Asics DynaFlyte 3

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Asics DynaFlyte 3 Review Facts

The DynaFlyte 2 is a comfortable and lightweight running shoe with vibrant color options that are a favorite feature of reviewers. The DynaFlyte 3 has all the well-loved features of its predecessors.

The AHAR outsole is as protective and durable against rough surfaces. The design of the Adapt Mesh and form-fitting comfort are the same. A notable improvement is the Flytefoam Lyte used for the midsole that replaces regular Flytefoam. The runner is provided with added bounce and more long-distance energy. The new colorways are as vibrant and bold as they were.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Bouncy underfoot cushioning
  • Eye-catching colorways
  • Generally true to size fit
  • Highly durable wear
  • Lightweight feel
Cons
  • Overly plush underfoot cushioning
  • Some find colorways too vibrant 
Outsole

Outsole

Most of the DynaFlyte 3 outsole contains the Asics trademark AHAR material. It is highly resistant to rough cement and concrete when used extensively. There is a Guidance Line on the outsole.

Asics puts it on a lot of their shoes for a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. The outsole is a protective shield for the shoe against wear and tear. It enhances the durability of the shoe. Deep grooves, carved along the heel and forefoot, allow pliable wear.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is the bread and butter of this shoe. DynaFlyte 1 and 2 featured a midsole made of Flytefoam. Flytefoam Lyte is a changeup used in the DynaFlyte 3. It is the lightest Asics technology available. The components that make up Flytefoam Lyte are eco-friendly.

The midsole runs the length of the foot, providing bouncy cushioning. Asics has made it a bit firmer than previous models. They have added a layer of foam. It gives it more spunk that keeps the runner on the ground a bit longer and potentially adds a little more life to the midsole.

It is not as soft as the DynaFlyte 1 and 2. The midsole is more compressed Asics’ signature Gel cushioning enhances the midsole. It is fixed into the back of the shoe for greater protection against impact.

The shoes are not advertised as corrective shoes but have features that encourage a natural gait cycle. A deep groove, referred to as the Guidance Line, runs from the heel to the forefoot. And I.G.S. (Impact Guidance System) is set into the cushioning system design.

Between the outsole and midsole is a SPEVAfoam 45 lasting for enhanced protection and comfort. An Ortholite X-40 Sockliner is a responsiveness enhancement that also manages moisture levels in the foot chamber. To win, a runner needs to speed up at the end. A lightweight shoe is essential. The Asics DynaFlyte 3 has the lightest midsole ever made with Flytefoam Lyte technology.
Upper

Upper

The DynaFlyte 3 has a few minor tweaks made to the general upper design featured in the DynaFlyte 2. The mesh upper is called the ‘Adapt Mesh Upper.’ As its name indicates, the show adapts to the foot. It stays secure when out on a run.

Many reviewers were pleased with the return of the Asics Adapt Mesh. The breathable material provides form-fitting wear that adapts to the movement of the runner and swelling that occurs when running, reducing the risk of irritation and blisters.

Asics’ signature stripe design of supportive overlays are visible beneath the mesh. Stability and structure are added with the placement of a small heel clip at the back. There are straps that go from the midsole to the laces. The lacing system is adorned with flat laces and discrete eyelets.
Weight

Weight

Men’s sizes average a little over nine ounces. Women’s weigh 7.5 ounces. Lightweight wear is among the best-reviewed features if the DynaFlyte 3. Reviewers point out it is the ideal weight for everyday wear for both casual settings and at the gym.

Knowing the shoes are made from durable materials and have corrective features makes for outstanding quality. The Asics DynaFlyte 3 is a lightweight shoe great for training needs or any kind of road race.
Breathability

Breathability

Besides being comfortable and adaptive, the DynaFlyte 3 upper is extremely breathable. Multiple air holes along the sides and forefoot allow ventilation where it is most needed. The Ortholite X-40 Sockliner enhances breathability underneath the foot. It draws in moisture to reduce bacteria build-up in the foot chamber. There is less foot odor and a smaller chance of irritation to the feet.
Comfort

Comfort

The comfort of the DynaFlyte 3 receives raves from reviewers. On its own, the Flytefoam Lyte midsole is bouncy and soft. Including the Ortholite X-40 Sockliner provides moisture wicking properties and a plush feel that enhances the underfoot cushioning.

