ASICS launches METASPEED™ LD track spikes.
[March 7, 2022 - Kobe] – ASICS is launching its latest advancement in long distance track spikes with METASPEED™ LD, which focuses on energy saving and helping long-distance track runners take longer strides with less effort.
With a focus on the midsole’s cushioning, and the outsole’s grip, METASPEED LD allows athletes to improve efficiency and propulsion in their track competitions. Formed with FF BLAST™ TURBO cushioning, METASPEED LD allows runners to experience a more responsive rebound at toe-off. It’s teamed with a full-length carbon plate that helps catapults athletes forward with an extended stride length and a SHARKDUO™ outsole in the heel to increase traction on track surfaces.
The pinless carbon HEXA-CLAW™ outsole, used first time in long distance track spikes, is designed to increase traction. Rather than piercing the track’s surface like traditional track spikes, the outsole traction is shaped in different sizes and angeles to support movement and control the direction of power leading to forward force movement. The pin-less mechanism reduces the time of contact by reducing the time of spike pins going in and out the track and allows the athlete to glide across the track and helps athletes conserve energy between steps.
“We studied the movement of mainly 5000m and 10,000m competitons and athletes. The competition requires keeping a high pace for a long period of time, and also showing a burst of energy towards the end of the race. We focused on energy saving, so the athletes’ strength can be showcased throughout the race, but also having the energy to showcase their speed at the end of the race.” commented Shuhei Takemura, project leader of the Metaspeed LD product development.
The METASPEED LD spikes was developed at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science in Kobe, Japan. The product features the advanced carbon plate technologies featured in the METASPRINT™ models and the energy saving structure and design from the METASPEED™ SKY and EDGE, allowing athletes to conserve energy in order to run faster at the later stages of the race. Many athletes have tested and worn the METASPEED LD to break personal records in track races, including Mohamed Katir, Julien Wanders, and Beth Potter.
"For me, these new spikes combine the responsiveness of carbon spikes with the comfort and cushioning of a running shoe,” commented Mohamed Katir, who broke his personal best and Spanish national record in 5000m at 12’50”79 ‘…in June 2021 wearing METASPEED LD spikes.
The METASPEED LD spikes is for sale now globally, please check local ASICS.com for availability.
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Headquartered in Kobe, Japan, ASICS is a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of high-performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. Founded in 1949 by Kihachiro Onitsuka, the company name is derived from the Latin saying Anima Sana In Corpore Sano (“A Sound Mind in a Sound Body”), and this continues to guide the activities of the organization as a whole. ASICS has regional operations in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania, as well as South, East, and Southeast Asia, distributing products to over 150 countries and regions worldwide. The company also operates the Onitsuka Tiger classic footwear and HAGLÖFS outdoor brands.