ASICS METASPEED SKY+ Review

I was super excited to get my hands on the ASICS METASPEED SKY+ before their release date.

ASICS kindly gifted me a pair to try out and put it through its paces. There was big hype about the ASICS METASPEED SKY+ and I couldn’t wait to use them. Firstly though when the METASPEED SKY came out last year, although I am an ASICS Frontrunner I struggled to get my hands on a pair. After months of waiting for them and every time I tried getting them they kept going out of stock, I managed to buy a pair in the summer.

At first I didn’t want to use them in my Triathlon races, purely because I loved the GEL NOOSA TRIs and I was running fast with those off bike. However when I used them in training I was shocked how low my heart rate was than normal when doing speed work so of course I tried them in triathlons and they became my favourite shoe for running as I seemed to be running faster after the bike part in triathlons. So after a top 9th place at the 2019 European Triathlon Sprint Championships in my AG and the fastest run, sub 17 minute barrier broken for the first time in a 5k and sub 35 minutes in a 10k all achieved with the METASPEED SKY how can this shoe get even faster? So here is my review on the ASICS METASPEED SKY+

The METASPEED SKY+ are the next generation of ASICS carbon plate racing shoes and I was lucky to have a pair before the release date on the 14th of June, where they will be priced at £225 RRP. Firstly ASICS state: The METASPEED™ SKY+ racing shoes are designed for stride-style runners who are looking to start fast and finish faster. Runners wearing these shoes will be able to take longer strides while conserving energy with each step. Thanks to an energetic midsole foam and a propulsive carbon plate, runners wearing these shoes will be able to conserve more energy while maintaining their pace at the later stages of the race.​

The METASPEED™ SKY+ features include:

  • Jacquard mesh upper improves breathability
  • FF BLAST™ TURBO cushioning improves compression and creates a responsive feel underfoot
  • Curved sole design helps runners conserve more energy in each step
  • Carbon plate guides your foot throughout your step and propels your foot forward
  • ASICSGRIP™ outsole rubber improves durability and grip
  • At least 20% of the upper’s material is made with recycled polyester
  • The sockliner is produced with the solution dyeing process that reduces water usage by approximately 33% and carbon emissions by approximately 45% compared to the conventional dyeing technology

Now onto the specifications:

  • Stack height 34-39mm
  • Drop 5mm
  • Midsole 28-33mm
  • Outsole 1.5mm
  • Weight 205g
  • Carbon plate

First impressions – the colourway I thought was very cool; I liked both colourways in the previous version. When comparing it to the first model it looked slightly more bulky however it feels super lightweight. However they do weigh slightly more than the previous model. The tongue is very lightweight and the there is plenty of breathability in the shoe with its style of material and the laces were very thin too. When looking under the shoe it has lots of rubber and it just feels super fast, so it was time to test them out and I believe, the best time to test was in a 5k race. However, I normally like to wear-in my shoes before I race however I thought I would take the punt and go for it.

Firstly I warmed up for the race and the shoes felt good on and comfortable; I noticed my heart rate was low while warming up and the bounce was very noticeable. They felt a bit above the ground compared to the previous version but when I increased the pace I found they were super responsive and felt like I was gliding along without much effort. So on to the race with the real test – as laps ticked by I was able to hold pace comfortably and feeling like I was not using much energy. On the last lap I increased my pace and they were very responsive. I managed a 6 second PB on the night and I had no problem with the METASPEED™ SKY+. What I did find is that my heart rate for the race was a bit lower, so it does save energy well.

What did I learn from this shoe? I was feeling fresher than normal after the race and when warming down I was running at a good speed at a very low heart rate; however maybe I could of pushed harder? I certainly believe that it does save energy as ASICS claim. What does that relate to in a racing environment? Well in theory you can run harder for longer and faster and you can therefore get that desired PB which I did. The toe box has more room, bounces along and is comfortable.

My conclusion is that it is a great shoe and I highly recommend it; I will be racing with these at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Montreal. I find the METASPEED™ SKY+ a super fast racing shoe where I didn’t fatigue as much. I raced on tired legs but I felt so strong and I was gliding along, I would only race with these or the odd speed session in preparation for a race. I really like them and wasn’t sure if they could be better than the previous model but they are and a super fast shoe.

