10 Best Asics Running Shoes (Buyer's Guide)

Author: Jens Jakob Andersen. Updated: .

Asics is a popular name in the running industry known for its durable, comfortable, and high-performing road and trail running shoes. This buying guide will help you find the right Asics running shoes for you.

How we review our Asics running shoes

RunRepeat aims to help runners find the right pair of Asics running shoes through our extensive review database. We review each shoe based on thousands of user and expert reviews online. Here's an overview of how we review our Asics running shoes:

  • We gathered more than 200 Asics running shoes in one list
  • We spent 7 hours doing research for each shoe and reading reviews around the internet
  • We read and analyzed more than 700 expert reviews and 200,000 user reviews

Based on the user and expert reviews, we give each shoe a CoreScore, which is a rating of 0 to 100. The score reflects how liked the shoe is.

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4 factors to consider when buying the best Asics running shoes

1. Terrain

Asics road and trail running shoes are designed differently. They deliver different levels of durability, traction, and foot protection depending on the running surface. Trail running shoes can provide safety and performance that road shoes cannot. Here’s the comparison:

 

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2. Arch type and Pronation

Your arch type and foot mechanism will help you determine the right shoe for you. If you are unsure about your arch type, here’s a quick guide for you:

The foot arch wet test

  • Wet the feet, one at a time
  • Stand onto a piece of paper or cardboard (make sure to put your weight on it)
  • Step off and compare the footprint to the ones shown below

 

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Asics classified their running shoes according to users’ pronation - neutral, overpronate, underpronate. Based on your pronation, here’s the recommended shoe type for you:

 

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3. Distance

Consider the average distance you run in a week and if you are participating in a race or just doing it for leisure. These things are important to determine if you need a light and fast shoe or a cushioned pair. 

Depending on your goals, here are the things you need to consider when buying a pair of Asics running shoe:

5K/10K Race 

Half Marathon

Marathon

Daily Training/ Easy Jogs

- lightweight 

- snug fit

- beginner: look for extra cushioning

- cushioned 

- durable solid rubber outsole

- forefoot striker: look for added forefoot support

- heel striker: look for extra heel padding

- breathable

- durable solid rubber outsole

- trail: look for a grippy outsole and extra foot protection

- cushioned 

- snug in the heel and midfoot

- roomy toe-box

- durable rubber outsole

See: list of Asics lightweight running shoes

See: list of Asics long-distance running shoes

See: list of Asics marathon running shoes

See: list of Asics daily running shoes

4. Cushioning Level

Asics classified its running shoes based on the level of cushioning - regular, extra, and maximum. Here’s how the cushioning level differs:

Regular

Extra

Maximum

  • Characterized as traditional running shoes
  • Cushioning is not too thick nor too thin
  • Average impact protection and flexibility
  • Most often features an 8-12mm drop
  • Added cushioning for comfort and impact protection
  • Ideal for short and long-distance daily running
  • Thickly cushioned for maximum impact protection and plush feel
  • Helpful in reducing fatigue on high-mileage runs
  • Heel height above 30mm; forefoot height above 25mm

See: list of Asics daily running shoes

See: list of Asics cushioned running shoes

See: list of Asics maximalist running shoes

 

Asics running shoe technologies

Here are some proprietary running shoe technologies from Asics:

 

Technology

Description

Outsole

AHAR/AHARPLUS

The Asics High Abrasion Rubber is a durable outsole material with abrasion resistance feature. It also delivers the necessary grip.

Wet Grip Rubber

A durable outsole material that delivers excellent grip on wet and slippery surfaces.

FluidAxis

These are irregular-shaped grooves added in the heel area of the sole that encourages stable and natural foot movement.

Guidance Line

It is a vertical groove that runs through the outsole, from heel to toe. It is meant to deliver gait efficiency from heel strike to toe-off.

Midsole

Gel Technology

A soft midsole material that provides shock absorption and protection. It is placed in the rearfoot, forefoot, and sometimes in both areas. 

FlyteFoam

Made from organic super fibers, this cushioning technology delivers responsiveness and bounce without adding too much weight.

FluidRide

A two-layer foam that is designed to deliver rebound and shock absorption while keeping the shoe light.

DuoMax

Set at a 35-degree angle, this dual-density foam is added in the midsole to give added support and reduce the stress on the foot due to overpronation. 

Trusstic

It is placed in the midsole to prevent the shoe from twisting, delivering a more stable and comfortable foot movement.

Upper 

Asymmetrical lacing

An asymmetric arrangement of eyelets designed improve the fit of the upper. 

Discrete Eyelet 

The eyelets are arranged separately to efficiently transmits lacing tension evenly across the foot and deliver a more comfortable, natural fit. 

Kayano, Cumulus, Nimbus: Legendary Asics running shoes

The Kayano, Cumulus, and Nimbus are the three flagship running shoes from Asics. The Asics Kayano is the brand's all-time favorite stability shoes while the other two models are considered the best for the neutral shoe category. The Asics Nimbus is the premium counterpart of the Cumulus series. 

 

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All three models have been on the market for more than two decades and Asics continues to release new versions each year. 

Gel Cushioning: Asics best-known innovation

The Gel Cushioning is the brand's best-known midsole technology that has been used in most Asics running shoes since 1986. The soft Gel material is inserted into the midsole to give users shock-absorbing cushioning for a comfortable, smoother ride. 

 

Also used in some Asics sneakers, the performance and function of the Gel Cushioning are often compared to Nike's Air Zoom technology

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Author
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.

jens@runrepeat.com