Built on a reputation of technical precision, the new Asics Gel Kinsei 6 is an athletic shoe designed for runners with neutral pronation. Right out of the box, this sneaker not only holds you captive with its beautiful colors, it also promises much due to all the sports footwear technology on show, from the renowned gel system in the heel and forefoot to the High Abrasion Rubber that strategically makes up the outsole.
The ASICS Gel Kinsei series of running shoes started in 2007 and has never looked back. The line culminated the best proportions of a number of revolutionary technologies that had been introduced to the world by ASICS in the form of the Gel Lyte, Gel-Kayano and Gel-Nimbus runners. Some of these technologies, which included Asics’ advanced gel cushioning system, DuoSole, Trusstic system and FluidRide, have helped runners all over improve their performance, whether on the track or off road. This line become one of the most popular for ASICS, much like the Ghost series is for Brooks.
In addition, the shoe offers a high level of comfort for runners with different kinds of pronation, resulting in the sneaker being regarded as the most advanced runner on the market. Since the first Gel-Kinsei, the line has maintained a loyal following, which continues to grow with each release, despite being among the priciest in its class.
From the upper to the outsole, there is nothing conventional about the ASICS Gel-Kinsei 6. Weighing only 9.4 ounces, the shoe combines lightweight comfort, agility and durability in a compact package. Its list of technical components begins with the FluidFit upper, which is comprised of a special reinforced, stretchy mesh which allows the shoe to conform to the feet and fit like a glove.
Next, the use of ASICS’ trademark FluidRide technology in the midsole continues the flexibility of the upper, providing a cushioned layer for the foot bed, and managing body weight while allowing for a suitable bounce back with each step. The preciseness of the midsole is actually gender-specific, with ASICS Gel-Kinsei 6 shoes for women built with a lower density top layer to offer the right compression required by the female body.
As it relates to the outsole, the shoe is also packed with a number of features that extends the cushioned comfort for the wearer. To begin with, its Impact Guide System is made up of a number of components which work together to promote a natural gait regardless of foot type. Additionally, its discrete heel unit enhances foot stability while providing unmatched shock absorbance to runners and, of course, its forefoot and rear gel cushioning sits at the center of it all, making for a plush ride with every step. The exposed GEL unit in the heel served as an inspiration point for other models like the ones in the Quantum 180.
In addition to being a work of art, the ASICS Gel-Kinsei 6 has several things going for it:
- Unmatched Comfort so you don’t have to worry while pounding the pavement
- An exceptional fit for any foot type, despite being created specifically for neutral pronators.
- Highly Durable due to superior materials and seamless construction.
Not even the most advanced shoe for runners is perfect. Here’s why:
- This is the number one (and possibly the only noticeable) complaint about this shoe, with many wondering if the $200 price tag is worth it when compared to the competition.
Available in a number of vibrant colors, the ASICS Gel-Kinsei 6 is expected to meet and exceed the expectations of runners, whether they perform on the track or take it to the streets.
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