly 3 should try the GlideRide because the GlideRide runs rings around the Zoom Fly 3. The GlideRide is softer, more stable, more responsive, more comfortable, and cheaper than the Zoom Fly 3.
For the next version, Asics needs to fix the bothersome seam on the inside of the shoe and to make the shoe a tad lighter. Bringing the price down by $10 also wouldn’t hurt.
The GlideRide is super fun to run in, and it’s hands down the best plated running shoe on the market.
The Asics GlideRide is one of the newest Asics shoes one can buy. This is the first iteration of the shoe, and it was released in late 2019 or early 2020.
This shoe weighs 11.3 ounces for a men’s 10.5. It has a 5mm drop and a pretty high stack height with the heel at 30mm and the forefoot at 25mm.
The shoe has a very sleek design. This particular shoe has a very limited choice when looking at the color schemes one has to choose from. While the color schemes are limited, each of the color choices looks very good.
Choices include Black and gold as seen here, Red and Black, White and Gold, and Grey Floss with Mako Blue.
This shoe fits very true to size. The shoe is of normal width and has a good amount of room in the forefoot and toe box without sacrificing secure fit in the shoe.
When wearing the shoe, it is immediately apparent that this is a plated shoe. While this does not mean it is uncomfortable, it is quite a bit stiff out of the box compared to the normal running shoe.
The GlideRide is not meant to be a racer but instead is meant to be an everyday running shoe. For that purpose, this shoe is fast, very fast. This shoe helps to propel you forward and gives you aid in proper foot striking.
After a run, my legs still feel energized, and my knees do not have the stress that they incur on some runs. While this is not a race shoe, I can definitely see some users race in this shoe.
This is a sore spot with Asics and me. Asics is a go-to shoe for me, and I absolutely love to run in the shoe. But, I feel like everyone of their comfort daily trainers is not very breathable. This includes the GlideRide.
As the weather warms, I really find myself running more early morning runs in these shoes because as the day gets hotter, the shoe gets hot for my feet. I have tried everything to include thinner socks, and nothing seems to make a difference.
This shoe is not meant to be flexible. This is a plated shoe. The upper conforms to your foot and will support your foot but will still allow movement so that your foot does not feel trapped.
Each of these works well together and are noticeable in the shoe.
The cushioning mentioned above also aids in the responsiveness of the GlideRide. This shoe really feels like it propels you forward.
When finishing each of the runs, I had a feeling that I had not worked as hard and could have continued on a few more miles.
This shoe left me feeling a little unstable through the first two runs. It took a lot of getting used to with how the Guidesole works. This midsole and outsole combo is unique and will take some shorter runs to get used to.
I have been running in this shoe for a few weeks now, and it seems to be holding up very well like most Asics shoes. I hope to get the standard 300-400 miles out of this shoe.
Overall, the Asics GlideRide isn’t perfect, but it is a great shoe for those that are looking to get into the plated shoe and appreciate the trusted brand, Asics.
Here it is, Asics GlideRide - a consumer-friendly version of the truly innovative Asics MetaRide, a result of more than two years of R&D from the famous Japanese brand.
With the little sacrificed on the high-end components, they managed to make these innovations available for the wider audience of runners. However, they still share a lot in common with the original prototype.
Extreme curvature, Flytefoam, and Guidesole technologies, together with Asics Gel, pretend to let you run longer and save energy as you go. To figure out what all the hype is about, let’s put them on and take for a test drive!
The pair I’ve got comes in the eye-catching cherry red colour with inserts of black plastic & rubber elements all around.
One could disagree, but they look exceptionally stunning and eye-catching, especially with that extremely high stack of roughly 30mm at the heel and 25mm at the forepart.
With a high stack, GlideRide still has a low heel to toe drop of about 5mm.
The upper is made of a breathable fabric. It looks and feels quite strong and solid. The brand is well-known for producing a quality mesh, and this pair doesn’t seem to disappoint.
You can see the Asics logo made of a black rubber: quite neat, way better than just a sticker. The tongue is made of very well padded material, again with the plastic/rubber thingy on top.
Though I was tempted to tear these two off wondering about how much does it weigh… But let’s move on.
The midsole is the heart of these shoes and where the innovation actually happens. It’s a shaky combination of the top-notch foam (Flytefoam) and something more solid, perhaps EVA-like material (Guidesole).
Altogether, it should bring an extra stiffness into the forepart and facilitate the rolling movement that propels your feet forward. We will touch this a little bit later in the Performance section.
