The biggest mistake people make during the holidays is to set New Year’s goals that are unrealistic—or worse, risky. So it is with many who vow to start running more. They aim to up their mileage and improve their physique, but the most noticeable physical change they wind up with is a lower leg injury.
There is a better way, and it starts from the bottom—specifically, the feet. Anyone who plans on running more in 2017 should take a look at the new line of shoes from ASICS. The brand is a great entry point for new runners, but its shoes are also trusted by veteran road warriors. Two shoes—the ASICS Gel-Kayano 23 and the new ASICS DynaFlyte—are definitely worth checking out.
As you can probably guess since it’s in its 23rd edition, the Kayano is a proven performer with more than 20 years of experience protecting runners. The shoe has remained a standout that entire time thanks to its balance of cushioning and support. You’ll love the cozy feel when you first slip it on, and you’ll be even more impressed by its responsiveness on each stride.
Under your foot, there’s a host of cool technology that makes your strides smoother and more efficient. A curved groove in the sole called a Guidance Line helps your foot move more fluidly from heel strike to toe-off. A Trusstic System across the arch gives the shoe structural support and provides you with a better feel.
But what veteran runners will notice the most—and newbies will rave about—is a new, superlight midsole material called FlyteFoam. According to the brand’s website, it is 55 percent lighter than the industry standard. We can’t put an exact number on it, but the latest Kayano definitely feels like it has lost weight.
The trusted Kayano isn’t the only kick sporting FlyteFoam nowadays. ASICS also used the material in it’s new DynaFlyte, which is a lighter, low-profile option meant for running fast.
The DynaFlyte has many of the same features as the Kayano, but with a lower drop (8 millimeters) from heel to forefoot. That means runners who have a naturally efficient stride and are light on their feet will find a home here. And the seamless upper (the part of the shoe that wraps around the top of your foot) makes chafing and blistering a thing of the past.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 retails for $160, and the ASICS DynaFlyte costs $140. Both are available at ASICS.com.
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