Our verdict


The ASICS Gel Pulse 12 is a durable road companion made with quality materials. It is a neutral running shoe that works best for athletes with normal gaits or those who supinate (when the bodyweight rolls onto the outer edge of the foot). This shoe is suitable for consumers seeking a blend of comfort and performance.


  • Supportive neutral shoe
  • Comfortable
  • Grippy traction
  • Secure lacing system
  • Snug fit
  • Reasonable price


  • A bit tight
  • Design lacks details

Who should buy the ASICS Gel Pulse 12

  • Ideal training partner for neutral road runners and heel strikers who are into long-distance running.
  • A great choice for those who live an active lifestyle and athletes with normal gaits for treadmills, jogging, and casual wear.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 logo

Updates to the ASICS Gel Pulse 12

  • Newest addition to the ASICS Gel Pulse family that provides a blend of style and function. 
  • Features a more breathable and softer mesh upper compared to its predecessors.
  • Softened fit around the heel and the top of the foot that improves fit and adds comfort. 

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 updates

50% more durable

The AHAR Plus outsole is integrated into the Gel Pulse 12. It is a highly durable rubber compound positioned strategically in critical areas of the outsole. It delivers excellent grip.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 outsole

This material is 50% more durable compared to the standard AHAR or ASICS High Abrasion Rubber.  This element protects the foot and the midsole foam from the damaging effects of surface contact.

Gel Pulse 12 provides responsive and flexible platform

The midsole unit of the ASICS Gel Pulse 12 utilizes the AmpliFoam technology, which maintains durability at softer densities.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 amplifoam

It also provides a responsive and flexible platform. It delivers smoother transitions and a more natural running experience.  The AmpliFoam midsole is coupled with a cushioning gel called the Rearfoot Gel technology.

Enhanced gait efficiency

This component attenuates the shock received during impact phases, and then delivers a smooth transition to midstance. The Guidance Line midsole technology also enhances gait efficiency.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 midsole

The vertical flex groove in the midsole enhances running performance by reducing the imbalance caused by the shift in the user’s center of pressure. 

An Ortholite sockliner provides another layer of cushioning. It has moisture management properties that help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Delivers stability and allows for continuous ventilation

The Ortholite sockliner is also incorporated in other popular running shoes such as the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v9 and Brooks Transcend 6.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 mesh

This Asics running shoe features an engineered mesh top that offers a soft in-shoe feel. The multi-directional mesh material also helps deliver stability and allows for continuous ventilation, keeping the foot dry and cool for an extended period.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 provides personalized fit

The traditional lace-up closure provides a personalized fit. The shoelaces ensure a secure and snug fit every time. Sturdy overlays add added durability and structural integrity to the upper.

ASICS Gel Pulse 12 lace-up closure

The padded tongue adds comfort and protection against lace bite, while the collar gives cushioning around the heel. The collar also keeps the heel in place and prevents wobbling while walking or running.