Verdict from 6 experts and 9 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many players have appreciated the comfort that Asics DS Light X-Fly 2 K provided during play.
  • A handful of reviews noted that the cleats felt extremely light.
  • The internal suede lining was noticeable for a few users as it provided them good grip internally.
  • Due to the K-leather upper, many users have mentioned that the cleats improved their ball control.
  • The soleplate stability was also highlighted by one of the expert reviewers as one of its major benefits.
  • A few users were thankful to the external heel counter of DS Light X-Fly 2 K as this structure did not cause them any blister or any heel discomfort.
  • Several players loved the cleats because it made them move quickly and smoothly in the field.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer noted the outsole’s stiffness, especially during the first few uses.
  • A few users find DS Light X-Fly 2 K to be expensive.
  • Some were concerned with the tongue being synthetic as it may not be as durable and comfortable as the K-leather upper.

Bottom line

Overall, this notable cleat offered qualities that a cleat must have: comfort, lightness, traction and ball control. Asics may not be the top brand on the list, but it sure does check all the right boxes with the DS Light X-Fly 2 K.

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Good to know

  • The premium Kangaroo leather prevalent in the second generation of DS Light X-Fly is its main highlight. This material has long been preferred by many soccer players as it is obviously beneficial in so many ways. This is evident in sough-after K-leather soccer shoes such as the Adidas Mundial Goal and Puma One 18.1 K-Leather Firm Ground. Its top of the line durability, excellent ball touch, and distinct lightness are some of the many pros that can it offer. Asics has always been known to provide premium quality with their K-leather cleats as opposed to their synthetic quality.
  • Another best-liked feature with DS Light X-Fly 2 K is its external heel counter. Solid heel support is equivalent to this feature. Having a counter that extends out and around the heel lessens the chances of strain in the ankle and knee. It contributes to the overall comfort of the shoe.

Asics DS Light X-Fly 2 K is available in men’s version with sizes ranging from 6.5 to 11.5. The K-leather material used in the upper provides a fit that wraps the foot comfortably like the previous version. The fit is adjustable through a central lacing system.

This heritage soccer cleat utilizes a Solyte polymer soleplate that gives the right balance of stiffness and flexibility. Consequently, it distributes equal pressure from heel to toe.

For durability, two rivets can be seen fastened below the forefoot area. The stud heights ensure close-to-the-ground feel. Four studs can be seen supporting the heel area, one in the center, three on the lateral forefoot and four on the other side. The studs are not exactly the usual conical-shaped. These studs are shaped like a gear for a balance in ground penetration and smoother change of direction.

Injection moulding is the construction throughout the sole which explains the cleat’s responsiveness. In terms of cushioning, this technology has been proven to be more beneficial as compared to compression moulding. Additionally, this also contributes to DS Light X-Fly 2 K’s remarkable lightness.

The whole upper is showcased with Premium Kangaroo leather from the toe to the heel area except the tongue and the back heel. Curved linear patterns following the shape of the foot are stitched on the forefoot area. There is also a synthetic Asics logo on top of the k-leather on each side.

The lacing system is seen in the center extended through a portion of the forefoot area giving more adjustability.

The heel counter is external and is wrapped around the lateral sides, offering more ankle support. The combination of all these upper elements sets it apart from its almost similar original version. Often likened to Adidas Copa series, the upper of this shoe is an outright classic.

- The Asics DS Light X-Fly 2 K has a micro-synthetic version with a slight variation on the upper design.

How DS Light X-Fly 2 K compares

This shoe: 87
All shoes average: 80
59 93
This shoe: £190
All shoes average: £160
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