Our verdict


Comfort, stability, and durability are some of the factors that make the ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay a winner for recreational court players. This dynamic model may not be the most advanced clay shoe by ASICS, but it’s brimming with positive attributes for excellent playability at a price that’s not heavy on the pocket.


  • Excellent stability
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Affordable


  • Tight in the toe box

Who should buy the ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay

ASICS dropped the Gel Challenger 12 Clay, a step down to the high-performance Gel Resolutions that are rich in performance benefits at a low price point. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a footgear that comes with a lightweight build while allowing recreational players to stay in power on the challenging clay court surface.
  • Need a shoe that provides high-level stability and is reinforced with a Trusstic shank system that prevents unnecessary foot twisting.
  • Prefer a shoe that has a wealth of cushioning properties that help players achieve their desired explosive play while staying protected from impact.

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay Logo

AHAR rubber unit

Offering more life to the shoe is the AHAR (ASICS High Abrasion Rubber) rubber unit. This hard-wearing rubber compound is placed in areas prone to wear and tear. 

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay AHAR rubber unit

ASICS Trusstic System

Apart from the Gel tech, another notable feature of this shoe is the Trusstic System, which works as the primary source of support. It mainly serves as a bridge from the midfoot to the heel that inhibits the foot from rotating awkwardly. Aside from offering rear-side stability, this tech element also allows forefoot flexibility. With such dual function, this shoe gives the wearer the freedom to be in control of their footwork even on a challenging clay surface. 

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay AHAR rubber

Comfortable cushioning

The central shock-absorbing unit of the Gel Challenger series lies in the proprietary Gel technology. It comes in gel pads which are planted below the ball of the foot and the heel sections of the midsole. It’s the same remarkable tech which is found in the more advanced Gel Resolutions which reduces shock during foot strikes and toe-offs. 

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay  Comfortable cushioning

Providing enhanced cushioning coupled with high-wearing properties, the shoe is produced using Solyte. This midsole compound is lighter than the standard ASICS EVA and SpEVA. Adding a gentle cushioning effect is the Ortholite sockliner. It can be detached from the shoe which welcomes medical orthotic inserts. A trademark of the ATP Manufacturing LLC, this piece of material helps wick out moisture that gives a more comfortable in-shoe feel. 

Breathable and flexible upper

Just like the previous iteration, the 12th ASICS Gel Challenger profile is structured using the Flexion Fit engineering. This technology makes the upper look sleek and streamlined. Its shell consists of mesh and synthetic overlays that promote breathability, flexibility, and comfort

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay Breathable and flexible upper

Heel protection of the Gel Challenger 12

The updated collar introduces the PHF (Personal Heel Fit) system that works as an added protection at the back of the foot, thereby lessening the chances of Achilles pain and other heel discomforts. The PHF consists of a dual-layer memory foam attached to the rear collar. It molds to the athlete’s heel forming a personalized fit. 

ASICS Gel Challenger 12 Clay Heel protection

The Anti-Gravel tongue promotes a closer fit and prevents dirt and stones from immediately entering the shoe which can undesirably affect one’s clay court performances.