Facts

Base model: Asics Gel Kenun
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 11.2oz | Women: 11.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 13mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue
Special editions: 3 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • 83 / 100 | RunSociety | | Level 1 expert

    I land like a pro on the rear foot gel cushion of a shoe that I see as the wave of the future...

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  • Originating from the base model, Asics Gel Kenun comes the Asics Gel Kenun Shinkai is a limited edition running shoe that’s created for the neutral pronator. The term Kenun is Japanese for Cirrus, a type of cloud; Asics has a proclivity for naming their shoes after clouds. The term Shinkai translates to ‘deep sea.’ It features a unique upper design and color scheme, taking inspiration from the Megalodon, an ancient shark that was believed to be gigantic.
  • The underfoot cushioning system of this product makes use of the technologies that help in heightening the performance of the foot. A lightweight foam carries the foot throughout the gait cycle. Engulfing the heel part is a GEL unit which attenuates impact shock generated by the foot-strike. Rubber protects the forefoot area and provides traction.

The Asics Gel Kenun Shinkai is sold as a unisex shoe, but it uses men’s measurements as the blueprint. The available width is D – Medium. It has a semi-curved shape, which means that it follows the natural curve of the human foot.

Durable rubber is placed in the forefoot section of the outsole. It shields the foam midsole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also ensures surface traction, which is a vital trait of many performance shoes.

A Pad GEL unit covers the heel portion of the sole unit. It is fundamentally a sheath that blankets the base and sides of the foam platform. The purpose of this material is to provide cushioning and shock-attenuation, potentially easing the striking phrase of the gait cycle.

Similar to the popular Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the shoe uses the Solyte® cushioning unit that’s touted to be lighter than standard EVA and SpEVA. It’s also made to last long, so runners won’t have to worry about early midsole breakdowns or sagging.

The Guidance Line® is a single vertical flex groove that leads the foot towards a smoother and more agreeable step.

The Impact Guidance System is a design philosophy that ensures all midsole components are utilized throughout the running session. It potentially unlocks the potential of the foot to achieve confident strides.

The ComforDry X-40 Sockliner adds a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. Additionally, it is springy, and it has an anti-moisture capability to keep sweat from accumulating in the foot-chamber.

The upper unit of the Asics Gel Kenun Shinkai makes use of a single-layer engineered mesh. It softly covers the foot while accommodating air to maintain a cool and dry environment.

Seamless materials make the coverage less prone to irritating the foot. They evoke a sock-like fit that’s smooth and agreeable.

Thin overlays are printed onto the fabrics. They bolster the façade while helping in the delivery of a snug and secure fit.

A pull tab is added to the heel part of the collar. It allows the wearer to put on or remove this shoe with ease.

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