ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 vs. 13 review

ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 delivers lots of support and a smooth and stable ride to severe overpronators. ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has an updated upper to increase comfort...

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is the updated version of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12, which is a stability running shoe for runners who moderately to severely overpronate.

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While it is difficult to find published data for the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, we can still take a look at these two running shoes to see how the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has changed.

The first and most noticeable change can be found in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has more stitched-on overlays than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, which has been stripped of most of the stitched-on overlays.

While the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com still has stitched-on overlays at the front and at the back on the medial side, most of the upper of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 consists of structured mesh and no-sew overlays.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has a good amount of stitched-on overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support, while it comes with no-sew overlays and some stitched-on overlays on the lateral side.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has no-sew overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support, and then on the lateral side, it has one no-sew overlay that has been pulled back to make room for engineered mesh that provides lightweight support halfway from the midfoot to the forefoot.

The no-sew overlay on the lateral side also marks the boundary between more open mesh in the forefoot and more closed mesh around the heel of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13. The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has mostly open mesh in its upper.

Both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap at the front so deliver a similar amount of durability at the front.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open, but they do have overlays running on the toe box.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has only mesh on the lateral side and one no-sew overlay running on top of the toe box on the medial side, but the bunion window has been kept open.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has two no-sew overlays on the lateral side, which might box the little toe in, and one stitched-on overlay on top of the toe box on the lateral side, but the bunion window has been kept open.

Because the bunion window is surrounded by stitched-on overlays in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and by no-sew overlays in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is likely to provide more comfort to those who have big bunions.

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The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 comes with stitched-on overlays at the back that wrap around the heel to deliver a good amount of extra support.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 delivers more lightweight support at the back by making use of a no-sew overlay that cups half of the heel and a stitched-on overlay on the lateral side of the heel to provide some extra support during ankle rotation.

All in all, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is more supportive than that of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, but the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 provides support in all the right places for overpronators as well as increases its potential for delivering comfort with less irritation points.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 are largely the same.

Both running shoes have one main layer of foam with a top layer of softer foam on the lateral side.

The type of midsole material used provides enough cushioning and durability but does not typically deliver a very soft ride.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation is a running shoe that generally delivers a moderate amount of heel cushioning that could feel firm to some runners.

The amount of forefoot cushioning can vary per gender with women typically getting less forefoot cushioning than men. The amount of cushioning in the forefoot is also on the moderate to firm side.

Because the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 are stability running shoes, they come with a support system on the lateral side that consists of a medial post and a midfoot shank.

The medial post is a piece of firmer foam that is meant to distribute pressure proportionally to increase stability while providing comfort.

The medial post is pretty long and covers an area from under the heel till past the midfoot. This is the same in both the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

Then there is the midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the running shoe to deliver a good amount of midfoot stability and support, and that hooks up halfway into the medial post to reinforce it.

Because of the length of the support area in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, they would suit runners who turn their feet in early, late, or somewhere in between during the gait cycle.

The midsole construction is largely the same in the two running shoes, so if you have already been running in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12, you should get a similar amount of support from the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact so are capable of delivering smoother heel-to-toe transitions in addition to extra stability.

The amount of support delivered by the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is generally way above average but not to the max, so you should be able to get a good amount of pronation control as a moderate to severe overpronator.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 are exact copies of each other with a similar amount of flex grooves on similar locations.

There is a crash section at the back that should isolate shock from the rest of the running shoe at heel-strike, and both running shoes come with a vertical flex groove to improve gait efficiency.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 have mostly large areas of rubber and two flex grooves and a half in the forefoot.

However, because they do not go overboard with the amount of cushioning delivered, they should still turn out to be not too stiff. Do not expect them to be super flexible, though, because they are stability running shoes at the end of the day.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 weighs about 10.2 oz (289 grams) for women and 12.2 oz (346 grams) for men.

While it is unknown as to how much the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 weighs, the fact that the midsole and outsole are like those of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the only difference is that it has shed many stitched-on overlays in its upper, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is expected to be a bit lighter than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12.

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 or the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

The main difference between the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is that the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 delivers somewhat less support through its upper, but it has an increased amount of comfort with less irritation points.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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