You can check them out on the ASICS website HERE 

TRAINING TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST DUATHLON!

This blog was written in collaboration with the London Duathlon.

We appreciate that the thought of completing your first Duathlon can be daunting, however, trust us when we say it isn’t! We were lucky enough to speak with Yiannis Christodoulou, who is representing Great Britain in the 2022 World and European Triathlon Championships and has used Duathlon’s to get to where he is. Beginning his journey in Aquathlons in 2012 he has gone onto becoming a European Aquathlon Champion and a 2-time National Champion in his age group. He spoke to us, sharing his top tips to help you on your way in completing your first Duathlon.

What do you love about completing a Duathlon?

Yiannis – For me, running is my favourite sport so being able to run it twice in a race is a huge bonus. I really enjoy taking part in multi-sport events as they enable you to train for different disciplines which enables your training to be great fun! Out of all the multi-sport races I complete, I find this the most rewarding when you complete it as you have to run twice but don’t let this put you off as everyone who takes part are always very friendly and chatty!

What are your top training tips?

Yiannis – One of the best things about completing a Duathlon is that it enables you to keep your training interesting, making everyday different. Make sure that you start slow and build your training up over time. Look at planning out the weeks leading up to the event and be realistic with when you have time to train and fit it all in.

80% of your training sessions should be easy, and when I say easy I mean easy! By building up your training slowly it will enable you to build up your engine and become more efficient when it comes to the day!

Work on your weakest area first, so if your cycling is weaker than your running, work more on improving this as you will gain more from improving your weakest area which in turn can give you maximum gains!

Recovery is key, don’t neglect it! Rest days are so important, not only for recovery but also to keep injuries away which in turn will help you to perform to the best of your ability.

Have a go at implementing this into your training plan:

Monday30 minute easy run
TuesdayRest
Wednesday45 minute easy cycle
ThursdayRest
FridayRest
Saturday45 minute easy run
Sunday45 minute easy cycle

How do you recommend participants should deal with first time nerves?

Yiannis – Go for it, once you sign up to it, you’ll be motivated to do it. So this will help you train and if you train for it, you have nothing to worry about. It doesn’t matter what your ability is or how fast you are, take your time and enjoy it. Just do it, you will enjoy it. If you train for it, you have nothing to fear. Go at your own pace and build into the race. Don’t try chasing the fast ones, let them go off and just start the race the way you trained.

What are your tips to stay motivated?

Yiannis

  1. Write down the goal you are after. Long-term goals should seem a little unrealistic and they will enable you to train harder and smarter. If you have a dream go grab it, you never know what you may achieve
  2. Have small weekly goals. For example saying to yourself, I am going to go and do a 10 minute cycle this week
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail. Mistakes are there to be made. You learn from your mistake and you can turn this into a positive and learn for your race. If they don’t go right, look into and see what didn’t work, just keep going and don’t give up!

Are you ready for the challenge?

Now that you have some top tips to get you on your way why not join us at the World’s Largest Duathlon?

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Brighton 10k  

I headed off to Brighton on Saturday morning for the Brighton Marathon Weekend. I was lucky enough to be gifted a place by ASICS and it was also a Frontrunner meet up. I was very excited to meet the new team members and catch up with everyone. I was also excited to run my first 10k since 2020. I decided with coach Mark not to taper for this race as it was not a priority but to see where I am and prepare for my first Triathlon race of the year in a couple of weeks. If you have been following my journey this year you will know that I am training for my lifetime goal of representing GB at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Montreal. I have also recently found out I have a place in the mixed relay team the following day after my race, so very much preparing for this and looking forward to it. 

Training has gone very well over the winter, where I did my local Cross country league races not fully fit as I had a break from training after the European Championships in September and was doing minimal and easy training. It was good to see that in each race I got faster and placed higher after each race. Once January hit, I started increasing my training for the World Championships and now peaking at 15-16 hours a week for this race. This consists of 2 strength sessions, 4 runs a week, 4 swims a week and 4 bike sessions a week and of course a weekly rest day. 

