Asics Gel Kumo Lyte 2: sleek daily trainer under $100

Gel Kumo Lyte 2 is a simple yet functional daily running shoe from Asics.

It is a solid option if you are looking for a budget-friendly trainer that can do-it-all for your day-to-day needs. That includes:

  • daily running (moderate pace and shorter distance)
  • light cross-training sessions at the gym
  • casual wear / walking

Kumo Lyte 2 vs. 1: worth the upgrade?

The difference between two iterations is not significant, so if you can get a good deal for version 1, you won’t be missing out. Here is what’s new in v2:

  • Softer heel: reinforced Gel cushion offers better shock absorption and plusher landings
  • Sleeker design: Lyte 2 appears more streamlined and pointed

If you’d like to expand your options, see other Gel-infused Asics models.


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