SHOE REVIEW: ASICS EvoRide

The ASICS shoe that's about to become a staple in your running shoe rotation

February 25th, 2020 by | Posted in Running Gear | Tags: , , , ,

The ASICS EvoRide is part of a new lineup of shoes, called the Energy Saving Series, that’s got a shoe for every part of a runner’s weekly workout routine. There’s the MetaRide, GlideRide and EvoRide (the newest addition). The EvoRide is the most affordable of the bunch, and the shoe that’s designed to become a runner’s favourite everyday trainer.

Photo: Matt Stetson

Shoe type: Neutral
Weight: 8.8 oz (men’s size 9)
Drop: 5 mm
MSRP: CDN $150.00
Available: February 25, 2020

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The upper

The shoe’s upper has a particularly well-padded tongue and heel counter, which at first glance looks a little clunky, but when you wear the shoe you find it’s very comfortable and that the padding is a nice addition. The rest of the upper is made of a reinforced knit to keep the shoe light, breathable and comfortable.

Photo: Matt Stetson

The shoe fit true to size in its length but was a touch narrow in the width (something that worked well for me). The neutral-cushioned trainer also has a very low drop (at only 5 mm), ideal for the runner who likes to move naturally.

The midsole

The shoe’s midsole is made of one piece of FlyteFoam, ASICS’ proprietary foam that’s used across most of the brand’s shoes. This foam is lightweight and bouncy without sacrificing cushioning. I found this shoe really comfortable and appropriately stiff–a shoe I could do a run in every day. This shoe quite didn’t have the feel I’m looking for in a track workout shoe, but it’s perfect for a long run, with just the right amount of cushioning and responsive foam.

Photo: Matt Stetson

Another note about the midsole–the shoe has a bit of a rocker, but it’s subtle. They call this the their Guidesole Technology. The one-piece midsole, coupled with the rocker, offers a particularly smooth transition through your stride. Together, the two technologies are designed to reduce ankle flexion, which can increase a runner’s efficiency.

The outsole

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The outsole is made of high-abrasion rubber designed to grip the roads on wet days. The tread is fairly minimal, so I wouldn’t use this shoe on a sloppy trail, but for the roads it’s perfect. The EvoRide is a well-done, affordable shoe with a comfortable upper and snappy midsole. If you’re in the market for a trainer that could become a staple in your lineup, look no further.

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