Summary

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5 reasons to buy

  • The forefoot section of the Asics Roadhawk FF 2’s platform offered a responsive liftoff, some consumers noted.
  • A purchaser stated that it functioned well as a racing shoe.
  • The upper unit felt more breathable and supportive than the one in the first Roadhawk FF, several testers claimed.
  • The colorways looked appealing to those who have tried the shoe.
  • The forefoot section was appreciated because it had room for toe splay.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers claimed that this shoe was weightier than the first iteration.

Bottom line

The Asics Roadhawk FF 2 was accepted by its purchasers as it was apparently able to provide a solid performance on the roads. The functionality of this product wasn’t doubted; it is actually welcomed. Racers and regular runners were happy. On the other hand, the weight was deemed a bit more substantial than the original Roadhawk FF variant.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.3oz | Women: 7.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Forefoot height: Men: 11mm | Women: 11mm
Brand: Asics
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $100
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
A popular pick

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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Lotta Aalto

    Asics Roadhawk FF 2 - A casual looking shoe for shorter road runs

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    Roadhawk FF2 is an improved version of the previous model; it feels just a tad more formed and also wider.

     

    My background to this shoe

    I have had both Asics Roadhawk the first version and the Roakhawk FF 2. I first started using them only occasionally on short distances.

    However, soon I found myself using them more and more, and not only on short and medium-long runs but also as streetwear—that is how comfortable they became after I got used to them.

    I am a neutral runner and historically have primarily worn really cushioned shoes with a high drop. However, in recent years I have tried to get my feet used to less cushioned and less sturdy shoes at least for shorter runs—this to get more muscles in my feet and calves work harder, which I think they are there for.

    My initial few runs in the first Roadhawk were just strange. It felt like my feet had to work much harder than normal. Nothing really hurts, but my feet got tired even after a short run.

    This, I believe, was only because I was not used to such a "formless" and less cushioned shoe.

    In my opinion, the Roadhawk FF 2 is a very simple shoe and only consists of two parts: A vaguely formed sole and a simple one-layer of soft knitted top.

    Initially, I felt like my foot would slide sideways over the side of the sole when running a flat curve, which of course didn't happen, but that is how it felt. About a dozen 5 to 10k runs got me used to them.

    Like said, FF 2 is slightly more formed than the previous model, and I occasionally do up to 20k runs in them but mainly wear them for flat 5-10k road runs on tarmac. Once, I ran a half marathon partially on a dirt road in them.

     

    Look

    I really like the look of Roadhawk FF 2, especially in this pink colour (I normally don't like pink), and I get loads of compliments when wearing them.

    The mesh that covers the top part down to the sole in the front makes it look like a regular casual summer sneaker rather than a running shoe. The zigzag stitching around the ankle collar in the back is a bit retro.

    I especially like the fact that the heel is pretty much the same width down in the back.

    Upper

    The top of the shoe is mesh, which makes it very breathable and light. There is a supportive fabric panel that covers the area from the midsole to the holes for the laces. It gives Roadhawk FF 2 slightly supportive feeling when tightening the laces.

    It hugs the foot just a bit more than the previous version. The tongue is one of my favourite parts in this shoe. It is just very soft and super flexible/bendable.

     

    Sole & cushioning

    The sole of the shoe bends easily as there is not much support being a shoe for neutral runners. The profile of the outer sole is relatively flat, which is enough for road running, and the grip is fine also when raining.

    There is medium cushioning under the entire foot. Compared to a couple of other shoes I can say there is much less cushioning in this than in Asics Gel Kayano or Gel Nimbus, or even Nike Pegasus, but certainly much more than in Asics Tartherzeal.

    The drop of this shoe for women is 10 mm, which means your heel is 10 mm higher than your toes. This drop is perfect for me. I like high drops and am used to 10-13 mm, but my aim is to try to use shoes of varied drops.

     

     

    According to Asics, they have used different technologies to different parts of the cushioning and the sole. But to me, it feels like it is all just one "sole piece" made of one piece of "foamy" material. It is just mediocre, soft, but I don't feel it remarkably bouncy or extremely responsive.

    Weight & fit

    This really does feel like a lighter shoe. Compared with, for example, my long-distance shoes, Asics Gel Kayano that weighs 265g, the Roadhawk FF2 really is lighter with its 212g. Although, it is still not as light as racers with minimal cushioning.

    The toe box feels slightly wider and also a tad more formed and sturdier than the first version. It is probably a comfortable "standard" width, just a tad too wide for me as my feet are rather narrow than wide.

    The heel cup is soft and wraps nicely around your heel. This shoe feels soft all around on the inside. I wear my normal size of this shoe.

    Pros and Cons next. Please remember this is about how I feel about the shoe and how it fits me.

    Pros

    • Light shoe
    • Very breathable for hot summers
    • High heel drop (if you like it)
    • Can be seen and used as streetwear too

    Cons

    • Rather wide than narrow
    • Slightly formless
    • Too cold/breathable for cold winters

     

    Final proof: Richmond Half Marathon done in Asics Roadhawk FF 2s.

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

  • 85 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    While it fits its purpose and works well, it is not very soft, has lots of stitching and doesn't bend with the foot as well as it could upfront. This is a $100 shoe but we have seen very fine modern uppers in this price class, for example UA Sonic HOVR.

  • First look | Asics

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  • The Asics Roadhawk FF 2 is a running shoe that’s designed for speed training and racing. It features an updated design that involves a new mesh construction, a reinforced overlay system, and a new midsole compound.
  • Flytefoam® Propel is a full-length cushioning unit that’s made from an elastomer. Its job is to provide a sturdy underfoot experience that’s also springy. Protecting this compound is the brand’s proprietary technology, AHAR® (Asics High Abrasion Rubber).

The Asics Roadhawk FF 2 follows the standard measurements, so when it comes to choosing the right size, it is recommended to go with the usual preference. The available widths are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The foot-shaped last and platform design of this running shoe adheres to the natural curvature of the human foot.

AHAR® (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) is a compound that’s designed to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear-and-tear. It is a popular outsole material used in several Asics running shoes like the Kayano 25 and Nimbus 21. It also provides traction for the runner to use when taking control of the movements over the surfaces.

Flex grooves allow the platform to bend in conjunction with the joints of the toes as the heel-to-toe transition of the step is taking place.

Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the Flytefoam® Propel. This full-length elastomer compound is meant to provide a soft platform on which the foot can rest while also ensuring a bouncy liftoff.

A sock liner is placed right above the main midsole material. This add-on puts some more cushioning for the underfoot, but it doesn’t impede flexibility. It has an anti-microbial capacity to prevent odor and sweat-retention. Moreover, it can be removed or replaced with a new one.

The upper unit of the Asics Roadhawk FF 2 makes use of Open Mesh, which is comprised of an open-weave material that holds and supports the dimensions of the foot. It has visible breathing pores to accommodate the flow of air in and through the foot-chamber.

A set of supportive overlays provides support to the foot. These extra layers are stitched onto the sides and back of the façade, ensuring lateral and heel steadiness.

A traditional lacing system helps in keeping the foot in place and adjusting the fit. A fabric tongue-anchor prevents tongue deviation, an occurrence that may prove annoying.

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