Asics GlideRide - 100 Mile Review

I know that a running shoe review is pretty low on the priorities of things to do or read with everything that is going with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, I need to get my head out of that quagmire for a little while and figured that writing this blog post would be the best way for me to think about something else.



I started writing this review back at 50 miles. Unfortunately, I haven't had the brain-power or motivation to sit back down and finish it up. So if you would like to take a quick breather away from the problems of the day, you can read my thoughts on the ASICS GlideRides.

My true to size - size 8.0 came in at sub 10 ounces, which surprised me since they were listed as almost an ounce heavier in most advertisements.



These are not super-lightweight super shoes that everyone is drooling over lately. From my point of view, they are the basic daily trainers that you put on, forget about and do most of your trial of miles in. Which right now is exactly what I wanted and need.


I just went over 100 miles in the GlideRides. Most of the runs have been easy with a few faster miles thrown in here or there. Due to the pandemic and a balky hamstring, I am focusing on primarily easy running and keeping everything between 3-6 miles most days. Since it seems that I am in one of the higher risk age groups I am heeding the advice from people a lot smarter than I am to not over-stress myself and let my immune system drop temporarily after a hard training session.

Yes, believe it or not, I am being prudent about my training for a change.

Cons


Cost - $150 Retail and the best price I saw when I was shopping for theses was $149.99, so they are expensive if you can find them. ASICS has not discounted them and they are getting harder to find in the colorways I want.

Initially, the rocker in the forefoot in the GlideRide was disconcerting when walking or even that first mile or so when I was running in them. If I had based my opinion on a try-on in a store or that first out of the box fitting, I probably would not have gotten them. They feel that different from most other running shoes I have run in. There is a bit of an initial adjustment to running in GlideRides compared to other shoes in my rotation due to the front rocker.

I won't say that they are a quiet shoe either, there is a lot of rubber on the outsole and they are very stiff. Due to those things, I hear my footsteps more than I do in some other shoes in my rotation, i.e. Beacon, Vomero 14, Propel, etc. Thankfully, the GlideRides despite being very stiff, they do not have the slappiness that most ASICS models or some other brands have due to the lack of a beveled heel. The heel-to-toe transitions of the GlideRides are smooth and natural feeling - once you get used to how this shoe works underfoot. 

My biggest gripe with the GlideRides was very minor and probably more my problem than the shoes. The laces. I hate the laces of my shoes being too long (the stock laces on for GlideRides were) and when they are the same or similar color as the upper's primary color.



I prefer to have my laces contrast the shoe color to make them pop a little. I know a cosmetic thing, but my shoes, my choice.



Also, I noticed with the stock laces and lacing pattern the top of my foot was bothering a little after 3-4 miles and the bottoms of my forefoot was very uncomfortable. So I changed out the shoes to a pair of elastic laces and thought it would take care of the issue - it did not. This went on for a few runs with the elastic laces and since I had fewer issues with the stock laces, I figured it was something to do with the lacing pattern.



When I got looking closer at the lace holes the third or fourth pair down from the top (depending on whether you count the heel lock holes or not) is very close to the adjoining holes and goes a bit deeper into the upper than the others. I decided to change out the elastic laces back to a different set of laces (I have a whole box of extra laces just for this purpose) and skip that row on both feet.



What a difference just skipping that set of lace holes made on the comfort of the shoes. While I haven't had a super long run yet (the hamstring is still not quite ready and with all the Covid-19 stuff, I will wait a while on doing longer runs), the issues I was having with the top and bottom of my forefoot went away completely. It is sometimes amazing how a small change to the lacing on a pair of shoes will change how they feel on your feet.

Now that I have that issue figured out, they are doing everything that I want from a pair of daily trainers.

Pros


On the advice of a friend, I got the GlideRides in a true-to-size, size 8.0, it was great advice and was the correct choice to go with for my first pair to be bought by mail-order from Running Warehouse.
They fit nicely and do not bother my right foot's Tailor's Bunionette.



The upper did stretch a little to make them more comfortable by the time they got around the 30-mile mark, but at the same time I would have liked just a skooch more room in the toe box, so if I decide to buy another pair, I will check out the size 8.5 to see if it feels a little more dialed in for me. I prefer what other runners usually call a little sloppy in the forefoot.

My heel fit is perfect. No slipping or sliding around and when I put them on I get that ASICS thunk when putting my heel into the shoe. That is one thing I have never had an issue with ASICS shoes is the fit for me of their heel areas. I feel locked in, comfortable and ready to go.



Even the ankle wells are low enough that they do not bother, which is something that I have a LOT of issues with other brands, looking at you New Balance, Adidas, Skechers, Reebok, and some others.

The GlideRides are a comfortable shoe to run in for me, especially once I got used to the steep rocker in the forefoot. Which for me was an easy transition, for others I have read that it was not a quite as quick or positive experience and a prime reason why some do not like them. Also if I want to pick up the pace, they do not get in my way, but at 9.6 ounces the GlideRides would not be my choice to run a 5K race in. Although I might use them for longer races because of their efficiency and comfort.

Personally, I like the ride of the GlideRide quite a bit, they are not as soft as my Vomero 14s or Propels, which I am learning is probably a positive thing for the way that I run. That is not saying that the GlideRides are super firm because they are not, it is more they are the right softness/firmness for me and provide enough guidance to help me continue to run comfortably when my form starts to deteriorate when I am getting tired towards the end of a run. A Goldilocks kind of firmness.



The wear on the outsole is minimal for 100 miles and while it seems like it would be a decent multi-grip outsole, in wet snow, slush, light mud or dirt road slime, they really are not all that great. The lugs are not deep enough and too close together. However on wet roads, dry dirt roads and pavement the outsole works just fine.

The reality is that


I like a lot of things about the ASICS GlideRides and usually, it is around the 100-mile mark that I really figure out if I want to keep a pair of shoes in the rotation or not. They are still plugging along nicely and I really don't have any major concerns or complaints about the GlideRides.

Unfortunately, the price of $150 retail is pretty steep for the GlideRide and the price tag is at the very top of what I am willing to spend on a pair of running shoes.



While I have a feeling that the GlideRides will prove to be worth the investment, at the same time right now discretionary spending on higher-priced items is not something that I am going to be doing a lot of for quite a while. This means that when this pair of GlideRides are worn out at around 400 miles (more than likely), I will probably be getting or going back to using something else.

Time will tell if another pair of GlideRides get into my rotation, but it will not be because I don't like the shoes, because I do like them a lot after a 100 miles in them. It will be all about the cost factor and it will be this way with many of the other similarly priced super shoes that are coming out in the next few months. I don't believe that I will be alone in thinking this way.

Which is too bad, but it is just the way things are going to be for a while, especially since the GlideRidess what I have been looking for in a pair of daily trainers:

They are comfortable for me to run in.

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

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