Asics Gel Kinsei 2

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Asics Gel Kinsei 2
Recommended for runners with normal to low arches looking for a durable, if pricey, everyday shoe.

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The updated Kinsei features a redesigned transition bridge stretching from the forefoot back into the heel where it holds the gel units in place, while there's also an asymmetrical lacing system that's claimed to move more efficiently with the foot and cause less irritation. Thermal material in the upper is ...  Continue reading

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16 user reviews of Asics Gel Kinsei 2 See all

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A great looking shoe with amazing new shoe techonology. It is heavy but a lot of runners will not notice the difference, nor care given the additional cushioning! Continue reading...
Feel more stable than the Kayano that I have worn for 10 years, they felt a little hard (not as springy) when I first started wearing them but once I had worn them a few weeks I feel they are better than the Ka Continue reading...
Recommended but try before you buy as you might be able to use the Kayanos and save yourself £20. Continue reading...
Delighted my running shop suggested I tried these. I feel very safe in them. Super for grumbling knees and other aches etc which one gets with advancing years. Continue reading...
I love wearing these but due to the plastic smell I'll certainly have to pick when and where (so I won't be popping into my neighbors for a swifty after my runs..! Terric support for my heels. Continue reading...


RW say the new Kinsei2 by Asics is a stability shoe. But most shops selling the original Kinsei call it a nuetral cushioning shoe. Asics say it's both. At £130 it's not worth taking a risk with, so why don't Asics make it either one or the other to stop all the confusion and then it might sell.

Posted: 01/10/2007 at 18:26


The Kinsei is indeed suitable for both neutral runners and those who over pronate. I am looking forward to trying this shoe and seeing just how good it is...... i will let you know

Posted: 02/10/2007 at 13:12

I don't know about you but when i click on the link to see the "full review" link on page

it takes me to

Full Review: Saucony ProGrid Paramount £110

Good hey ?!

Posted: 02/10/2007 at 20:03

I have told support about it so hopefully we will see it soon

Posted: 02/10/2007 at 20:07

Just received this month's mag and the Kinsei 2 has a very small feature on page 73. They play safe and don't call it either a nuetral or a stability shoe but do say that it leans more towards the stability end. I am currently near the end of a pair of Nimbus9 and don't know whether the Kinsei would be a too risky replacement. But definately need to buy a new pair of shoes very soon!

Posted: 02/10/2007 at 21:35


Posted: 03/10/2007 at 07:53

Sorry about the incorrect link guys - should be fixed now! 

Posted: 03/10/2007 at 15:25

i have just got them and had 2 long runs of about 18/20 miles i dont like them at all

i have got nimbus and are far better kinsei are too hard and the sides are too high and rub on your ankles very painfull  stick with nimbus by far a better training shoe

Posted: 14/02/2008 at 21:48

Have seen the Kinsei on video gait analysis and from what I've seen, they are definitely not a stability shoe. For £130, not very impressed with them

Posted: 15/02/2008 at 10:06

I work in a specialised running store,and the Kinsei always comes up better for a neutral runner than a person that needs stability.

My advice is try them out on a video analysis first before paying £130. 

Posted: 19/02/2008 at 11:54

I have had these shoes for 3 months now and they have cured my 'runners knee' and sore hips I always suffered  after my longer runs of up to 15 miles.I over pronate slightly as my shoes always wear down on the outsides as I tend to roll onto the outside edge of both feet as I run. I feel as though I am running on air as the cushioning is excellent. In wet conditions they do tend to make a 'slapping' noise along the road but this is a small price to pay for running the distances I like to cover and have no pain afterwards! I would buy these shoes again.

Posted: 01/03/2008 at 19:48

You over-pronate, but wear down on the outside edge of the shoes???

Posted: 03/03/2008 at 14:18

I agree with Cybill. The Kinsei does seem to work better heavy  neutral runners. The only problem is £130 is an expensive mistake to make. What i can't understand is why you are changing from the Nimbus which is by far a better shoe than the Kinsei

Posted: 03/03/2008 at 16:51

To sensible, thanks for questioning my over pronation, I went to a sports shop a couple of years ago and they did a treadmill check on my running, the young assistant told me I was overpronating!!!! However I have noticed my shoes are worn down considerably on the outsides, perhaps I have been running in the wrong shoes for 2 years!

Posted: 04/03/2008 at 19:35


You can heelstrike on the outside of your shoe and still pronate through the gait cycle.

I think the Kinsey only suits a minority of people, either heavier neutral runner or those with only minimal support needs.  It certainly is NOT a stability shoe.  I test drove the first Kinsey and found it very 'ploppy'...  the sound the heel makes would drive me nuts.

Posted: 04/03/2008 at 19:45

Wear on the outside of the heel is fine, the vast majority of runners strike the floor there first. What I was more concerned with was the wear in the forefoot, in terms of where your foot goes after the initial contact?

Sounds like you need a trip to a specialist shop and get yourself checked out again, just to make sure?

Posted: 06/03/2008 at 17:01

Thanks for the advice, am trying so hard to run sub 7 minute miles perhaps a change of shoes will be all I need!! I wish!

Posted: 06/03/2008 at 20:33

I tried the women's Kinsei 2 at the Asics store in London and loved it, but couldn't justify spending that much money.  So, after looking around online, I found a website ( that sold the shoe for GBP 97.50 + a 10% off voucher + free shipping, all of which came to about GBP 88.00.  Still quite pricey, but like I said, I loved this shoe. 

 I'm so excited for my new shoes!  

Posted: 31/03/2009 at 10:29

I ovepronate and run with orthotic insoles inside my trainers.  I bought a pair of Kensei 2s last month after having a stress fracture while running in Brooks Adrenalines - nice shoes, but I think I wore them out and stopped stretching properly.  I tried some Nike Triax 12s but wasn't getting the cushioning support I needed and could only run 1/2 times a week before some serious shin pain set in.

Early days with these, I've done 50 miles so far, but no shin problems so far and I feel much more upright when running.  My only gripe is they are a bit heavy, but the cushioning's worth it.

Posted: 21/04/2009 at 13:10

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