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Asics Gel NoosaFast 2 Sneak Peek

August 21st, 2013

Asics Gel NoosaFast 2 Women's Shoe

When we recently reported the return of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed, a lingering question was the fate of the classic racing flat’s supposed successor, the Gel NoosaFast. Well, the triathlon-inspired racer is here to stay, and will be available alongside the Hyper Speed in Asics’ domination of the 10k to half marathon racing shoe market.

This favorite of Kiwi-turned-American triathlete Matty Reed will see minimal changes in its first update, so expect a fit and feel very similar to the original version. Weights will be close to the first NoosaFast; we measured version 2 to tip the scales at 6.2 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 5.4 oz for a Women’s 7 (compared to 6.6 oz and 5.9 oz, respectively, for the current model).

What to Watch For

  • Lowered Heel Tab: The NoosaFast 2 will feature a lowered heel tab, reducing rubbing and irritation on the Achilles tendon.
  • Fewer Overlays: The printed overlays will be limited to around the rear of the foot for a more flexible forefoot fit while maintaining security around the heel.
  • Carryover Platform: The midsole and outsole go unchanged in this update, drainage holes included.

MSRP
$100.00

Release Date
January 2014 Read more…

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Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 Sneak Peek

August 5th, 2013

Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 Men's Shoe

Let’s just get straight to the good stuff: The Asics Gel Hyper Speed is back from the grave in the U.S. market.

Around a year after the sudden disappearance of the popular racing flat from Asics’ lineup – a move that left a non-refillable void in the hearts of many runners – the storied shoe is slated for a grand reemergence. In fact, those who caught Ryan Hall running alongside a couple humanoid US flags and a Jim Harbaugh wannabe at Bay to Breakers earlier this year may have already gotten a glimpse of the shoe.

This versatile racer benefits from some of the latest Asics technologies in this update, and we think it looks better than ever. Let’s just say that the Hyper Speed 6 took a little extra time to come about, but the results should be well worth it.

What to Watch For

  • Seamless Upper: The use of welded overlays minimizes stitching within the shoe to reduce friction on the foot and subsequent blistering and discomfort.
  • Gender Specific Versions: Rather than going with a Unisex offering as they’ve done in the past, Asics will produce the Hyper Speed 6 in both Men’s and Women’s versions.
  • Weight Loss: We measured the Men’s model at a mere 5.6 oz for a size 9 (down from 7.0 oz for the previous version), while a Women’s size 7 came in at 4.5 oz.

MSRP
$85.00

Release Date
January 2014
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