I’ve been wearing Asics shoes since I’ve started running. I’ve cycled through many versions, but tend to stick to the same ones, the Gel Cumulous and Gel Nimbus. Of course I’ve worn other shoes while racing, like the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante 3s, but I wanted to find out what the hype was about the Asics Dynaflytes. When I try out a new type of shoe, even within the same brand, I look for several key elements: weight, cushioning, support, and overall fit. The color is also important and while it may not be the first thing I gravitate towards, it does remain a little bit of a deal breaker. I mean, how could you not turn your attention to neon green shoes? Putting color aside these shoes were the first shoe for me that really stood out. Here’s my take on the Asics Dynaflyte 1.
Asics Dynaflyte 1
- Recommended for: neutral or slight underpronation foot strike
- Weight: 9.4 oz
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 8.0 mm
- Heel Height: 32.2 mm
- Heel Cushioning: Very Soft
- Forefoot Height: 24.2 mm
- Forefoot Cushioning: Moderate
- Flexibility: Moderate
- Stability Features: Moderate
When I first put the Dynaflytes on, I was impressed on how comfortable and lightweight they were. Now I’m no stranger to lightweight running shoes, but these seemed different. The Dynaflytes look and feel fast. The mid-sole offers just the right amount of cushioning without sacrificing the weight. Weighing in around 9oz, which is a small step down from my Gel Nimbus (10.7oz), these shoes felt amazing. Most lightweight shoes lack the cushioning required for daily training, so they are specifically designed for racing or speed training. Following the same midsole trend as the Kayano, these shoes offer up FlyteFoam technology which provides a spring to every step to keep you going. The Asics Impact Guidance System (IGS) helps your foot naturally hit the ground and transition perfectly for lift off. I was also surprised at the responsiveness of the Dynaflytes. Thanks to the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System, every foot strike is cushioned to brace for impact, which is something that most runners expect in heavier shoes, not lighter. The seamless mesh upper is tight to secure your foot, but not to the point that it cuts off circulation. Imagine a shoe designed specifically for your foot. This seemless construction helps prevent irritation and friction. This is good news for runners who go sockless in their running shoes. I’m not a big fan of this, but for some this is a bonus. The anti-moisture/anti-microbial sock liner helps control sweat which helps deter blisters and stinky feet. The Dynaflytes also have excellent breathability to help prevent overheating.
The Asics DynaFlyte shoe is perfect for anyone looking for a lightweight race day shoe or even a daily running shoe that has the same comfort and cushioning as their heavier ones. These shoes are extremely versatile and are ready for whatever you throw at them.