Comments: I've been training for the Boston Marathon in ASICS Gel Blur 2's, but knew that wouldn't be my shoe for the big day. Blurs are too cushioned and heavy for a 26 mile race. So I had been researching what shoe I might bring, and wanted to get them about 4 weeks out so I could test them and break them in. My research pointed me to this shoe as the right mix of cushioning and weight. I finally found them in a store and was able to try them on. Normally, I'm about an 11 or 11-1/2. This shoe was definitely an 11-1/2 for me (so perhaps run a tiny bit small?). So far, I've run in them twice and love them. These will be my marathon shoes!
From: Colin, Buffalo, NY, USA
Comments: On a whim, tried this shoe as it falls under the recommended shoe type for me. Lighter, promotes midsole strike etc. Felt the difference within 1 mi on my usual 12 mi morning run. Not good. Caused knee / hamstring pain quickly, had to stop after 7 miles. Back to the trusty Pegasus, no more experimenting!
From: Dave, ON, CA
Comments: Winner! Asics kept everything that was great about this shoe and fixed the only downside - the mushy ride. Removing the forefoot gel and trimming a couple millimeters off the midsole height have given the second version the responsive ride lacking in the first. The ~1oz. weight loss is a welcome change too. If I could have only one shoe for all of my training this would be it. I'm a bit cheezed off Asics kept the same MSRP despite stripping some technology and material but price aside, it's a great update.
From: Sky, HVL, CA