We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of the testers state that the Asics GlideRide delivers a propulsive ride. 
  • Several reviewers laud its lightness. 
  • Many users commend the comfort of the shoe. 
  • According to some runners, the running shoe is very durable. 
  • The shoe allows for effortless transitions on the road, remarked a few. 
  • The platform has an excellent fit, expressed many buyers. 
  • Quite a few claim that it permits a responsive ride. 
  • Many athletes observe the ample support provided by the road running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several are underwhelmed by the GlideRide’s stiff underfoot. 
  • The shoe lacks flexibility, pointed out some customers. 
  • Some experts note that the rockered profile of the running shoe promotes heel striking.

Bottom line

Packed with Asics’ state-of-the-art technologies, the GlideRide is perfect for road running. With its general makeup, this running shoe promises to deliver maximum performance on the road while promoting energy conservation. The technical elements implemented in the platform boast support and propulsion. 



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Expert Reviews

91 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 |

    ASICS GlideRide Review: The best plated running shoe on the market

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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. 


    WEIGHT 280g
    DROP 5mm
    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. 

  • 92 / 100 |

    Fantastic Asics GlideRide

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    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.

  • 95 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the shoe and really enjoyed running in it.

  • 93 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    It's [gives] a very smooth, well-cushioned ride.

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- 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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.