Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Heel height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 30mm | Women: 0mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Low drop | Zero drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $250
Colorways: Black, Grey
Size
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  • 80 / 100 | Marijke van den Hamer

    Asics Metaride - The ultimate long distance running shoe?

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    There has been a lot to do about the Asics Metaride. That is mainly because of its price point. It costs $250/€250.

    When asked on social media why this shoe was so expensive, Asics replied, because Nike does it too, which doesn’t really seem like a legitimate reason to me.

    It’s like Apple getting away with asking ridiculous prices because they make good products, and then other producers upping their price because Apple gets away with it as well.

     

     

    So, what do you get for that price? A neutral, maximalist, road running shoe, which weights 252 grams.

    So far, so good. But then comes the surprising part: it has a 0 mm drop. It has a 30 mm forefoot stack and a 30 mm heel stack. But the 0 mm drop is not what strikes you most about this shoe. It’s the Meta-Rocker shape.

    Now, I like my running shoes with a rocker shape, but normally that means it is tapered in the forefoot as well as the heel. In this case, the rocker shape starts underneath the midfoot and extends throughout the forefoot. There is no real rocker shape at the heel.  

     

    First impressions

    When I opened the box, I was a bit worried it wasn’t the right size because they looked a bit small, but they fit perfectly. They probably just looked small because the upper is black. 

    The knit on the toe box is really stretchy, something I like since I prefer a roomy toe box. The Asics overlay on the lateral and medial side of the shoe is thin and very flexible.

    It provides less support than you might think. The support mainly comes from the plastic heel cup that wraps all the way around the heel of the shoe and even past your ankle. 

     

     

    The rubber outsole doesn’t really look like rubber, more like a smooth layer of plastic. It is a bit sticky and squeaky when you walk on a smooth surface, like bathroom tiles, for example. 

    The shoes actually come with a care instructions label attached to it. The care instructions are the same as those for any running shoe, like don’t expose them to too much heat or sunlight and be a bit careful if you want to clean them, in case you were planning to throw your €250 shoes in the washing machine or dryer, don’t do it.

    All those instruction make sense, but I’ve never actually seen a pair of running shoes with a care label before. 

     

     

    Could this actually be my next marathon shoe? Could it be that Asics designed a shoe that I actually genuinely like?

    Wearing the shoes for the first time is a bit of a weird experience because the shoe is designed to move your weight forward and make you toe off. That makes it a bit difficult to wear them and walk down the stairs, since this shoe is sort of trying to move your weight and throw you down the stairs, so be careful. 

    Upper

    The Asics Metaride has a circular knit upper. The upper on the toe box is really stretchy, which I always think is a plus. The tongue and collar are really padded, which I personally prefer. 

     

     

    But the space where the laces and the tongue go isn’t that wide, which means that the medial side of where the laces go, ends up being on top of my arch. Which creates a hotspot for me.

    The overall size of the shoes is fine, but on top of my arch, they are too tight. 

     

     

    The shoe has a large heel counter that stretches all the way past your ankle to provide stability, and it does so pretty well. There are also thin overlays on the medial and lateral side of the shoe, but they are very flexible and don’t offer any extra stability. 

     

    Midsole

    The Asics Metaride combines several of the Asics technologies. It has some GEL in the heel area for shock absorption.

    The midsole has two layers of Flytefoam. The top layer is a bit more firm while the bottom layer much softer. This layer of Flytefoam Propel is a bit bouncier foam that can also be found in the Asics Nimbus.

     

    Outsole

    The outsole looks like it’s a thin layer of plastic, but it is probably a rubber. The traction isn’t bad, but the outsole is squeaky on smooth surfaces.

     

     

    Instead of the regular guidance line that Asics has on the outsole of their shoes, the Asics Metaride has a 3D guidance line. Which is cut out of the midsole of the shoe and creates holes in the heel and sides of the midsole.

    I’m not entirely sure it really serves a purpose besides looking like an interesting gimmick. 

     

    Performance

    The shoe does propel you forward, which helps you with your running, but my calves did need to get used to this shoe. The first few runs I really felt my calves afterward. 

