Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $250
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 9.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfort ranks as one of the best assets of the Asics Metarun due to the plush fabric of the interior and the well-padded midsole.
  • Breathability is guaranteed by the new jacquard mesh.
  • Asics introduces a new stability system that gives it a much stable run than their flagship stability shoe.
  • The new midsole is amazingly 55% lighter than standard EVA for lightweight and responsive cushioning.
  • Delivering great heel support is an external heel counter that does not feel too stiff, according to numerous comments.
  • A huge majority of runners are enamored by the cool and ultra-sophisticated design.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Metarun is an ultra-expensive shoe.
  • It comes in very limited edition.

Bottom line

Asics introduces a “concept shoe” that will feature for the first time several never-before -released technologies in its arsenal. Without sparing the cost, the Metarun has ultra-superior quality, comfort, support, and stability that is not jarring. The sky-high cost is matched only by the performance as it is substantially better than any of Asics’ most expensive and popular shoes.

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

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Updates to Asics Metarun

  • From top to bottom, the Metarun is ultra-new. This is basically a prototype of what Asics shoes will use as technologies in their future releases. With no budgetary constraints in mind and with three years of painstaking work in the background, the new technologies will certainly excite runners, especially the hordes of Asics fans.
  • The upper of the Metarun is made of newly-engineered jacquard mesh that combines flexibility and breathability. It is extremely light and durable. It will clearly make runs more ventilated than ever with excellent support in all the right areas.
  • A new patented midsole called the FlyteFoam is incredibly 55% than regular EVA and is more resilient, responsive, and durable. The idea is to give the best kind of plush and responsive cushioning in a feather-light material.
  • Another new feature in the upper is an external counter that locks both ankles in comfort and support. Together with the memory foam, the support is plush and feels very natural.
  • Asics utilizes a new carbon fiber in the midfoot for exceptional stability. It allows neutral runners to perform their natural strides and helps overpronators as it curbs the excessive inward rolling of the foot.
  • The popular DUOMAX foam is also re-engineered in the Asics Metarun. It is designed to work the new stability feature called the AdaptTruss to secure the foot on both sides and makes transitions quicker and more effective.
  • Even the iconic Gel cushioning system is modified in this new shoe. Called the X-Gel, this silicon based-material comes in a new shape and density to maximize the gel’s shock-absorbing features at a lesser weight.

Asics Metarun size and fit

The fit of the Metarun is very standard, which means ample room in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. While the shoe has generous fit, the adaptive upper and the security of the overlays and external counter securely wraps the foot in comfort and support. Asics will be releasing medium width for this limited edition. Sizes are regular as well with the options being 7 to 19 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole is covered with prominent treads that allow runners to take this very comfortable ride to the outdoors. Covering the outsole is the AHAR+ rubber for enhanced durability, particularly in high-impact areas. The Guidance line or the vertical cut from the heel to the forefoot helps with the flexibility of the shoe.


Midsole

A new midsole foam in the FlyteFoam opens the door for runners to enjoy incredible responsiveness with the feel of a much softer foam. This is 55% lighter than the industry-grade EVA with improved durability and resiliency. Organic fibers are the main material in this foam, which immediately revert back to its original shape after absorbing every impact. It gives the shoe great responsiveness. Located in the midsole, just beneath the arch, is a carbon fiber called the AdaptTruss. The technology keeps every run neutral as it is not overly stiff and is only experienced once the runner rolls inward after some serious mileage or when the runner is an overpronator. On top of the AdaptTruss is the improved DUOMAX foam. It runs from the medial to the lateral side to really enhance the stability of the shoe. Finally, the X-Gel or new gel construction has a new shape and placement to give the ultimate shock-absorbing benefits at a greatly reduced weight.


Upper

The synthetic jacquard mesh has the perfect blend of flexibility and structure. It means that runners have natural flex in the upper and stiffness in the right areas. The result is an upper that hugs the foot in comfort and security. Asics uses part of its logo to act as an overlay that functions as a midfoot hold. Going over to both sides of the ankle is an external heel counter that keeps the heel in place. This secure hold is enhanced by the memory foam.