Introducing The Asics METARIDE™!
Posted: Feb. 28th, 2019


The Asics METARIDE™  is a brand new shoe that is very unique and unlike anything, Asics has done before. Should you consider the Asics METARIDE™ as your next shoe? Keep reading as we breakdown all the technical advancements in this shoe.

Asics METARIDE™ – Innovation In Motion

ASICS claims the METARIDE™ as the most technologically-advanced running shoe. Specifically designed to propel you forward, the METARIDE™ model makes running longer, a little easier. First of all, let’s get one thing out of the way. When you hear most technologically-advance running shoe, the first thing that comes to mind is the price. These days it’s not uncommon for a brand to release a new model with technological advancements to start at $250. The Asics METARIDE™ is no different.

Before we dive into the METARIDE™, let’s look back at another shoe from Asics, The METARUN™ released in December 2015. The METARUN™ was a concept shoe that also retailed for $250 (one of the very first in this price range). It was available for a limited time which I believe was 30 days and anything not sold had to be shipped back to Asics. With the METARUN™, several new technologies were introduced including a FLYTEFOAM®  midsole, Jacquard Mesh upper, Heel Clutching System, & X-Gel Technology. All of those advancements have gradually introduced into their legacy models like the Asics Gel-Cumulus, Gel-Nimbus, Gel-Kayano, & GT-2000, all models that we carry at Big Peach Running Co. So the concept proved true as all that technology “trickled down” to the lower priced models.

Innovation In Motion is a collection of models including the METARIDE™ but it’s also a statement that Asics is dedicated to innovating and creating the best possible product to meet the demands of runners.

Asics METARIDE™ – Who Is it for?

Asics is targeting the serious runner for this particular model. At a $250 price point, Asics understands it’s not for everyone. It’s definitely for a runner wanting a better running experience than they’re currently having. Everyone should enjoy running. If a shoe can provide even more enjoyment, then why not?

It’s quite possible, just like the METARUN™, the technology from the METARIDE™ will trickle down to other models within their product line.

Asics METARIDE™ – The Technology

From the image, you may be able to tell that the METARIDE™ looks like it has a higher midsole. Asics states a stack height of 30 mm for women & 31 mm for men with a zero drop. This is Asics first zero drop shoe. For comparison, the Hoka Bondi has a stack height of 37 mm in the heel and 33 mm in the forefoot (4 mm drop). So the Ascis METARIDE™ does not have as beefy of a midsole as a Hoka Bondi. The Asics Gel-Nimbus has a stack height of 31 mm in the heel and 21 mm in the forefoot (10 mm drop). Therefore the Asics METARIDE™ falls between the two models mentioned.

Weight

As far as weight, when compared to the Hoka Bondi & Asics Gel-Nimbus, the Asics METARIDE™ is lighter if only slightly in the men’s sizes and more noticeable in the women’s model.

  • Asics METARIDE ™: Men 10.7 oz (size 9), Women 8.9 oz (size 8)
  • Hoka Bondi: Men 10.8 oz (size 9),Women 9.4 oz (size 8)
  • Asics Gel-Nimbus: Men 11.1 ox (size 9), Women 9.6 (size 8)

Technology

Upper – Asics is using a performance knit upper as are a lot of other brands. Whether a knit upper is just a trend or if it’s here to stay is unknown. However, most people do enjoy a sock-like fit that is secure but flexible to move with the foot in motion.

Midsole – The use of FLYTEFOAM® Lyte & FLYTEFOAM® Propel creates a light midsole with a combination of cushioning and responsive feel that makes for an energized feel.

Gel Technology – Asics continues to use their gel technology but in a new configuration to minimize shock when landing on the heel.

3D Guidance Line Technology – Asics has had variations of this technology in other models. The purpose is to smooth the transition and improve footstrike efficiency.

GRIPSOLE ™ Outsole – The outsole is designed to be more durable with increased traction. Time will tell how durable the outsole will be.

Meta-Rocker Design – A first for Asics but others like Hoka have used this design for years. The design is to help drive efficiency and reduce shock with each stride.

The Asics METARIDE ™ is available at our Marietta & Midtown locations. Please stop by and try them on. If you’d rather shop online, we also have them available on our website for purchase with FREE Shipping!

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Dave Martinez is the Director of Marketing for Big Peach Running Co. He is also an avid runner, running distances from 5K to 50Ks.