|Full Name: Asics GT 2150|
|Weight: 11.7 oz (330 grams)|
|Suggested Price: 100$|
|Recommended For: Moderate to mild over-pronators. Runners with normal to low arches.|
Asics GT 2150 General Info:
The GT-2000 series is Asics’ bread and butter stability shoe. Depending on which source you consider, the predecessor of the Asics Gel GT-2150 (the 2140) has been the most sold stability running shoe of 2009 and this should be a good indicator of its popularity As it seems to be the common denominator for this years’ round of updates, Asics made just a few, slight adjustment to the midsole and outsole and worked on improving the fit of the upper, starting by making the shoe slightly lighter than last year’s version.
Asics GT 2150 Sole Unit:
As announced, not many changes on the GT-2510 sole unit compared to the 2140. Let’s start with what’s unchanged. Two Gel units (bags of sylicone-based material which are Asics’ trademark cushioning technology) are inserted in the heel and forefoot to absorb the shock at the impact. The heel is decoupled in order to absorb the shock on the heel landing without resounding it throughout the whole surface of the sole. The midsole itself is made of Solyte – the same foam used in the majority of Asics’ top of the line running shoes. This for the cushioning side.
On the stability side – which is the category of the GT 2150 – we see Asics’
Furhter innovations have been made to the outsole (the part that touches the ground). The pattern of flex grooves and pods has been changed so to be more flexible on the lateral side (external) and more supportive on the medial side (internal) of the toe area, adding another layer of stability to the ride.
Asics GT 2150 Upper:
The upper of the GT 2150 is how we like it: without too many gimmicks and focusing on providing a good fit. The outside has been modified by changing the placement of some of the support overlays, most noticeably on the lateral side of the toebox, helping preventing bunions. The heel collar has been lowered as it seemed to annoy a few runners in the past edition. For the rest, the level of comfort that Asics’ has accustomed its runner to is still provided by a ferw nice details. The ComfortDry sockliner provides additional cushioning right underneat the plant of the foot and it has been treated with an anti-microbial material that prevents bad odours. The heel collar is nicely padded with memory foam, a material that assumes the shape of the foot, granting maximum comfort. The heel counter is secured to the heel section of the midsole through syntetic overlays that encapsulate the heel without feeling too hard on the skin.
Asics GT 2150 Opinion:
What do we think of the Asics GT 2150? We liked it. Not much changed in the feel versus the GT 2140 and that’s definitely a good thing. The weight has been slightly reduced, too little to actually feel it immediately, but clear as soon as the mileage packs up. How does this shoe performs compared to its major rivals, specifically its biggest sister Asics Gel Kayano 16 and with the Nike Structure Triax+ 13?
The Kayano 16, a part from costing 40 extra dollars, is a heavier, more supportive shoe – suggested to heavier runners or runners with a more serious over pronation problem. If you don’t need the whole support of the Kayano 16, you will will be pleased by the reduced weight of the GT 2150. With the Structure Triax 13 the comparison is much more subjective. The GT 2150 is slightly heavier than the Nike Triax 13, but the support provded is very similar. Nike Focuses the stability features in a Dual Density foam injection (same tech as the DuoMax mentioned earlier) that extends further in the heel, while Asics extends further towards the forefoot. Asics’ plastic shank (the Trusstic System) is also much more constructed and firm than Nike’s.
Overall the GT 2150 is a great shoe – suggested as everyday training running shoe for mild to medium over pronators.
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