Who should buy the ASICS Defiance X

Just as the name suggests, Defiance X is a trainer that ASICS claims to empower wearers to defy their physical limits during workouts. It is a solid option if:

  • You are into a diverse range of cross-training exercises.
  • You are looking for a reasonably priced trainer of great quality.
  • You are after a pair that is designed to be grippy enough on different surfaces.

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Multisurface sticky outsole grip

Rubber makes up the bottom of the ASICS Defiance X. It is a durable material that is made to last through the heavy demands of cross-training. It also has been marked with a busy tread pattern to deliver a sticky grip on various types of surfaces. Meanwhile, the certain parts have ridges to promote natural foot flexion.

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Resilient underfoot cushioning

The ASICS Defiance X employs the Solyte technology to serve as the underfoot cushioning. It claims to be 20% more shock absorbent and 50% lighter than traditional EVA foams. It is made from a resilient resin that is typically used in vehicle bumpers.

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This training shoe from ASICS wouldn't be complete without the brand's proprietary Gel component. The Gel Cushioning System is lodged in the rearfoot area of the midsole. It aims to offer additional shock absorption during the heel strike. It prevents strains and injuries caused by impact. It also provides rebound that fosters an easier midstance transition.

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The ASICS Defiance X's upper

The ASICS Defiance X sports a seamless mesh fabric that does not irritate the skin as it does not have stitches or seams that will cause friction. It is a breathable and flexible material that lets the foot move.

ASICS Defiance X Upper

Reinforced lateral support

The tongue is lightly padded to protect the instep from being chafed by the shoelaces. It also gives a snugger fit.

The footgear is secured by a lace-up closure that lets the user adjust the fit according to their preferences. The lacing system also aids in boosting the lateral support as the sides are reinforced when the laces are tightened.

ASICS Defiance X Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.5oz / Women 6.9oz
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Features: Lightweight
Colorways: Black / White
SKUs: S708N4501 / S708N9643 / S758N0196 / S758N9097 / S758N9648

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.