12 users: 4.3 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.1oz / Women 6.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 9mm
Arch support: Neutral

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  • From within, an internal molded heel counter was added to secure the fit of this Asics running shoe, as well as stabilize the heel. Although the stabilization is minimal, it still does its job in delivering a feeling of snugness as the runner is in motion.
  • On the rear of the Asics Gel Torrance MX is a gel cushioning system. Its main purpose is to attenuate the impact garnered by the foot upon landing. Aside from this, it improves the cushioning on the heel area, and it encourages a smoother transition throughout the running cycle.

The Asics Gel Torrance MX comes in standard running shoe sizes. Runners who wish to procure a pair can make use of their usual running shoe measurements. The same goes for this shoe’s width. It is available in medium measurements – B – medium and D – medium for women and men respectively.

The outsole is made up of solid rubber. It delivers enough traction on common surfaces like asphalt, wood, and tiles. It possesses the right amount of durability to prevent early signs of wear and tear. Ideally, this kind of rubber outsole is fit for everyday use.

Just like the popular Asics Gel Contend 4, on this shoe's midsole is the EVA foam. EVA stands for Ethyl Vinyl Acetate. It’s a popular material used on running shoe midsoles because it supplies the right amount of cushioning underfoot, as well as sufficient rebound and shock attenuation for daily running needs.

Another component on the midsole that provides cushioning is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System. Aside from cushioning, it also allows the runner to have smoother transitions throughout the running cycle. Also, it attenuates the shock brought about by the impact as the foot lands.

The upper is made up of mesh which affords the shoe with enough ventilation to prevent hot spots from forming while running in hot weather. Because mesh has elastic properties, the material also adapts to various foot shapes, permitting a fit which feels snug and customized.

The mesh on the upper lacks a bit of structure. To remedy this, synthetic leather was added to this part of the shoe. It is concentrated on the midfoot and the heel, acting like a cage that supports the parts of the foot it covers. The forefoot area doesn’t have any overlay on it to promote the toes to splay naturally. The component doesn’t totally stabilize the foot, but it minimally helps in delivering more structure to the upper.

The trademark Asics logo can be found on the cage-like synthetic leather feature. It is on both sides of the component for both branding and aesthetic purposes.

So the heel has more support, a molded internal heel counter was added. Just like the synthetic leather cage, it minimally locks the heel into place. Furthermore, it improves the fit of the shoe from within by providing a secure feel on the heel.

To make putting the shoe in easier, a loophole was added on the back area. Slipping on the shoe is made easier. By pulling on the loop, runners can insert their foot into the shoe with less effort.

The lacing on the Asics Gel Torrance MX is standard. Runners can easily secure the fit of the shoe by tightening the laces, preventing the shoe from accidentally slipping off while the runner is in motion. The system is integrated with the synthetic cage to focus the fit on the midfoot.

Near the top of the tongue is a guidance loop that runners can use to secure the shoelaces in place. On top of this, two extra eyelets were added to the collar area near the tongue to permit runners to do a racer’s loop or lace lock, which prevents blisters on the heel by ensuring that the fit is secure throughout the shoe.

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Same sizing as Asics Gel Torrance 2.

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This shoe: $70
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This shoe: 9.1oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
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