Good lightweight and stable daily trainer but with a tricky fit
While 2020 has witnessed the launch of many high-caliber carbon plate shoes, the Asics Dynablast makes a more discreet entrance with a configuration that is both modern and traditional.
Modern because it boasts the sleek and stylish design of the latest Asics models and the new FlyteFoam Blast foam that equips the Novablast. And traditional because at the core, it's a classic trainer shoe. The stack height is average with 28 mm under the heel and a drop of 12 mm. As we will see, the ride is also "standard."
Indeed, according to the testers, the cushioning offers just the right amount of softness for easy daily runs. However, they were not too impressed with the ability of the shoe to handle quick paces because of its lack of responsiveness. Therefore, while the ride does provide a slight bounce, it's not impressive by any stretch. It's reasonable to assume that this is deliberate of Asics: the sole has a traditional design without rocking. In other words, there's nothing to help smoothen the ride; you have to do all the work, which is not bad for runners who like no-frills shoes with a simple ride. What's more, the shoe has the advantage of being lightweight despite its broad and chunky platform that offers good stability. It's unique enough to be noted!
Then, the dense and thick mesh ensures an effective lockdown. The upper is roomy but not very stretchy. Beware, though: some runners have found the shoe to be a bit large, especially in the toe box area. Some go as far as recommending to size down, which is a bit confusing. Also, the thickness of the mesh can be a problem in summer when it's hot.
In summary, the Asics Dynablast is a good lightweight trainer with comfortable cushioning that gives a classic ride. However, its durability makes it a great pick for daily runs despite some fit issues and an average bounce.
Value for money
Wide and stable platform
Cushioning that absorbs shocks without being too soft nor too hard
Tricky fit around the forefoot
Average ride, not so responsive
Thick upper that may be a little too hot for summer
The outsole of the Asics Dynablast features rubber that provides durability and traction. This design provides good grip on the roads.
The FlyteFoam Blast midsole is a lightweight and responsive foam whose purpose is to work like a trampoline to offer a snappy ride.
The upper of the Asics Dynablast features knit that allows a secure and comfortable foot lockdown while letting the foot breathe, especially when it’s hot.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is the Asics Dynablast true to size?
This shoe fits a bit large, especially the forefoot, according to several runners. They recommend going for at least half a size below your usual size. It’s one of these shoes that warrants a trip to the store to be sure.
I have overpronation. Are these shoes recommended for me?
Yes, this shoe should be suitable for most people. Indeed, it’s a neutral running shoe. Therefore, it aims to suit all athletes independently from their type of pronation. It’s not equipped with stability props to guide the movement of the foot and prevent overpronation. Anyway, there’s no evidence that stability running shoe models are superior to neutral shoes to prevent injury.
I weigh 187 lbs/85 kg or more. Can I run in these shoes?
Yes, these shoes are suitable independently of your weight. Indeed, although it’s a popular belief that running in cushioned shoes is better if you weigh more than 187 lbs/85 kg, there’s not much proof to support it. Only one research study has determined that minimalist shoes (stack height less than 15 mm) could worsen the risk of injury for runners who weigh more than 157 lbs/71 kg. However, the Asics Dynablast is not a minimalist shoe with its 28 mm heel height, so it should be fine regardless of how much you weigh.
Is this shoe a good choice to run a marathon?
Testers primarily recommend this Asics running shoe for daily training at slow to moderate speeds. However, if you find these shoes comfortable for long runs then there’s no reason not to race in them!
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