And since it’s Asics shoe, you can surely find an Asics Gel insert in the heel part, so heel strikers are covered.
Moving on to the outsole, this is basically just a thin layer of rubber, implemented in the way of a band that goes on the left & right parts. It feels extremely thin, especially for a long-distance running shoes and I would just hope it lasts long enough.
With little diamond-shaped clits, it has maybe 2-3mm thickness and a bit more on the heel part. From the very first look, it's apparent that these shoes are only for road running, and you should better stay away from the trail or pathways. Literally, anything apart from the good flat surface.
The outsole features quite a minimalist pattern.
Fit & comfort
Asics GlideRide fits quite well when you put them on. They are not too tight, and you can feel enough space in the toe box.
The upper shoe fabric doesn’t stretch much; it’s not of a sock-fit kind of the shoe. There is also a protective element in the toe box. There are a few thin plastic inserts guard you against sudden hits and also help to keep the toe box wide enough.
The toe box is guarded with a thin plastic “shield” under the fabric.
The lacing of the shoe makes a very good impression. It stays on exactly how you made it and didn’t stretch at all during the run.
Laces are also of high quality and don’t seem to loosen at all as you go. Importantly, the lacing rows leave enough space for the tongue, so it pops up in front of your ankle and doesn’t put any pressure during the run.
The back part of the shoe is very stiff and keeps your feet in an upright position very well. I was barely able to bend it left to the right with hands.
At the same time, there is enough soft cushioning inside; they feel quite plush and comfy. You would expect them to give a good level of comfort in longer runs and marathons. However, don’t expect any extra support for your pronation; they are still on the neutral side.
This also pairs well with a quite low heel to toe drop (about 5mm), which makes them quite good for the forefoot running style, but can take you a while to get used to the higher shoe stack.
I actually tried them on longer distances. After a single 20K run, I didn’t feel any soreness in the feet area and no blisters at all. Again, they felt very soft inside, but stiff outside, just what I would like to have in longer runs.
Be cautious, though, and don’t jump into your next long run straight after unboxing. These trainers' geometry is a bit special and YMMV. Instead, start slowly with shorter runs, as it is recommended for the new shoes.
On the contrary, there is one thing that concerns me most and makes this pair a bit controversial - the weight. So mine was about 308g in 10.5 US size, which is noticeably more than other top models would have.
It wasn’t a point to compare them with Nike Vaporfly or similar, but still, I would love to see them just a bit lighter. Was it really worth to put those rubber & plastic decorations on the upper?
Over 300g per shoe in US10.5 size is quite a lot for today’s top models.
Despite that fact, they feel quite balanced, with the weight evenly distributed.
They force you to lean forward and start moving immediately, even if you are just standing still. So enough rambling, and let’s get to the road to give them some test!
On the road
To figure out how these shoes actually perform on the road, I made two separate tests in them. For the first one, I made a couple of 400m sprint repetitions, mainly, to understand if there is a little chance you could do any kind of speed training.
Good news, it’s not that bad! Of course, they still stay on the heavy side, but they don’t feel anyhow bulky or huge. It can take some time to get used to the high profile of 3cm, but 70-75sec per 400m is perfectly doable, and GlideRide doesn’t stop you going even faster than that.
Overall, it was a rather positive experience with just two concerns: a bit of extra weight and lack of stability on the uneven surface. Due to the high stack, your feet can go a little wiggling when you hit the pothole edges or cracks in asphalt.
For another test, I took them for a longer run, and in the 20K, I was aiming for a negative split as I usually do, also doing some occasional sprints in between.
Running with GlideRide feels very smooth from the beginning; they don’t feel big or bulky at all. Compared to the speed strides, this extra weight is not so noticeable.
Shoes also respond really well when I want to go faster, and I’m not trapped by the shoes’ extra weight. In the end, I did a couple of tempo intervals during the run, reaching my half-marathon pace, and it was quite easy to sustain it.
Another thing that I noticed was, the feet movement feels a bit different compared to how it was in my regular shoes. In particular, I was running on the forepart with seemingly no heel involved at all. It was even more prominent than I usually do with my natural running style.
So I decided to dig a bit deeper into how these shoes actually work.
I made a few more tests to figure out what’s going on with my feet when I run Asics GlideRide. So here is what I figured out: when you run in common low profile shoes, you are bending the forepart of a midsole.
Just look at any running analysis video in slow motion. With the high stack and the stiffer midsole, you don’t have to bend the midsole during your Gait cycle transition, when you land and pass the centre of mass.
