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  • Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 11.2oz
    Women: 9.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 13mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The mesh upper covers the foot comfortably, while also remaining breathable.
  • Synthetic overlays that are stitched onto the upper provide a snug and secure fit.
  • The insole is cushioned, so it adds a bit more underfoot comfort; it can easily be replaced, as well.
  • The mid-sole unit utilizes a full-length foam that’s comfortable and very responsive to the performance needs of the wearer.
  • Many runners welcomed the durable nature of the Asics Gel Evate 2, which allowed them to use it many times without worrying about wear and tear.
  • The overall quality of this shoe, from the coverage to the cushioning, has been lauded by many testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners thought that the Asics Gel Evate 2 was a bit wide around the heel and mid-foot, which made their feet wobbly inside it.
  • Some felt that it looked uncomfortably bulky for their tastes.

Bottom line

Responsive cushioning and comfortable coverage are important aspects of a running shoe. The 2nd version of the Gel Evate provides such conveniences to runners who aim to be at their best when performing. Underfoot support and gait efficiency mechanics add stability to those who have under-pronated foot motion.

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Updates to Asics Gel Evate 2

  • The Asics Gel Evate 2 features a set of technologies that work in tandem in order to bring great performance and efficacy to the runner. The high quality foam units provide responsible cushioning; add-ons to the mid-sole assist in achieving a better running gait; the upper cover system wraps around the foot with ease; and even the outsole does well in shielding the shoe from wear and tear. It’s an efficient running companion.
  • The mesh material that’s used in this shoe is one that has an open construction. It allows air to seamlessly enter the interior chamber in order to keep a well-ventilated environment for the foot. Synthetic overlays add a bit of aesthetic flair to the face of the shoe, but they’re also meant to help the fabrics in wrapping around the foot. Secure coverage is what this section offers.
  • The foam technologies that are at play are very efficient at their jobs. A full-length foam has a responsive nature that allows the runner to feel a springiness to each step. Energy is given to the toe-off phase, making the runner more enabled to run in a speedier way. Impact shock is provided attention because gel-like units in the forefoot and rear absorb the landing force, making each step more agreeable and less taxing to the wearer.
  • The outsole unit uses two different rubber technologies that do specific purposes for the runner. The heel area of the external sole unit uses abrasion resistant rubber to shield it from the harmful nature of the asphalt; the front section uses blown rubber to add a bit of cushioning to the forefoot, which is helpful when transitioning to the toe-off phase.

Asics Gel Evate 2 size and fit

The Asics Gel Evate 2 has a standard running shoe length. The sizes that are available for it follow the regular measurements for men and women. Its semi-curved shape allows the natural shape of the foot to acclimate well to it. The width is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet.


Outsole

AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is placed in the rear section of the external sole unit. It is responsible for shielding the mid-sole from impact forces, friction, and surface contact. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses.

DuraSponge® is blown rubber placed in the forefoot section of the Asics Gel Evate 2’s outsole. Aside from bringing durable protection against wear and tear, it adds a bit of cushioning, making the forefoot liftoffs more comfortable.


Midsole

The FluidRide® is a full-length foam unit that employs cushioning mechanics, as well as bounce-back properties, which help the runner get more out of their performance. It doesn’t have a heavy weight, so it won’t feel as if the mid-sole is dragging the runner down.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based unit that’s responsible for absorbing shock during the landing phase, making each step as comfortable as possible. It’s placed in both the heel and front sections of the mid-sole, making it very agreeable to the runner.

The Guidance Trusstic System® and the Guidance Line® are two mid-sole systems that assist the foot in achieving a more balanced and efficient gait when running. The mid-foot area is given support, thus reducing under-pronated foot motion.


Outsole

Durable mesh material is used in the upper as its main fabric. It has a breathable nature, so it accommodates air infiltration to make the interior cool and dry for the foot.
Synthetic overlays that are stitched onto the upper fabric secure the foot in a snug wrap. Connected to the lacing system, these overlays make the coverage as customizable as possible.

An external heel counter known as the Heel Clutching System™ locks the heel in place, thus preventing accidental shoe removals.

The ComforDry™ Sock Liner is a removable insert that adds a bit more cushioning immediately to the underfoot. It has anti-microbial and anti-moisture properties, which help in keeping the interior clean and dry.