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Light, well cushioned running shoes

The DynaFlyte is the first Asics running shoe to feature a full-length FlyteFoam midsole.
The DynaFlyte is the first Asics running shoe to feature a full-length FlyteFoam midsole.PHOTO: ASICS

Running shoes that provide a lot of cushioning tend to be heavier.

The DynaFlyte is Asics' attempt to buck the trend, thanks to the use of Asic's latest FlyteFoam midsole, which took three years to develop.

It is said to be around 55 per cent lighter than conventional ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) midsoles.

Yet, according to Asics, the FlyteFoam midsole provides 76 per cent better cushioning than the EVA midsole.

The DynaFlyte is the first Asics running shoe to feature a full- length FlyteFoam midsole.

It has stitching and a no-sew upper construction to keep the weight down and the comfort level up.

  • TECH SPECS

    PRICE: $229

    MATERIAL: Asics FlyteFoam midsole with no-sew upper mesh

    WEIGHT: 270g (Men's, US 9)

    RATING

    DESIGN: 3/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

At 270g, it is Asics' lightest cushioning shoe. Although it is still not as light as some minimalist running shoes, I found the DynaFlyte to be pretty light for a pair of traditional running shoes.

The shoes felt really tight when I first wore a pair in my usual size. So I would recommend getting them half a size bigger.

I like the way the shoes cupped my injury-prone ankles tightly and gave plenty of support to the entire foot. There is no slippage during runs but yet still enough room to wiggle my toes.

The shoes felt broken-in immediately during the first run. Impact was nicely cushioned and there was good rebound during each foot strike. My knees and feet did not hurt on 6km or longer runs.

The only slight downer is its rather mediocre ventilation. My feet felt quite warm by the time I reached 2km during runs. It is not a big issue, but something you might want to take note of.

Also, the DynaFlyte is not going to win any beauty contest. You certainly won't mistake it for a pair of trendy sneakers.

•Verdict: For those who want a pair of lightweight running shoes that provide plenty of cushioning, the Asics DynaFlyte is the one to get.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'Light, well cushioned running shoes'. Print Edition | Subscribe