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ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ review: Need for speed

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ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ review TL; DR: Carbon plated shoes for most runs that rival similar offerings from Adidas and Nike. Best suited for marathon runners under 3 hours, but slower riders can also benefit from wearing them.

I was among the few British journalists who were invited to the launch of the new ASICS METASPEED range in Malaga, Spain, and while most journalists received the METASPEED SKY+, I was among the few people who received the EDGE+ instead. I was not unhappy; I liked the original ASICS METASPEED EDGE and thought this would be a great opportunity for me to compare the two.

The ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ is a running shoe that follows the now familiar recipe: add a lightweight upper over lots of foam, use a cushioning system that provides excellent energy return, and insert a carbon plate in the middle of the shoe. lower unit for explosive kicks. And while the METASPEED EDGE+ follows that recipe to the T, it also gives it a very ASICS-like twist by adding SCIENCE to the mix.

ASICS’ scientific approach can sometimes be confusing – I was really puzzled when the original METASPEED shoes were launched. Am I cadence or stride runner? What happens if I choose the wrong shoes? Can I still run faster? And even though I still don’t know which shoes are best for me, at least now I know it doesn’t matter. Let me explain.

Check out T3’s roundup of the best running shoes for more info on the best kicks from all the brands to consider.

The ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ and SKY+ shoes were announced at the end of April 2022 and will be available for purchase from June 14 directly from ASICS (opens in a new tab). Both models retail for the same price: $250 in the US and £225 in the UK (AU price TBC).

The first iteration of the shoes was known to never be in stock, but hopefully ASICS has resolved its supply chain issues and will be able to keep up with demand. However, I advise you to keep your eyes peeled for when the shoes are supposed to drop if you are interested in them to avoid disappointment.

ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ running shoes

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ASICS has completely revamped the METASPEED EDGE+ to better support cadence-style runners. Cadence runners take more steps when they run faster, while stride runners take bigger steps – at least that’s how ASICS defines the types of runners the METASPEED shoes are meant to help run faster.

Therefore, the METASPEED EDGE+ has been modified to cater even better to runners who like to take small steps in rapid succession. The stack height remained the same – 8mm – but there is now more foam underfoot. The position of the carbon plate is also different: it is now closer to the ground, which means there is more foam between the plate and your foot.

The upper has also been modified – tweaked, even – along with the laces which now have a sort of serrated edge to ensure they don’t come undone when you’re doing 30km in a marathon. The geometry of the sole is also different, if only slightly. All in all, the METASPEED EDGE+ is a brand new shoe!

ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ running shoes

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The most important technology is certainly the cushioning FF BLAST TURBO. This foam is said to be almost half the weight of standard EVA foam (regardless of standard EVA foam and where it is used), making the shoes lighter than everyday trainers such as the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24 or the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39. said, the new METASPEED Edge+ is Actually Heavier than EDGE v1: A UK size 10 shoe weighs 233 grams, which is 15 grams heavier than the same size EDGE v1.

The ASICSGRIP outsole has also been modified and now covers a slightly smaller surface area without compromising grip too much (or at all). Stack height increased from 34/26mm on EDGE v1 to 39/31mm on EDGE+. According to ASICS, there is 16% more FF BLAST TURBO (volume) underfoot now.

ASICS recommends the METASPEED line for marathon runners under 3 hours – I’m not one of them, at least not yet. This was mentioned during the event I mentioned earlier: all data, graphs and statistics refer to athletes who run faster than your average Joe parkrun enthusiast. Knowing this, I wondered if they were worth the price for someone like me who likes to run faster but doesn’t run as fast as the elite athletes ASICS have worked with?

ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ running shoes

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I liked the original METASPEED EDGE because it offered a similar running experience to one of my all-time favorite running shoes, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. They were fast, tight and well cushioned; all i can ask of marathon shoes. After attending the shoe press conference and learning all about fast runners, I wondered if the ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ would be right for me?

Good news: the shoes are good. Very well. Not only did I run faster, but the METASPEED EDGE+ also saved my legs so I could run longer without fatigue setting in. I wasn’t running as fast as the athletes the shoes were designed for, yet I found myself running faster without as much effort as usual.

What I liked the most was not the carbon plate but the extra stack height. Landings are super soft in METASPEED EDGE+ and the energy returns are also superb. I literally bounced when I did my sprints in the shoes and had to give myself extra space to slow down because the shoes wanted me to keep going. I wanted to continue.

It made me realize one thing: you don’t have to be a marathon runner under 3 hours to experience the benefits of METASPEED shoes. If you’re one of those racers, you’ll benefit from wearing the right METASPEED, but for the rest of us, either version will deliver tangible speed improvements. It doesn’t matter which one you choose – the SKY+ has always been more popular among elite racers – because unless you’re really fast, both will provide more or less the same racing experience.

One final thing to note is that while most runners would benefit from wearing the shoes – they will make you faster – given the high stack and minimal support, beginner runners might find the shoes uncomfortable or downright painful. to wear. I would recommend them to neutral runners who have at least some experience and have some ankle strength to keep the shoes in line.

ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ running shoes

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The ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ has been completely redesigned to help cadence-style runners run faster. The shoes were designed for marathon runners under 3 hours, but slower runners can also benefit from the speed boost provided by the METASPEED EDGE+.

The increased stack height and carbon plate position make the EDGE+ a competent running shoe for those attending races hoping to beat their PBs over the 21.4 mile distance. [CHECK DISTANCE]. Some suggest that the EDGE+ is best suited for half-marathon distances while the SKY+ is best for marathons; it’s probably the same difference unless you’re super fast.

FF BLAST TUBRO foam is lightweight and responsive, delivering great energy return at any distance – and now there’s more underfoot compared to EDGE v1. The upper is more comfortable and the laces are also different. In short, the ASICS METASPEED EDGE+ is an entirely different shoe to its predecessor, but in a good way.

The New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2 (opens in a new tab) (retailer link) is one of the sexiest running shoes of 2021. It not only looks great but also performs great thanks to the high stack foam and integrated carbon plate. The UK shoe size 10.5 weighs 241 grams, slightly heavier than the EDGE+, and it also costs a little less than the ASICS.

Adidas Adios Adizero Pro 2.0 (opens in a new tab) (retailer link) is one of the fastest running shoes ever. It is significantly cheaper than the METASPEED EDGE+ (still expensive in general) and goes just as fast (if not faster). The UK size 10 shoe weighs 248 grams and features adidas’ lightweight Lightstrike foam and Energy Rods system.