Using Adapt Mesh gives the upper a sock-like, form-fitting wear that adjusts to swelling that takes place and accommodates the movement of the feet. Runners feel supported and cushioned all day long. They will notice there are no infections or blisters caused by excessive sweating or a bad fit.

The shoe has quite a raised arch. It may not be the shoe for tempo running for those with high arches. The shoe may be a bit of a tight squeeze. The mesh configuration has some horizontal stripes that make for a slightly more customized fit. It extends ever so slightly when running especially for long slow runs. The configuration gives a little more toe room
Style

Style

The gradient midsole and the blended mesh uppers are designed to elements that were also used in the DynaFlyte 2. The heel clip of the model blends more with the color scheme. There are stripes in the contrasting color used on the midsole.

Flattened laces and discrete eyelets have returned to the lace system of this version. Reviewers are happy about the new, vibrant colorways offered. Included are deep aqua/yellow/coral, blue/white, and black/red. There are grey and black options available for those with a more neutral preference.

There is a reflective colorway. It comes in men’s and women’s models and therefore has a gender neutral design. What is meant by the reflective colorway is the 360-degree area of the shoe that has reflective paneling flashes or stripes.

The logo lights up as well the heel. It is a cool feature of the shoe. The reflective feature won’t make the wearer run faster, but it is a wicked little feature that adds to the jazz of the shoe. The DynaFlyte 3 fits into the whole of the running scheme as a moderate shoe. It fits into tempo style running or speed running shoes.
Durability

Durability

The simple design of this running shoe is engineered to be quite durable. Most of the outsole is covered with Asics AHAR that can withstand surfaces made of rough cement and concrete. The incredibly lightweight design proves to be more resistant to wear than standard EVA foam.

The adaptive nature of the mesh upper slows degradation seen in some casual running shoes available. The upper has a few underlays of mesh that give it a bit of strength and integrity. It is accomplished by hiding the support system in the Asics logo.
Protection

Protection

The use of AHAR for the outsole practically guarantees protection against wear and tear that rough surfaces cause. Including SPEVAfoam 45 lasting gives runners added confidence the shoes will last a long time.

Guidance Line and Impact Guidance System technology work together to ensure a smooth gait cycle that prevents the risk of accidents and injuries. Using Adapt Mesh in the upper was a wise choice. The breathable nature nearly eliminates possible infections. The form-fitting and adaptive nature of the material mean there are no irritations or blisters at the end of the day.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The DynaFlyte 3 is more responsive than either the DynaFlyte 1 or 2. Using Flytefoam Lyte results in greater softness and a bouncier stride. Long distance runners feel more empowered to keep going. The level of shock absorption reduces fatigue and pain that is experienced.

The Flytefoam Lyte technology consists of lightweight foam. It is super responsive from the heel strike to the toe box. It is combined with a Gel cushioning technology system that gives an extra cushion in the heel.
Support

Support

Despite bouncy wear and lightweight, the DynaFlyte 3 proves to be a supportive running shoe. It is meant for long-distance running. The Flytefoam Lyte midsole has to provide plenty of cushiony support.

The Gel cushioning system at the back provides substantial help. Guidance Line technology and the I.G.S. add to the quality by ensuring a balanced and smooth gait cycle. Initially, one may think a mesh upper is not very supportive.

It fits around the foot similar to a sock. The upper holds the foot in place as every movement is made. Also helpful are the heel clip in the back and some subtle overlays. It is a larger shoe and a joy for those who like to run in tempo and speed things up and hit the ground with some force. The shoe does ever so slightly cater to a heel striker if necessary, but reviewers don’t recommend doing so.

