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The Aggressor 2 is crafted to deliver grip and stability. The strap keeps the ankle supported while the outsole construction provides maximum mat contact. The upper fabric wraps the foot securely in place and its texture allows the wearer to slip out of tricky situations.
If you want more foothold, consider the Asics Aggressor 4. The upper has been updated with a breathable mesh fabric. The hook-and-loop strap was replaced by a Velcro pouch to keep the laces from getting in the way.
Traction. The Aggressor 2 features a unisole construction. The underside employs the DuoSole technology. Instead of a full-length rubber, the outsole utilizes rubber pods placed on top of suede. The outsole wraps up the lower part of the upper, delivering maximum contact on the mat regardless of foot position.
Flexibility. The outsole is thin, which makes it pliable. The layout of the rubber facilitates natural foot movements and affords wearers better proprioception.
Breathability. The upper of the Asics Aggressor 2 is made of Ecsaine, an ultrasuede fiber developed by Toray industries. This material is engineered to retain its shape, but it is less breathable than mesh. Perforations are found on the quarters to compensate for the breathability. The tongue is also covered in mesh to help ventilate the interior.
Lockdown. The trainer features a high-top silhouette that is secured by a heel-to-vamp lacing system. Aside from tightening the laces, the single hook-and-loop strap aids in keeping the ankle supported. The strap also keeps the laces tucked away to prevent it from getting untied during matches.
- Asics released its first wrestling shoes in 1955 and is said to be the archetype of modern wrestling shoes.
- The Aggressor 2 takes inspiration from the Asics Rulon, a wrestling shoe made for Rulon Gardner, a Greco-Roman Olympic Gold Medalist.