Our verdict

The ASICS returns with the ASICS Gel Challenger 12! Just like its predecessors, I love it because it stays true to its roots. It is an amazing pair of tennis shoes that do not break the bank. The comfort and the support it offers are out of this world and my feet are thankful!


  • Great cushioning
  • Amazing comfort
  • Good breathability
  • lightweight
  • Durable
  • Excellent traction
  • Good fit
  • Great value


  • Not breathable

Audience verdict


Who should buy ASICS Gel Challenger 12

From entry to intermediate players, this shoe is up in the running of great tennis shoes for a feel and play with its extra padding and durability.

Who should not buy ASICS Gel Challenger 12

I think you should consider another tennis shoe if you are looking for: 

  • a breathable pair (the Challenger 13 is worth checking out)
  • a shoe that can double for clay courts (in this case, consider the New Balance 806)

ASICS Gel Challenger 12: overall thoughts

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 maintains an impressive feel that improves upon its predecessors and continues to deliver a serious challenger to the mid-tier shoe category. Its Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System provides amazing comfort and support. 

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 continues the Challenger’s reputation and provides amazing value. Whether you’re casually rallying or playing an intense game, this shoe has your back. Its improved comfort system and reinforced durability points bring the heat in a competitive field of tennis shoes.

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 comes ready to play

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 delivers where it matters most. The cushioning around the back of the foot will support you as you zig-zag around the court and the lightweight sole will keep you light on your feet. From the moment you put on a pair, this shoe will have you flying across the court.


Strapped in and ready to go

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 uses a standard tongue and lace system to keep from slipping off. Additional padding on the tongue gives a more snug fit. The shoe makes you feel secure as you run into position. 


Like stepping on a cloud

With its enhanced Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Technology Cushioning System providing support across the shoe, the ASICS Gel Challenger 12 is an absolute joy to wear. This pair will catch and support you as you dash and pivot around the court.


Laced up the Challenger 12 and ready to go

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 cushioning system not only provides amazing support, but it also cuts down on the break-in period significantly. After a couple of hours, you’ll forget you’re even wearing new shoes with how small the break-in period is.

Featherweight class, monstrous speed

Keeping itself light on its feet and you on yours, Trusstic System® technology makes the ASICS Gel Challenger 12 feel like a feather. Weighing in at only 12.5 ounces (size 9.5), this pair won’t be dragging you down as you dash into position. 


Reinforcements are here

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 continues to impress with its durability. AHAR® Plus Outsole compound was added to critical areas on the front and side of the shoe more prone to wear and tear. After a few hours of playing, the shoes showed only minor signs of wear. 


Its gaining traction

The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 will have you dashing into position with ease thanks to its updated outsole. Strategically placed pivot points placed on the outsole are added to get a more responsive feel as you zig-zag across the court. 


Time to take a breath

All the cushioning and durability added come with a cost. The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 leaves something to be desired in terms of ventilation. After a few hours of play, the shoe starts to get hot inside. 



The ASICS Gel Challenger 12 continues to impress with its enhanced cushioning system and durability. Longer playing sessions won’t feel painful on your feet. Adding in amazing traction from the outsole, you’ll be out on the court till you’re out of breath. Only falling behind in the breathability department, this shoe provides amazing value for its price point.