Anyway, onto Brighton – so I was tired going into this race and I knew that the day before the race would not be ideal as I would be on my feet most of the day with doing the Frontrunner stuff, but I of course factored this in. It was great to meet up with the team and new members. I logged 21k in steps on Saturday whereas when I race I normally chill and don’t do very much. Race day arrived, unfortunately I didn’t sleep well at all, this normally happens when I stay in a hotel for the first night. Feeling tired I met up with the team for breakfast and we all discussed what time we were going to be chasing. I knew that when I ran 16:46 last year in a 5K that I would be on for 10k PB with my official PB being 36:28, however wasn’t sure about sub 35 minutes. I joked with the team and said on a good day I could easily get into the 34 minutes; they have been giving me some banter about that. To be honest deep down it was sub 35 I was chasing and knew I was running well but could I do it with being tired and off a hard week of training with no taper? 

We all jogged to the start line and it was packed with runners for the two races. I started with Rob who was aiming for low 34 minutes or under. We started the race and off we went. Rob soon went off into the distance and I held back the first mile which was downhill for a bit; I then paced it and found the inclines taking a little bit out of me. It was nice to see a crowd around the course and we started before the marathon. I then got to the final mile and realised sub 35 could be a possibility and a big PB was on the cards. I tried to accelerate and my legs felt very fatigued which I haven’t had before; normally I am able to kick on but I think it’s because of not tapering. I tried to push on but legs were just happy to stay at that current pace. I saw the clock and finish line about 400m away and I was saying to myself “come on you can do it”. I was over the moon when I crossed the line in 34:51 and a PB of well over a minute. Then I cheered my team mates across the line with a lot of the team getting PB’s which made the whole week great. 

The 10k was a great race to do, a few inclines but a good fun course. When I started running in 2012 and my first 10k race in 2013 which my time was 42:25, I was so happy with that time and I never expected in ten years to achieve so much of what I have achieved. You have to be patient, train smart and learn from mistakes and you never how far you can go. I am now looking forward to what the Triathlon season has in store for me.  

Well done to everyone across the weekend at Brighton. 

THE BASICS OF CYCLING TRAINING AND USING A HEART RATE MONITOR WITH POLAR

This blog was written in collaboration with Polar for Halfords.

Your heart rate is one of the best indicators of how hard your body is working during a workout. Using heart rate zones is therefore a great way to monitor how hard you’re training and it’s easy to see why they’ve been a popular training tool for cyclists for years.

Polar is well known as the market leader in heart rate monitoring and the company’s heart rate sensors are used by amateur and elite athletes across the world. In this article, Polar provides a unique insight into how to approach cycling training and how using a heart rate monitor can really help to improve cycling performance.

Working smarter, not harder

Before you get started, it’s important to understand that an effective plan is all about balance. By creating a workout schedule with some intense days and some days that are gentler, you’ll maximise your results while also lowering the risk of strain or injury. This isn’t a ‘no pain, no gain’ approach but rather a ‘work smarter, not harder’ strategy.

It’s an approach that Polar Ambassador and GB triathlete Yiannis Christodoulou knows well. Inspired to take up triathlon after watching the event at the London 2012 Olympics, Yiannis set out on his journey. It wasn’t easy – he didn’t come from a sporting background and couldn’t swim – and he knew he had to be smart when it came to his training.

“For most people, they are under the impression that they should go hard in every session,” Yiannis explains. “The most common thought is ‘if I train hard and fast, I will get faster’, but that is not the case. You need to be clever in your training… We all know that well-known saying ‘go slow to get fast’.”

Choosing the right tech

Another key starting point when you’re training by heart rate is to make sure that you’ve got the right tech to measure it with. This way, you’ll be constantly aware of your beats per minute (BPM) – the essential metric for this type of training.

There are a few different options when it comes to heart rate monitors. You can wear one on your chest, your arm, or your wrist. So how do they differ?

