Asics Gel Kinsei Winners!

Six Runnersworld.co.uk members win a pair of Asics's new flagship model for their helpful reviews...


Posted: 1 June 2006

Congratulations to the following Runnersworld.co.uk members, whose helpful reviews of their current stability shoes have won them a pair of Asics's all-new flagship shoe – the Gel Kinsei – to review on this site.

  • Knackered, who compares Brooks's flagship Trance 5 (favourably) against Asics's previous flagship, the Gel Kayano, and throws in reviews of the Reebok Premier range for good measure.
  • Richard Davis, 14st 8lbs and after 400 miles still delighted with his New Balance 1050s (Richard also wrote some super reviews of his Polar F11 heart rate monitor and Garmin 205).
  • AlfaMale, also writing about the New Balance 1050, mainly in comparison with his Asics 2100s.
  • Giving a female perspective, Thalita Vergilio writes warmly of the modestly priced Asics Gel Modena, and Mary Jacob explains why she feels the Asics Gel Kayano XII has been 'probably the biggest positive impact on my running to date'.
  • And last but not least, Alasdair Matthews, who enthuses about and mourns the loss of the Puma Extoll II, wishing he'd bought multiple pairs before they were discontinued.

They'll submit their first impressions of the Gel Kinsei later in the month – we'll let you know. Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who added a stability-shoe review – there are now over 500 reader reviews across over 35 stability models, in addition to RW's own test reports. It's fast becoming an essential resource for anyone buying a shoe.

More about the Gel Kinsei: Asics built the Gel Kinsei for all but the more severe overpronation needs. Its main innovation is its huge rearfoot Gel unit. The rearfoot and outside pods of GEL provide impact protection while the firmer, medial pod helps stability. They're attached to a plastic cradle that extends into the forefoot and helps guide the foot through the gait cycle. It retails at £130. You can find out more at www.gel-kinsei.com, or on our review pages – where some initial reviewers are proving hard to shift from their existing Asics...


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Are Gel Evolutions for pronators, "stability" shoes?? Living here in France, they tend to get sold under descriptions that are different to those I see in RW. Certainly pronating, I need stability otherwise I'm liable to veer off the road and roll down the hill... I'd be grateful for advice... I didn't know I was a pronator until I discovered... (guess...)
HH
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 08:23

I thought they were motion control, in which case they might have too much support for most
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 08:25

So I'm unlikely to win a new pair of Asics then?
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 08:27

They are motion control shoes but with great stability!! I have overpronation issues and the Evolution-IIs are the best shoe I have ever worn -- they even bested my Kayanos and Foundation VIs. You might want to give them a try.
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 08:51

You may get more replies if you put this on GEAR.
JJ
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 08:56

They are the shock absober shoe i have ever worn and their stability are great.Recently after training with it i won a race easly and im optimistic ill imrove my PB.
In sports we say trains with champions and youll become a champion But i can say also train with what champions trains with and youll become a champion..ASICS GEL KINSEI KEEP GOING!!
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 10:19

many thanks for those replies... they have been a help... especially Johny J's
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 19:04

As I'm the sixth contributor, it looks like the shoes will be winging my way. Having said that, I've been to 2 well known sports shops, one of which tells me I am a neutral runner and the other that I over pronate. I run mainly in neutral shoes, although the arches of my feet do ache from time to time. Therefore, it would be interesting to try a pair of shoes for pronators without having to spend £130, if your going to try them, it might as well be the best. When are Asics going to bring out a good cushioned shoe, that can cope with rough wet trail and fell conditions (deep lugs) and not just a tarted up road shoe?
Posted: 19/05/2006 at 23:10

To add to my review on my Nike Kantara, I have tried many shoes, but the best so far is Adidas supernova motion control, light and comfortable but the forefoot wore after about 200 training miles, (my first race was Mars London london marathon 1986)but I would like the chance to give the new Asics gel Kinsei a run.!
Posted: 20/05/2006 at 15:28

its new we give a try.but before that its too expensive.
Posted: 20/05/2006 at 23:05

I REMEMBER THE OLD SAYING.."IT'S NOT THE FEET THAT ARE IN YOUR SHOES, IT'S THE SHOES THAT ARE ON YOUR FEET." (SHAKESPEARE) I THINK.??
Posted: 24/05/2006 at 19:27

doesn't that follow the verse... its not the cough that carried me off, but the coffin they carried me off in...

Act (like yer) XVIII, Much Ado About Som'ting
Posted: 24/05/2006 at 19:55

TO HUGH HUBBLE, NO MATE IT FOLLOWS THE GREAT WORDS OF THE WELL KNOWN ELMER SNODGRASS WHO SAID, "NEVER PUSH YOUR GRANNY WHILE SHE'S SHAVING,"
Posted: 24/05/2006 at 20:04

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