77 users: 4.3 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.1oz / Women 8.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8.1 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The comfort provided by the Pursuit 2 comes mainly because of its amazing fit.
  • The versatility offered by the Gel Pursuit 2 is appreciated by most runners.
  • A few testers believed that it’s a great option for entry-level runners.
  • It has an affordable price.
  • Traction is superb on the road, noted a handful of users.
  • It has sufficient cushioning, yet it still promotes natural running movement.
  • A good transition shoe for those looking for a more minimalist experience.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The grip needs improvement when conditions get wet, according to a handful of runners.
  • Some wearers noted that the forefoot area and the toe box are narrow.

Bottom line

Mixing traditional features with a bit of minimalist flair is the concept behind the Asics Gel Pursuit 2. Asics has hit the ball out of the park as the shoe delivers good arch support, sufficient cushioning and unbelievable comfort without having to spend more than necessary.

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  • Asics presents the 2nd version of the Pursuit with very little changes. The changes are mostly made to make the upper more flexible and adaptable to the runner’s foot shape. One clear change in this neutral running shoe is the removal of the leather-like overlay in the forefoot. This is replaced by a TPU overlay for lighter and more durable support.
  • The heel is no longer as structured as before. It now features a synthetic overlay that still effectively prevents heel slippage. The heel is more comfortable as well because of this update.

Asics uses standard fit and sizing in the Pursuit 2 just like the original model. Runners with medium measurements will love the average fit of the heel and forefoot plus a snug hold in the midfoot. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.

Carbon rubber is found in the heel for better protection against wear and tear while blown rubber is located in the forefoot for enhanced traction on the road. This is a full contact outsole that gives the runner sufficient grip on a multitude of surfaces.

The midsole is the standard of most entry-level shoes in Asics’ fold. Just like the popular Asics Gel Contend 4, tt has the Gel Cushioning System in the heel for shock attenuation. A standard EVA occupies the whole length of the shoe for cushioning. The Asics’ proprietary Trusstic technology or the midfoot shank offers torsional stability without adding weight.

Runners will experience sufficient airflow as Asics uses standard mesh all throughout the shoe. There are also TPU overlays that add structure and support. The interior comfort comes from adequately padded heel and tongue together with the near seamless interior. Adding step-in comfort and support is a removable sockliner, which can be replaced with custom orthotics for a more personalized fit and support.

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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.