Verdict from 6 experts and 6 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Versatility: Most runners agree that the Asics EvoRide 2 can handle different paces and mileage. Some reported using the shoe for short runs and half marathon distances.
  • Smooth transition: The rockered geometry helps runners to propel forward smoothly. A few felt that is much smoother than the GlideRide.
  • Stability: Some reviewers appreciate the shoe's wide platform that offers "plenty of stability without overdoing it."
  • Comfort: The upper wraps the foot comfortably and "feels soft to the skin."
  • Foothold: According to some runners, the midfoot and heel sections hold the foot securely, even on uphill or downhill runs.
  • Toebox: Some comments mentioned that the toebox is wide enough to let the toes spread naturally.
  • Durability: There have been reports that after 100 miles, the EvoRide 2 "looks worn as a normal shoe would."

2 reasons not to buy

  • Grip: Those who tried the shoe on smooth and wet surfaces mentioned that the traction is not adequate.
  • Flexibility: The midsole of the EvoRide 2 feels firm and described by some as "rigid enough that you might think there is a plate in there."

Bottom line

The Asics EvoRide 2 is a Jack-of-all-trades running shoe that is versatile enough for easy, high mileage runs, and tempo training. The rocker gives the extra push forward, and the lightweight midsole delivers consistent cushioning over any distance.

The use of new underfoot foam continues to deliver a firm cushioning, but it feels easier on the legs than its predecessor. 

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Asics EvoRide 2: Do-it-all trainer

The EvoRide 2 is a lightweight performance trainer from Asics that is built to increase running efficiency, helping runners to run longer and faster.

Best for:

  • Quick-paced training, high-mileage runs, and race days
  • Neutral and supinated runners

Notable features:

  • Increased running efficiency - The Guidesole technology features a curved sole design and a stiff forefoot that prevents the ankle from flexing up and the toes from flexing down. This design encourages a smoother transition and less fatigue of the leg muscles.
  • Soft, long-lasting cushioning - The midsole encourages soft landing while keeping the original shape of foam after every run. It is also much lighter and more durable than the conventional EVA midsole.
  • Breathable coverage - The engineered mesh improves airflow, delivering a well-ventilated run.

EvoRide 2 vs EvoRide: What's new?

  • Cushioning: The FlyteFoam midsole replaced the FlyteFoam Propel. The previous midsole was focused on delivering energy return, while the full-length FlyteFoam gives emphasis on lightweight, long-lasting cushioning.
  • Outsole: The AHARPlus is used in the EvoRide 2 instead of the AHAR. The new outsole material delivers 3X the abrasion resistance of the conventional rubber outsole.

Good to know

  • At least 20% of the upper is made with recycled materials. This is to help reduce waste and carbon emissions.

How EvoRide 2 compares

This shoe: 88
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 232g
All shoes average: 269g
79g 437g
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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.

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