At the end of June 2020, a new model of what is probably the fastest ASICS marathon running shoes of all time launched on the market: the ASICS Metaracer. We were adding the running shoes to our product range for launch. Here we want to introduce the shoes to you in detail. How is the ASICS Metaracer constructed? What makes the running shoe so fast? And from when can you buy the ASICS Metaracer shoes?

All information about the marathon shoes you can get here. You can also look forward to the test report of our Keller Sports Running Pro Jan Lau. He will put the ASICS running shoes through their paces and tell us his professional opinion about the new model.

The ASICS Metaracer 2020 is the first running shoe from ASICS with a carbon fibre plate in the midsole for fast marathon runs

The structure of the ASICS Metaracer running shoes

We find that you can tell that the ASICS Metaracer running shoes are designed for speed from the very first glance. Maybe it is because of the curved sole, the thin upper or the garish colour. But let's take a closer look at the new running shoes to understand what makes the ASICS Metaracer so special. We work our way from bottom to top.

The outsole

Even the underside of the new running shoes provides a little surprise. The outsole has a relatively smooth looking profile. Only some thin lines go through the sole. But the smooth impression is deceptive. The outsole is designed with ASICS Wet Grip Rubber Technology. The rubber compound gives the shoes an excellent grip, even in rain and wet roads.

The grooves work similarly to a car tyre, while at the same time ensuring that the tread is somewhat softer and more cushioned. Another advantage of the construction of the outsole of the ASICS Metaracer is that the tread pattern has saved a lot of weight.

The midsole

The heart of the ASICS Metaracer, perhaps also of running shoes in general, is the midsole. The first thing you notice about the new running shoes is that they have the curved shape that you know from ASICS GluideRide or ASICS EvoRide. The so-callede ASICS GuideSole technology consists of a stiffer area in the forefoot. This supports a dynamic rolling motion and reduces the load on the calves. This saves energy when running over longer distances and enables faster times.

The midsole material of the ASICS Metaracer is also already known from other models. The ASICS Flytefoam technology gives the runner a soft cushioning and an explosive impression with every step due to a light but also enormously reactive material. The reinforced fibres of the Flytefoam material spring you forward while running and push you to new best performances.

However, the greatest innovation in the ASICS Metaracer is invisibly built into the midsole: These are the first ASICS running shoes with a carbon fibre plate in the midsole. In recent years, running shoes with carbon fibre plates have won races in rows and thus proved their worth. ASICS is now launching the Metaracer, the first running shoe with such a plate. The Carbon Plate runs from the metatarsus to the front of the foot to the toes. Like a spring, it supports the imprint from the ground and gives the running shoe additional stability.

With the Carbon Plate the ASICS Metaracer 2020 is a shoe for fast running units and marathon runs

The upper material

The upper of the ASICS Metaracer is a so-called Engineered Mesh. The very thin material was designed to be soft, comfortable but also strong. To achieve this, it was reinforced slightly at the points where it is most exposed to stress, but otherwise it was designed to be very air-permeable. This improves airflow, keeping your feet cool while running. Furthermore, the material does not absorb as much moisture, such as sweat, as others do. Thus the ASICS Metaracer remains a very light shoe even during long running sessions.

Another special feature is found at the foot of the ASICS Metaracer. ASICS has placed a small opening there, which on the one hand is intended to further improve ventilation, and on the other hand serves to allow moisture to escape from the shoe and keep the foot dry.

The upper material of the ASICS Metaracer Running Shoe 2020 is extremely breathable, lightweight and absorbs little water

The design

The ASICS Metaracer is being launched for men and women in a bright neon-orange colourway, official name is "Sunrise Red". The well-known ASICS Tiger Stripes are in plain black and under the ankle you can see the writing "Tokyo".

One reason for this is probably that the ASICS Metaracer was designed primarily for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. As is well known, the games had to be postponed by one year, to the summer of 2021, due to the corona virus from 2020. On the other hand, the Tokyo lettering reminds of the home of the Japanese brand ASICS.

The gaudy colourway makes the ASICS Metaracer an eye-catcher on every street and tartan track

Keyfacts zum ASICS Metaracer

Gender Women &Mmen
Weight 155g (women) & 190g (men)
Offset 9mm
Sole material ASICS FlyteFoam & Carbon Plate
Upper Engineered Mesh
Fit normal
Application running shoes for fast training sessions & competition
Shoe type Neutral marathon running shoes
Price 199,90 € *
The ASICS Metaracer convinces with speed, lightness, comfort and functionality

* The actual price may differ from the price indicated here. It depends on current offers and the model.