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A month into training for next year's Marathon, I've already been through the majority of runner's maladies; the chafing, the shin splints and the blisters (oh, the blisters ...). I'm fairly sure these are to blame in part for the latter, but I'm nonetheless glad for their company throughout the miles lapsed to date.
Everyone I spoke to about my marathoning intentions drummed home the importance of good running shoes. Uncharacteristically, I listened, and having resisted the siren call of a luminous orange pair of Nikes, opted for what seems like the more sensible shoe; a pair of Asics felt like the more sober, long-term choice. They're not as flash as others, but hey - if they stop me grinding my feet into swollen, angry stumps, then that's money well-spent, right?
That's not to say they're entirely without flash and flair. Largely made of a tough, rough meshy-material, swooshes of metallic blue plastic cut up the shoe, giving (I think) extra support in the key areas of pressure - the heel, toe and instep. This is a strong, durable piece of footwear, but it's also got a bit of give and flexibility in it, and moulds tightly and closely to the foot. The sole's thick and solid, and the difference between this and a general trainer is instantly noticeable; you immediately feel the cushioned surface beneath your foot as the gel filling does it job.
Inside, the material's soft and spongy (that'd be the ComforDry Sockliner system, then), and sucks in the foot, giving a warm, close fit that minimises movement within the shoe (which *should* cut down on blisters ... more of that in a minute). The laces draw up nice and firmly, and although you'll certainly well conscious of the shoes on your feet, they're pretty light and non-impeding.
When you start to run, the difference between the Gel Cumuluses and less suitable types of trainer is amplified - the shoes cushion your every footfall and take away the jarring impact on foot-on-concrete that seems to invite shin splints in. Throughout a longer run, the support's good, the shoe stays tight and secured and traction's strong as you cross slippier surfaces.
On the downside (and perhaps it's only a personal downside ...), I've suffered horribly with blisters since I've started using these shoes. My feet have a naturally high arch, and these were chosen with this in mind - the sole is relatively high and moulds to the bottom of an arched foot, offering greater support. However, it's here that I've suffered the most (although not exclusively), with rows of blisters cropping up time and again. I thought my feet would toughen up, but as of yet, they're still as weak and vulnerable as those of an especially puny baby, rising up in bumps and blisters at the merest mention of going for a run. It's in all likeliness unfair to blame this on the shoes - perhaps I've just chosen badly on this occasion, fit-wise - although it's not the only area I've blistered in. My toes have gone the same way, which is fun.
For around £70, then, you're buying a decent running shoe here; one that's certainly been a boon to me on these first training runs. I'm only up to 7.5 miles so far, which they've been fine for, and it's really only my pathetically soft feet that have blighted my efforts so far. They're not the top of the running range - you can certainly spend a lot more - but for a first-time marathoner or a regularish runner, they feel like a good investment.
~~~ Jargon-Busting ~~~
I'm intrigued by the purported Impact Guidance System, which sounds like the shoes should be doing the running for me - although in reality this only claims to "enhance natural gait". Does my gait feel more natural? Meh, hard to say. The 3M reflective patches are a nice touch for those cold, dark winter nights that I most probably won't be running on, whilst the advanced Space Trustic System apparently allows for "greater midsole deformation and more efficient foot function", a description that sounds like it's travelled through Google translator a few dozen times. Still - while I'm sure everyone enjoys increasing the efficiency of their foot function, I'm not personally convinced I want my midsole deformed. Finally, the Gender Specific Cushioning tells us what we already know - these are men's shoes.
All in all, then, the Asics have made a fine first impression in propelling me along my first marathonic steps, and when my feet decide to man up and stop being so uncooperative, we'll really be flying. Hopefully. Bring it on.
I never used to like asic trainers as they don't posses some of the fashion qualities that other manufacturers provide. However, my girlfriend would swear by them - she has always had a pair since I've known her and claims they are the most comfortable trainers around. I finally gave in to her ways (I had also been suffering from shin splints when running on hard surfaces so needed a pair of good quality trainers) and I must say that I totally agree.
They provide excellent cushioning and support, grip, and are lightweight. The mesh along the front also allows your feet to breathe (if feet could breathe), although expect wet feet if its raining.
Considering the amount of use these shoes get (running, walking the dogs, shopping - I wear them a lot, between 3-5 times a week), I had these trainers for a year now and they still have plenty of use left in them.
If you're thinking of buying a pair of asics, I would first make sure that this model is design for your feet. What I mean by this is that as you walk or run, your feet will pronate a certain way so buying the model for your walking/running style is very important. If you're unsure about any of this just visit the asics website and they have all the information you'll need to purchase the right pair for you.
If the asic gel cumulus is the right model for you feet then I would definitely recommend them. Great quality, comfortable, and durable at a reasonable price.
