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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.

Asics Gel Nimbus 20 - Pair
The Asics Nimbus 20 is a highly cushioned, and highly structured, neutral trainer that has been the flagship plush trainer of the Asics line for twenty years. Read full review »

Pros

  • Minimal changes to this update will appease diehard fans.
  • Fit is improved through a progressive mesh upper that allows for a better forefoot fit.
  • Very high construction quality throughout the shoe for a long and durable lifespan.

Cons

  • At $160 MSRP, Asics really isn't giving us anything new here but the price keeps increasing.
  • Runs small compared to other current Asics models, and the appearance is dated.
  • Very firm, and stabilizing, ride may not work for true neutral runners.
Asics Gel Cumulus 20 - Pair
The Asics Gel Cumulus 20 is a smooth fitting and sturdy feeling daily trainer with an emphasis on rearfoot+forefoot cushioning for shock absorption. It’s priced competitively for what it offers, and follows in the footsteps of a successful line of shoes. Read full review »

Pros

  • Premium tech at a standard price
  • Redesigned stylish upper
  • Durable outsole and upper

Cons

  • Can feel too sturdy/stiff for midfoot runners
Asics Gel Flux 5 - Pair
The Asics Gel-Flux 5 brings a total redesign to the Gel-Flux series, including the signature GEL rearfoot cushioning system and guidance systems in the midsole.

The shoe competes as a daily trainer in the affordable price point category. Read full review »

Pros

  • Style and material upgrades
  • Solid fit with no hot spots

Cons

  • Odd material choices on sidewall
Asics Gel Fortitude 8 - Pair
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 »

Pros

  • Medium fit throughout for those who need it
  • Durable sole
  • Stiff midfoot supports foot
  • High Motion Control
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Bulky

Asics Stability GEL Running Shoes

GEL is not used only in Asics' neutral running shoes - it's one of the main component of their stability line as well.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 - Lateral Side
The Asics Kayano 25 is an all around great stability trainer built for miles upon miles. It’s sole can feel bulky at times and the price may turn some runners off. However, it provides runners with an ideal blend of cushion, responsiveness and control throughout every run. Read full review »

Pros

  • There are quite a few new updates which have all improved the shoe
  • The new two part midsole
  • Provides cushion, responsiveness, and control throughout your whole run

Cons

  • The color options are not visually appealing
  • The sole unit can feel bulky during runs
  • Price
Asics GT 2000 7 - Lateral Side
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 »

Pros

  • Stable, moderately comfortable ride
  • Lightweight, responsive cushion
  • Laces pull support strips to secure the upper
  • Solid heel counter
  • Intriguing design!

Cons

  • Upper less breathable
Asics GT 1000 7 - Lateral Side
The ASICS GT-1000 7 combines a supportive upper with a stable base to deliver a comfortable ride that feels fast. The slimmed-up feel and lower drop will better appeal to neutral runners, yet the structure of the shoe offers the stability users have come to expect. Read full review »

Pros

  • Sleek look
  • Supportive, breathable upper
  • Durable cushion
  • Stable base resists torsion
  • Price

Cons

  • Lower arch than previous
  • Less plush, same weight
Asics Gel DS Trainer 2 - Lateral Side
The ASICS Gel DS Trainer 23 combines support with performance; thanks to a springy Flytefoam midsole and redesigned upper. It continues to be the sleeper hit from ASICS. Read full review »

Pros

  • Dependable trainer. Equal parts supportive and fast.
  • Lightweight and springy midsole.
  • Redone upper material with adaptive mesh.

Cons

  • Narrow fit.
  • Tongue too thin.
  • Limited color options.
Asics Gel Foundation 13
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.

Asics Dynaflyte 2 - Pair
The DynaFlyte 2 is a great shoe that improves on the original DyaFlyte shoe’s goal of making a lightweight cushioned shoe in a streamlined design. Read full review »

Pros

  • Casual design with function in mind
  • Cheaper and lighter than predecessor
  • Comfortable heel

Cons

  • Not super flexible due to the cushioning
  • Fabric in heel pills
  • Painted foam near the forefoot gets marked up
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.
Asics Roadhawk FF - Lateral Side
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 »

Pros

  • Very Comfortable Upper
  • Lightweight
  • Plenty of Cushion

Cons

  • Narrow Toe Box
Asics Amplica
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.

Asics Lyteracer TS 7
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 451 - Pair
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 »

Pros

  • Very unique BOA ratcheting system instead of laces
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • 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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