Who should buy the Asics Gel Kinsei 5

The fifth version of the Asics Gel Kinsei features high-tech technologies to ensure superb performance and running experience. This responsive running shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You want a long-distance running shoe that is compatible with neutral pronation
  • You prefer a cushioned running shoe that is built for moderate to high arches

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Updates to the Asics Gel Kinsei 5

  • A seamless upper construction for a sock-like fit and less risk of hot spots and irritation
  • Responsive and flexible foam midsole that follow the natural movements of the foot
  • Abrasion-resistant rubber outsole that promotes surface control and protection from wear and tear

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High-quality traction from the AHAR outsole

Same as with the popular Asics Patriot 10,  the outsole unit of this running shoe makes use of a high quality rubber technology called the AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber, which is able to protect the mid-sole from abrasion and wear. Used liberally in areas of the outsole where damage is most likely to occur, this layer ensures the safety and security of the platform.

Asics Gel Kinsei 5 AHAR outsole

The Discrete Heel Unit is able to deliver high levels of shock attenuation and stability during each foot strike, ensuring the comfort of the runner.

A robust and responsive ride with the Gel Kinsei 6

The FluidRide is a midsole technology that improves the bounce-back mechanics of the platform. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, but it is durable, so it stays efficient even after many uses.

The Gel Cushioning System is a gel-like material that’s placed in both the heel and forefoot sections of the platform. They absorb shock during the landing phase, making sure that the runner won’t feel any discomfort during the act.

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The Propulsion Trusstic which is also found in the shoe's latest version, the Asics Gel Kinsei 6 is a system that acts as an extension of the actual connective tissues of the underfoot. It tenses when the foot prepares to toe-off, giving support and balance for the lift to be more efficient. It’s like how the foot actually does when lifting off the ground.

The ComforDry Sock Liner adds a bit of cushioning to the immediate underfoot. Its anti-moisture properties maintain appropriate dryness to the platform.

Seamless upper for comfort and breathability

A comfortable mesh material serves as the cover system of the Asics Gel Kinsei 5. A seamless design actually makes the upper feel like a sock when put against the skin. It is non-irritating and it doesn’t feel stiff or unwieldy.

Asics Gel Kinsei 5 open mesh

The open construction of the upper encourages airflow, which keeps the interior chamber cool and dry.

The Heel Clutching System is an exoskeletal add-on that holds the rear of the foot in place in order to prevent any slippage, wobbliness or accidental shoe removal.

Asics Gel Kinsei 5 heel clutch

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 320g / Women 266g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Asics Gel
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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