Asics Gel 2130

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Asics Gel 2130
This update keeps the perfect blend of cushioning and stability, and feels responsive and supportive.

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The fit of the upper has been improved with a shorter heel collar, and the technologies in the midsole have been updated, with softer Solyte foam and a firmer, more supportive Space Trusstic system. Asics also say the outsole has been made more flexible than in its predecessor. The 2120 was ...  Continue reading

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23 user reviews of Asics Gel 2130 See all

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Only cost me £50 in Jan 2009. I buy shoes as recommended by the chap in the running shop; if he recommends Asics again, i won't have any reservations Continue reading...
A solid, comfy, very stable road shoe for moderate over-pronators who get through plenty of miles. Continue reading...
The best fitting shoe I've had ever. No blisters, just good lightweight support and comfort. Retired them yesterday as suddenly felt like the front had become compressed cardboard. Not sure what happened there! Continue reading...
Found this shoe best suited to runs less than 10k as eventually the arch support rubs / blisters my feet. Not a problem with the Kayano 14's which I have. I wonder why this is as they are both stability shoes Continue reading...



I've been wearing Asics Kayano XIII for the last few months, and have no complaints at all. But now I'm starting to increase my weekly mileage (training for 10ks as opposed to 5ks now), I realise it would be a good idea to alternate my trainers with another pair.

Problem is, while I've been looking at a pair of Kayano 14, the 2130 has also caught my eye. Apart from the reduction in gel and price, what are the main differences between the two?

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 19:10

If they suit your running style then use them if price is an issue.

changing from 5k to 10k runs is not that big a step, so you should not have any issues with change of gait or anything else.

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 19:13

cost KK.

I have done it before, Now gone more expensive cos my old choice are no longer around.

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 19:30

Jock strap..........................?

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 20:02


Posted: 12/02/2008 at 20:11

Heather - depends on why you have Kayano's in the first place, they're marketed as a support shoe for over pronators whilst 2130's are marketed as a neutral shoe.

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 21:00

2130s aren't neutral???!!!!!  Is a stability shoe too... pretty sure of it.

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 21:12

I use the Kayano because of its support. The reason I was looking at the 2130 was that every time a 2xxx model comes out, they tend to have good reviews, and as far as I know it is a support shoe. I was just curious to see if anyone else had gone from Kayano to 21xx or vice versa.

I have been led to believe you are ideally meant to alternate your shoes to give the cushioning time to recover. I would have just bought a pair of the new Kayanos, but was interested to see what others thought of the 2 in comparison. I haven't been running ages so please forgive me if I seem to be getting all mixed up!

Posted: 12/02/2008 at 23:05

What about the ASICS Gel 3000? I;m running in them and love them. They're half way between a Kayano and 2130.

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 13:31


 Kayano's offer more stability for over pronation than the 2130's. They more gel in the heel and forefoot and they have put a TPU plate over the gel in the heel of the Kayano's which helps disperse the shock throughout the foot.

The Kayanos have more memory foam inside the heel of the shoe giving you a better personal heel fit and they have a slightly different Space trustic systym in the sole of the shoe.

A more cushioned shoe and the latest Kayano is well worth the extra money where the last model was not.

Hope this helps.

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 15:45

SP you like the new one? what are we up to now, 15???

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 16:13

I just got a pair of 14's and they're fine. I've  only had Kayanos for for as long as I can remember now which must be at least 12 pairs. The only ones I didn't  like were the 13's, they didn't seem to have as much cushioning even though I still wore them out in the end. I thought it was my imagination (or my ageing feet) but I've since heard a few people say that  didn't like them. Anyway just back from a 9 mile initiation plod in the new ones and they get the toes up from me....

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 16:48


14's at the moment, have to agree with Aviator about the 13's.

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 17:12

Awww thanks everyone, will try the Kayano 14s and 3000 and see what I think. As the 13 suited me so well, I may well stay with them.

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 17:52

I missed the 12s out - went from the 11s to 13s... didn't like them - was gutted as loved the 11s...  found another super cheap pair of 11s then...

Posted: 13/02/2008 at 18:01

I used the kayano 13 and found them pretty good (considering i came out of the Nimbus) nicely cushioned etc,but didn't get much mileage ( around 320) out of them before they started to break down and I got injured.

I then went into Kayano 14 , again very nice cushioning, much more than in 13's in the forefoot and the heel box was very comfortable and more secure which i put down to the memory foam,but yet again they have started to break down after 350 miles and I have another injury. I have now decided to buy 2 pairs of shoes so that I can rotate.

I have always managed to get 500+ miles out of previous Asics shoes. 

Has anyone else had a problem with the mileage of the shoe ?

