Asics MetaRun vs Kayano 25 & GT-2000 6 Comparison Shoe Review
More responsive than the Kayano and with plusher cushioning than the GT-2000, this high mileage neutral running shoe fills a gap in the Asics running shoe family, accommodating both long distance and tempo runs.
It features a breathable FluidFit upper, MetaClutch heel counter for a locked-in fit, FlyteFoam midsole and durable outsole with Guidance Line and Trusstic System.
the full review with transcript below.
Hi guys, Josh from Sportitude here. Today we have a shoe
review on the Asics MetaRun.
I’m holding the men’s sample and if I happen to be holding
the women’s, surprise surprise it’s exactly the same with a gender neutral
The reason I have a Kayano and a GT-2000 as well is to
explain the subtle differences in all the shoes and how this little guy was
engineered and created.
Without further ado lets get stuck in.
The Asics MetaRun has quite the hype. It’s a very exclusive
shoe. Not a lot of stores will actually carry it in Australia and for that
matter not a lot of stores in the northern hemisphere of the globe will carry the
It’s restricted distribution which is exciting and we at Sportitude
love that. We are fitting specialists and we do get some unique shoes
from time to time from all the brands.
We have a Kayano here which has a fantastic following. With
25 years of making a specific series of shoes, Asics have got to have something
right. The GT-2000 6 has almost the same amount of following
over the years as the Kayano.
We’ve got three similar shoes all designed for that medial
or overpronated through midstance. All three shoes have DuoMax dual density on
the medial side at slightly different gradients.
However, you’ve got a shoe here, the MetaRun that is really
expensive and there’s no denying that. I’m not going to sugar-coat it.
It comes in at a full price of AUD$320, in comparison to $260
for the Kayano and $200 for the GT-2000 6. Paying that money, you want to know
you’ve got something pretty magnificent on your foot.
I’m going to explain my opinion of this specific shoe and
what I found was great about the MetaRun.
This is the third colour release of this shoe.
I’ve never done a MetaRun review before in all my YouTube time, but I can tell you
right now, I’ve ran in every single model bar this one and they’re all
exactly the same. There is nothing different from this MetaRun to the first
MetaRun that was released 24 months ago. It’s just the colour that’s changed.
What I found with the MetaRun initially was it’s a very
light high mileage shoe. I have ran and done reviews with the Kayano’s in the past,
the same with the GT-2000.
Kayano – love it, it’s a nice, soft plush feel underneath
the foot. You get ample amount of cushioning. It’s a really good, stable high
mileage neutral shoe.
GT-2000 on the other hand is a more responsive version of
the Kayano. You stay on top of the ground, it’s nice and light. You still get
plenty of support underneath that medial arch, however the cushioning isn’t quite
as soft as what you’d get out of the Kayano.
Into the MetaRun. This shoe here isn’t quite as soft as the
Kayano, however it is softer than the GT-2000 and it’s just as responsive if
not more than the GT-2000 itself.
If you’re looking for a shoe that’s going to
give you more of a plush feel underneath the foot, however feel a little more
responsive and you didn’t get the responsiveness out of the Kayano, and you
didn’t get the cushioning you wanted out of the GT-2000, enter the MetaRun.
That’s where this shoe comes in. It’s a tricky one because
it is such a high end price point. You’ve got to sit at home and justify if
you want to spend that money on something you’re not getting out of two shoes.
It only comes in one width, D in men’s and B in ladies'. I
will make one thing clear. I would drop half a size in the MetaRun. That’s just
my personal experience. I’ve been a 9US in both the GT-2000 and the Kayano, and
I’m an 8.5 in the MetaRun.
There is a different fitting construction with this
shoe which I personally find. Keep that in mind if you’re thinking about
putting this shoe in your running closet.
Additional features in this shoe. You have the Guidance Line
underneath which is what Asics do in their high mileage shoes and horizontal flex
grooves for the forefoot.
You’ve got a very hard-wearing rubber on the lateral side of
the shoe. The reason they put that in there is because they know a runner using
this shoe is going to want to vary their speeds, hit the ground with some force
and get up onto that midfoot-forefoot.
Having a little more of a harder rubber through
that lateral side of the forefoot is going to give your shoe more
protection. They are protecting the asset of the shoe, which is the
midsole. The outsole plays a huge part in that.
The Trusstic System sits in the middle of the shoe which
splits the rear cushioning pad from the forefoot responsive cushioning pad. It’s
a neat feature.
They put a carbon plate on the medial side. The carbon plate
is a stronger component which is going to help give that Trusstic System a
little more integrity.
You can see the carbon set up on the medial side. That adds more support and integrity to that Trusstic beam.
On top they’ve got a mixture of overlays and underlays, so it’s
a really supportive upper system in the MetaRun.
The clutch heel counter is called a MetaClutch heel counter
because on the first release of the MetaRun, they called the new heel counter the MetaClutch heel counter. They’ve done different versions of the
MetaClutch as they’ve gone through with other shoes in the Asics range.
The MetaClutch heel counter which is an external heel
counter gives plenty of support around that collar or the back half of your
calcaneus and ankle which is nice and stable.
As you come through the forefoot it’s very light. The FluidFit
upper is nice and breathable and not restrictive on your foot. As I touched on, the overlays you can see in
the medial side on top help provide more integrity on the medial side of this
shoe, giving it a bit more support.
Again, harping back to what this shoe is designed for. It’s designed
for someone that wants to use it for a long, high mileage running shoe, however
may want to vary their speeds and pick up their speed a little bit.
You need an
upper that’s going to be able to hold the foot in when you’re putting a bit
more force through your foot when you’re picking up that tempo on some of those
It’s a FlyteFoam midsole with a gel component through the
heel unit and a gel component through that forefoot as well which sits just
under your first metatarsal joint, the last part of your foot leaving the
ground. The MetaRun provides it with a little bit of cushioning.
There you have it guys. It’s a unique shoe that certainly
has quite a following. We get a lot of emails around this time of year asking, “When’s
the new MetaRun coming out?”.
It’s exciting when we get to launch this specific
shoe, however there is some of you out there that probably have never heard of it.
Hopefully I’ve given you some information as to why Asics
engineered it and where it sits in the high mileage Asics running family.
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Until next time happy running, we’ll see you down the road.