     

     

    A downside of the Meta-Rocker shape is that it makes it harder to run up a hill because running uphill shifts your weight to your heels and the curve in the front of the shoe is working against you a little bit while toeing off while you are trying to get up a hill. But it will obviously work with you while running downhill. 

    Conclusion

    I do like this shoe. I do find it really comfortable. This is a good shoe for heel strikers because it will help you toe off by rolling you forwards.

    I do think this shoe can help you run longer since it makes it easier for you to toe-off, even when you’re running on tired legs, but it will not make you any fast. 

    The main downside of this shoe is its price point. Yes, it is comfortable and well-made shoe, but I wouldn’t pay that price. There are a lot of comfortable running shoes out there that are good for longer runs.

    Not sure I’d be willing to pay that amount for any shoe, to be honest, but at least with the Nike Vaporfly you’re paying to get faster, and if you’re lucky, you might be paying to qualify for Boston through that shoe. The Asics Metaride is nice, but it won’t make you any faster.

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  • 70 / 100 | Lars Wichmann

    Asics Metaride - A low drop maximalist shoe

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    The Metaride is a relatively new running shoe from Asics (spring 2019). It is touted as an innovative running-shoe jam-packed with bleeding-edge features and technology straight out of the Asics development labs.

    What is key to me when it comes to running shoes is however, not how many new cool features the manufacturer claims to have crammed into it. What's important is how the shoe and more importantly, my body feels like when I go for a run!

    Hence instead of painstakingly going through each individual new feature, this review of the Metaride tries to take a step back and look at how the Metaride does overall as a running shoe.

     

    Stylish looking black/gold upper combined with the red rocker is a bit too much bling-bling!

    Looks

    The first thing you notice about the Metaride is the huge, brightly red, curved mid/outsole. In fact, it is pretty much the only thing you notice along with the holes that run through the middle - both left and right, back to front (well it actually ends up underneath).

     

    The red rocker of the Metaride screams, "Look at me."

     

    That Asics wants to bring the rocker forward in the design is only natural. It is after all one of the key innovative features of the Metaride.

    Hoka One One has been doing it for years, but that is another story. Anyway, I find that this feature focus-design detracts from the overall composition of the shoe.

    If you for a second try to ignore the red "attention grabber," the upper of the Metaride actually looks quite stylish. A dark/solid black with gold trimmings and futuristic exoskeleton details. Not to mention the classical Asics "A" logos on the sides.

    It makes me wonder what the Metaride would have looked like had Asics kept the mid/outsole in those same stylish dark/gold nuances as the upper.

    I think it would have been a more rounded and consistent design. Perhaps a bit nondescript black in black, but still a lot better than the current 80's-ish, leg-warmer, bling-bling look.

    Fit

    The Metaride is quite comfortable at first. The heel cup is very firm - thanks to the plastic exoskeleton. The solid yet ample foam in and around the rather high ankle collar makes for a snug, close, comfortable and tight fit.

     

    Rigid plastic exoskeleton provides a firm yet comfortable heel cup.

     

    The tongue has a good length and shape, only attached at the bottom and is nicely cushioned - if anything perhaps a bit too soft. The laces have a nice length, they are easy to grip and tie, and "sticky" so they stay put when tied.

    The upper is dominated by two different kinds of knit fabric, one a bit more stretchy than the other. The firmer one provides structure and protection along the sides. The softer one along the top provides ventilation and superb stretch.

     

    Two different kinds of knit fabric: The firmer one around the front and sides (yellow arrow) and more stretchable on the top (green arrow).

     

    The combination of fabrics allows the Metaride to accommodate a reasonably wide range of foot shapes - except for the very narrow and very wide. I'm unfortunately among the latter, and the initial comfortable feel did not last for me.

    This is because the Metaride copies the pointy shape of so many running shoes. The result is that my pinky toes get buggered (hot spot) and my big toes are pushed inwards (bunions). Please note that this is no fault on the part of the fabrics, which I very much would like to see applied in a more foot-shaped shoe.

    My biggest gripe with the Metaride is that the snug fit and otherwise welcoming and cushy insole gradually turns from "a nice soft hug" into a "suffocating grip." In other words, on longer outings, my feet start to feel numb.