Following the first point of contact that comes through the shoe, there is not enough support to position the foot in the right hold. The midfoot region is built for tempo running. The outsole, from the heel to the forefoot, has a rubber base all the way through.

The DynaFlyte 2 has an exposed EVA midsection with a Trusstic support system. The support system was removed to reduce the weight of the shoe. The logo does more than serve as a cosmetic feature. It plays a critical role in the support system. There is reinforcement from the midsole to the laces.

Internal heel counters are adequately deep. The combination with a slightly raised heel causes no issues with the fit of the heel. It provides extra support for those with a neutral foot type. Runners who run for speed, land on the midsection of the shoe instead of the heel wonder why heel support is so important because it adds extra weight to the shoe.

There is a bone in the heel of the foot that moves and keeps the foot and ankle stable. It takes the load from the ground. Keeping the foot stable at the heel is important. Asics wants integrity in the heel, and it is deep, strong, and stable. The midfoot runner has protection in the heel.
Terrain

Terrain

Like the DynaFlyte 1 and 2, this version is meant for any road surface. The high abrasion rubber of the outsole provides long-lasting durability. Runners sense how lightweight shoes feel secure when running.

They push themselves for longer distances than with other models. Some people claim the lower drop and lightness make the shoe fit for indoor exercises such as treadmill running and weightlifting.
Price

Price

The average price of the DynaFlyte 3 is $130. Both the Asics’ website and Amazon sell the shoe for that price. It is also the average price of high-quality running shoes. The shoes have a reasonable price in comparison to other Asics models. Some consumers think the price is a bit steep. It is a surprising bargain when the level of durability, versatile wear, and corrective features are taken into consideration.
Traction

Traction

The DynaFlyte 3 has the same tread pattern found on the two predecessors and provide approximately the same kind of traction. They lack a Trusstic system that stabilizes the foot and prevents accidental twisting. Reviewers noticed no significant difference in the performance of the shoe. They feel confident in the shoe’s ability to withstand the same dirt and road surfaces as DynaFlyte 1 and 2.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Reviewers think this DynaFlyte is more flexible than previous models. Flexibility is due to using Flytefoam Lyte for the midsole. It is the most lightweight Asics technology. The highly durable AHAR construction of the outsole is enhanced by multiple flex grooves that ensure unrestricted and natural movement. The Adapt Mesh makes the quality more pronounced. The entire foot is supported by the form-fitting wear that shifts and bends with every move.
Stability

Stability

Though not meant to be a form of pronation, certain features ensure stable and smooth wear. The Impact Guidance System, built into the cushioning, provides a natural gait. The Guidance Line aids in stability also.

It runs from the heel to the forefoot which balances out the foot movement. The lack of the Trusstic system is a significant difference. It would prevent the foot from twisting. Some say the movement is more comfortable without something that makes no significant difference.
Drop

Drop

The DynaFlyte 3 has an eight-mm heel-to-drop for both men and women sizes. It is a bit below the average running shoe drop height. The drop allows a stride that is more natural as it provides runners with decent heel cushioning. There is a one-mm difference in men and women platform heights. Both offer the same amount of cushioning.
Key Features

Key Features

* 8-mm heel-to-toe drop
* Adapt Mesh airflow and support
* Available in neutral and vibrant colors
* Durable AHAR outsole having flex grooves
* Fits true to size
* Flytefoam Lyte outsole that has a Gel cushioning unit
* Impact Guidance System and Guidance Line
* Ortholite X-40 Sockliner for control of moisture
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Many of the design elements of the DynaFlyte 2 such as the minimalist upper and tread pattern remain with the DynaFlyte 3. Replacing the Flytefoam with Flytefoam Lyte in the midsole gives runners greater ease of movement and bouncier wear. Stabilizing features include a gait that is natural without feeling uncomfortable or bulky. Vibrant color options excite the most casual runner.