ASICS running shoes reviews

Reviews of ASICS neutral, stability, and motion control runnings shoes with how they compare against Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, and Saucony.

Running ShoeCategoryWeightMSRP
ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18Neutral9.4 oz (W) | 11.6 oz (M)$120
ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18Neutral9.8 oz (W) | 12.1 oz (M)$150
ASICS GT-1000 5Support8.8 oz (W) | 10.4 oz (M)$100
ASICS GT-2000 4Support9.2 oz (W) | 11.3 oz (M)$120
ASICS GEL-Kayano 23Support9.4 oz (W) | 11.5 oz (M)$160
ASICS GEL-Foundation 12Max Support10.2 oz (W) | 12.2 oz (M)$120
ASICS GEL-FortifyMax Support11.4 oz (W) | 13.5 oz (M)$150

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18

Category: Neutral Cushioning

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a running shoe that can be worn by runners who underpronate or who have a neutral gait. It can be seen as the little brother or sister of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 even though they look pretty different these days.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is less luxurious and plush than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus but still provides many of the same features.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is largely seamless, and it provides a good wrap around the midfoot and the heel for a good amount of support while still keeping the fit comfortable.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 provides a lot of cushioning to both men and women. In fact, the amount of cushioning provided comes close to the maximum amount in both the heel and the forefoot. Therefore, one can expect to get a very soft ride from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

Lots of cushioning sometimes causes a running shoe to be stiff. However, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 provides a moderate amount of flexibility to women and is quite flexible for men.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 consists of mostly basic materials but maintains standard features of ASICS running shoes such as GEL cushioning, the Impact Guidance System, Guidance Line, Guidance Trusstic System, and a FluidRide midsole.

The only things that are missing are the FluidFit overlays, which provide a more custom fit, and 3 mm of extra height in the heel for women to take stress off the Achilles tendon like in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

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ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18

Category: Neutral Cushioning

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is a top-of-the-line cushioning running shoe from ASICS. It can be seen as the bigger brother or sister of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 offers everything a deluxe cushioning running shoe should offer in and out of the running shoe.

Its upper is mostly seamless to offer a maximum amount of comfort with a minimum amount of irritation, and it has a good amount of very thin and light no-sew overlays that should help the upper provide a good wrap around your foot.

Inside it offers a plush lining that feels very soft against your foot, and under your foot, it offers lots of GEL cushioning in addition to a FluidRide midsole that has bounce back and cushioning properties. So you can expect to get a very soft ride from this running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is good for heel-strikers, but more so for women than for men, because the men's version of the running shoe provides just a slightly above average amount of heel cushioning.

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ASICS GT-1000 5

Category: Stability and Support

ASICS GT-1000 5 is a basic trainer that provides a good amount of cushioning and stability at a bargain price. It can be seen as the little brother or sister of the ASICS GT-2000.

The ASICS GT-1000 5 uses basic materials such as a SPEVAFOAM midsole instead of a FluidRide midsole and a DuoMax Support System instead of a Dynamic DuoMax Support System.

All this keeps the price of the running shoe down while still giving you the stability, support, and comfort you need as a mild or moderate overpronator.

In addition, the big difference with the ASICS GT-2000 is that the ASICS GT-1000 5 does not have an extra layer of softer foam just under the foot, but comes with two layers of foam under the heel on the lateral side.

This makes it feel overall less soft than the ASICS GT-2000, especially in the heel.

However, because the ASICS GT-1000 5 does not have this extra layer of softer foam, the firmer piece of foam on the medial side of the shoe that controls pronation can extend till under the foot.

And together with the little crash pad under the heel on the lateral edge of the shoe, the ASICS GT-1000 5 turns out to be a pretty stable running shoe.

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ASICS GT-2000 4

Category: Stability and Support

ASICS GT-2000 4 is a cushy running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support to overpronators. It can be seen as the bigger brother or sister of the ASICS GT-1000.

The big difference with the ASICS GT-1000 lies in the ASICS GT-2000 using more premium materials and being a little bit softer both inside the shoe and under your foot.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 has lots of forefoot cushioning and an above average amount of heel cushioning, partially thanks to the GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, and partially thanks to the softer layer of foam closest to the foot and that runs along the entire top of the midsole.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 provides a lot of the same things that the ASICS GEL-Kayano provides, except for the fact that it does not have FluidFit overlays in its upper to give you a glove-like fit.

However, it is more affordable than the ASICS GEL-Kayano, it provides slightly more support and stability than the ASICS GEL-Kayano, and it matches the amount of cushioning provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano, except for in the heel of women because it does not come with the extra 3 mm of heel height as in the ASICS GEL-Kayano for women.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 provides overall good value for money.

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ASICS GEL-Kayano 23

Category: Stability and Support

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is to moderate overpronators what ASICS GEL-Nimbus is to neutral runners. It delivers top-of-the-line comfort on a stable platform.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 excels in providing a good amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, especially to women, so you should get a very soft ride from this running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is very much like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus where cushioning is concerned, but it has just a little bit more stability added to it.

ASICS lists the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 as a running shoe that can be worn by both neutral runners and overpronators, so the amount of stability and support it provides is not over the top.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does not come with many stitches in its upper to increase the amount of comfort that this running shoe delivers to runners. Stitches can be found at the back around the external heel counter that locks in your heel.

No-sew overlays and structured mesh are used to provide support and comfort in the upper.

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ASICS GEL-Foundation 12

Category: Maximum Support

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ASICS GEL-Fortify

Category: Maximum Support

ASICS GEL-Fortify is ASICS' latest maximum support running shoe that implements almost all of the new running shoe technologies from ASICS with the addition of extra support for heavier runners who severely overpronate.

The main difference between the ASICS GEL-Fortify and other ASICS running shoes is that ASICS has maintained traditional stitched-on overlays in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Fortify instead of using no-sew overlays, since traditional overlays provide the amount of support that severe overpronators require.

The ASICS GEL-Fortify does a very good job of strapping your foot in and keeping it on the running platform with its thick overlays and the heel counter at the back of the shoe.

Like other newer ASICS running shoes, the ASICS GEL-Fortify has a FluidRide midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning. It also has a thin layer of softer midsole foam closest to the foot and a pretty thick responsive layer beneath that with GEL cushioning in between in the heel and in the forefoot.

The GEL cushioning in the heel helps soften your landings and as your foot rolls in, there is a pretty long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This foam is reinforced by a midfoot shank that extends into the medial post to provide even more stability and support. Overall, the ASICS GEL-Fortify provides almost full ground contact making it a very stable shoe that can provide you with smooth runs as a heavy runner.

The ASICS GEL-Fortify offers good protection from the road, is durable, and provides all the support and stability required by overpronators and heavier runners.

In my eyes, the ASICS GEL-Fortify is one of the best motion control running shoes that ASICS has released since it last dropped the ASICS GEL-Evolution line of running shoes.

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