ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 vs. ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 review

ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 provides a good amount of support and a smooth and stable ride to severe overpronators. Learn how it compares to the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6...

The ASICS GEL-Foundaton 12 and the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 are motion control running shoes that are geared towards runners who severely overpronate. The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 was discontinued by ASICS, so it is very difficult to find it for purchase these days.

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Luckily ASICS decided to keep the Foundation line of running shoes alive (for the time being) and released the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

While the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 does not implement all the latest running shoe technologies from ASICS, it has been nicely updated and brought up to par with modern-day running shoes.

The uppers of both the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 consist of sturdy traditional stitched-on overlays, especially on the medial side of the shoes where overpronators tend to need the most support.

However, unlike the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 also implements no-sew overlays on the lateral side of the shoe.

This is in line with a lot of running shoes these days. No-sew overlays help prevent irritation when the upper bends and twists on your foot. But they are also less supportive and durable than stitched-on overlays.

However, because the medial side of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has been covered with stitched-on overlays, and because there are also stitched-on overlays on the lateral side, mainly in the ASICS logo, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 should provide you with a good amount of support during your runs.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 differ in materials used.

The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 has a SoLyte midsole, while the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has an SpEVA midsole to provide cushioning similar to the ASICS GT-1000 4. SpEVA is older than FluidRide, which the ASICS GEL-Fortify makes use of to provide cushioning.

Both the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 make use of a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the shoe to control overpronation and stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The difference is that the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 has a softer layer of foam above the medial post, while the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 does not.

However, the medial post of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is long and has about the same length as that of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, but does not go as high towards the foot, so you can excpect the ASICS GEL-Evolutoin 6 to provide a slightly stronger degree of pronation control than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12.

In addition, the medial post in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is reinforced by a midfoot shank so you can see the entire device to control overpronation as having several densities with the midsole foam itself being the softest layer, the medial post being a bit firmer, and then the midfoot shank being the firmest.

All in all, you should get a nice gradual control of overpronation from the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12.

What is similar in the two running shoes is that both have GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, but the GEL cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is not exposed as in the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 as an indication that the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 may provide a softer running experience.

One final difference is that the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, since the midfoot shank has been extended to the ground and protected with rubber in the outsole.

So you can expect to get smoother transitions and a more stable ride from the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 than you would from the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

This difference in amount of ground contact makes the outsoles of the two running shoes look slightly different. Both have good segmentation going on for shock dissipation, but the rubber compartments under the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 are larger, which should make the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 a durable running shoe.

Both have the Guidance Line vertical flex groove that helps you achieve a more efficient gait, but the one in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is just a newer and improved version.

The horizontal flex grooves are nice and wide on the lateral side in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 to encourage flexibility in that area for a smooth toe-off.

Finally, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is built on a maximum support last to better accommodate runners who wear orthotics. The midfoot and forefoot are wide so should suit people who have somewhat broader or bigger feet.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12, while being a very supportive running shoe that should be able to provide you with a good amount of pronation control and a smooth and stable ride, is not a replacement for the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

If you are looking for a running shoe that comes close to the amount of support and pronation control provided by the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Fortify, which is a notch higher in support than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12.

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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