Diana Lee, Shape’s General Manager and avid marathoner reviews the limited edition Asics Metarun. By Summer Lee
The Asics Metarun ($399) has been dubbed by the brand as the best long distance running shoe in all its history. Only 60,000 pairs are available worldwide, with a few available exclusively at the Asics store at Suntec City. This new release comes with five new innovations, all of which promise to support long distance runners in terms of weight, stability, fit and cushioning. Diana Lee, Shape’s General Manager (and an avid marathoner) ran thrice in the Asics Metarun – the longest run being 16.5km long – to test the pair. Here’s what she had to say about the shoes.
According to Diana, the Asics Metarun shoes aren’t exactly the most lightweight at 245g per pair. However, this could be due to the stability and cushioning additions to the shoe. However, Diana agrees that the Asics Metarun would be an ideal training shoe for long runs as the shoes felt more durable compared to other lighter, more flexible pairs that had soles that wore out much faster.
Diana noted that the shoes provided good cushioning and motion control. As someone who tends to overpronate on her left foot, she sometimes feels the strain on her left arch and inner left knee if the shoes are not stable enough. However, she did not have this problem with the Metarun, which has a midsole made with firmer foam to support the arch of those who overpronate. Additionally, the Metarun also promises to reduce the impact on feet. These stability features of the shoe promise 28 per cent more rearfoot stability and 15 per cent more midfoot stability for a smoother transition with each step.
Diana liked the fit of the shoe. She mentioned that while the toe box area was wide enough to accommodate a bunion on her right foot, it still held her foot firmly in place. A new glove-like mesh material is responsible for this, as it minimises rubbing between the foot and the shoe, creating a sock-like fit. In addition, the shoe wraps around the inner and outer sides of the ankle bone, and works together with built-in memory foam to provide the best fit for the heel while in motion.
Diana comments that the Asics Metarun has better cushioning than her current favourite running shoe, and this is because it uses a lightweight foam with fibres that instantly return the midsole to its original state after each step. In general, shoes with lightweight midsoles tend to compromise on cushioning and durability, but this is not the case with the Metarun.
Although the Asics Metarun is not as light as other shoes in the market, it is better at stability and motion control. She also mentioned that the hefty $399 price tag makes it pretty inaccessible for most. However, she commented that the Asics Metarun would be a good training shoe for those who have the means – specifically those who prioritise good cushioning and stability over other factors.