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Asics DynaFlyte Shoe Review

Asics DynaFlyte Running Shoe Review

For several years I was a huge Hoka One One fan due to the soft, yet responsive Clifton running shoe. The lightweight foam sole made for a great experience during each run. As much as I wanted to like the latest Hoka Clifton 3, the forefoot was just too narrow. Ever since reviewing this shoe earlier in the year, I wondered when another running shoe brand would come out with a foam sole that provides a similar feel to Hoka.

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Last month, I came across an article about the Asics DynaFlyte running shoe. The article I read discussed the new FlyteFoam technology that according to the Asics website, “It took the ASICS Institute of Sports Science three years in development and 300 individual prototypes to engineer our lightest, most responsive cushioning system ever — and provide you the ultimate feeling of flight.” Pretty incredible to have over 300 prototypes prior to the last version of a shoe. With the extensive research, I expected an incredible shoe.

I was really excited to review this new Asics running shoe because of the way the shoe felt when I first put this shoe on.

Below are pictures of the Asics DynaFlyte that I wore for this review (these pictures were taken after my first 8 mile run). There are 3 available colors (3 for women, 3 for men) for this shoe.

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight Comfort
  • True Sizing
  • Soft and Responsive
  • Price ($140)
  • Color Options (decent)

About the Asics DynaFlyte

The Asics DynaFlyte is a neutral running that includes the all new FlyteFoam technology that took over 3 years and 300 prototypes to create. This new technology provides incredible cushioning that gives you a feeling of coasting above the surface, all in a shoe that weighs under 10oz.

These shoes are lightweight weighing in at 9.5 oz (men’s size 9) and are great for those speed work or tempo runs. The FlyteFoam sole is approximately 55% lighter than the standard eva sole material, something you will notice while running. The cushioning of the sole makes provides a responsive feel with each step.

The seamless upper has a comfortable sock lining that provides a natural fit designed for increased support.

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Asics DynaFlyte Shoe Specifications

  • Weight: 9.5 Ounces (men’s size 9)
  • How It Fits: True to Size
  • Heel Drop: 8mm
  • Forefoot Height: 17mm
  • Heel Height: 25mm
  • Heel: Medium to wide
  • Midfoot/Forefoot: Medium

Asics DynaFlyte Initial thoughts

When I first opened the box of the Asics DynaFlyte shoe, I noticed the sleek appearance of this new shoe. I immediately noticed the lightweight feel. I’m a big fan of shoes under 10oz and this shoe looked fast and sleek.

I typically wear shoes around for a few days and walk in them prior to running just to make sure they fit well and won’t cause any discomfort during my run. When I was walking around in the DynaFlyte shoes, I really didn’t want to take them off. They felt amazing and made me excited for my first run in them.

In some of the other reviews I read about this shoe, some people noted that the shoe didn’t breathe well. During my first 8 miler, I wore these in 85*F and high humidity, and didn’t think these shoes were any warmer than other running shoes I have reviewed.

I will tell you that the foam sole felt great for the 8 miler. The shoe was wider than expected, making my first impression a positive one.

Asics DynaFlyte Sole

The major part of this shoe has to do with the FoamFlyte sole. This sole is not only incredibly light, but provides cushion that will your body will appreciate with each step. As I mentioned earlier, the FoamFlyte technology is 55% lighter than the traditional EVA sole. This means more cushion with a lightweight feel, something most runners look for in a shoe.

Similar to other Asics shoes, the heel of the sole is made of ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR). This provides increased durability.

The Impact Guidance System (IGS) provides a natural transition with each step.

These shoes have a similar sole design to that of the Asics DS Trainers. I am hoping that these shoes will hold up like other DS Trainers I have worn in the past.

This is the first shoe made with FlyteFoam so I am curious about how the sole will hold up over time with increased mileage.

Asics DynaFlyte Upper

The Asics DynaFlye shoe was designed with comfort in mind. Like other newer running shoes, it has a seamless upper, which maximizes comfort and allows you to wear without socks if desired.

The other thing you will notice is the sockliner of this shoe. This new ComforDry sockliner helps with increased cushioning and is constructed with anti-bacterial material, helping keep your foot dry.

The forefoot area seemed to wrap well. The upper was snug, but not too tight. The standard lacing system worked well and the shoe felt like a glove during my initial 8 miler.

Asics Dynaflyte Verdict

If you are looking for a lightweight neutral shoe that has a similar Hoka foam cushion, then I recommend trying the Asics DynaFlyte running shoe. This shoe is great for daily training and racing.

After running in the Asics DynaFlyte, I am once again a believer in the Asics brand. I previously used to wear the DS Trainer line for all speed work and races, and am excited that Asics has once again made a shoe that I really liked running in.

The Asics DynaFlyte will be part of my shoe rotations, specifically for daily training or tempo efforts. I will probably continue to race in the Brooks ST 5 Racers, but may have to give these a try in an upcoming race.

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Please provide any feedback or experiences you have while running in the Asics DynaFlyte running shoes!

Thanks to the kind people at JackRabbit.com for providing these shoes for this review.

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