Asics Gel Zeta £86.99


Posted: 15 June 2000

Weight 351g
Evaluation
The Zeta sits in between Asics’s all-purpose GT-2060 and the heavier-duty Gel Kayano, both in price and function. It’s basically the Kayano with a softer midsole – that’s to say, a thick, protective shoe with a controlled ride and enough stability for mild overpronators. It’s a perfectly nice shoe – if not the fastest-feeling model – but the chances are you won’t really need it. The cheaper 2060 is lighter, smoother, at least as stable, and protective enough for all but the heaviest runners; and the £100 Kayano is more durable (because its midsole is made from something called SpEVA) and stable (because of its polyurethane heel cradle). And, to further prove that you’re spoilt for choice, if you want more stability and a softer ride than the Kayano’s, you have Asics’s excellent motion control shoes the Gel Foundation and Gel MC+ at £59.99 and £74.99 respectively.
In short
Asics has an embarrassment of riches that makes the all-new Gel Zeta a little superfluous. Still, if you’re a heavier runner who wants more protection than the 2060 offers but doesn’t need the firmness and durability (or price) of the Gel Kayano, the Zeta will suit you well.
Try it if you liked
Asics Gel Kayano (£100); Saucony 3D GRID Hurricane (£80); New Balance 1220 (£100)

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