Customer Review

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A step backwards?, December 22, 2013
This review is from: ASICS Men's GEL-Kinsei 5 Running Shoe (Shoes)
I have used all the Asics Kinsei in its evolution and I opine that this has been true until the KInsei 5. Whilst Asics claims to have made advances in this new model, I would like to disagree from a number of points.
Kinsei 3 and 4 had upper material that kept your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I tried that Kinsei 5 on a very chilly morning and noticed immediately that the new FluidFit material does not afford such benefits - for the first time in years my feet have had to adapt to the natural temperatures - and that is a huge negative for me. I have resorted back to my extra pair of new Kinsei 4 for the winter. FluidFit might be a technological leap for Asics but I see it as a step back, as my feet eventually adapt to any running shoe.
The under sole of Kinsei 5 has less grip than its predecessors 3 and 4 and that has probably been forsaken for the benefit of a lighter shoes - from a weigh perspective that is. The guidance line has been redesigned and is less pronounced and I can feel this when I am running.
I have also noticed that Kinsei 5 does not have strong reflective properties compared to the 3 and 4 and this is perplexing as I always run very early in the morning and need those reflective properties to warn the frequent vehicles of my presence. Asics has always been strong on safety and so I am concerned by this glaring omission.
The laces of the shoes are too long and I wonder why this was not discovered and corrected as I would prefer not to have excess lace material hitting against my shoes and distracting me in my runs
I do judge the Kinsei 5 to be a comfortable running shoe but no more so than its immediate predecessor and I believe that Kinsei 4 still remains the benchmark for the Kinsei range.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,068,436