I wore the Glideride out of the box and since then I have run a mile, 5km, 10km, 20km, half marathon and three marathons in them. The races were in different conditions and on different surfaces. I have run with them on pavement, park, road, highway and off road and in dry and very wet conditions. I am going to go through the features and my experience of running in them.
I haven't run in the Metaride so am unable to compare the experience. Like the Metaride the Glideride has a curved sole which provides a more efficient run and reduces energy expenditure.
The curved sole design and stiff forefoot has ASICS GUIDESOLE™ technology which is designed to reduce ankle flexion and provide a shock-absorbent landing zone to lessen fatigue of other leg muscles and increase runner efficiency. I found curvature of the sole encouraged me to run on my fore foot and therefore helped with speed. There is a guideline along the middle of the sole which helps with stability.
The foam is light, very responsive and provides a great bounce wherever you strike the ground from heel to toe. I found this great when I got tired I could transition comfortably to heel strike which I wouldn't be able to do with minimalist racers. The sole is quite thin compared to the foam and I was a initially a little worried it wouldn't be too durable. I didn't need to be worried because after a tough series of races they look hardly worn.
The heel support is firm and very comfortable and the toe box is a snug fit for my wide feet. At approximately 280 grams the Glideride feels really light on the feet. The engineered mesh upper is light, holds the feet in securely and let's them breathe.
I usually wear Gel-DS Trainer to run run 5k, 10k - half marathon and switch to Keyano 26 for marathons. This is due to my preference and the level of support I feel I need. As an overpronator I was initially concerned that the Glideride wouldn't give me the support over the longer distances. After running 4 marathons in them I haven't experienced any problems with support.
What I found surprisingly refreshing is that I could wear the Glideride for any distance and they still felt comfortable and fast. My legs also felt less fatigued during longer runs and recovery seemed quicker after marathons. Even when I did 3 marathons over 3 weekends my legs and feet felt good.
The Glideride were great at all distances and most terrains. The only issue I had with them was a lack of grip on wet roads and I found myself having to change my running style. With Glideride ASICS has succeeded in producing a trainer which performs great at a range of distances.
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