27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great shoes, even better than Tri-7!,
This review is from: ASICS Men's GEL-Noosa Tri 8 Running Shoe (Apparel)
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!