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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Asics offers the Noosa Fast 2, which can function well on high intensity activities, even the triathlon.
  • A lace pocket to keep the laces from getting entangled or unraveled.
  • The Asics Noosa Fast 2 is very flexible.
  • A snug fit lets runners feel a next-to-foot comfort and security.
  • It has drainage ports to remove water efficiently.
  • It has a lightweight nature.
  • Many of the testers noted that this shoe offered sufficient cushioning for middle distance.

3 reasons not to buy

  • All color combinations were too showy and unappealing for some runners.
  • A few reviewers noted that the outsole wore out a bit faster than some shoes with the AHAR technology.
  • Others felt that the mid-sole needed a bit more cushioning to deliver cushioning that’s appreciable

Bottom line

Another superb lightweight racing shoe comes to the fold in the Asics Gel Noosa Fast 2. It does not offer substantial arch support, but it’s stable and supportive enough to the right runner. It is one of the best options that runners and tri-athletes can opt for when performance and speed are badly-needed.


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Updates to Asics Gel Noosa Fast 2

  • An extremely light and minimal shoe gets a very slight makeover in the 2nd version of the Noosa Fast. It features a new seamless upper that is sure to significantly reduce risks of irritation and hot spots. Asics also made the upper more adaptable to the runner’s foot to really mimic barefoot running.
  • Athletes and runners who are always on the go will find the new lace garage a very handy new feature in this model. They can easily stow away the lace for security upon tying it.
  • Asics slightly improved the outsole as well. There is a deeper Guidance Line or cut from the heel to the forefoot. The shoe’s flexibility and transition get an upgrade through this update.

Asics Gel Noosa Fast 2 size and fit

The Asics Gel Noosa Fast 2 has the fit and feel of the original version. It has a standard fit that cradles the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. The toe box offers just enough space for the toes to splay. Most runners usually find this type of fit to their liking. Available sizes are 5-19 for the men’s and 4-15 for the women’s.


Outsole

A web-like configuration of the rubber treads that is covered with AHAR rubber gives the outsole sufficient grip and excellent durability. Asics sprinkled the underfoot with blown rubber compound for enhanced traction.


Midsole

Like most of the premium shoes built for speed by Asics, the midsole presents the top-of-the line Solyte. Asics claims that the foam is lighter than regular EVA and its own SpEVA. It is usually used in high-performance shoe as this is an incredibly light, durable, and responsive midsole. As this is slightly firmer than most of the midsole foams in Asics’ lineup, it gives runners a very nice base during take offs. The iconic Gel cushioning system is a silicon-based material located in the heel for shock attenuation. Asics made the midsole with vents for enhanced breathability. There are several perforations in the midsole that act as the shoe’s drainage system.


Upper

The new seamless upper offers excellent breathability and flexibility to adapt to the runner’s foot shape. Synthetic overlays add adequate structure and support. Asics uses a removal, perforated, and shock-absorbing insole. A traditional lace up closure enhances fit and comfort. Triathletes have the option of using elastic laces for super quick transitions.