Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$200
Weight
M: 343g | W: 286g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 21mm | W: 20mm
Forefoot height
M: 11mm | W: 10mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The Kinsei 6 has a gender-specific midsole for enhanced cushioning and shock-absorbing features.

  • Half a dozen color options in vibrant and exciting designs will turn heads with ease.

  • The Asics Kinsei 6 is one of the most luxurious rides in town, based on the observation of a few testers.

  • Some runners found the shoe comfortable.

  • The shoe's durability is noted in some reviews.

  • Several users prized its effectiveness when taken to the gym for workouts or aerobics.

  • A few testers marveled at how the heel cup holds the heel snugly in place.

  • A spacious toe box accommodates a variety of runners.

The bad

  • This is quite an expensive shoe.

  • Mainly limited as a daily training partner or for luxurious runs on the road.

Bottom line

One of Asics’s most expensive and newest lines goes all out where cushioning and comfort are concerned. A substantial price point, despite the high-quality materials used and its weight, limit the appeal of the Asics Kinsei 6. This shoe is tailor-made for middle of the pack runners who are just looking to keep themselves fit or as an everyday training workhorse as the decent arch support and unbelievable comfort will make running more fun.



World wide, Gel Kinsei 6 is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 656 ratings

5 star
56%
4 star
17%
3 star
1%
2 star
21%
1 star
5%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90
    Mike StoneLevel 2 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    These shoes are designed to provide a high level of comfort, support, stability, and style. 
  • 81
    Sport Reviews AthleticLevel 1 expert
    by Sports Reviews Athletic
    The premium combination of a Discreet Heel Unit and Propulsion Trusstic® provides a seamless fusion with the runner’s foot. 
  • 80
    SoleracksLevel 2 expert
    by Soleracks
    This is the number one (and possibly the only noticeable) complaint about the Asics Gel-Kinsei 6, with many wondering if the $200 price tag is worth it when compared to the competition.
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Updates to Gel Kinsei 6

Exceptional cushioning, comfort, and efficient running are hallmarks of the 6th version of the Gel Kinsei from Asics. This running shoe gives the runner a superior performance thanks to high quality components and technologies that assist the foot in getting the most out of each step. From the heel landing to the toe-off phase, the foot gets protection and cushioning.

The upper unit of this running shoe features intense color schemes that are definitely eye-catching. Reflective coating lets highlighted sections shine while different hues & shades give the shoe an appealing look. A mesh material that stretches in multiple directions acclimatizes itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot, giving a glove-like fit.

The mid-sole gives the runner a plush and responsive underfoot platform. The foot is given a very comfortable mid-sole unit that’s supportive and efficient. The materials are of high quality, so they don’t easily wear off or break down. The mid-sole lasts long and stays effective, even after many uses.

The outsole unit uses a rubber material that’s reliable in its protective purpose. The AHAR® is one of the most lasting outsole compounds out there and it makes sure that the sole unit is protected from abrasion and wear.

Gel Kinsei 6 size and fit

The Asics Gel Kinsei 6 is true to its size. Men and women can get this shoe with the right measurements when it comes to length. The available width for this shoe is medium, so runners who have feet that are medium-sized can acclimate well to it. The upper is stretchable enough to accommodate many types of runners with individually unique foot-dimensions.

Outsole

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a very durable layer of protection that shields the shoe from the abrasive nature of the surface. It doesn’t peel off easily and it lasts long, so the sole unit remains functioning and intact, even after long races and multiple uses.

Deep flex grooves allow the foot to move more naturally, especially the forefoot section because it’s where most of the foot’s flexibility is centered. Though the sole unit is moderately thick and robust, the foot is still able to do the toe-off phase of running quite efficiently.

Midsole

The FluidRide 2.0 is the next generation of the technology that gives runners a springy underfoot feel. This upgrade is bouncier, so each push-off is much more propulsive. It’s also lightweight in nature, so it won’t drag the foot down.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a shock absorbing material that’s placed separately in the heel and forefoot sections of the Asics Gel Kinsei 6. During landings and liftoffs, this unit is able to handle and disperse shock, allowing a more comfortable ride.

The Propulsion Trusstic® Technology follows the functions of the foot’s connective tissue. It tenses just before propulsion, so when it’s time for the foot to move forward, the action is more enabled and explosive.

Upper

The FluidFit® is made up of a multi-directional stretch mesh that has stretch reinforcements. It essentially adapts to the exact shape of the wearer’s foot, making the fit more attuned to the runner. It doesn’t make the upper unit tight or uncomfortable.

The Seamless Construction of the upper unit allows the foot to wear the shoe without socks. It greatly reduces irritation, preventing blisters and welts in the process.

The Heel Clutching System™ is an external heel counter that supports and holds the rear of the foot in place. It improves the fit of the heel while preventing accidental shoe removals.

The ComforDry™ X-40 Sock Liner is a top-tier insole that adds more springiness to the sole unit. It is able to manage moisture and maintain a breathable environment for the foot, so comfort is also enhanced.


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