Ever since Nike broke the running industry with the launch of its Vaporfly 4% race shoe back in 2017, competing manufacturers have been scrambling to come out with a contender of their own. For the most part, these such alternatives have fallen short where the Big Swoosh has succeeded, but Asics’ latest offerings might prove an exception to the rule — they mean business.
They’re called the ‘Metaspeed Edge’ and the ‘Metaspeed Sky,’ and although they share a number of similarities, they’re each catered to a different style of runner. For instance, because the former is intended for more cadence-oriented individuals, it comes with a slightly lower 29mm rear stack, enabling faster turnovers and less contact time per step. The Sky, on the other hand, was engineered with stride length in mind, meaning that it clocks in at some 33mm at the rear and should appeal to those looking for maximum bounce. Otherwise, both shoes come fitted with an engineered mesh upper, a full-length carbon plate, FF BLAST TURBO foam, and Asics’ new ASICSGRIP lightweight outsole design. Complemented by an aggressive rockered geometry, they’re both well-equipped to deliver a record-breaking race day result. They’ll be available for $250 on April 1st.