I'm not a natural runner. But last year someone challenged me to run a marathon. It turned out the be the original marathon in Athens, and so what did I do? I turned straight to Asics and bought some of their gel cumulus running shoes.
At first I was slightly scared off by the dazzling, blue, sparkly, bright design, but I soon warmed to the idea of everyone gazing at my flying feet in wonder!
To be honest, the sole attraction for me was the gel technology. I had heard a lot about it, especially when searching far and wide for some decent running shoes, and so the Asics did me well. They really do feel really light underfoot, and have a very soft landing which obviously helps when you run over 26 miles.
I had to wear them in for around 4 months, and after that my feet seemed to slip easily into them. Most people recommend around 4-6 months for wearing in shoes, and you don't want to go much past that, in case of wearing them out.
I must admit that I've owned quite a few asics trainers since, including squash shoes and normal trainers. The trademark design is great, and the comfort and performance of the shoe is exemplary. They might set you back 60 or 70 pounds, but in the end the quality is worth paying for.
Since having my second child, I was told the only way to get back in shape was to start running! Not a very keen runner at first and I certainly did not understand the importance of a decent running shoe I would set off and do my 2-3 miles in just some old reebok trainers I had. Soon after running I would start with immense pain in my legs and therefore delayed the time I could get back out to run, I was later informed it was shin-splints. This can be down to the trainer and the type of surface you are running on.
I decided to go and have a look at purchasing something more comfy for my feet and came across Asics, they had quite a good range to choose from in the shop. Once trying on a pair in the shop I could instantly tell the difference, my foot felt supported and cushioned properly. I didn't decide to try on any other brand and purchased my first pair!
Straight away I thought I would put them to the test and went for a run, even though my legs had not fully recovered from the shin-splints, it certainly took the pressure off. I could not feel the surface of the ground when I was running.
Asics as previously mentioned have a great range of trainers and something to suit everyone's personal requirements, the gel trainer is more like your heavy duty trainer, great support for those long distance runners and sport fanatics. They are also extremely light on your feet and with the cushioning it does give you, I could jump and fly feeling.
I have since done a half marathon in these and they did stand the test through all the training and the big day. They are extremely good value for money these certain ones being £85 (obviously shop around though). However my first pair of Asics I managed to get for £32 and the type of trainer they were did support the level of sport I did at the time.
I would absolutely recommend Asics trainers to anyone and especially when I was doing the half marathon they did seem to be a personal favourite for most of the runners!
Thank you for reading 5/5 a great running shoe!
A great running shoe for that long distance runner. I use these shoes when training for half marathons and they really do the job for running 30 miles a week. The have great cushioning via the Asics gel system which is specifically designed to spread the shock when the foot hits the ground and distribute it evenly. These shoes are for the neantrl/mild support range of runner and can usually be used for about 500 miles of running before the cushioning starts to wear a off.
The shoes is very comfortable with a gel mesh so that your foot doesn't becomme too clamy or sweaty and produce to many blisters. These are a proven shoe and a very good buy for any running enthusias looking for a good pair of training or distance running trainers, the design of the trainer and colour range also makes the trainer stand out from the crowd as well as most importantly feeling good to run in.
I am now onto my fourth pair of Asics Gel Cumulus trainers! I have run in versions 10 and 11 and found them to be incredibly comfy. I was a bit worried about finding trainers to suit me after being given orthotics last year from a sports podiatrist to correct over pronation (my foot rolls in too much when I land). I needn't have worried though because these trainers are great. My orthotics fit in perfectly because they have sufficient room in the toe box part of the shoe.
I am a long distance runner and my first two pairs I used for my marathon training last spring. Getting two pairs may seem expensive, but if you are training most days then alternating them makes them last longer. As a measure of how comfortable these are, I ran a marathon in them and didn't have a single blister whereas my friends had loads.
I do find that my little toe comes through the meshing after a few hundred miles, but my trainers do get a lot of use as you can imagine!
One thing to bear in mind when choosing trainers for running in though is to make sure you get them properly fitted at a specialist running shop. They will either watch you running outside or on a treadmill to make sure they suit your gait. If you don't get this done then there is a chance that you may end up injured - more expensive does not necessarily mean better for you.
I started running about four months ago. Due to the impact of running mainly on tarmac I wanted to get some trainers with good support and cushioning. I went to my local sport shop and tried several pairs all different makes and designs. I found the Nike ones did not fit the shape of my foot very well, Adidas were either too big or too small for me however when I tried the ASICS trainers they fit perfectly. I found them well cushioned, flexible and of an average weight, however they are fairly as I paid £65.
I have been using them for four months now, covering about 15 miles a week and they are still in very good condition. I have experienced no physical problems whilst using them and will probably go for the same make and model when I renew my trainers in another two months time despite the cost.