Over the last few years, my mid-long distance race shoe has been the Asics Gel Nimbus. As the fall marathon season approaches, I decided to break conformity and find a lighter/faster distance shoe. I read a lot of good things about the Speedstar-4’s, and decided to buy a pair as Runningwarehouse.com had the Speedstar’s on sale for $64.97; $20 cheaper than MSRP.
To accurately get a feel for the shoe at the appropriate distance, I took them out for 10 miles this morning. Instantly, I could tell the shoes were much lighter 9.0 oz (size 10) yet very soft on landing. Since these shoes were so cushiony, it felt as if I was bouncing around…after a few miles I was able to adjust my stride back to a more bio-mechanically-efficient gait. This was expected as there is less support built into performance shoes.
The toe box was very roomy, allowing for good flexibility through mid-stance and propulsion phase. With all the open mesh, your feet stay cool and dry. Asymmetrical lacing contours to your foot shape, allowing for a snug fit. Asics did go a great job on color scheme. Flame/Black with the distinctive Asics logo in silver, these shoes also have a black stripes with specs on color as a finishing touch.
Final words: The Speedstar’s are for a limited group of runners. If you suffer from overpronation beware, as these shoes will not give you the motion control you need. Additionally, the Speedstar is a very soft shoe, be prepared to feel the road. They will not replace my everyday Gel Nimbus as trainers, as there is just not enough support.
4 responses to “Asics Gel-Speedstar 4 Review”
the best running shoes are always made of very resilient synthetic rubber,*-
Light, comfortable, fast and way tougher than they look. Been for overseas trips, long distance runs and normal use for almost 2 years, negligible wear and tear
Sumeet, Thanks for the positive words. Keep up the endurance running!
Haha I’m no runner…I’m fat…which is why I’m amazed they can keep up with my bulk