Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11
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Overview of this review
The Noosa Tris isn't the most attractive running shoe. They won't look great in a casual setting, but they make up more in running performance. Far from the triathlon shoe, they are pitched as they deliver so much more.
They are fast, breathable, lightweight and comfortable while providing the support needed for overpronators. As the title suggests these were the best shoes I've run in so far, and since retiring them (after 300 plus miles), I have yet to find another shoe that delivers the same amazing experience that they gave me.
I found this shoe on RunRepeat after being told I needed to wear a supportive shoe on the back of running a half marathon in barefoot running shoes. I was looking for something light, airy and able to cope with the number of miles I would need to cover training for then subsequently running a marathon.
These appeared on my first search, and after getting over the look, I ordered them and didn’t look back until covering enough miles that they needed to be retired.
The Noosa Tris were solely used as running shoes during the time I had them. I purchased them just before starting to train for my first marathon, and they proved to be incredible across the range of different training runs I imparted on. Whether it was short, fast-paced runs or longer slower runs they delivered exceptional comfort and support.
At speed, these shoes allowed for agility. The grip is excellent in most conditions and on the longer runs, their support and cushioning really helped to keep you moving and reduce impact. Their lightweight nature helped to ensure your legs kept going where heavier more cushioned shoes might leave you too tired to carry on.
Going from barefoot running shoes to these more supportive shoes, I was concerned that I would no longer be able to feel the road or change pace as I was used to. But to my surprise, the Noosa Tri still gave this feeling of connectedness with the road whilst giving the support I desperately needed over longer distances.
Even over the course of a marathon, these shoes felt light and cool while giving a soft bounce without taking away that vital feeling of the surface. The ventilation/drainage holes in the bottom really help to give this cool feel and ensure that even after throwing water over yourself, your feet can dry out efficiently.
The upper is light and breathable with a seamless design that allows you to go barefoot on those warmer runs or where there is a risk of water. Underfoot, they help you along with a great bounce while still being responsive to changes in direction and pace.
What I have really enjoyed about this shoe:
- Lightweight (over 250 grams) this shoe is light enough to keep up with a fast pace and reduce fatigue
- Airy - the shoe is built to remove moisture allowing for a fresh feel even over a long hot run
- Supportive - the arch support provided is enough to stop knee pain without overdoing it to the point of changing the way you run
- Cushioning - the sole of this shoe gives a great bounce push off without creating too much of a gap between the ground and your foot
What hasn’t been so enjoyable:
- In my opinion, they are not great looking; therefore, they are relegated to only running
- I genuinely don’t have anything else as running trainers I haven’t found any better
As the title suggests, the Noosa Tri 11 were the best shoes I’ve run it yet. They delivered everything they promised and more across long, short, fast or slow runs giving a light, airy experience with the support I craved after running in barefoot trainers for too long as an overpronator.
I would recommend these trainers to anyone needing a bit of support and looking for a shoe that can last them across marathon training and through the race itself.
Updates to Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11
- The upper unit has been altered in the Gel Noosa Tri 11. Now, this model features lesser seams, making sure that the wearer is free from irritation and discomfort even when wearing it without socks.
- A Bunion Window located in the medial side of the forefoot section guards the big toe from irritation and abrasion.
- Material overlays have been significantly reduced as this model makes use of a printed overlay system. It blends in with the upper fabric, maintaining the customizable fit while reducing the overall weight of the shoe.
- Rubber grip tabs are found on the tongue and heel areas. They assist the athlete when wearing or removing the shoe as the rubber can hold on well to the skin of the fingers. It’s a practical add-on that’s ultimately useful.
- A Propulsion Plate in the forefoot area enables the runner to push off more effectively during the toe-off phase. Forefoot strikers are the ones who will benefit from this feature.
Size and fit
The Gel Noosa Tri 11 has a standard running shoe length. Those with a medium-sized heel, mid-foot and forefoot areas can acclimate well to the dimensions of this model. The toe section of this version is slightly narrower than that of the Gel Noosa Tri 10. Its semi-curved shape traces the natural curvature of the human foot, so the runner won’t feel an uncomfortable tightness in the rear or mid-foot sections.
Just like the popular Asics Gel Kayano 25, the Gel Noosa Tri 11 uses the AHAR or Asics High Abrasion Rubber which is a high-quality carbon rubber material in the heel area that offers durable protection against wear and abrasion. It shields the shoe from scratches or the debilitating effects of use.
The DuraSponge outsole is a blown AHAR material that provides additional cushioning and some flexibility. It is essentially a unit that helps runners push forward more efficiently during the running cycle.
The WET GRIP design enables the outsole unit of the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11 to provide effective traction even on wet surfaces. The runner can run with confidence over dry and wet roads.
The Gel Cushioning System is made from gel that’s derived from silicone. It offers shock absorption when landing the foot on the ground, thus reducing discomfort and enabling better steps ahead.
The Solyte foam is a high quality, full-length mid-sole material that’s lightweight and responsive. It’s a, durable layer that delivers reliable cushioning for a variety of activities.
The Dynamic DuoMax system reduces the rate of over-pronation by leading the foot to a more balanced position. It essentially helps the wearer achieve a well-balanced transition from the heel to the toe during the gait cycle.
A Propulsion Plate made from a hardened unit was added to the forefoot area. Its job is to release stored energy during the activity and propel the runner forward for a more efficient and agreeable toe-off phase.
The Impact Guidance System and the Guidance Line give the foot a more balanced gait during running, essentially working with the rest of the stability system to keep the runner comfortable and balanced when running or when standing idly.
The Seamless Upper makes the runner comfortable while wearing it without socks. It gives a next-to-foot comfort that’s responsive and irritation-free. Less material overlays ensure that this type of construction continues to maintain a comfortable environment for the runner.
Breathability and lightweight support are handled by the Engineered Mesh in the upper and the Perforated Sock Liner, found on top of the mid-sole unit. Air is continually introduced to the inner section of the shoe, keeping the foot cool and dry.
The use of printed overlays significantly reduces the weight of the upper unit. Though Material Overlays are still found near the collar area, most of the upper is now secured with overlays that act as if they’re part of the mesh upper.
Elastic Laces does away with traditional loop lacing and allows runners to wear the Gel Noosa Tri 11 and adjust the laces with just a few pulls. There’s no need to tie the laces. The elastic material stays fastened, thus keeping the inconveniences of having untied laces at bay.