9 users: 4.7 / 5
1 experts: 82 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.7oz / Women 9.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8.1 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • An engineered mesh makes up the upper unit of the Pursue 2.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the seamless construction and the Heel Clutching System, which deliver a sock-like fit that’s secure and efficient.
  • The FluidRide mid-sole mixes springiness, responsible cushioning and durability in one layer, according to several expert reviews.
  • In the forefoot and heel area of the mid-sole is the Gel Cushioning System, which dissipates shock during landing and lets the foot fall into a safer underside platform.
  • Stability and balance are achieved with the Guidance Trusstic System and the Guidance Line in the mid-sole.
  • Durable rubber offers traction and protection from wear noted many runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The weight of the Gel Pursue 2 is moderately heavy.
  • There were testers who didn’t like the included insole as it made their feet feel uncomfortable.
  • A few noted that it was a bit stiff, limiting the natural movement of the foot.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Pursue 2 is a reliable neutral running shoe that offers protection, moderate stability and responsible cushioning for many types of activities. It is a great-looking model that any runner can enjoy, but a few users were disappointed because it is heavy and uncomfortable to wear. In summary, the Pursue 2 failed to impress the majority and still needs some improvement.

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  • The 2nd version of the Asics Gel Pursue gives the runner responsive cushioning through a more robust mid-sole material that’s springy and durable. The upper unit becomes much smoother and more comfortable with the use of a mesh that feels like a woven cloth. The seamless construction also maintains a sock-like fit that’s non-irritating to the skin.
  • The upper unit essentially delivers an all-encompassing fit that’s very comfortable and easy on the skin. An exoskeletal heel security system keeps the rear of the foot in place, while stitched overlays hug the mid-foot responsibly. The upper systems lock the foot down and prevents any slippage.
  • Reliable cushioning is afforded by the responsive and comfortable FluidRide® Midsole. It works with the Gel® Cushioning System in providing a durable platform that gives protection from impact shock. It’s even tuned to give the runner a more efficient stride.
  • The outsole unit of the Asics Gel Pursue 2 utilizes rubber technologies that give protection and traction over the surfaces. One compound even adds more cushioning, so that each toe-off becomes more comfortable and well-supported.

The 2nd version of the Gel Pursue is true to its size. Men and women can get the right size as it follows the standard measurements when it comes to length. The women’s Gel Pursue 2 is available in a medium-width version, while the men’s version also has a wide version. Depending on the measurements chosen for this shoe, it can accommodate a variety of foot-types. It’s semi-curved shape even follows the natural curvature of the foot.

Just like the popular Asics Gel Contend 4, this shoe uses the AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber which is a strong material that’s placed in certain sections of the external sole unit where wear and abrasion are most common. It efficiently protects the platform from the harmful effects of friction and being exposed to road debris. It’s also able to give reliable traction.

The DuraSponge® is a blown rubber compound that’s mainly placed in the forefoot section. It delivers more cushioning, so that each step and lift becomes well-supported and more comfortable. It’s also able to hold onto the surface well.

The FluidRide® is a mid-sole material that gives the runner a combination of cushioning and springiness. It is able to dissipate shock, thus keeping the foot safe from discomfort. It has a lightweight nature, yet it has high levels of durability.

The Gel® Cushioning System is placed in the heel and forefoot areas. It’s able to provide shock attenuation during heel landings and forefoot lifts, thus bringing an easier and more comfortable transition through the running cycle.

The Guidance Line® which is also used in the shoe's recent version, the Gel Pursue 5 is a flex groove that runs vertically across the length of the mid-sole. It assists the foot in getting a more efficient stride. It works with the Guidance Trusstic System, which gives structural stability to the mid-foot section.

The upper unit of the Asics Gel Pursue 2 uses an Engineered Mesh. It’s a material that’s soft and comfortable, and it doesn’t restrict the natural movement of the foot. It encourages air to enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry.

The seamless construction allows sock-less wearing. The inner sleeve doesn’t have seams or unnecessary stitched sections, so the inner wall remains smooth and non-irritating to the skin.

A Heel Clutching System™ keeps the heel in place by locking onto it and preventing it from slipping out. It allows the mid-sole unit to deliver well-balanced & consistent cushioning to the entire length of the runner’s foot.

Size and fit

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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