The classic chest strap uses an electrocardiogram (ECG) to measure your heart rate. It can then be connected to a combination of devices, including your sports watch, bike computer, fitness app, and/or gym equipment to give you a real-time measurement of your heart rate.

The arm strap works in a similar way with your devices, but uses optical heart rate tracking instead – just like the fitness watch on your wrist. Your watch differs from the chest and arm straps in that you don’t need any other devices because all the information you need for checking your heart rate is right there on the screen.

Using heart rate zones for exercise

Identifying your maximum heart rate

In order to get the most out of heart rate training, you need to find out what your maximum heart rate is while cycling. This can be done by taking a VO2 test in a lab or by doing a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test as fast as you can with a heart rate monitor and then taking the max from there.

British Cycling has a handy power calculator where you can input your FTP data in order to work out your heart rate zones and power zones.

Understanding heart rate zones

There are five different heart rate zones (1–5) and your training plan can (and should) include workouts in all five zones. The following chart shows the level of intensity and percentage of maximum heart rate used within each heart rate zone. You can also see the different effects that each zone will have on your body.

According to Yiannis, many of the pros train within heart rate zone 2 or power zone 2. But why is zone 2 training so beneficial?

“The main benefit is that it builds aerobic base and endurance,” he shares. “By improving aerobic capacity, this improves your ability to maintain a faster pace for a longer period of time. Of course, you still need to do the higher intensity efforts, but zone 2 is the basis and foundation from which to begin to build your faster pace.

“If you have a strong aerobic capacity, it will also allow you to recover quicker between those higher intensity efforts,” he adds. “Zone 2 training should be a big bulk of your weekly training.”

Adding variety to your workout

Variety is another important element if you want to improve your fitness or become a better cyclist. When it comes to your heart rate zone training, paying attention to the key differences indicated by heart rate zones will ensure that you get the most out of what you put in.

An effective cycling plan or workout plan will include different types of workouts with varying frequency, duration and intensity spaced out so that you have time to recover. This means that some workouts should be short and intense, some long and light, and some can even be long and tough. It’s the variety that makes your workout regimen effective.

“What I like about heart rate zones is that if you cycle for 60 minutes (for example, at the same heart rate on two consecutive days) your distance/pace will be different because your heart rate is based on how your body feels on the day,” Yiannis concludes. “So, if you’re tired then when you cycle it’s likely your heart rate with be higher and therefore speed will be slower. So this is why it’s important to train with heart rate.”

Its not always about being the best, its about being better than you were yesterday!

When things get tough or things don’t go to plan its tough but always look back at the good times to remind you of what you have achieved. Its never plain sailing to success nor is it a straight line. There will be obstacles in the way but it’s how you work round them to overcome them.

You are probably thinking this makes no sense with the blog title if you are struggling however it’s not always about being the best, its about being better than you were yesterday! Which doesn’t necessary mean a new PB. 

Everyone has a PB/Goal that they are after and chase after no matter where they have finished in a race they have raced in. What I love about Triathlons and running is that you just focus on yourself but being better than yesterday is the key.

So of course look back to see how far you have come but also learn from mistakes because experience is so key. Learning from your past training, experiences, mistakes, races and so on is so important. Just because something worked well last time for you, it may not work well this time.

When my swims seem a struggle I look back at how far I have come first. It’s easy to remind myself that I was unable to swim in 2012. So that then makes me look at what went wrong in the session; did my technique change, or my food, or my sleep etc, so I look in depth to try and improve for next time.

It’s all about learning so you are better than you were the day before. Over the past 10 years my training, diet, mental aspect has changed and I have learnt lessons and adapted my training so that I can be the best I can.

So when assessing to be better than yesterday have a look at all aspects. You may keep getting injured, but things like changing to cross training or Pilates can help you overcome this. Training smarter is key and if you train smart you will reap the benefits and the awards it brings. For example taking an extra day rest can be vital in your performance and over the years you learn that rest is key and even more key when you get older.

So when things don’t go to plan, look at how far you have come. Then assess and see what went wrong and how I can change this. But most of all make sure you enjoy your training.

Don’t give up!

New resolutions are now beginning to end or people have already decided to give up. But like anything in life, if it is worth doing then don’t give up.

