The Asics Gel-Kinsei was first released in 2005 and since then has become one of Asics’ most innovative running shoes. Many of the components first tried out in the Asics Gel-Kinsei were later added to other shoes in the company’s stable of running shoes. With the Asics Gel-Kinsei 4, Asics sought to improve shoe performance as well as reduce its overall weight.
This is a top of the line shoe designed for all types of runners with under to over pronation. The main technologies that went into the development of this shoe include the Impact Guidance System which links different shoe components in order to improve your natural gait. This is helped by the Guidance Line which is vertical flex grooves that guide your foot into an efficient heel to toe gait.
The Heel Clutching System makes for a snug supportive fit while the Discrete Heel Unit stabilizes the rearfoot and absorbs the shock of impact as does the gel cushioning built into the rearfoot and forefoot. When you are ready to launch, the Propulsion Trusstic imitates the foot’s connective tissues and creates additional tension for a more powerful lift off.
The shoe continues to use Cuprothermo. This system works to control the temperature in the shoe so feet stay comfortable whether it is winter or summer. People in the north who run during the cold weather will especially appreciate the way their feet stay warm during their run.
Overall, the Asics Gel-Kinsei 4 received mostly positive feedback. Reviewers found the shoe to be very comfortable and supportive. The fact that the shoe is lighter has thrilled some runners and caused other’s concern. In particular, one reviewer was concerned that the lighter weight meant the shoe may not provide the protection that a heavier shoe can. However, since the extra weight came from the upper part of the shoe, this is really not an issue.
The shoe is very flexible which is good news for people who enjoy running at higher rates of speed. The Asics Gel-Kinsei 4 should allow you to run comfortable without the shoe creasing in odd spots. However, the running shoes are not so flexible that over or under pronation is emphasized rather than corrected. The shoe provides the support and protection needed against the possible injuries that this condition can cause.
The Asics Gel-Kinsei 4 sits at the high end of retail price scale but you are getting a lot of quality in one shoe. They are definitely worth trying on in the store. As of now, the shoe only comes in orange/black/white for men and pink/black/white for women.