Asics GlideRide 2
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76% say it's true to size.
Overview of this review
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.