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Flexible sole and excellent cushioning, fit well, great road shoe
on September 6, 2012
This shoe is just what I was looking for. I'm ordering my second pair today. They have serious cushioning both heel and midfoot and are extremely flexible in the sole considering the amount of cushioning. I wanted to decrease the heel to toe drop in my shoe and increase the flexibility as I was having shin splints in Asics Nimbus 13, which are also well cushioned and but much less flexible, probably designed for a neutral runner who weighs about 50 pounds more than I do. I'm a relatively light (120 lbs), neutral, half-marathon runner with slight under-pronation. I do not have a high arch; the under-pronation comes from being a bit knock-kneed.
The fit is very comfortable for me, my feet are medium width through the heel and midfoot and maybe approaching wide in the toe area. The heels do not slip even though I size up 1.5 sizes larger than my street shoe size for running.
My only real complaint regarding their performance on the road is that the sole is showing more wear than is typical at about 100 miles of use. However, everything else is so great that I will just refill earlier than usual with a smile on my face.
They are probably the most breathable running shoe I've worn, and while that is great on the roads in hot, dry weather, they let in the water more than average in when running through wet grass, or in the rain. They also let in an impressive amount of fine dust in the toe area when running dirt roads or trails (but not enough to stop me from wearing them in those situations).
If only they made the same shoe with a more aggressive trail outsole option. This outsole is fine for your average easy pace trail run in dry weather, but at higher speeds or in wet weather or on technical terrain, they would be more of a liability than your average road shoe. If Asics designed a sister trail shoe and could preserve the cushioning and flexibility and add a more aggressive outsole, I would buy that, too, despite the lack of a rock plate and the dirty toes.
As long as I'm wishing, I'd also wish for a shoe that is almost all one color, preferably a bright, fun color. I definitely didn't pick them for the way they look.