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ASICS Men's GEL-Noosa Tri 8 Running Shoe,Onxy/Black/Confetti,10 M US
Size: 10 D(M) USColor: Onxy/Black/ConfettiChange
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
This pair of GEL-Noosa Tri 8's is my sixth pair of Noosas. While the Tri 6's will probably always be my favorites, I still like these shoes and prefer them to my two pairs of Tri 7's. These shoes are fairly light yet are supportive, which is important for me as I weigh around 220 pounds, and typically run about 40 minutes to an hour a day (I am a slow, noncompetitive runner, averaging 9-10 minute miles.) I like the mesh upper carried over from the Tri 7, and I do think the cushioning absorbs shock very well; there are two pairs of laces provided, the conventional pair of many hues, and a yellow pair of elastic laces. I don't care how long they take to don or doff and won't comment on that, but I can say that I find them comfortable to run in, though I find the position of the tongue a bit uncomfortable as it is sewn to the sidewall of the shoe. As with my other Noosas, I have cut the tongue loose which allows it to better center on my foot.

Of course Noosas are notorious for their garish color schemes and glow in the dark features, and the Tri 8's in the onyx, black, and confetti palette is no exception: at the very least these will get you noticed and I can't begin to estimate how many compliments (or comments in some cases) I have had over the years about these shoes and their forefathers. My only negative comments are that for those with slightly wider feet the conventional laces are a tad too short, and the tongue seems a bit less padded compared to earlier generations (the latter point is quite subjective as I have to rely on memory.)

I like these shoes and have no issue recommending them. If you want supportive shoes that can take a beating and still look outlandish, these are at the top of the heap.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
First off, let me say this. I'm very selective in what I actually spend my time writing a review for, but I believe that when a product is truly great, then it's worth the review to help let others know. I picked up my first pair of Asics a little over two years ago (GT-2160), and they were a God-send to my feet. I was a beginning runner, didn't know much, and was even weary about spending $120 (GT-2160s). I did, however, and it completely changed my mind about how much something as simple as shoes could change your experience. To make a long story short, I still have my first pair of Asics (GT-2160s), and they still look as good today as they did two years ago. These shoes (GEL-Noosa Tri-8) are no different. The size of the shoes are relatively true and accurate. I usually wear a 14 in most shoes; sometimes, 15s if they are smaller. These shoes in a 14 feel great. There's wiggle room, but your feet feel completely stable and supported. Running in these shoes feel absolutely effortless, and the bright colors sure turn a lot of heads at our local mall. I really can't say enough good things about these shoes, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great feeling, well-constructed pair of running shoes. But, don't just take my word for it, try them out and make a believer out of yourself too. I don't believe for a second that you'll be disappointed.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
I've owned the Gel-Noosa Tri 7s and now own the Gel-Noosa Tri 8s. First the shoe is slightly lighter without being a minimalist shoe, which hasn't worked for me before. Coming out of T2, I found the only issue I had with the tongue was that it pulled slightly to the outside when I slipped it on. A quick tug to the center and it was perfect. After the race, I noticed that the way I had laced it caused to pull to the outside. I made an adjust before the next race and didn't experience the issue again. Great shoe and I get lots of compliments on the shoe.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
This is an early review of these shoes, but so far I've really enjoyed them over the past 2-3 weeks. I previously owned two pairs of the Tri-7s. I'm about 6'2, 170-175 lbs and usually run about 7:30/miles.

I run pretty frequently, having competed in 4 half-marathons in my old Tri-7s, but I don't compete in triathlons, so I can't comment on their quality for such events. What I can say is that the shoe is very noticeably lighter. Although the ounces shaved off might not seemed significant from last year's shoes, you'll notice it quickly. Even though I owned a pair of the orange shoes and a pair of the green shoes, I actually prefer the appearance of these more. They're still colorful and glow-in the dark while not clashing with everything you wear quite as much.

As another reviewer stated, the tongue is noticeably different. It feels less firm and structured and more.. well, thin and floppy. This is probably a result of the overall shoe weight reduction, and it didn't bother me too much, but I could see it being an annoyance for triathletes quickly transitioning.

As Asics did with last year's shoes, they include two pairs of shoe laces. The bungee elastic laces appear to be the exact same, albeit a different color, whereas the standard laces seem lighter and flatter.

In all, I like these shoes because I feel much faster in them due to the lighter weight. I think they're an improvement over the Tri-7's for my uses. If you're a similar runner, give them a try!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2014
I wear a 12 in Adidas, 12.5 in Dr Martens and 13 in Nike. I bought these Asics as a 12 and they fit perfect. So hopefully those sizing examples will help someone else that owns those same brand shoes. Upon putting these on right out of the box they were terribly uncomfortable but I realized they were laced way too tight. So I loosened the laces all the way, put them on again and then pulled the laces tight one row at a time, but just barely snugging them. Walked around in them and they felt real good. I've worn them at work to break them in. Haven't exercised or ran in them yet but so far so good! Nice bounce and definitely funky looking! The ONLY complaint I have is that I'm normally very hot and these shoes are almost entirely mesh which breathes great and feels nice BUT the plastic Asics design on the sides is clear and condensation forms inside that plastic after I've worn them a few hours from the warmth of my feet. Looks kinda gross but doesn't really affect the shoes. The design should've been made as a solid color or either have a barrier between the mesh and plastic. Regardless, still a great value and I'm very happy with them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2014
My first pair of Asics running shoe.This is the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever worn. I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis and also have flat feet, wearing these shoes offers cushioning in padding in the rights places to help relieve the pain. The shoe offers a snug fit which limits over pronation without feeling uncomfortable. Although I am not a runner, I do walk 2-3 miles per day and I am amazed at how comfortable these feel. I don't want to take the shoes off even at the end of the day. I wish they came in colors that aren't so "loud" - I would like an all black version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2013
I love how the shoe fits. It is light while at the same time providing the necessary support. The elastic shoelaces are perfect so you do not have to deal with tying your shoes on the run. I have taken them already for longer runs and they have kept my feet intact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
Totally recomendable! softness, support, light shoes, gel comfort.. just as expected... for tough runners. Colours are perfect for night running,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2014
the reviews about the shoe being too small is correct. normally wear a 12.5 or 13 running shoe, and my old sucony size 12.5 are larger than these size 13 asics by at least a 1/2 size. if a 13.5 were available that would probably be just right. even with the size being a bit small I can tell these are more "form fitting" than other running shoes that i have owned, and that took a bit of getting used to. ventalation is great, i can see my toes through the mesh and can feel more airflow than my old running shoes. overall a great shoe.

now, i like to take the insole out of my shoes to allow it to air out after a run and discovered the insole of the noosa shoes is glued in. not sure why asiscs did that but if I ever decide to put a better insole such as superfeet in there, this "feature" could be quite annoying. any other noosa owners out there had success removing the insole without destroying it or the shoe?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2013
Floating on air n s***. Good decision. I run 5-10 miles and then bike another 10-15 a day and these sneakers have yet to let me down.
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