Why did you make this shoe?
After a great reception to the original Ultrafly, we wanted to keep the cushioning and light guidance that people enjoyed, but make the shoe even better with some key updates:
- The last was modified to fit snugger in the heel and roomier in the toe box.
- More toe spring in the forefoot.
- Less printed overlays to reduce weight and improve breathability.
- More durable upper mesh.
- Added an Ortholite footbed for their antimicrobial properties and reduced compression.
What didn’t change:
- Weight and breathability, it’s still 8.3 oz for women and 10 oz for men.
- The platform is the same 3-density midsole and rubber outsole, which allows for more feedback in a cushioned shoe.
Was there a certain type of runner you had in mind with the Ultrafly 2?
It’s also great for people transitioning from a traditional running shoe to a more natural platform. The Ultrafly 2 shape and low drop allows the foot to land and load normally during the gait cycle, but with more foam underfoot to comfort and protect the foot during transition or for long, hard runs.
Explain why the Ortholite footbed is a special/standout feature.
The Ortholite footbed resists compressions 25% more than the average footbed and the antimicrobial foam is less likely to hold odor. Most companies wouldn’t invest in this, but we like to be thoughtful about the details and focus on ways to make the shoe more functional for our customers.
Why did you choose to release an update to the Ultrafly 2 versus a more cushioned shoe?
We update our models about every two years so this was due for an update and we knew we could make an already great shoe even better. That is not to say we’re not considering other more cushioned shoes in the future, but the Ultrafly 2 was our priority.
What’s the “one-two punch” you talk about for the Ultrafly 2 and Magnifly 2?
A lot of people are looking for a shoe that can help them transition to a more natural experience but may be wary of an abrupt change (like switching from a traditional shoe to something like the ST-2). Shoes like Ultrafly 2 and Magnifly 2 can aid in that transition because they offer just enough conventional running shoe technology with some key features that are more natural. If a runner is already in a low-drop shoe but wants more cushioning, the Magnifly 2 is the answer. A runner who is coming out of a traditional high-drop, highly cushioned brand would be better off starting with the Ultrafly 2.