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So you want to run in ASICS? With all their different shoes to choose from, how do you know what will work best for you? Here we will break down the ASICS lineup and help you better understand the perfect shoe for you.
ASICS breaks their shoes into a few categories, which we will explain in a minute. All of these shoes will use a lot of the same cushioning components, such as FlyteFoam for foam material and GEL for cushioning units.
Asics Neutral GEL Running Shoes
GEL is possibly the most famous of Asics' cushioning technologies. GEL refers to pockets of gel material that are inserted within the midsole of a running shoe to absorb the shock of the impact.
Shoes in this collection are characterised by a recognizable soft landing and plush cushioning. They are amongst Asics' most popular and best selling shoes.
The ASICS Gel-Cumulus 21 is a slightly tweaked continuation of a successful line of neutral everyday workhorse shoes. Ideal for heel-striking runners, it is priced well for the technologies packed into the shoe. Read full review »
ASICS Gel-Fortitude 8 is deemed a neutral shoe by ASICS, but it functions with motion control and a stable ride, padded by an extra-thick sock liner (for those who don't replace it with an orthotic) below a semi-plush tongue and heel collar. Read full review »
The ASICS Kayano 26 is a solid everyday stability trainer built for many miles at different paces. Unfortunately the high price tag and the many similarities it shares with the other ASICS stability offerings hold it back from being an outstanding shoe. Read full review »
The GT-4000 is a new stability trainer from ASICS. It is a balanced ride for mild stability or neutral runners who need a little support. It is a solidly built shoes ready for many miles at many different paces. Read full review »
The ASICS GT-2000 7 is a basic running shoe that is solid on many levels: upper support, midsole stability with responsiveness, torsion-resistance, affordability, and all-around functionality. Run in it for speed workouts through distance training. Read full review »
The ASICS GT 1000 8 provides a firm, responsive ride with the right amount of support. It comes at a great price point and offers an astounding amount of premium features for a shoe under $100. Read full review »
The ASICS Gel DS Trainer combines a snug, supportive upper fit with a no-nonsense midsole that provides support with a stiff midfoot and medium-low internal arch. The outsole is superb: best grip I’ve come across in a road shoe, yet it’s simple and light! Read full review »
Light and Snappy Ride
Snug fit: supportive heel through midfoot, soft toebox
The Asics Gel Foundation 13 is designed for overpronators and those who use custom orthotics. The shoes have enough cushioning for a daily trainer while supporting wider feet. The comfortable midsole will guide you through your stride as the breathable upper keeps your feet cool.
Asics Running Shoes Without GEL Cushioning
In the past few years Asics has been releasing shoes outside of the GEL collection: they are either executions of their new foam (FlyteFoam) or other midsole materials that are more responsive.
The Asics FuzeX Rush Adapt is a road shoe that comes at an affordable price. The shoe can be used for running, or at a job where you on your feet all day. The midsole is not as responsive as other shoes, nor does it offer much arch support. In addition, the sizing was a bit narrow for some.
The ASICS Roadhawk FF is a lightweight road shoe that is versatile enough to wear in just about any situation. From 5ks to marathon, speed sessions at the track to easy weekend long runs, this is a shoe that can do just about anything. Read full review »
Asics Amplica is a lightweight, responsive, affordable trainer that can be used for daily training or uptempo runs. It is a essentials only shoe, so don’t expect any frills, but expect a lower price point. The midsole is fast on the roads with its AmpilFoam that runs the full-length of the shoe.
Asics Competition Running Shoes
These are Asics' lightest and fastest running shoes - meant for competition day, they are extremely popular across the globe.
The Asics Lyteracer TS 7 is a neutral racer that can handle anything from short distances to marathons. The cushioning doesn’t break down during long runs, yet it is lightweight enough for you to sprint in. This is the perfect option for a versatile shoe.
Asics’ GEL-451 shoe breaks a few standards in order to help you break records. An unconventional fit system paired with a very light and tight build gets you a shoe that aims to bring you faster times. Read full review »
Very unique BOA ratcheting system instead of laces
Worryingly small, almost mandatory you go up half a size
Overlays started to separate from the upper after 40 miles
The even tightness of the BOA system may make fitting shoes hard for some runners
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