First look: ASICS DynaFlyte

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The shoe: ASICS DynaFlyte

In a nutshell: ASICS' lightest, most cushioned running shoe to date.

The technology: After three years of development and 300 prototypes, 2015 saw the launch of ASICS' FlyteFoam technology - a midsole material which ASICS says bounces back to its original form in the air between each footstrike and weighs up around 55% lighter than standard EVA (the most commonly used foam used in the running industry). First seen in its MetaRun concept shoe last year, FlyteFoam is the key technology in the DynaFlyte. It also boasts a no-sew upper made with breathable mesh for extra lightweight comfort and weighs in at a mere 270g per shoe.

What ASICS says: “With DynaFlyte, runners can fully experience FlyteFoam technology at its purest. We are excited to launch DynaFlyte, and see how FlyteFoam will be able to help runners unlock their speed." - Dr. Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Executive Officer, Senior General Manager, ASICS Institute of Sport Science

What we say: "As someone who usually wears motion control shoes, I was a bit wary of trying out the DynaFlyte with its minimalist design. However, after a quick run I was pleasantly surprised at the level of comfort I got from the it. The DynaFlyte is also a 'quick adapter' - you don't need many runs out of the box to get used to it. Overall it's a great option for those with medium to low arches who want the most cushioning for the lowest weight." - Georgia Scarr, Deputy Digital Editor at Runner's World