Congratulations to the following Runnersworld.co.uk members, whose helpful reviews of their current stability shoes have won them a pair of Asics's all-new flagship shoe – the Gel Kinsei – to review on this site.
- Knackered, who compares Brooks's flagship Trance 5 (favourably) against Asics's previous flagship, the Gel Kayano, and throws in reviews of the Reebok Premier range for good measure.
- Richard Davis, 14st 8lbs and after 400 miles still delighted with his New Balance 1050s (Richard also wrote some super reviews of his Polar F11 heart rate monitor and Garmin 205).
- AlfaMale, also writing about the New Balance 1050, mainly in comparison with his Asics 2100s.
- Giving a female perspective, Thalita Vergilio writes warmly of the modestly priced Asics Gel Modena, and Mary Jacob explains why she feels the Asics Gel Kayano XII has been 'probably the biggest positive impact on my running to date'.
- And last but not least, Alasdair Matthews, who enthuses about and mourns the loss of the Puma Extoll II, wishing he'd bought multiple pairs before they were discontinued.
They'll submit their first impressions of the Gel Kinsei later in the month – we'll let you know. Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who added a stability-shoe review – there are now over 500 reader reviews across over 35 stability models, in addition to RW's own test reports. It's fast becoming an essential resource for anyone buying a shoe.
More about the Gel Kinsei: Asics built the Gel Kinsei for all but the more severe overpronation needs. Its main innovation is its huge rearfoot Gel unit. The rearfoot and outside pods of GEL provide impact protection while the firmer, medial pod helps stability. They're attached to a plastic cradle that extends into the forefoot and helps guide the foot through the gait cycle. It retails at £130. You can find out more at www.gel-kinsei.com, or on our review pages – where some initial reviewers are proving hard to shift from their existing Asics...