When you are lacking motivation and wondering whether to give up, ask yourself one question WHY DID I START?

This is a very important question when questioning whether to give up. I find when I am struggling, I use this question and quite a few things pop into my mind. For example, I enjoy it and it’s a hobby I love doing, I love the buzz and during races, to be the best I can. I love having a healthy lifestyle. These are just somethings that come into my mind.

One of the most important rules for me is get out the door when I am not feeling it. It’s every easy to get into a routine of skipping a session and before you know it 1 becomes 2 and keeps rising. So I always find getting out the door is the hurdle to get over.

I go by the 10 minute rule; some days are tough but I find that when I do go out for 10 minutes I stay out longer and they tend to be the best sessions and they make you feel good afterwards. Of course if you are still not feeling it after 10 minutes then just stop, but I guarantee you end up staying out longer. But remember why you are doing this and why you started your hobby in the first place.

A sound mind will give you a sound body and I have found exercising more important then ever for me. My mental health has suffered over the past two years and although I am a positive person, I sometimes have to put a happy face on to please people. But it’s fine not to be ok, but what I have found is that my training has got me through these hard times and helped me not give up.

Of course exercise has so many benefits not only to your mental health but your wellbeing, health etc so not giving up has benefits. When motivation is low, set small goals to achieve like I want to run a mile as fast as I can and set a date for it. Bigger goals are the way forward so set a timeframe for them so you can train and try to achieve them will help with motivation.

When motivation is tough and you are thinking of quitting, remember why you started and just get out as that will help to keep you in the game. Once you stop and miss a few days then it’s easier to stop and hard to get back into it. Reflecting on the good times or what you have achieved since you started, go a long way to helping that motivation stay.

Why it is important to have a bike fit

If you are new to Triathlon or Cycling or even experienced but not necessarily had a bike fit then this blog explains why it is very important to have a bike fit.

People spend thousands of pounds on bikes which of course look amazing and also help you get faster. But spending some money on a bike fit (which I must add does cost a bit unfortunately) is a must.

I first bought a road bike in 2013 from a 2nd hand bike shop and didn’t really know what I was buying. I spent £70 on a bike that weighed a ton but looked nice; I never had a bike fit and the few times I did use it I ended up getting injured which put me off cycling and Triathlons for years.

So the first important thing is a bike fit to help keep those injuries away; a correct bike fit will be set up to help you and make sure you do keep any injuries to a minimal. It’s a no brainer; if you are not injured you can carry on training and therefore you get consistent training in which in the long run will help you improve.

Bike fits aren’t cheap but also you may have heard of the term “power in cycling”. A good bike fit will give you free power without putting any extra effort in. So for example you will be more efficient and faster cycling at the same effort.

A good bike fitter will make you aero which of course if you are more aerodynamic you are going to go faster with again the same effort. However a bike fitter will tell you that it’s not all about being aero it’s about a happy balance between aero and comfort. For example if you are finding you can only hold an aero position for a few minutes and have to keep moving then you are losing time etc. So the longer you hold it the better you will cycle.

Bike cleats again are a must – not only if they are set up right you get free power but they keep the injuries away and help you pedal efficiently.  

This is just a short blog but the conclusion is a bike fit is a must, it will cost but it can keep injuries away and give you free power which will help you go faster.

Sound Mind, Sound Body: Is Movement Beneficial for Your Mental Health?

Mental health is such an important thing these days; it’s ok to not be ok, but it should not be neglected at all. A sound mind will of course help you have a sound body, but it’s important that you look after yourself and keep moving as this is so beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

I am not going to lie I have had problems with my mental health in the past two years; the mind can play so many tricks. I didn’t think anything was wrong for a while but getting help has opened my mind up hugely and now more than ever my hobby is so important to me as it keeps me having a Sound Mind and Sound Body.

Many times across the past years I have struggled to do training for a number of reasons to do with my mental health. However I had to force myself to do it; those days were tough but once I did my sessions I realised how important they are to me. For example I wouldn’t be in the right frame of mind, have bad anxiety and stress but once I trained and put some music on and thought about positive things I started feeling much better, so it was hugely beneficial to me. This is important for me to not just sit around but to keep moving.

