Asics Gel Koji GS £84.99

Posted: 17 June 2000

Weight 414g
Evaluation Asics has been trying to make the motion-control more natural on some of its shoes over the last couple of years by slowing and guiding the foot, rather than just restricting it with firm medial posts. Now it’s the turn of the Gel Koji GS, which replaces the venerable MC+ at the top of its motion-control range.
First signs are that it’s a better shoe in almost every way. It’s certainly more wearable. The midsole has been scooped out in the midfoot for a smoother ride, and there’s a very slight curve in the last of the shoe, for increased smoothness. Normally these things would compromise stability, but Asics has added enough new control features to – hopefully – balance this out. Starting at the back of the shoe, Asics has built in a heavy-duty version of its Impact Guidance System, and the section of it that cradles the foot extends further forward on both sides than the more basic version on the MC+ did. The Koji also features two plastic fins in the midsole, and the laces pull the side straps of the logo snug, to give more support than the MC+ did. From a wearability angle, the midsole is rounded to the shape of the foot rather than being flat, and the heelstrike is smoother and more natural.
We didn’t have big enough weartest samples to get reports from our heavier testers and most severe overpronators, so we can’t tell you whether Koji matches the MC+ for the most extreme runners, but it looks promising.
In short The Koji is the smoother replacement to Asics’s top-end MC+. It’s not lighter, but it’s more wearable in almost every way.
Try it on if you liked Asics Gel MC+ (£75); Saucony GRID Stabil (£75); Brooks Beast (£85)

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Best motion control shoe I have run in. Just a shame the ladies version is so hard to find. Asics please keep making them!!
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 20:51

You on commission or something Gabs?
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 21:20

No just had so many biomechanical problems in the past it is nice to find a pair of shoes that suit me!
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 21:37

Cool, I was just messing with you anyway. Biomechawhat?
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 21:57

Basically, my body is not designed for running but being stubborn it doesn't stop me. I need shoes that correct my "natural" running motion (not a pretty sight!!)
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 21:59

haha. I guess you must have done plenty of research to find those shoes. Did you find any 'get me there quicker' shoes?
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:01

Have you tried Heeleys (trainers with roller blade wheels that fold up into the sole of the shoe)? Otherwise no - go faster shoes = run more, train harder - SORRY!!
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:03

Useless, can't find the staff these days.

Are you running the FLM?
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:06

Yes I am, hoping to do sub 3:30. Are you or only if you find your go faster shoes?
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:10

3.30, impressive my dear. It's going to be my first time and I'm quite looking forward to it. I've done a fair bit of training, although I've had a few weeks off and I haven't done as many long runs as I should have.

Did Silverstone 1/2 in 1.55 and MK 16 last Sunday in 2.26 (my longest run although I did run 1 mile to get there so 17 miles is my longest run).

I'm hoping that the big day will cheer me onto a decent 4.15-4.30 time. How do recommend I should cope with all the people at the start of the FLM? As I expect it's going to be hard to run for the first 2-3 miles atleast.
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:15

It will be slow to begin with, don't worry about it, but don't try to blast through the early miles to make up or you will pay for it later. Better to run first ½ slower and up the pace a little in the second ½ if you can. Fine balance between running it as fast as you can and burning out around 22 miles and hobbling for the last 4.2. Good luck. I would also say try to do one 20+ miler to get your legs used to it.
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:20

Cheers Gabs. I think I'll pass on the 20+ miler though. I'm a chicken and am hoping that the 'big day' occassion will get the best out of me and motivate me to the finish line.

Where I'll fall on the floor and wait untill my friends come and pick me up!
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 22:24

I bought a pair of Koji's after a few good years with MC+'s and they are the worst shoes that I have ever worn, I cannot wear them for more than 3 or 4 miles - they leave deep bruises on the inside of the heel from the huge hard plastic IGS bars. First time I wore them for a 10k training run I couldn't run for almost a week after. They are a massive disappointment, cost a fortune and I can't even wear them around the house for too long without the soreness coming back. Seems like someone at Asics has screwed up a great shoe, and added a tenner to its price. My proviso here is that I am 16 stone, but that is who 'Big Guy'shoes are for isn't it?? I couldn't advise anyone to buy these shoes. Go for Brooks Addiction/Beast instead.
Posted: 25/03/2004 at 12:41

I've recently bought them and they seem quite stable. Only problem is that I've recently developed shin splints and not sure if this is related to the shoe or just me doing too much mileage.
Posted: 26/03/2004 at 13:43

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