ASICS DY­NAF­LYTE 2

Canadian Running - - FALL SHOE GUIDE -

Men’s 232 g (8.9 oz.); Women’s 204 g (7.2 oz.); Drop ra­tio: 8 mm; $180

The first Dy­naF­lyte led to Asics’s new pro­gres­sive ap­proach to shoe de­sign. This up­date con­tin­ues the Ja­panese com­pany’s over­haul of their ap­proach, and steers one of their f lag­ship shoes even fur­ther in the right di­rec­tion.

The Dy­naF­lyte 2 is sim­i­lar to the new Roadhawk in terms of de­sign and at­ti­tude. It em­braces a thor­oughly min­i­mal look. The stripped down up­per does away with any stitch­ing or over­lays, and in their stead is an en­gi­neered mesh that’s breath­able and much more fash­ion-for­ward. We loved the first ver­sion of the Dy­naF­lyte, and this it­er­a­tion is a rare in­stance of a sopho­more de­sign do­ing some­thing quite dif­fer­ent yet stay­ing true to the ap­peal of ver­sion one. The magic rests in the mid­sole. The Dy­naF­lyte ma­te­rial, which is es­sen­tially Kevlar, is re­spon­sive and soft with­out be­ing slug­gish, and does in­deed last a heck of a long time. In fact, we haven’t been able to kill our first tester pairs af­ter well over 1,000 kilo­me­tres. Ver­sion 2 prom­ises to be even bet­ter.

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