Asics Gel Foundation £64.99


Posted: 15 June 2000

Weight 367g
Sizes (m) 6-12, 13, 14 (w) 3-9
Pros Improved motion control; better midfoot support; good value
Cons Less durable upper
Evaluation The 130 MC from Asics was a mid-priced, motion-control gem. It was effective, with a good ride and a good price. Now its name has been changed to the Gel Foundation, and it’s been tweaked a little. Mainly, it’s been streamlined, but the guts of the shoe – it’s stability package – remains the same. While attempting to create a better-looking shoe, Asics has decreased the foam on the lateral side but beefed up the midsole on the medial side for better overall motion control. A plastic support plate has also been added to support the arch under the midfoot.
Evolved from Gel 130 MC
In short Asics’ main aim was to redesign the 130 MC into a better-looking shoe. It’s succeeded – and also made it more functional for overpronators.
Recommended for Mild to severe overpronators; heel-strikers; orthoses wearers who need a solid base of support, added midfoot support and medial stability; big runners who need added support


MINOR UPGRADE FOR 2002
Little has changed in this perennially good-value motion control shoe. It’s a little softer than its predecessor, a few grams lighter, and some testers felt it had better toe-spring and flexibility. At 394g, it’s still something of a beast, but few shoes at any price have better stability. It has a long medial post, a tough midfoot shank and an external plastic heel cradle on the medial side, and it only comes in a 2E fitting, for a wide base of support.


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