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A step backwards?,
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.