Posted: 19/02/2008 at 12:10

Thanks for the info Cybill - I too started off in the Nimbus. Interesting to hear about the 14s, which I'm going to look at in a few weeks when I'm on holiday. Will have a good look around!

Posted: 19/02/2008 at 17:47

Always used the 2000 series shoe but went for the kayano 13 as they were going cheaper on internet. I have to say first impressions have been good. Whilst slightly heavier than the current 2120 (not 30 yet) I have to say they don't feel heavier and provide a really smooth ride and are very flexible and easy to run in. Further to this I was getting real pain and discomfort in my knee's after any sort of running whilst using the 2120's but since moving over to kayano's I haven't had any problems, or not to the same degree anyway.

Posted: 07/03/2008 at 15:17

I used the Kayano 13's - they were pretty much my only shoe on a 5-6 day a week schedule (silly me) okay so they only lasted 400ish miles and I got a lecture on changing shoes from a friend.

 I then went to 2130's because the 14's weren't out yet and I wasn't happy enough with the 13's.  I have to say that the 2130's are really lovely - nice and comfy in the front which suits me as a forefoot runner. I may try the 14's when the 2130's run out. But if both are stability (which i thought they were) I would go for the 2130's to be honest.

 Just as an aside. I recently got a pair of Brooks Adrenaline to alternate with the 2130's - my first pair of brooks in a few years but they feel really fab. SO SO light I felt like my heels had wings the first time I wore them.  Just a thought.

Posted: 07/03/2008 at 15:28

Just a quick update, went to Pete Bland Sports in Kendal for the Asics Dartfish gait testing. The guy said I was spot on with the Kayanos, but I could get away with 2130s, but to note he felt I needed the extra support the Kayano offered.

Posted: 07/03/2008 at 18:05

Gel Kayanos are a stability shoe and the 2130s are a pronation shoe use the wrong one and your asking for trouble in a pain way. Been there done it, i learned the hard way.

Posted: 14/03/2008 at 11:50

I have only been running for 18 months, and started with a Gel Nimbus VII. I bought a pair of GT-2130 as a back up pair, and I now get sore knees after 3 mile.s mIs it the shoes or am I running too far ?

Posted: 21/09/2008 at 22:41

hi Peter,,

have you had your gait checked yet. the 2 shoes you mention are for different running actions....

read whats been said above,,,,and check the shoe websites,

Posted: 22/09/2008 at 13:23


" Just a quick update, went to Pete Bland Sports in Kendal for the Asics Dartfish gait testing. The guy said I was spot on with the Kayanos, but I could get away with 2130s, but to note he felt I needed the extra support the Kayano offered."

The cynic in me says that he would say that - because he wants you to buy the much more expensive Kayanos. No offence intended to Pete Bland Sports.....but if it was an Asics promotion, perhaps?DougieB, I thought a stability shoe and a pronation shoe were the same thing? Or at least until you got to the point of severe overpronation, when it becomes a motion control shoe? What's the distinction you're making?

Heather, FWIW, I wear 2130s and find them great. I'm a moderate overpronator, but not heavy. I tend to think of myself as a fairly typical female overpronator. Prior to that I'd been wearing 1120s, which a gait analysis had shown as being slightly more controlling on me, despite being cheaper and the model down (so to speak). I've also worn Brooks Adrenaline like Gym Addict, and they were great for me too. In fact I concur with the sensation that my feet had responsive!Even though all the above shoes work for my gait and don't cause me any injury, the 2130s are the only ones that don't seem to give me blisters. Goodness knows why this should be.  T

he point I'm trying to make is that several shoes might work for you. If you have a pair that seem to work better than any others and you do want to rotate them, I'd get two of the exact same model. You can always buy the second pair cheap online once you've been properly fitted for the first.

Posted: 22/09/2008 at 14:38

Hey here's an update 6 months down the line - I upped my mileage recently for the local 1/2 marathon, and started getting pain in the outside of my feet, and felt like my knees were fighting the kayanos - I got gait tested by a staff member at Up + Running in Darlington last week, and tadaa! I DO NOT NEED SUPPORT SHOES! I was given impartial advice, and given Brooks Glycerin and Asics Cumulus + Nimbus to try. No pressure selling, just polite and friendly service. I went for the Glycerins, have done 30 miles in them since purchase, and NOT ONE NIGGLE!

No offence to Pete Bland staff, as all advice taken in March was from the guy from Asics, but looking back now it makes me wonder...

Posted: 24/09/2008 at 17:30

I now know this !

Have been and had a gait check at Up and Running in Birmingham and they confimed I had a neutral gait - so just need lots of cushioning.

Have now got a pair of Saucony triumph 5 - and they seem very good.

Also being more sensible about the amount of running I am doing, and building it up much more slowly.

Plan to test them out at the Birmingham half marathon at the end of October

Posted: 26/09/2008 at 22:53

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