A Shoe Review with Steve Manning: Podiatrist, runner and owner of intraining Running Centre
Snappy, responsive shoes that are easier to run fast in.
The barefoot running fad of around 10 years ago had a major beneficial impact on running shoe technology and design. In particular the move away from shoes that blocked movement like the motion control category towards lighter more flexible shoes that facilitated foot function.
While minimalist shoes did not live up to the hype they had a positive effect on current shoes. This has included many of the traditional shoes having a lite version.
From Asics two of these models, the Kayano Lite and Nimbus Lite have become very popular for runners wanting a lighter, faster version of the shoe they already love. These shoes are ideal for use in speed sessions and races while maintaining the fit and feel of the heritage shoes.
Asics Gel-Kayano Lite 2
The Asics Gel-Kayano Lite 2 uses FLYTEFOAM BLAST midsole material to reduce weight and increase durability. It still has Gel in the midsole but it is hidden inside. Surprisingly the midsole itself is flared out, wider than in the Kayano 28. This adds to stability as a wider base of support but somehow does not make the shoe heavier. Stability is also enhanced with the Guidance line technology that cradles the foot from strike to toe-off. This is distinct from the Duomax midsole of the Kayano 28 and likely a significant contributor to why this shoe is lighter. Some weight saving is made in the engineered mesh upper but it still feels strong and durable. It fits like a sock making it very comfortable when first slipping it on. The outsole coverage and thickness are almost the same as the Kayano 28 so this may not be a major reason for the weight savings.
The difference in weight between the shoes is not as much as the difference in feel when running in them. It is easier to run fast in the Kayano lite and it has a more responsive snappy feel.
“The Kayano Lite 2 is one of my favourite running shoes because it feels so easy to run fast and super comfortable for my long runs. Plus, it fits my fussy feet!! I’d give these shoes 5 stars and hopefully they’ll continue to give me some great runs!” Margot Manning, podiatrist, marathoner
Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite 3
The Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite 3 uses many of the same technologies as the Kayano Lite 2. The FLYTEFOAM midsole material, which is comprised of sustainable materials, keeps the shoe lighter and more responsive. The sidewall flaring of the midsole improves deformation at the footstrike. The major difference between the Kayano Lite 2 and the Nimbus Lite 3 is the construction of the midfoot support offering more torsional flexibility. This reflects the neutral nature of the Nimbus 24 in a lighter faster package.
So if you have liked the Asics Kayano and Nimbus come test run the Lite 2 & 3 versions on our 25m indoor track. The Asics Lite 2 & 3 versions are available now at the intraining Running Centre in Toowong.
Steve Manning – intraining Podiatrist & Level 4 running Coach
Steve Manning has worked since the 1980s to create opportunities for runners of all abilities to pursue their running goals, to establish and maintain a healthy balance of sport, health and work in their lifestyle and to connect with other like-minded and supportive runners. He has done this by creating a community of runners, coaches, sporting podiatrists, physiotherapists and a retail team with a large focus on inclusion and collaboration. He loves runners and what running can bring to people’s lives. Steve is the owner of the intraining Running Centre, a podiatrist, Associate Lecturer QUT, marathoner, Level 4 Running coach, member of the Queensland Sports Medicine board, and doting dad.