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
10.5 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Trail
“The Asics Alpine XT 2 is a good, not great, option for new trail runners. While it transitions well from dirt trails to paved surfaces, the shoe lacks comfort or other amenities that even novice trail...” Read expert review
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Asics iterated on their DYNAFLYTE line to include a redesigned upper while keeping their original goals of supplying a fast and light trainer for athletes ready to push their limits.  Not...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
11.2 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Trail
“The Asics Gel Venture 7 is a solid budget trail shoe that does the basics without taking any risks. Solid construction and simple designs mean this shoe should last for many trail runs and hikes.” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
10.3 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS GlideRide is a welcome departure from their established, but stale, running shoe line. This new technology uses different layers of foam and a rocker shape to create a bouncy and efficient...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Asics GT 2000 8 is a staple everyday trainer. It has moderate support, is moderately priced, and offers a moderately stable ride. It's not a bad shoe, but it's also not a breakthrough one either.” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
10.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel Nimbus 22 is hands down my favorite running shoe. The ASICS Gel Nimbus 22 offers a smooth run that offers a great deal of not only comfort but also boasts increased flexibly and comfort...” Read expert review
Jeremy White
5k, 10k and Half Marathon Expert
Weight
oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“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 expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
12.75 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Trail
“The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7 has been a great trail shoe considering the heaviness of the shoe. These shoes have held up on various types of terrain from grassy to technical inclines and descents on...” Read expert review
Athena Farias
Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.
Weight
11.1 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“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...” Read expert review
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.
Weight
10.25 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel Contend 5 is a discount trainer, however it does not pack enough of a punch to warrant a purchase. This shoe does not log the long miles, and shows wear quickly.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.