(m) 6-12, 13, 14 (w) 3-9
Improved motion control; better midfoot support; good value
Less durable upper
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 its been tweaked a little.
Mainly, its been streamlined, but the guts of the shoe its 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.
Gel 130 MC
Asics main aim was to redesign the 130 MC into a better-looking shoe. Its succeeded and also made it more functional for overpronators.
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. Its a little softer than its predecessor, a few grams lighter, and some testers felt it had better toe-spring and flexibility. At 394g, its 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