Asics Gel Verdict £64.99

Posted: 17 June 2000

Weight 277g
Evaluation Asics’s lightweight trainers are nearly always gems of stripped-down performance, and this replacement to the Gel Lyte DS fits the bill. It’s not cushioned enough for long distances on hard surfaces, but for responsiveness and smoothness – and decent forefoot grip from the Duosole – it’s excellent.
If it looks familiar, that’s because the outsole and midsole are exactly the same as those of the old Lyte DS 5, a couple of generations back. All that’s new is the upper, which has a stretch one-piece design and a narrower, snugger feel in the forefoot.
In short It’s basic, but it’s 25g lighter than the last version of the Gel Lyte DS, which it replaces. The Gel Verdict is a super-responsive shoe for fast training or longer racing, though its cushioning means it’s best on grass.
Try it on if you liked Asics Gel DS Lyte (£70); Adidas Taper RC (£65); New Balance 730 (£50)

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I'm thinking of using the aforementioned shoe for racing London this year. Has anyone used this shoe for racing longer distances? This will be my eighth marathon, my racing weight is around 12 stone and I have previously raced in performance trainers such as these. I am hoping to go under 3 hours for the first time this year (pb 3:09).
Posted: 11/12/2002 at 11:37

You'll probably get more answers on the 'Gear' forum.
Posted: 11/12/2002 at 12:12

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