Asics 33-DFA 2 – The Initial Review

Asics 33-DFA 2 Review

Thanks for checking out the We Are Runners Asics 33-DFA 2 Review. Read Paul’s initial thoughts on his new delivery. He will update after a few more weeks of running.

The Target Shoe

I decided to put my loyalty to innov8 aside, and take the plunge with a new brand. After many months of running in the Inov8 Road-X-Treme 220s, the bar had been set high. What was I looking for? I was looking to replace my primary road running shoe. Generally speaking, a lightweight and low profile road shoe. A shoe that encourages natural running while having enough cushioning to allow high mileage. In summary:

  • Low heel drop (4mm)
  • Lightweight
  • Suitable for wide feet
  • Wide toe box
  • Road shoe with good grip

Why I Chose the Asics 33-DFA 2

Asics are somewhat renowned for their built up shoes. And so I was reluctant to even check their site for a lightweight and low profile shoe. I’m glad I did. The Asics 33 range are their neutral/lightweight offering to the market. The stats for the DFA 2 stacked up well:

  • 255g
  • 4mm heel drop
  • What looked like a reasonable toe box

Why these and not Brooks, Saucony or Inov8 for example? The answer, price. With a £50 price tag, I decided it was worth the risk.

I ordered a UK 9.5, my usual size.

Out of the Box

They look great. I went for the grey and yellow, almost retro. They’re lightweight and they feel more robust than most lightweight shoes. For fellow fat-feet runners out there, you will know the price we pay for wide feet with lightweight shoes. Split side material. It will be interesting to see if the Asics hold up. The toe box is not as large as the Inov8 220s or the Saucony Kinvaras. But it does have a wider toe box than normal shoes.

First Try On

On, they feel like slippers and the sizing seems spot on. I do have one concern. The toe box seems to come down low from the top. Consequently, my big toe is visibly poking out of the top mesh. Again, I caveat that I have fat feet and this has happened with many shoes. It will be interesting to see if this causes a problem.

First Run – 90 minutes Easy

90 minutes later and how have they done?

Grip: The grip is excellent for a road shoe. It held up well on tarmac, wet grass and sand. Not tested at any real speeed however.

Comfort: The shoe was  very comfortable. I didn’t feel the toe issue mentioned above at all. The toe box felt wide enough and there was no rubbing or slippage at all.  The shoe did feel a little tight across the middle upper. My wide feet strike again! It was not major discomfort and it seemed to subside after 30 minutes.

Performance: Here the Asics shined. The response and feedback from the ground was fantastic. I felt immediately faster in them. The response from them reminded me of the Adidas Boosts but on a lower profile shoe. A genuine pleasure to run in.

Watch This Space

It is still early days. So far so good. In a few weeks I will report back with how they are doing!