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I always thought that when it came to running that Asics were the master and commander of the running world, and they are. Whenever a runner thinks about getting new trainers Asics have to be at the top of their list. But in looking through a sports shops collection recently I came across these.
They are indoor sports shoes, kindve like a cross between 5 a side footie boots and running shoes. I play touch rugby indoors and outdoors and these shoes are comfortable and effective. Obviously playing this sprt requires a lot of quick accelaration and perhaps more importantly the abiity to change direction. As these shoes have numerous angled points on them meaning whatever way you turn you have enough grip whatever way you turn. In addition there is enough frontal grip to aid sprinting. The grip on hard surfaces such as the tiles found in indoor sports halls are just as good as outdoor football pitches, grass, astro turf, it does not matter to these shoes, the wieght and direction is always transfered effectively. And because the grip is there it means you dont have to really push off with your muscles to get anywhere. This in turn means that aching feet bones , muscles, ankles and shin splints are kept to an absolute minimum. Speaking as someone who was afflicted with very bad shin splints (no matter how much I warmed up before hand) I have definately noticed a difference, my shin spints are minimal now. My feet and ankles have always been strong so I cannot speak for them.
The blades on the sole themselves are plastc and fairly rigid. They are almost as long as most other rugby / footie boots of the same ilk. The blades could perhaps be a tad longer , especially if playing outside on a wet pitch, you need al the grip you can get. But being slightly shorter I also know that If I do go in hard to some one and it ends up in a scramble for the ball im not going to take their fingers off, as I have seen some injuries when people have worn the longer, sharper bladed footie boots to the game.
The build is rigd, good quality as you would expect, hard leather and plastic on the soles, they will wear in well and be comfortable without falling apart. I have mine for 6 months and have had no visbale damage yet
The only problem is the price, being asics you will pay for quality. At £70 retail price not everyone will be willing to shell out for these boots, but I have to say in terms of comfort and taking the pain away from my shin splints, they have paid me back in kind 5 times over.
These are a great pair of boots, I play Ultimate frisbee, a team sport that involves a lot of running/sprinting, turning, and jumping - usually on hard round. Last summer I played the season in a pair of FG Nike boots and as a result suffered from terrible shin splints, blisters and sore feet.
I knew Asic's provide great quality shoes (especially in comfort - also see my other review on Asic's running shoes). I searched high and low and eventually found the Asics Gel Lethal 11. Now technically this is a rugby boot - so I cannot say how well they perform in this area. However, what I can say is that I think these are a brilliant pair of cleats, they look great, they are very comfortable - (shin splints pain is minimal), provide sufficient grip on hard surfaces (although can be slippy is the grass is long) and protection (ie. when others 'accidentally' tread on your feet - though it still hurts). The blades are made of plastic and are not as long as other brands which is ideal for me.
However, paying £60-80 for these is a bit much. They are very good quality but you can get a cheaper alternative in the Asics Gel Lethal Hockey Shoe (beware the Gel Lethal Hockey 11 - its grey, dark grey and white have rubber blades and is not that grippy) and Asics Hockey Golds are very similar and much cheaper.
So I would recommend these based on my experience, I've had them for about 6 months now and considering I wear three times a week I reckon they've still got a good 12 months or so left in them. To be fair they do take a battering. I also bought a pair for my brother and he loves them, he never takes them off.