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- The Asics LyteRacer is a neutral road running shoe with a responsive ride. It is fit for performance running or casual running. It is also fitted for activities ranging from short-distance running to marathons. It is designed for medium to high arches to suit those runners who are neutral pronators. 

- The shoe is composed of an open mesh upper that allows snug fit and comfort to the runner. This also provides breathability, especially for long-distance running. To intensify the fit and security of the shoe, suede overlays are added on the shoe’s upper. This also indicates a retro style, which gives a stylish touch to the shoe. Because of the shoe’s exterior design, it also offers versatility to the user. The shoe can be used for daily wear, or as a workout companion. Its EVA sock liner has also been changed for a more aesthetically-pleasing look and improved cushioning. 

- The shoe’s lightweight feel was achieved by incorporating an open mesh upper. With the use of ASICS High Abrasion Rubber Plus (AHARPLUS™) technology for the shoe’s outsole structure, its lightweight feel is achieved without sacrificing durability. This is all because of the rubber outsole’s sponge-like components. 

The Asics LyteRacer is available in men’s and women’s versions via the standard sizing scheme. With regards to fit, the components directly affecting it are the form-fitting upper, the added suede overlays, as well as the low toe box height the shoe has. The LyteRacer also has a low midfoot volume, and its arch height ranges from medium to high. 

For wearers to have the best in-shoe experience, it is recommended to go through various shoe reviews. Trying out the fit of the shoe first would also be the best course to follow. 

To achieve excellent traction on varied surfaces, the LyteRacer is designed with an outsole composed of AHARPLUS™. This technology allows LyteRacer to be the lightweight shoe that it aims to be. This is because of the fact that the rubber is made up of sponge-like components. The AHARPLUS™ is an abrasion-resistant material that ensures the durability of the shoe without restraining the shoe from maintaining its necessary functions for running. 

The AHARPLUS™ also provides ample cushioning to the feet. This helps provide protection, as well as comfort even during long periods of running. 

The shoe’s lug pattern has also been updated to provide improved surface grip. 

The LyteRacer employs a full-length SpEVA, a technology that is also applied in other Asics running shoes like Asics Gel Cumulus 20 and Asics Gel Pursue 5. This technology allows for shock absorption. The SpEVA improves the rebound of the shoe by 20%, as well. This enhances the performance of the shoe by transferring the energy absorbed during the impact to the next step. This allows the runner to push forward at a greater speed. 

With the TRUSSTIC™ technology employed in the midsole of the LyteRacer, stability in movement is achieved by reinforcing the center of the shoe to disable it from twisting. 

The perforated and removable EVA sock liner was also remolded for better cushioning and aesthetic purposes.

The upper of the LyteRacer consists of an open mesh, which allows breathability, especially during long runs and warm weather. The open mesh component also ensures adaptability to the foot, comfort, and security while running. It also provides a lightweight feel to the runner.

Suede overlays are also added to the upper of the LyteRacer to intensify the security and fit of the shoe as it is meant for long-distance running. These suede overlays are also added for a more stylish touch to the shoe and to give it a hint of retro style fit for casual wear.


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