I found control what you can control and anything else don’t worry about it, it is out of your hands. The stress and worry about something you cannot control is not worth it as it will affect you, so the best way is to relax. What I have learnt over the years is that if I feel anxious or start to panic take a step back for a few minutes, control your breathing by breathing in for 4 seconds and then out for 7 seconds and it helps calm down the nervous system. Just getting out for a walk with my dog Dino goes a long way.

Of course when you are training you can over analyse things but I find just turn them into a positive and squeeze negatives out. A 10 minute walk goes a long way to calming you down and relaxing. I like moving and can’t sit still, but when I have days where I don’t feel 100% I get out and it does work wonders to keep moving and moving forward.

Get outside as much as you can; just getting outdoors for 5 minutes will go a long way to helping your wellbeing and mental health even if it’s just for a walk. It can give you a relaxing time and gives you the opportunity to take in the countryside. I always find the morning sun sets me up for a happy day. There will be days you don’t feel like getting out but honestly they are the days which are the best. If I don’t feel like running I force myself to go out and say if I am not enjoying it after 10 minutes I will come back home, but most of the time I stay out longer and end up enjoying it or having one of my best runs. Keep moving don’t just sit about all day if you are working from home – I walk around the house if I can’t go outside. I always find when I am exercising I relax and it helps to clear my head and therefore destresses me.

To conclude my blog is just a simple message – it is important to keep moving as getting out for exercise goes a long way to giving you a sound mind and sound body. If you keep moving your wellbeing will be 100 times better and of course you are keeping your body healthy. Stress can bring out injuries, so relax even if it’s just for a walk for a few minutes, as this will help. So in a nutshell its so important to keep moving so you stay healthy, because a healthy mind will give you a healthy body. I hope you find this useful.

Preparing your body and mind for race day

You spend many hours a week training for your sport and spend very little time mentally preparing for race day, which of course is very important on race day as its 100% a mental aspect. I decided to write this blog to help you prepare your body and mind for race day.

Firstly when you are training for an event you are generally motivated to be the best version of you on race day and this helps fuel motivation for training for the event regardless if your training for a PB or just to complete the race. By having this motivation and training for a race is already preparing you for race day. Setting goals is a great way to prepare and keep you motivated.

Telling yourself you can do this and you have trained for this will prepare you for race day and helps you to think positive. Positive thoughts not only motivate you but if you believe in yourself you are already half way to achieving your goals. The importance of positive thoughts not only helps you focus on the race but allows you to believe you can do it. If you think negative on race day or in your training you will set yourself up to fail and of course you don’t want that. I always think positive and even if times are hard whether its training or in a race I tell myself I can do this and this goes a long way.

Of course, on race day you will be nervous but I find control what you can control and anything else don’t worry about. Try not to stress about things because this will just make you stressed and panic and you don’t need to waste energy.

Preparing your body for your race is important, firstly you need to train for your event and by doing so you are already mostly there. The next thing is you need to decide what fuel you will take on race day and on the race and practice with that leading onto the race. Don’t try anything new on race day as that can be a disaster, stick to what you know. Get plenty of sleep leading up to the race as you might struggle the night before the race, make sure you taper for it and have a rest the day before race day.

The above is probably the easy bit but the mental side will be harder. Your mind will play so many tricks with you before a race and try to get negatives thoughts into your head; you need to block these out and ignore them. So my advice is trust your training, vison what you want to do and you crossing that line the way you want to. During the race tell yourself you can do it really helps and goes a long way. If I am struggling I reassure myself I can do it and it helps push me a little more and then enjoy your result.

Be vary of what people say to you on race day, sometimes without knowing someone might say something not intentionally and your mind could turn this into a negative. For example, someone could say “I haven’t trained for this” and end up still doing well. Just don’t let your mind play tricks and have confidence you can do it from your training.

Practice positive thoughts on race day and controlling what you can control and anything else outside of your control don’t worry about it. These are things that help me and I hope you find this blog helpful.