In fact, you’re kind of rolling from the middle part to the front, which is handled by the shoe’s structure. So here is an interesting consequence. Because of this rolling motion, your ankles now need to flex less, which typically means you save more energy in the muscles.
This should be especially valuable for the longer runs like half or full marathons and beyond. The only remaining concern would be an extra weight to carry.
That’s the pay-off that actually facilitates this glide running movement. Altogether, this can sound a bit controversial, but personally, I would be quite excited to test Asics GlideRide in the actual marathon race.
To the date of writing this review, I made about 90 miles in these shoes, and they seem to have a few marks of wear and tear. While the upper of the shoe looks completely fine, there are some stains and marks on the midsole sides.
In practice, it’s quite often for the light-coloured foam, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see more of such stains after doing more miles.
The outsole remains in pretty good shape, although the most stressed parts have scratches and started erasing slowly, especially the smaller clits on the sides and hills.
I’m still quite concerned about the outsole rubber layer being too thin for the long-distance running shoe. I'm not sure if it won’t erase down to the foam after the next hundred miles.
The outsole rubber started erasing slowly on the forepart and the heel.
Speaking of weather resistance, I made some runs when it was pouring outside, and it was as expected. There’s a slight feeling of having some water repellent properties, in the beginning, however, please don’t expect any real water protection.
The good news here is that the water is unlikely to be getting inside just because of you running through the little puddles or generally wet surfaces. Thanks to the shoe’s profile.
GlideRide has nothing to do with anything apart from asphalt or other hard flat surfaces.
As for mud or grass, these are just road running shoes, so you’d better stay away from any muddy roads or wild pathways.
If you do some occasional trails, be ready for the loss of traction & your feet slippering all the way through. There’s little to no spikes or anything for good traction away from the asphalt. After all, you were not supposed to go there, right?
A quick recap of the review in five short questions:
1) Which terrain are they for?
- Road only, hard surface
2) What distance?
- Long-distance running
3) Training or racing?
- Training, because of the heavy weight. Though GlideRide certainly has the potential to be racing shoes and I would like to give them a chance in my next marathon.
4) Shoe profile?
- High profile, low heel to toe drop, nicely cushioned.
5) What’s so special?
- Glider profile & stiff hi-tech midsole that keeps your ankles lazy, nice, and responsive foam and, of course, impressive look.
Simply put, Asics GlideRide is your comfy mileage builder. The trainers certainly share a lot of common with their prototype-like model MetaRide in terms of technologies and overall design, although GlideRide turned out to be on the heavier side.
Whilst it leaves a bit sad feeling that they could do more, I generally like that companies are getting more and more involved in real research & development trying to bring new innovation into the running sport.
It’s hard to say if this pair from Japanese brand could be a real competitor to Nike Vaporfly series or similar top-performing shoes, but it’s definitely a step forward.
Some people have already got used to the high profile of Hoka One One or On Running Cloud series, so I would expect GlideRide to be also quite appreciated among road runners.
About the runner
- Weight: 69kg, height: 185cm
- Avg. distance weekly: 80-100km
- PB: 1:26 HM and 3:05 FM
Hi, I’m Mick, currently running between 80-90 miles per week. At the moment, I’m reviewing the Asics GlideRide.
Out of the box, these road shoes look fantastic. The colour is eye-catching and smart, the upper is very well constructed and very sturdy, and the sole is very thick and well-cushioned.
It has lots of cushioning around the ankle and tongue, and the design of the sole catches your attention from the point you take them out of the box.
If the shoes perform as good as they look, then I will be a very happy runner. So, let me start with WOW, they certainly do perform as good as they look.
So how do they feel on the road?
They feel a little strange at first, but then your feet do get used to them. The sole height, which is big at 31mm at the heel and 26mm at the toe, and the sole design with a large curve at the toe is what makes the shoe feel strange.
But, one piece of advice I may offer is don’t jump in and wear them for every run you do until you get used to them.
Besides this, the design of the shoe does exactly what it is meant to do, as your foot lands the shape of the shoe moves you on to your toes and then helps to push your toes off again. The shoes help you to push you forward with less energy.
The shoes are loaded with cushioning from the two types of Flytefoam. And, the padding around the ankle and the tongue adds to the comfort. Your feet feel nice and snug in them, but also plenty room in the toe box,
I'm currently running with a slight injury, and these shoes make the run easier than any of the other shoes I have, with the padding and cushioning.
The miles are just disappearing behind you, with little effort. They're not built for speed work, but for clocking up the miles. With using less energy on your recovery runs possibly means you’re more ready for your hard workouts.
