Who should buy the Gel Kinsei Blast

The Kinsei Blast from Asics is perfect for road runners who are looking for a reliable cruiser. And with its properties, it can also be an option for: 

  • casual runners looking for a daily trainer that can transition into a lifestyle shoe
  • anyone who wants "comfort over PRs" 
  • those who want a Hoka-like cushion but in a more stable and stylish package

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Asics Gel Kinsei Blast: Lush comfort

Upon step-in, reviewers' feet are welcomed with a "luxurious" sensation. The Flyte Foam Blast and upper provide "plush" comfort, the shoe doesn't even need break-in. 

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Stable as a true Asics 

Runners claim that it's reminiscent of the Asics Kayano 28 but "more muted." According to them, for a neutral shoe, the Kinsei Blast has "extensive" stability features. Thanks to its Pebax plate, testers don't feel "tippy" despite it being a maxed-out trainer with a slim profile.

Stretchy yet supportive upper

It's very flexible and can accommodate any foot type. It's also snug and structured, especially in the heel and toe box, there are no reports of slips. Even better, the reinforced areas step up the shoe's durability. 

Asics Gel Kinsei Blast upper

Smooth ride

Apart from amping up stability, the plate's geometry also makes roll-throughs very easy. So much so that it negates the rather hefty weight of the shoe.

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Experts agree that it rides as smoothly as the Asics Novablast 2 but a touch firmer. 

Non-slip tongue

Although not gusseted, the tongue has perfect grip and thickness for it to stay in place while adding more lockdown.

Asics Gel Kinsei Blast tongue

The Asics Gel Kinsei Blast is heavy

At 11.9 oz (US M 9), the Asics Kinsei Blast is just way too heavy. Critics don't recommend it at all for tempo speeds and long runs as the weight makes the ride "less cohesive."

Extremely warm upper

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The padding makes it "hot as hell." Most say that even at night, it feels like the shoe is "cooking" the feet. It almost feels like a "stovetop bath." Worse, it's a sponge for sweat, making it much heavier.

Samurai-like build: Kinsei Blast vs. the OG Kinsei

The first version of the Asics Kinsei wanted to give runners maximum protection on the road while having unrestrained movements. It took after the samurai armor by having plenty of padding from top to bottom.

Asics Gel Kinsei Blast heel

The Kinsei Blast pays homage to its parent model by having the same well-cushioned design. Its heel angle even replicates that of the samurai's katana sword. Only this time around, it has a modern twist with its Pebax plate and Flyte Foam Blast midsole. 

Nice to know: It's not heavy without reason

Loaded is not even enough to describe the Asics Gel Kinsei Blast. Even experts say that it's almost like Asics threw in all the up-to-date tech they had to create this shoe. And for 11.9 oz (US M 9), here are some of the features you'll enjoy: 

  • For a smooth and stable ride, there's a Pebax propulsion plate that's a touch stiff. It prevents excess movements, while its geometry allows seamless transitions from heel to toe. 
  • To keep impact at bay, it's made with Asics' trusty Gel technology.
  • If you're wondering why it has a high stack, it's because of its two-part midsole: 
    • The Flyte Foam Blast highlights responsiveness and rebounds for a lively ride. 
    • On the one hand, there's the Flyte Foam+ for superior comfort. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.9oz / Women 9.9oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 29mm
Collection: Asics Flyte Foam, Asics Gel

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.