DYNABLAST 2 Review

As an ASICS Frontrunner, ASICS kindly gifted me a pair of the DYNABLAST 2to try and test out so here is my personal review. I wasn’t sure about these as I wasn’t keen on the first model but I thought I would give them a try.

Firstly I was looking for a new long run shoe to replace the DYNAFLYTES which was one of my favourite models and my go to shoes for easy runs. However, these are no longer available so with anything that is new I am always a little reluctant to try, purely because I like to stay to the same model as that is what I am most comfortable with.

What is the DYNABLAST 2?

The DYNABLAST 2 is a cushioned neutral shoe which has the ASICS FF BLAST™ cushioning. This model shoe retails at £110.  This model shoe is targeted for the runner who wants to have comfort and run long miles. The DYNABLAST 2 is suitable for road running and for the neutral runner, with an 8mm drop and weighs 252g for men and women 212g. This means its weighs less and the heal drop is less then the first version. This makes these shoes a very lightweight shoe and looks comfortable.

ASICS state the following for the DYNABLAST 2

The DYNABLAST™ 2 shoe is designed for runners seeking a comfortable ride. It’s a responsive running shoe that’s made to take your post-run feeling to new heights. Fewer overlays on the upper mean less rubbing on your foot. It’s formed with a soft, circular-knit that creates a more locked-in feel with a comfy touch. The FF BLAST™ cushioning’s energised softness provides a trampoline effect as you run. By lowering the drop height to 8 mm, this shoe offers a more responsive feel underfoot.

The key feature of DYNABLAST 2 features the following

  • Circular knit upper improves airflow and provides a supportive foothold
  • FF BLAST™ technology provides lightweight cushioning and a responsive rebound
  • Underfoot cut-outs provide excellent bounce
  • OrthoLite™ X-30 sock liner provides soft, step-in comfort

First impressions are that the colours if electric red/black look cool. I always like the funky colours ASICS does but this one isn’t over the top. I noticed it did feel light, the laces are thin and the tongue felt like a slip on sock and was thin but comfy; sometimes thin isn’t always good such as racing shoes but that’s because they are built for speed and I always find they aren’t the most comfortable shoes. The foam and sole looked a bit plastic but plenty of grip for a normal day running shoe.

The material was very breathable so your feet don’t overheat and the material felt like a nice cosy sock. I tried the DYNABLAST 2 on and felt very comfortable and snug, I felt that they felt better than DYNAFLYTES which was a big tick for me and I took a size ten and they came true to size and had plenty of room for my feet to breath. Sometimes when shoes are too comfortable they don’t last long and don’t feel fast. However the DYNABLAST look and feel like they will last alot of mileage and with it being light I feel it’s a quick shoe too.

So first impression so far all good, so it was time to test them on a few runs and see how they held up. I firstly found that my feet were very comfortable on my easy runs; my feet didn’t sweat too much and they didn’t overheat so that’s good but I think they might do when it’s warmer. I did find they were bouncing more than the DYNAFLTYES so that’s a good thing too which means I should be able to run faster at the same heart rate. Due to my off season break and my lack of fitness I can’t compare pace against my heart rate etc as I am not in peak shape but the DYNABLASTS felt like they had a bounce and response when running with them. I ran a few 60 minute runs and they maintained comfort along all the runs and felt really good on.

I ran in the wet, dry and paths with fallen leaves and I found that the DYNABLASTS had a high level of grip and no slip, so that’s good and another tick for me for everyday run shoes. In fact I was very surprised about the amount of grip. I also came away thinking that this could also be a good race shoe for some people because of the grip and feeling a bit of a bounce.

Onto my conclusion – at first I wasn’t sure as my trusted DYNAFLYTES were my go to every day shoe for easy and long runs but I am very pleased with the DYNABLASTS. I believe they are reasonable and will last a lot of mileage and they maintain their comfort for a long time. They are very comfortable and snug with a lot of cushioning. I am enjoying using these and I am happy to have found a replacement for my DYNAFLYTES.

You can check them out on the ASICS website HERE and my full YOUTUBE review HERE