    I normally put this down as "new shoe numbness." In the case of the Metaride, however, the feeling has persisted at least beyond the first 100 km.

    I have tried a wide range of different socks. I have tried to run with the laces lose, tight and somewhere in between. I have tried the lace-lockdown technique, taking out the insoles (btw ankle collar gets too high) and getting the shoes completely soaked while running. So far, without luck!

    After running more than 100 kilometers, the Metarides are still deceptively comfortable at first. But the longer I run, the more uncomfortable they get. Once past the one hour mark, I have to stop every 5-10 minutes to readjust something: laces, tongue, foot position, something to get circulation back in my feet.

    In conclusion: Length-wise, I'd say they are pretty much true to size, but width-wise they are rather narrow and quite pointy. If you have wide feet and do decide on a pair of Metaride, I strongly recommend you try them on and/or perhaps go up half a size.

    Running form

    One of the key features of the Metaride is the very stiff curving rocker sole. The combination of a rocker sole with a zero heel-to-toe offset is a bit novel.

    In theory, the zero drop should encourage mid/forefoot striking, but the rocker and ample cushioning favour heel-striking. What kind of shoe is the Metaride?

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Metaride requires you to heel-strike. Especially if you want to benefit from the ample cushioning and rolling motion of the rocker. Once you've accepted this notion, the Metaride provides a substantial yet soft energy return and an easy, unobtrusive running experience.

    The rocker automatically propels you forward, and it just feels natural to roll along. That is as long as it is straight ahead on flat roads. As soon as you get on to more changeable routes, the experience is a bit more mixed.

    To me, the rocker-motion requires a certain flow. Running on variable surfaces with twist and turns and going uphill, I have trouble finding the right speed.

    As soon as I am "out of the zone," the Metaride feels clunky and heavy with most of the weight underneath the foot. The rocker-shape also becomes annoying and interfering with my running rather than helpful.

    In conclusion: Technically/theoretically speaking, the Metaride may be a zero drop shoe. However, that is not what it feels like when running. It runs like a shoe with a substantial drop.

    It makes me wonder how they actually measure the drop. Looking at the shoe from the side, it does not look anything like zero to me. At least if you measure the actual physical shoe and do not include the air underneath the ball of the foot (see photo below).

     

    How do you measure a zero heel-to-toe offset in the Metaride?

     

    Another item worth mentioning with regards to the rocker is that walking feels odd in the Metaride. Because of the rocker, you sort of "fall forward" all the time.

    That is okay for a wee while and the occasional walk to the car (to go somewhere for a run). However, in my mind, they are not suitable for casual everyday wear.

    Performance

    The outsole is excellent on roads, beaches and easy straight hard trails (i.e. flat routes). The outsole material is sticky and provides an okay grip on flat surfaces, both dry and wet.

    Sidenote: Like most other reviewers, I also found that the stickiness of the material makes the outsole squeak hideously when walking on any kind of smooth indoor floors.

     

    Metaride footprint: No lugs and a groove down the middle.

     

    When it comes to more rugged, technical trails, rocks, and other non-road surfaces, the Metaride is not overly good. There are no lugs, and hence the grip is poor even in the mildest of slippery conditions.

     

    The deep groove down the middle of the Metaride

     

    The groove down the middle of the outsole easily lodges objects, such as pebbles, gravel, and cherry stones. The quite substantial hole inside the shoe easily and welcomingly stores mud, wet sand and any other substance with the right viscosity.

    Asics if you read this here is an idea. Perhaps the Metaride should come with a complimentary bottle brush in case one steps in some dog pooh (I'll spare you the glorious details!)

     

    The holes through the middle of the Metaride: Back-to-front, left-to-right

     

    According to the official specifications, the Metaride weighs 331 grams for a size US 10.5, which is quite substantial. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I put my pair on the scales and found they were "only" 282 grams each for a size US 7.5.

    That is not exactly lightweight, but not overly heavy either. I recently reviewed a shoe touted by its manufacturer as light-weight, which is slightly heavier than the Metaride.

