Product Type: Asics Sports Shoes
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Asics: right on the money again!
Member Name: Drifter_2000
Date: 04/05/12, updated on 06/05/12 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Supportive yet light
Disadvantages: Pricier than Nike but it's worth it!
Asics will always be my first love when it comes to running shoes. They're always my first port of call when I'm looking for a new pair and while they're not the cheapest they have a habit of delivering some fantastic products. I have however come a cropper before by choosing the wrong type of shoe. The Asics 2150 I found to be a little too heavy yet light on cushioning, while another lighter pair seemed to wear out in no time at all. The Asics 2170 represents what I believe Asics do best: shoes that balance support and speed without breaking the bank.
I found my pair at Decathlon for around £70. According to the blurb the 2170 shoes are suitable for training and racing up to 10k. They don't have the snazzy gel sections of the Gel Kayano range but they have a pleasing 'pared down' feel that nevertheless maintains a comforting amount of cushioning. For fans of gel, there is a little gel section in the heel that reassures you that your shins are being protected.
Compared to a similar trainer, the Nike Air Pegasus, these feel more balanced and overall, more user friendly. While Nike place all the heel cushioning on the outside of the heel, the Asics heel has the cushioning in an even horseshoe shape. The sole of the 2170 is arranged in sensible lines that is more comfortable to run on than the waffle construction of the Pegasus.
I wore these trainers for a marathon recently and they performed impeccably. I've had no pains in my shins or calves since, indicating that the cushioning was sufficient to protect my legs from the punishing distance. Even when they filled with water when I stepped straight into a puddle, they didn't feel overly heavy and I was able to carry on without feeling like I was wearing concrete boots!
I've also worn them for shorter distances and have found them to be a brilliant all-round shoe. The distinctive 'webbing' around the outside makes your foot feel supported and secure meaning that once you choose Asics, chances are you'll never go back.
Summary: The pace-setter in the stability shoe market