Asics AW14 Updates
With AW14 well and truly upon us, I thought I would heap together all of the biggest brand updates for this season and next over the next few days. First up, Asics!
Asics tend to update their support shoes in the winter, and neutral shoes in the summer. We've already seen the Nimbus, Cumulus and Pulse updates, so for the purposes of this entry, here are the Kayano 21, GT2000-3 and GT1000-3:
Gel Kayano 21
The Gel Kayano has always been about maximum cushioning and comfort, with a stable ride for the mild over-pronator. As far as updates go, we are given a new upper, with a tweaked heel counter to provide more support whilst maintaining lightweight comfort. The midsole is still made of Fluidride, consisting of Solyte and SpEVA foams, with Gel cushioning in the heel and toe areas for maximum comfort for heel strikers. In terms of fit, the toe box is fairly narrow compared to other shoes in its class, and feels a little more structured than the previous version. A Dynamic Duomax midsole post, and Guidance Trustic work in harmony with the adjusted guidance line to provide a smooth stable ride. It will cost £144.99 and is available here
The biggest update this year is the GT2000-3. The most obvious change comes in the upper, having been completely redesigned. The placement and size of the logo has been changed to prevent unnecessary stitching toward the toe, meaning blisters in these key areas are less likely. For the first time in the series history, the heel counter has been moved externally. This means less weight, and more comfort, as well as more security and stability. The midsole maintains its Fluidride and Gel combination, as well as the Dynamic Duomax support system. These work together with the adjusted Guidance line and Trustic to provide the best in lightweight support. The GT2000-2 will cost around £105-£110 and will be available here shortly
The Asics GT1000-3 has consistently offered support for mild over-pronators at a reasonable price. The 3rd iteration of the GT1000 continues this trend, and for the first time has been designed with an Impact Guidance System. Rear and Forefoot gel combines with SpEVA foam to provide excellent cushioning, and the Duomax support system guides your foot through its most efficient line. An adjusted Guidance Line offers a smooth and flexible ride. The upper has been radically updated to bring it into the 21st century, and in my opinion is the best looking GT1000 to date. The Asics GT1000-3 costs £96.99 and is available here
There is also a planed update to the GT3000, called the GT3000-3, and details regarding that will be updated in due course.
Photos courtesy of Asics and Asics America