Asics Metaspeed Sky+: Main specs
Weight: 205g (men’s size 8)
Heel drop: 5mm
one minute review
The Metaspeed Sky+ sees Asics update the original Metaspeed Sky, a shoe that arguably brought it firmly into the carbon plate super shoe conversation alongside the high-end performance options from Nike and Adidas.
With the Sky+, Asics promises improvements in a number of departments, including an improved upper, more foam in the midsole, and a repositioned carbon fiber plate to make it an even better shoe for running fast at all distances.
It still feels to us like a shoe that really excels over half to marathon distances, and it’s one of the best running shoes for that. However, many will be able to use it to chase PBs over shorter distances as well.
The changes to the upper don’t feel vast, but the extra foam in the midsole should make it a much better partner for traversing the marathon distance compared to the first Sky.
It’s still very expensive and there are definitely still question marks about durability, particularly on the back of the shoe. If you’ve got the running style to match the qualities the Sky+ offers, there’s a shoe here that can rival the best Nike and Adidas have to offer for those already running super fast 5k, 10, half marathon and complete marathon and want to feel that they can still go even faster.
The Asics Metaspeed Sky+ launched in June 2023 and costs £225 in the UK (opens in new tab)$250 in the US (opens in new tab) and $330 in Australia (opens in new tab) from the Asics store in your region.
Project Verdict: 4/5
The Metaspeed Sky+, like its predecessor, is a shoe designed to keep the weight down and provide a design that can help you run better.
Along with the Metaspeed Edge+, the Sky+ is the option in Asics’ new performance shoe duo that targets what it refers to as ‘step’ runners. They are runners who extend their stride length when they increase their speed but do not increase, or only slightly increase, the number of steps they take per minute.
The Sky+’s sister shoe, the Edge+, is for ‘cadence’ runners who also increase their speed by extending their stride length, but also increase the number of steps they take per minute.
With the Sky+ you get a shoe that weighs 205g, which is 5g lighter than the first Sky, despite the addition of more foam in the midsole. Now there’s 4% more of the same FF Blast Turbo midsole still made from a nylon-based foam that’s built to be lightweight and offer a responsive shoe for running. heel and 29mm in the forefoot.
The carbon fiber plate is still there too, although it’s been repositioned to be much higher on the midsole now and with the same curved sole design it aims to boost the Sky+’s energy return credentials.
In the upper department, Asics has made some changes, switching to what it calls the Motion Wrap, which is still made of mesh but sees changes made to what appears to be lighter, braided-style loops and offers more structure than the first Sky. . The tongue is thin, the toe space felt about right, and the midfoot and heel fit felt good on us in our UK size 8.
Last, and by no means, is the outsole, which employs AsicsGrip’s AsicsGrip outsole rubber to deliver something that will offer strong traction on the roads. There’s still more rubber in the front compared to the back, so if you’re putting most of that force into the forefoot, you should reap the benefits of the satisfyingly grippy sole.
Performance Verdict: 4/5
Like the Sky, the Sky+ is designed to be a shoe you put on when you want to feel faster. Whether it’s race day or training at your race pace, this is where you’ll make the most of what this shoe has to offer. Whether it’s the fitted carbon plate, the extra light portion or the FF Blast Turbo midsole foam wrapped in that fine mesh upper.
Our goal was to test it in those same conditions, running it in fast 10k races, testing it in a 5K time trial with Asics and running it in the Edinburgh Half Marathon. We also used it on two long training runs to see how it performs when you want to go further. Knowing how far you want to run is critical when trying to find the right running shoe for you.
Some love the Sky at shorter distances, but we couldn’t keep up with it on our 5k and 10k race distances. We had a much more enjoyable experience running and training at marathon and half marathon pace. That’s where this shoe really seems to excel. That foam in the midsole is soft and stretchy and now there’s more too, making it better suited for long distances when you want that extra level of support and comfort.
It’s a shoe that you feel like you can effortlessly run at a fast pace and keep you at a distance without feeling particularly tiring on your legs or difficult to get involved with which is what makes this shoe special. Asics has made some major changes here with repositioning the carbon fiber plate to promote better energy return, as well as adding more foam to the midsole, although we can’t say they’ve drastically altered our running experience in this shoe compared to theirs. predecessor.
The sole’s grip is the perfect fit for road racing, although like the Sky there isn’t much protection further back in the heel compared to the forefoot. As someone who hits the heel this means that after about 70km of running there was some wear to the heel on one side of the shoes.
It was the same story in the original Sky and it definitely leaves question marks about the durability and regularity you should wear this shoe for. We say save it for when going fast really matters.
Overall though, this is a super shoe that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Nike’s Alphafly and Vaporfly shoes and Adidas’ Adizero Adios Pro shoes. It’s built for speed, and while it’s going to burn a big hole in your pocket, the quick rewards are there if you decide to forgo your cash.