Asics alternative?

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28/12/2007 at 21:40

Can anyone advise me on the closest Asics relative to the Nike Pegasus?

My story is simple - I've always ran in Nike Pegasus - never had any issues.

Would have hoped to continue but I've just had a big moan because the feel/discomfort of the new Pegasus iPod Unit is flippin driving me nuts!

A running specialist running shop advised me a few years ago that I needed some support and sold me Asics 2120's - they were a blister and lower limb injury disaster from the word go!!!

However, I'm considering Kayano but I'm open to any suggestions (Asics or otherwise)?

Thanks in advance...

28/12/2007 at 22:07

Any reason why you want to try Asics again?

I used to run in Asics 2120 which gave me blisters under my arches so I tried the top of the range Kayanos to see if they were any better and would cure my blister problem on higher mileage runs.In my opinion they were nice but nothing to boast about over the 2120 and sadly still caused blisters.

I now run in Saucony Omni 5 which have been fine with no blisters.

Obviously it's each to their own but why try something that was such a disaster before!

Good luck!

28/12/2007 at 22:47

Triumph. I am an ex-pegasus wearer and these work for me. If you want a firmer ride try the Mizuno wave rider 9

28/12/2007 at 22:51
I used to run in Kayanos but now use Brook Adrenaline GTS, Mizuno Wave Inspire and Saucony Grid Omni and they're all much better than the Kayanos in terms of performance and value IMHO
28/12/2007 at 22:57

I would say that the closest Asics "relative" of the Air Pegasus is either the Gel Cumulus, with Gel Cumulus 9 being the current version, or the new Gel Stratus. The Gel Nimbus and Kinsei are other cushioning shoes, but higher up (more expensive) in the Asics range.

I'm not keen on the Air Pegasus either, last year's version wasn't brilliant, and I can well imagine that the iPod section in the midsole of the new version can cause discomfort.

I'm not quite sure how you could have had the 2120 suggested to you a few years ago, it only came out at the end of last year, but like you, it isn't a shoe I got on very well with!

The Kayano is more of a borderline stability/motion control shoe, and I would doubt it would be that beneficial to you if you have run in the Pegasus for many years without problem.

I would try and determine if you do need more support as the shop suggested, although your positive experiences with previous versions of the Pegasus suggest that you don't.

All things considered, I would try the Gel Cumulus. I preferred versions 6, 7 & 8 to the current version, but would still prefer version 9 to the Pegasus or the 2120.

29/12/2007 at 11:33

Sorry moonferret you are quite right it was a previous incarnation of he 2120 (I couldn't remember the number 2100's?)

I'm going to nip out today and try out the Cumulus and as many of these alternatives as I can find - thanks everyone for your advice!

29/12/2007 at 11:40
Welsh Alex wrote (see)

Triumph. I am an ex-pegasus wearer and these work for me. If you want a firmer ride try the Mizuno wave rider 9

I'm with Alex on the Saucony Triumphs.  What a lovely shoe!!!!  Always been an Asics girl and loved the Kayano, but need more stability but hate MC shoes.  After a few overuse injuries got orthotics which I wear in above mentioned Triumphs (purchased simply because Sauconys have a deeper heel cup and can accommodate the insert better without pushing me out of the shoe....  but can't reiterate enough what a lovely shoe!!  Well worth a try!!
29/12/2007 at 12:22
Mmmmm the dilemma - I'm looking online just now and have found a pair of Cumulus and a pair of Torana - I can get both delivered to the door for £65!!! Surely worth a punt!?
29/12/2007 at 14:17

Decisions decisions ! 

29/12/2007 at 14:55
theres an asic sale on at some good prices
29/12/2007 at 19:31

Thanks everyone - For info... I was in JJB Sports this afternoon and tried on a pair of Asics Cumulus and a pair of Asics Kayano.

I can report that I felt both shoes to be very comfortable (especially the Kayano which felt like a pair of comfy slippers). Having said that I am a bit nervous of the Kayano as it does have a little bit of support in it and I'm nervous of how that would be for me on a long run.

Anyway, the instore price for the Cumulus was £55 whereas if you order online they are £35 + £4.25 for P&P.

Naturally I have just order a pair online. At time of writing they have mens 8, 9 and 10   no such bargains available for the ladies though

I can't believe that I'll be referring to myself as an ex-pegasus wearer for the foreseeable future - never thought I'd see the day. Would be interesting to hear why other people have or are leaving the Pagasus fold?

30/12/2007 at 05:51

Good luck with them. That's an exceptionally good price, well worth the money.

Unfortunately, I'm a half-size in that model, otherwise I'd have had a pair (or two) too!

I'm just about to dispose of my Air Pegasus (2006 version), although they didn't see a huge number of miles before being consigned to "non-running" duties!

I found that the cushioning seemed to go "flat" very quickly, the outsole separated from the midsole on the inside of the shoes, and the inside of one of the shoes became worn at the back, just under the heel tab. However, the lack of flexibility (which I understand hasn't improved with the '07 version) was the main factor that put me off them.

31/12/2007 at 10:59

I've recently bought some shoes from "Do running" and found them very good»%20Asics%20running%20shoes

If you are a 10.5 they have a pair available here - generally though the prices are pretty good

I can confirm that service from JJB online is excellent - very speedy turn around (I have them on as I type


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