    Regardless of the actual weight, the Metaride still feels clunky and heavy when I put them on. I put this down to the weight being located mainly underneath the heel and the back of the foot. Mind you, after a wee while of running, I tend to forget about it, especially when I "hit the flow" gait-wise and just gently roll along.

    The stack is very high, and you feel clearly elevated from the ground when running. On roads, this is okay as long as it is reasonably flat. However, even if you stick to urban running, there will be the occasional curb or tile edge.

    I'm likely over-sensitive in this area (having twisted my ankles too many times), but the Metaride is too high and unstable for my liking. It just underlines the fact that the Metaride is not for trails.

    When it comes to speed, I have found the Metaride to be faster than average on roads, especially when you "are on a roll". Not a racing flat in any way, but faster than you would judge by its weight and initial clunky feel. Somehow the shoe likes you to speed - it sort of "feels right" to run fast in the Metaride.

    Running uphill and on windy routes is another matter. It is like the angle of the rocker, and the required speed does not suit me well. I end up mid/forefoot striking, which is non-optimal with the Metaride.

    Consequently, I slow down quite markedly. That may, however, likely be a "learning-how-to"-issue rather than an actual "something-is-wrong-with-the-shoe" -issue.

    As mentioned earlier, the upper is made from two types of knitted fabric. This should, in theory, provide ample ventilation, and there is indeed some. Despite this, I still find them rather warm.

    Perhaps it is the overall tight fit and solid heel-cup that renders them warm. Regardless, if given a free choice of running shoe, the Metaride would not be my first pick on a hot summer day.

    Moisture/water gets in very easily, also thanks to the open-weave upper. The Metaride sheds water quickly too, which would be an ideal combination in an OCR or trail shoe, but I don't think it is that useful in a road shoe.

    Shoes with knitted upper (like the Metaride) are in my experience simply not made for rainy days. Because of this, the Metaride is not a great winter-time shoe. At least not around where I live (Denmark), where the winters are wet.

    Discussion

    Going back through this review, you'll notice that I have had quite a few issues with the Metaride. I find the design to be too much bling-bling. They are useless for pretty much anything but running.

    They fit me badly. They are too hot for summertime runs and too permeable for rainy days. They are no good on trails. They feel like a shoe with a considerable drop despite having a theoretical zero heel-to-toe offset.

    On the positive side, they are nice when running on roads and going over easy terrain. They are indeed gentle on the body, and I have had no injuries (not in the brewing either) while running in the Metaride.

    I even took them out for a three-hour run, and apart from squashed toes and the numbness in my feet, the Metaride performed really well. The gentle roll and energy-efficiency are indeed quite soothing when going for long runs.

    Under the right set of circumstance, I can see some justification for the Metaride. Urban heel-strikers with narrow to normal feet should likely get some enjoyment from a pair. Because of the way the shoe runs, there is very little wear and tear. Combine that with a solid build quality, and you've got a shoe that will last you long.

    To sum all those pros and cons up, I think the Metaride clearly is not for everyone. Some people will find the Metaride a solid, well-built, enjoyable and refreshing take on a supportive, highly cushioned running shoe for long-distance-running urban heel-strikers. Other people, like me, will find it clunky, heavy, uncomfortable, tight and/or in conflict with their running form.

    Value for money

    I have so far intentionally made no mention of the price. At a recommended retail price of USD/EUR 250, they are among the most expensive running shoes out there. In my mind, this is simply ridiculous. No running shoe is worth that much money - and certainly not the Metaride.

    Asics may be trying to write off some huge development costs or perhaps make some sort of overpriced market statement. I reluctantly admit that I fell for it because I very much wanted to try the Metarides partly because of the abnormal price (i.e. at that price they need to be something special).

    After three weeks of closer inspection and running a bit more than 100 kilometers, I must say I am sorely disappointed! 

    To put it very simple, I own several pairs of running shoes that runs way better and cost me less than a third of the recommended retail price of the Metaride.

    Conclusion

    The Asics Metaride is an overpriced, super-cushioned, high-stack shoe. It requires its owner to have medium to narrow feet and employ a heel-strike running form. The Metaride is made for easy urban/road conditions all year round, but they do not handle wet and very hot weather well.