The upper is very sturdy. The material is a multi-directional weave, which gives a lot of strength to the shoe. Even the Asics logo on the sides is designed to provide extra support for the upper.
The toe box is nice and wide, and the height of the toe box is high. This, I think, is from the materials, which are multi weaved. So, there is loads of room in the front of the shoe for the toes to move.
There is lots of padding around the ankle, which is possibly part of the design of the shoe. Asics say the design of the sole is to help stop movement in the ankle.
Again, the tongue has lots of padding, so when the shoes are laced up, you can’t feel the laces on your feet. Meanwhile, the multi-directional weave also helps in the breathability of the upper.
The midsole is made up of two parts, both being Flytefoam.
The top layer is a softer Flyte foam to give a softer feel and ride while the bottom layer is a harder to make the shoe more stable, and of course the trademark Asics Gel in the heel for extra cushioning.
The outsole is made from AHAR, which is hard rubber. This is the only concern I have about these shoes is the quality of the AHAR sole as it is only thin.
All the shoes designed for long-distance runs usually have a lot thicker outsoles to last the longer miles. Regardless, I’ll see how durable they are over the coming months.
I don’t just like these shoes—I love them. What’s there not to love? It is nice-looking and well-built, loads and loads of cushioning, plenty of padding and space for the toes to move, allowing comfortable and easier runs.
My only little concern is the thinness of AHAR rubber. I just wonder how many miles I can do until the rubber is wearing down. Hopefully, Asics sole will last and won’t disappoint.
Aside from this, I would defiantly buy them again. I would have given them a 9.5 out of 10, but with my concern over the AHAR, I would only reluctantly give them a 9.2. But still, it is a very good score for a fantastic running shoe.
- The new Asics GlideRide is a running shoe that is designed for daily runs. The technologies it offers focus on providing a longer-than-usual running experience, as the runner expends less energy. With a structure that includes a stiff forefoot and a curved sole, the GlideRide reduces muscle fatigue. This feature of the shoe contributes to a more efficient run.
- An engineered mesh upper promises to be soft and breathable. These qualities improve both ventilation and stability.
- The main feature of the Asics GlideRide is the GlideSole technology. It comes in the form of a curved midsole structure that supports the ankle and reduces its unnecessary movements. The GlideSole is assisted by other well-known of Asics running shoes, such as the Gel cushioning, Flytefoam, and AHAR+.
The Asics GlideRide is available in both men’s and women’s versions, with each version constructed following the standard running shoe. However, it is still recommended that buyers try a pair in-store before buying to ensure accurate fitting.
The structure of the shoe is meant to accommodate neutral pronators. Thus, the shape of the Asics GlideRide is intended for a high-arched foot, such as moderate midfoot and forefoot widths and low arch height. Other fit specifications include a low-to-medium heel width for a secure fit and an average toe box height and width for ample toe splay.
The AHAR+ outsole material is a variation of the Asics High-Abrasion Rubber (AHAR). Being twice as durable as the basic variant, the AHAR+ easily withstands impact and stress. It is also three times more resistant to abrasion than the conventional rubber. AHAR+ has a sponge-like consistency, thus lighter compared to other outsole materials.
The Flytefoam midsole technology is 55% lighter compared to the industry standard. Made from organic “super” fibers, Flytefoam is soft and lightweight. These qualities allow the shoe to give a springier feel and provide exceptional bounce back no matter the distance.
With the introduction of GlideSole, the Asics GlideRide employs a new feature to bring a smoother and more efficient running experience. GlideSole comes in the form of a rocker-shaped, curved sole unit that is designed to propel the runner forward. The soft curves of this element allow for easier and faster movements.
Also, the GlideSole technology brings the center of mass of the shoe near the heel area. This structure follows the notion that too much ankle movement wastes energy. Therefore, when the foot is more at ease with motion, the run is energy-efficient.
A unit of Gel cushioning is found in the rearfoot area of the Asics GlideRide. The famous Gel technology works in shock attenuation. It protects the foot from impact and fatigue during heelstrike. This feature is also visible in the Asics Gel Kayano 25.
An engineered mesh serves as the upper of the Asics GlideRide. The material utilizes a multi-directional weave, which improves the shoe’s ventilation and stability.
The traditional overlays present in Asics running shoes are also found in the GlideRide. These reinforce the upper for additional stability, as well as maintain the structural integrity.
Lace-Up closure allows the shoe an adjustable fit to ensure that each runner has a customized, secure fit.
Size and fit
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