Asics Running Shoes Reviews

Asics is the Japanese giant of running shoes. The Asics name is an acronym of the latin motto "Anima Sana in Corpore Sano" which is "Healty Mind in a Healty Body". Founded in 1949 by Kirachiro Onitsuka. Asics makes some of the most popular running shoes worldwide, from the cushioned Cumulus and Nimbus to the stability Kayano and GT series. Asics' lineup of running shoes is impressive: being the focus sport for the company, they have plenty of options to fit many different runners.

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Weight
8.6 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Stability
“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...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
10.7 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Pursue 5 is a balanced ride for neutral or mild stability runners. It straddles both categories and offers a versatile shoe that loves picking up the pace.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
11.1 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Nimbus 21 is a long-distance trainer that combines a good amount of cushion for the long run with some spring when upping the pace. Although pricey, they use a lot of high-level technology...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
12 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Asics Gel Contend 4 is a low-mileage running shoe intended for beginners who may use this shoe for running and other activities.  The Gel Contend 4 truly would only be comfortable for...” Read expert review
Andrew Leibowitz
Running Expert
Weight
10.69 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“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...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
6.80 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“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...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
10.70 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“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...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Stability
“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...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
11.85 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“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...” Read expert review
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.
Weight
12.30 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“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)...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert

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