How I choose running shoes + Asics FuzeX Lyte-First Look

Disclosure: I am not contracted with any particular shoe brand and I did not receive any payment for this review or any endorsement or critique within. I just like certain shoes more than others.

Over the course of my running career, I have run in shoes from nearly every major athletic shoe company available in the US (except Saucony, no hate, just haven’t tried it yet). My first pair of running shoes were Asics Gel Cumulus (circa 2001), and they quickly became my go to for the next several years. Later in high school I began branching out with a pair of Nike Pegasus and Asics Gel Landreth. Once college hit (mainly due to a stipend of $50 for every 500 miles run) I ran in basically anything that would keep up with the mileage and I could get for cheap. That is the approach that I’ve continued to take regarding my shoe choices.

My search for new running shoes generally involves me perusing Road Runner Sports and Running Warehouse for a few hours, debating on whether to spend the necessary $100+ for a new model or take the inevitable step to the Sale tab to find my actual choices. I have  few criteria when picking shoes:

  1. Neutral
  2. Light weight
  3. Decent reviews
  4. Not hideous (though this is negotiable

If I can find a pair of shoes that meets those expectations while also giving me a decent price (for me that is generally <$80), I buy them. I have also found over the years that there are a few brands I feel I can rely on: Nike, Brooks, and Asics. I will still try others, but these are my Big 3.

Okay, now that my shoe choice explanation is out of the way, let’s talk shoes.

Asics FuzeX Lyte

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It has been a few years since I ran in a pair of Asics. I used to be an avid Cumulus disciple, but recent versions have not been up to historical standards, as far as I’m considered, and the price of Asics shoes has skyrocketed, at least observationally. Over the last 5 years or so, I have mainly worn Brooks/Nike, basically the same prices as Asics, but I have found them to be more reliably durable and comfortable. Alas when recently looking for a new trainer, I was led back to my previous muse for another try. Let’s get to the details.

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The Asics FuzeX Lyte is a member of one of Asics’s newest road shoe lines (FuzeX). It is considered a lightweight, neutral trainer. Here is a breakdown of the product details:

  • Weight: 9.9 oz
  • Heel Height: 20 mm
  • Forefoot Height: 12mm
  • Motion Control: No
  • Initial thoughts: The Asics FuzeX Lyte is moderately lightweight with decent response, durability, and cushioning.

Features:

The Asics FuzeX Lyte introduces Asics newest innovation for their shoes-FuzeGel midsole. FuzeGel is a cushioning technology that fuses the GEL property and foam of the midsole to create a lightweight and cushioned run. This type of technology is not altogether innovative. Brooks tried a similar concept with its BioMoGo DNA midsoles combining their gel inserts with the cushioning material in the midsole. Note that Brooks has since moved on to what they now call Super DNA which is a similar concept but is supposed to give 25% greater cushioning with equal energy return (but more on that when we review a Brooks shoe!).

Asics continues with its AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) technology, which is a proprietary rubber compound that is placed at key points of high wear on the outsole for increased durability.

Review:

Current Miles Run=126.5 miles

The Asics FuzeX Lyte was stiff out of the box. Most shoes take a few runs to loosen up, however, these took nearly a week of running for the midsole to become somewhat flexible and for me to not feel like I was running with a piece of 2×4 on my feet. After that initial week, the shoes did loosen up a good bit and now are fine for daily training.

Nearly all of my running is on roads, so, cushioning is really important for me. The FuzeX Lyte seemed to be fairly cushioned for light weight trainers. As a light-medium sized runner (5’7, 145 lbs), I have had no discomfort in my knees or lower leg, which is a good sign for me (a key indication for me that a pair of shoes is ready for retirement is discomfort in my knees, lower legs, and feet).

Current durability seems to be fine. I generally want to get 500 miles out of a pair of shoes. If a shoe cannot at least reach the 350 mile mark with me, I consider them to be pretty poor for durability. I will update when I retire these shoes for a final review regarding durability and thoughts.

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