What You Need To Know
- Updated versions of both the Metaspeed Sky for stride runners and Metaspeed Edge for cadence runners
- More Flytefoam Blast Turbo in both midsoles
- Adjusted the carbon plate placement to harness more energy for stride or cadence-specific running styles
- Enough improvements that this should’ve received a definitive ‘2’ for the name
- Releases June 2022 for $250
Let’s get some things out of the way before we go any further. This should be the Metaspeed Sky 2 and Edge 2. Enough has changed between the first version and this version that tacking a math operator onto the end of the name just muddies the water when communicating the updates and their use-case significance to the end-user. Luckily, that’s the only pet peeve I have with this shoe, but I just wanted to clear that up out of the gate.
Short backstory in case you’re not familiar with our coverage of the Metaspeed Sky: Last year’s Metaspeed Sky was the first legitimate super shoe offering that came close to the magic of the Vaporfly/Alphafly on race day. While Asics’ first carbon-plated racer (2020’s Metaracer) was visually clean, it still fell into the traditional racing flat category for us. The Metaspeed Sky changed all that. The Flytefoam Blast Turbo was incredibly bouncy and light, while the aggressive carbon plate paired with the rocker of the shoe to produce a snappy toe-off. I personally have only used the Metaspeed Sky on race day over the last year, from distances between the 5K and half marathon (PR in all events).
That said, the Metaspeed Sky wasn’t without issues. The upper, while light and breathable, cramped the toes and overall didn’t have a spectacular fit. The shoe also seemed to run a bit short in general and it didn’t have much structure. Some found it to be too firm at times (though I had no issues with it).
In any case, Asics set out to fix those exact things with the Sky+ and Edge+. And for those who don’t know what the difference is between those two shoes, well, I’ll get into the nitty-gritty in a bit, but what you need to know is that the Sky+ is meant for stride-based runners (those with a longer stride), and the Edge+ is meant for cadence-based runners (those with over 180 steps per minute/quicker cadence, lower height oscillation).
It’s clear that Asics knew it had a winner on its hands with the Metaspeed Sky and really set out to take that foundation and build it back a bit better. Asics’ own Institute of Sports Science (ISS) collected data from elite athletes in competition to refine the product design, resulting in a few key changes to both the Sky and the Edge.
For starters, both shoes have more Flytefoam Turbo Blast this go-around, 4% and 16% extra in the Sky+ and Edge+, respectively. Everyone loves more cush, and this should go a long way in solving the comfort problem that some had over longer distances.
More foam is always good, but the component that Asics was most intrigued by was the carbon plate and its positioning within the shoe, especially in relation to both stride and cadence-based runners. Specifically, that stride-style runners exert higher force and take advantage of this higher force. To amplify this force, the Sky+ features a higher plate within the midsole stack to allow for greater compression of foam during toe-off. Of course, greater compression equals a higher bounce.
On the other hand, cadence-style runners don’t exert enough force to compress the entire width of the foam to achieve the benefit of a higher plate. To remedy this, the plate is placed lower to help with stabilization and gait motion for a more efficient kick forward. In short, the higher plate reduces the amount of bounce-back. See below for a side-to-side breakdown of both models.
Lastly, both shoes feature a new upper (Asics is calling it Motion Wrap) that is lighter and more breathable, but also focuses on key areas for added structure over version one.
Outsole coverage and design remain the same. See below for the full specs for both models.
The first colorway is Eugene Green and will be released in June, just in time for the Asics title sponsorship of the World Athletic Games, which will be held at Hayward Field in July.
It was a bit of a gamble to produce slightly different variations of the same race shoe to cater to two specific styles of running; nevertheless, the Sky and Edge received a solid reception last year. Stride and cadence runners who enjoyed those initial versions will no doubt get excited about the new plus versions.
While we don’t have the shoe in the office yet to wear on the run, we have seen it and handled it in person and can say we’re extremely excited about getting it on our feet. Especially since Asics seems to have listened to the customer and improved on some of the shortcomings found in the original. We’ll be expecting pairs in the coming weeks, and you already know we’ll have that review up as soon as possible. Should make for some exciting races come summertime.