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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 12.5oz
Women: 10.4oz
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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 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A multidirectional stretch mesh provides a glove-like fit that’s comfortable and breathable.
  • Stitched-on and fused reinforcements make the upper more good-looking, but they also help the fabrics in giving a snug and secure fit.
  • Runners welcomed the Gel® Cushioning System, which absorbs impact shock.
  • High quality cushioning is given by the full-length Solyte® material, which is also lightweight and durable.
  • Added cushioning and breathability is given by the ComforDry™ Sock Liner.
  • The outsole is very capable of keeping the rest of the Asics Gel Sendai 2’s sole unit safe from wear and tear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The heel area was a bit too narrow for a few runners; they complained of skin irritation and tightness.
  • Some noted that it was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.

Bottom line

Comfort and security are part of what the 2nd version of the Asics Gel Sendai is capable of providing to runners. Its appealing design makes it eye-catching. But its efficacy on the roads makes this running shoe a great companion for neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 275 ratings

5 star
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Updates to Asics Gel Sendai 2

  • The runner’s level of performance is heightened, thanks to the Asics Gel Sendai 2. The second version of this fresh series utilizes technologies that ensure the security and comfort of the foot. The components work together in order to keep the runner performing efficiently. They do not break down easily, so they stay competent, even after many uses.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that is able to stretch in order to accommodate the natural shape of the wearer’s foot. It’s a comfortable cover system that won’t feel tight or restrictive. A mix of stitched-on and fused overlays help in securing the foot and keeping it in place.
  • The mid-sole unit has the Solyte®, a lightweight foam material that runs the entire length of the running shoe. It gives enhanced cushioning that’s more than what standard foam units are capable of providing. The heel and forefoot sections benefit from the inclusion of the Gel® Cushioning System, a gel-like unit that’s responsible for shock absorption.
  • The outsole unit uses two different rubber technologies that work in tandem in order to protect the mid-sole from wear and tear. Surface traction is also part of this layer’s purpose, and it delivers it responsibly.

Asics Gel Sendai 2 size and fit

Standard measurements for length are used in this shoe. Men and women are going to be able to get the right fit for them when they purchase it. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Runners are also able to acclimate well to this shoe because it has a semi-curved shape, which follows the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a durable material that’s responsible for protecting the Asics Gel Sendai 2 from wear and tear. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it works well for a long time. It’s placed in critical areas of the external sole unit to keep them from succumbing to damage.

DuraSponge® is another technology used in this shoe. Made from a blown rubber compound, it adds a bit of cushioning to the toe-off. It’s flexible, too, so it won’t feel stiff when the foot flexes.

Flex grooves allow the foot to move more naturally through the gait cycle. It is most helpful when it comes to the toe-off phase, which is where the forefoot flexes the most.


Midsole

The Solyte® Midsole Material is a lightweight foam unit that runs the entire length of the Asics Gel Sendai 2. It is more efficient in giving cushioning and support than standard foam systems. It’s durable, as well.

The forefoot and rear sections of the mid-sole features the Gel® Cushioning System, a gel-like add-ons that’s responsible for shock absorption and additional cushioning. It keeps the runner feeling comfortable during each foot strike and toe-off.

The Propulsion Trusstic® technology is a sort of connective tissue in the mid-sole that serves as the extension of the actual connective tissues of the foot. It tenses as the foot rears itself towards the toe-off, and then enables the toes to propel forward more efficiently.


Upper

The FluidFit® is a technology that utilizes multidirectional stretch mesh, which accommodates many foot types. It mimics a glove-like fit. It’s comfortable, secure, and breathable, too.

A mix of stitched-on and fused overlays assist the FluitFit® when it comes to hugging the foot in a snug manner. Connected to the shoelaces, these overlays tighten and loosen and loosen accordingly.

The Heel Clutching System™ is a heel counter outside the shoe that’s meant to keep the rear of the foot in place. It’s a helpful add-on, which prevents wobbliness to the interior, as well as accidental shoe removals.