Verdict from 8 experts and 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Ride: The rockered design of the Asics GlideRide 2 promotes "constant forward motion" and "accelerated landing." 
  • Cushion: Comparable to the Bondi 7 (although not as plush), the shoe delivers long-mileage comfort. 
  • Heel hold: There are no reports of heel slips. This is attributed to the slimmed-down Achilles, and plush, well-built ankle and heel collar. 
  • Fit: All runners agree that the upper is "comfortably snug." It is very supportive in all the right places without unnecessary pressure. 
  • Lacing: The laces have textured bits, eliminating lace slip. 
  • Protection: It's has a very cushioned design that creates a barrier from sharp ground elements. Some even go as far as saying that it has better protection than most trail shoes they've tried. 
  • Stability: The shoe's wide base enables surefooted steps, especially when running around tight corners. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Heavy: In exchange for its protection, the GlideRide 2 is very "hefty" contrary to other daily trainers. When picking up the pace, it ends up feeling clunky. 
  • Stiff: It's NOT a sink-in midsole at all. So much so that it's as rigid as the high-end racing shoes.

Bottom line

Designed to cruise miles efficiently, the Asics GlideRide 2 simply does what it's supposed to do. With its cushion, it sits in the maximalist category, but be warned, it's not by any means a couch to the foot. However, if you're looking for a daily trainer that will "last hundreds on hundreds of miles," this shoe is an excellent option.

For those who want a lighter and faster alternative but with a similar feel, the EvoRide 2 (GlideRide 2's little sibling) is also a solid choice. 

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Asics GlideRide 2: Roll through your stride

Considered as the highlight of the GlideRide 2, the GuideSole rocker technology from Asics prevents the ankle from flexing up and the toes from flexing down to boost efficiency. As a result, a smooth ride and a snappy toe-off are created. This makes the shoe "deceptively fast" even for its hefty weight. 

For reference, the shoe's rocker is almost the same as Saucony's Speedroll technology, except that it's more pronounced. As experts put it, it's like you're "standing on the edge of a precipice." 

Asics GlideRide 2 vs. 1: A welcome update

Better support and feel 

Sporting a new monofilament engineered mesh upper, the GlideRide 2 keeps the foot secured and locked-in. This upper material is a knit-like, traditional mesh upper, which has less stretch, less water absorption, and better ventilation. 

"Laser-cut focus on stability"

Employing more load of the dense and firmer cushioning, the shoe gains 2mm of stack. The principle behind this design is to better underfoot support and add more protection. However, this definitely dampens the ground feel and produces a non-cushy ride. 

Another stabilizing feature from the GlideRide 2 is its wider outsole, amplifying steady, surefooted steps. 

What is it for?

Distance: Mid to long-distance runs 

Speed: Moderate-tempo and steady-paced runs

At slow paces, experts just find the rocker geometry very "clunky and awkward." During uptempo runs, it just feels very heavy. 

Nice to know

The GlideRide 2 has a Lite-Show version which means that it has reflective details. It's especially helpful for runners who run during low-light hours, night time, or winter running. 

How GlideRide 2 compares

This shoe: 89
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £140
All shoes average: £110
£40 £280
This shoe: 325g
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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