    Once you have attuned yourself to the rolling rocker motion and tight and plush hugging fit of the Metaride, you'll have yourself a solid workhorse running shoe that will last you many miles and be gentle on your body regardless of distance.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 84 / 100 | kofuzi | | Level 2 expert

    I find the upper to be really breathable and the shoe to be fairly well ventilated in terms of temperature especially considering how much of this kind like memory foam material.

  • 80 / 100 | Fordy Runs | Level 2 expert

    It wasn't a game changer. Yes it was a very comfortable shoe. Yes I came cruising along in them but as a game changer with all the technology, I don't think it actually made too much.

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- The MetaRide is considered as one of the most technically-advanced running shoes from Asics. It features the Meta-Rocker. This component of the shoe aims to deliver a more efficient and enjoyable ride.

- Integrated into the shoe is the Meta clutch counter. This feature of the shoe carefully controls ankle movement for a less stressful run.

- With the utilization of the knit upper, added breathability is encouraged. This upper material also offers smoother coverage and a more supportive ride.

- An environmentally-friendly material called the Flytefoam Lyte is integrated into the shoe. This foam is essential in providing runners a durable and lightweight cushioning system.

The Asics MetaRide follows the standard measurements when it comes to the size. Since some users found the size smaller than the usual, buyers are encouraged to try the shoe first before purchasing.

The available width options are B – Medium for women and D – Medium for men. Users who have low to medium foot volumes are sure to enjoy these profiles.

The Grip Sole Outsole integrated into the Asics MetaRide. This component of the shoe is described to be durable and slip-resistant. The primary goal of which is to provide the right amount of traction needed on the roads.

The MetaRide utilizes the Disc GEL. This feature is described to be a GEL configuration that is significant in maximizing shock attenuation during the running session. The Visible GEL cushioning is found on the rearfoot section of the shoe.

Like the Asics Gel Cumulus 21, durable cushioning is offered by the Flytefoam Lyte. This midsole technology is made of organic nano fibers and it is designed to provide runners comfortable underfoot cushioning.

Asics used the unique elastomer compound called the Flytefoam Propel technology in crafting this running shoe. This energetic foam formulation is focused on providing a bouncier ride throughout the run.

Smoother heel-to-toe transition is encouraged by the 3D Guidance Line. As a result, footstrike efficiency is enhanced.

The Meta-Rocker is used in crafting the MetaRide. Asics added this feature to offer a more efficient ride.

Integrated into the shoe is the Meta clutch counter. This feature of the shoe carefully controls ankle movement for a less stressful run.

In the upper of the Asics MetaRide is the circular knit material which is designed to deliver breathability. It hugs the foot for a comfortable ride and it also offers support whenever necessary.

The tongue and heel collar of the shoe is generously padded. It enhances the overall fit of the shoe while also improving comfort.

The MetaRide also features an external heel counter that offers added stability.

- Asics DynaFlyte 3. The Asics DynaFlyte 3 is an update to the fresh series of running shoes offered by Asics. It is strategically designed for neutral pronators. Its features and technologies aim to ensure a snugger yet more comfortable in-shoe experience.

- Asics DynaFlyte 3 Sound. With the same fundamental design and aesthetics to its original model, the DynaFlyte 3 Sound uses environmentally-friendly materials. This distinctive neutral running shoe utilizes sugarcane fibers, recycled yarn, and water-based glue to be crafted.

- Asics Gel Kayano 25. There's a significant number of positive feedback that was given to this running shoe. This has proven that the Gel Kayano 25 from Asics made a lot of users happy and contented with its excellent performance and quality.

The Metaride uses the circular knit upper that provides breathability and secure fit. On the other hand, the Metarun utilizes the synthetic jacquard mesh. This material has the perfect combination of structure and flexibility. As a result, the user is able to experience an upper area that securely and comfortably hugs the foot throughout the run.

Both the Metaride and the Metarun use the notable FlyteFoam technology. This foam midsole compound is made up of organic fibers that absorb shock during impact. With its responsiveness and the feel of softer foam, improved resiliency, durability and comfort are offered.

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