ASICS DYNAFLYTE 2
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.