The 6 best Asics running shoes 2019

The 6 best Asics running shoes 2019

By Nicolai Russotti, marketing intern,


We will go through the 6 best running shoes by Japanese Asics in this article. The article will give you an easy overview of the models and in which areas their strenght and forces lie. All of this is to help you make the right decision when it comes to picking your next running shoe.


We have divided the shoes up into neutral running shoes and pronation running shoes (stable shoes).

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Best neutral Asics running shoes

Best stable Asics running shoes



Best neutral Asics running shoes

In the following we show the best running shoes by Asics for those who have a neutral foot stance and who do not need extra support and stability.


Asics GEL-Nimbus

Asics GEL-Nimbus 21

Asics GEL-Nimbus will be found at the top of neutral running shoe lists with maximum shock-absorption. The top-range model by Asics can be categorized as a mileage training shoe and is excellent for longer runs with a relaxed pace. The 21st edition of the shoe offers some significant changes compared to the previous editions, so that the shoe now belongs at a higher level. There is total focus on comfort and protection, placing the shoe among the most stable shoes in the category.

Best for: Daily training, long runs and recovery.

Similar to: Saucony Triumph ISO, New Balance 1080, Under Armour HOVR InfiniteNike Vomero, adidas Solar Boost, Mizuno Wave Sky.



Asics GEL-Cumulus

Asics GEL-Cumulus

Asics GEL-Cumulus is a neutral running shoe that has a more moderate amount of shock-absorption, placing the shoe in the category “light mileage shoe.” This means that it is great both on short and long distances, since it has a great balance between shock-absorption and the very weight of the shoe. Asics GEL-Cumulus is an incredible all-round shoe. If you only want to own a single pair, then the Asics GEL-Cumulus is an excellent choice.

Best for: Varied daily training.

Similar to: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, Mizuno Wave Rider, Saucony Ride ISO.



Asics DynaFlyte

Asics DynaFlyte

Asics DynaFlyte is a running shoe with a lot of speed. The speed shoe is an obvious choice for runs where you need to be fast, such as intervals, speed runs, and competitions. The shoe is very light, very responsive, and has more bounce than the other models. That is what makes this shoe fast. The shoe can also function as your daily running shoe, if you most often do short training runs.

Best for: Intervals, speed runs, competitions.

Similar to: New Balance FuelCell RebelSkechers Go Run 7Saucony Kinvara






Best Asics running shoes – stability / pronation

You will find the best pronation running shoes by Asics for those who want extra support and stability when they run here. 


Asics has a pronation version of almost all their neutral running shoes.

Roughly speaking, you can set it up as follows:


Asics GEL-Kayano is a stable version of the Asics GEL-Nimbus.

Asics GT-2000 is a stable version of the Asics GEL-Cumulus.

Asics GEL-DS Trainer is a stable version of the Asics DynaFlyte.



Asics GEL-Kayano

Asics GEL-Kayano 26

Asics GEL-Kayano is among the absolute elite when it comes to pronation shoes with maximum shock-absorption. Several improvements in the midsole, among others, means that the Kayano 26 feels softer and more responsive in its shock-absorption than its predecessor. Like Nimbus, the shoe is the ideal mileage training shoe for the longer and more relaxed runs. There is total focus on protection and comfort with this shoe, making it the definitive winner for daily training runs.

Best for: Daily training, long runs and recovery.

Similar to: Saucony Hurricane ISO, New Balance Rubix, Under Armour HOVR Guardianadidas Solar Boost ST, Mizuno Wave Horizon.



Asics GT-2000

Asics GT-2000 7

Asics GT-2000 is the little brother to the famous Kayano. It is considered a more all-round running shoe that excellently fits the moderately pronating runner. The Asics GT-2000 is firmer and lighter, and it offers an excellent balance between shock-absorption and weight, making the shoe great for both short and long distances. The versatility of the Asics GT-2000 makes the shoe the obvious choice for daily training.

Best for: Varied daily training.

Similar to: Saucony Guide ISO, New Balance 860, Nike Air Zoom Structure, adidas Solar Glide ST, Mizuno Wave Inspire.



Asics GEL-DS Trainer

Asics GEL-DS Trainer 24

Asics GEL-DS Trainer is an excellent choice as your next running shoe, if you are a competition runner who needs pronation support. The shoe is super light and has a more responsive shock-absorption, making it a quick version of the Asics GEL-Kayano and Asics GT-2000. If you need stability combined with great comfort in a light packaging, then the Asics GEL-DS Trainer is the shoe for you!

Best for: Intervals, speed runs and competition.

Similar to: New Balance 1500, Saucony Fastwitch.



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