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June 28, 2012


In honor of May being national runner's month, we decided to test out and compare different types of walking, running, trail walking and training shoes, starting with Asics.

The first shoe we tested out was the Women's GEL-DS Racer 9 Running Shoe. This is described as being a lightweight racing shoe that will allow you to run quickly in comfort while providing stability for those who tent to over-pronate as well as the neutral runner. The ASICS® Gel DS Racer 9 is a responsive racing flat that will provide exceptional support during any race or conditioning.  This is definitely a minimalist style shoe. It's lightweight, allows the air to flow through the material so your feet can breath. After running/walking over 30 miles in this shoe the back of my heels had some pretty nasty blisters, as well as the inner part of my heel. I expected some wearing in, but after wearing these shoes to run 10 times I was still getting blisters so this was my only complaint about these shoes. I loved the color and design and how light the shoes were, but couldn't get past the blister issue. These would be great shoes for runners who prefer a minimalist type running shoe.

The second shoe we tested was Gel-Fortitude 5. This shoe is described as a maximum support shoe designed for large-framed runners with a neutral gate, as well as orthotics wearers for enhance stability. This shoe definitely provides maximum support, but it's also heavier than the Gel-DS Racer shoe. Being a runner with slight overpronation I found these to offer the perfect amount of support and stability without any uncomfortable rubbing or irritation.
The guys tried out two types of Asics: Gel Fortitude & GT 2170. The 2170 is advertised as being cushioned and nuetral so perfect for training new runners, while the Gel Fortitude is great for stabilityand support for mild overpronation.

They ran/walked approximately 15 miles in each sneaker. The GT 2170 was extremely comfortable, lightweight and breathable, however after running for a long distance, the skin around the ankle became irritated, which is never fun.

The Gel Fortitude was also extremely comfortable after a lot of standing and were found to be very supportive, which is how they were advertised.

Overall, Asics are great shoes if you want to give running a shot!

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