Runningshoes.com has posted a bunch of video previews of new shoes introduced at the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show. I’m going to put up a few posts this week featuring shoes that I have not yet covered elsewhere, and first up are some new 2015 releases from Asics.
One of the collections Asics featured is a new line within their “33” series of shoes. These shoes feature a foam called Fluidfoam which Asics is touting as being extremely soft yet resistant to breakdown. Not sure I quite understand the juxtaposition of super-soft cushion with natural running, but that’s a marketing issue I suppose. I tend to like low drop shoes with minimalish, soft soles so a few of these look appealing to me.
First up is the Asics 33-M, which is clearly set to compete with the likes of Hoka and Altra in the “maximalist” cushioning category. The 33-M is a 4mm drop shoe (not sure on stack height) with what looks like a nice, wide toebox. Here’s the video preview:
The 33-FA looks to be the middle of the road model in the new line. Not a whole lot of details in the video, but looks like another shoe with a roomy toebox, but not quite as cushioned as the 33-M. I’ve had good experiences with the toeboxes of shoes like the Gel Lyte33 and the Gel Electro33 so hopefully these will compare.
Of the three Fluidfoam shoes, this one looks most appealing to me since it has a more minimal sole that is made of the same softish foam. Also looks like it’s quite flexible:
Asics Gel Fujirunnagade
The Fujirunnagade is an aggressively lugged trail shoe with a water-resistant bootie construction to keep debris out of the shoe. The first question that comes to my mind when looking at the shoe is what will drainage be like? Looks like it could be a solid winter running shoe.
Asics DS Racer 10
I’ve never run in the DS Racer series, but have been tempted by version 9. Version 10 looks like my kind of shoe!