DiscontinuedUpdate: Asics Gel Sonoma 4
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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 9.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 33mmWomen: 33mm
Forefoot heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
WidthMen: Normal, X-WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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- The 2nd version of the Gel Sonoma from Asics features a more robust construction that uses high-quality materials. The modern look of this running shoe employs greater reflectivity and a mildly shiny sheen that’s visually appealing. The color schemes that are used to complement the hardy disposition of this running shoe, and it efficiently brings a striking look.
- The upper unit makes use of mesh and synthetic materials that are tuned to the trail running purpose of the Asics Gel Sonoma 2. It’s breathable, comfortable and secure, though it is more closely knit to prevent debris from entering the fabric.
- The mid-sole unit utilizes the proprietary technologies that make Asics shoe platforms responsive and efficient. The high-quality foam has bounce-back qualities as well as sure durability for an unparalleled running experience that doesn’t easily break down or lose structural integrity.
- The outsole unit of this running shoe has a trail-specific design. It uses gripping lugs on its surface to deliver traction over many types of terrain. It’s sturdy and hardy, so it doesn’t peel off easily, even when exposed to harsh and unpredictable surface conditions.
The Asics Gel Sonoma 2 has a standard running shoe length. It adheres to the regular measurements to which most runners are acclimated. Its semi-curved design allows it to accommodate the natural shape of the foot. It has a medium width when in its heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections, so runners with medium-sized feet can fit well when wearing it.
The outsole unit of this running shoe makes use of the AHAR or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber material. It’s a highly durable material that delivers protection against wear and abrasion. It doesn’t let debris or friction to cause damage to the sole unit as it acts as the primary defense.
The outsole also has a trail-specific construction. It has aggressive lugs that face multiple directions. They provide grip over a multitude of surfaces. Even uphill or downward traversals are well-supported by an outsole that gives responsible traction.
The SpEVA is a full-length mid-sole unit that gives the runner a plush and comfortable underfoot platform. It is flexible and soft, and it has some bounce-back characteristics that make each step springier and more responsive. It also decreases mid-sole breakdown because of its durable nature.
The Gel Cushioning System is used in the heel section of this running shoe. It is able to attenuate shock when landing the foot on the ground, so it makes each heel strike more comfortable and easier to do. The added heel cushioning in the heel also allows the runner to transition more quickly to the mid-stance.
A mid-foot Trusstic is a molded compound that’s placed right under the mid-foot section. It gives the mid-sole a more contoured shape in order to provide support to the arches. This particular shoe technology is also present in the Gel DS Trainer 24, which is one of Asics' most popular running shoes.
Mesh material covers most of the upper unit. It’s breathable, comfortable and flexible. It’s been knit more closely to prevent dust and debris from entering the interior environment, though the foot remains well-ventilated.
The Synthetic Overlays have been stitched onto the upper unit. They provide security for the foot while also maintaining the structural integrity of the upper fabrics. They work with the lacing system in making the fit more attuned to the preferences of the wearer.
The pull-tab at the heel area makes sure that wearing and removing the Asics Gel Sonoma 2 is easier. The runner would just put a finger on the tab and manage the entry and exit of the foot.
A padded tongue and collar help in keeping the foot in place. A soft inner lining keeps the foot protected from irritation or pressure points that might cause blistering.