ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2

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ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2Review Facts

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2, the second edition of the Gel Noosa Fast, is a neutral competition shoe designed with the triathlete in mind.  This racing shoe is meant for speed.  This is an ideal shoe for the minimalist runner/trainer.  With DuraSponge outsole technology and the use of High Abrasion Rubber, the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is constructed for durability.  The midsole utilizes the traditional ASICS gel cushioning system and the Magic Sole technology providing the triathlete and runner with a breathable shoe.  The no sew upper provides the runner with a good fitting trainer.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Low price tag
  • Seamless breathable upper that reduces foot irritation
  • ASICS High Abrasion Rubber is long-lasting
  • DuraSponge outsole is flexible and provides a good amount of cushioning
  • WET GRIP gives the runner excellent footing
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning Systems provide excellent shock absorption
  • Elastic laces
  • Colorful and creative design makes this shoe stand out
Cons
  • Narrower fit in the toe box
  • Fits a half size smaller
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 features a DuraSponge outsole technology, which provides the runner with a good amount of responsive cushioning in the forefoot. The ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) is used in the heel, giving the shoe more durability. This High Abrasion Rubber is placed in a latticed pattern that covers most of the shoe. ASICS developed this abrasion resistant rubber compound in order to extend the life of their running shoes. The outsole contains an s-shaped, vertical flex groove known as the Guidance Line. This Guidance Line runs from heel to toe and encourages the runner’s foot to engage with the shoe along its natural line of movement. This inventive addition to the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 decreases the likelihood of fatigue and injury.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole construction did not change from the first edition of the Gel Noosa Fast. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 has a small amount of cushion. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 works well for training at moderate distances or as a shoe worn daily. Reviewers found the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 performs well in high intensity activities such as the triathlon and interval training. The Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel cushioning systems, that ASICS wearers have become accustomed to, are responsive and provide good shock absorption. The midsole of the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is made with ASICS’s exclusive Solyte material. The Solyte is a lightweight sponge, weighing about half the weight of traditional midsole materials. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 features Magic Sole technology, which provides adequate ventilation and easy drainage, keeping the foot cooler and drier. This Magic Sole technology keeps the weight of the shoe low while enhancing the breathability of the shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 has elastic laces and features seamless construction through the upper. This seamless construction minimizes foot irritation and friction. The breathable mesh upper provides good ventilation. The upper features a lace pocket that keeps the laces from getting knotted and coming untied. The perforated sockliner in the interior provides the athlete with good moisture drainage. This sockliner is easily removed if you want to change it out for your own or simply wear the shoe without it. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 gives runners a snug fit. This shoe is meant to be worn sockless. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is built with a narrower toe box. Some reviewers preferred a wider toe box. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 features a lower heel tab. This minimizes heel friction and improves overall comfort of the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is a lightweight racing shoe that improves transition time during a triathlon. The men’s version weighs 6.6 oz and the women’s version weighs 5.4 oz. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 uses several materials that keep the weight of the shoe low. The Solyte material used in the midsole is half the weight of the traditional E.V.A and SpEVA materials used by ASICS. Some reviewers commented that the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 were so light it felt as if they were running barefoot. This light and airy feel is favored by elite athletes.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The seamless mesh upper, perforated sockliner, and Magic Sole technology used in the midsole provide the runner with excellent airflow. These features make the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 a good shoe for use during hot environments. Increased breathability reduces the likelihood of blisters.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The seamless mesh upper of the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 keeps the foot comfortable by minimizing foot irritation and allowing the foot to breathe. The Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning Systems give the foot a good amount of cushioning without making the shoe feel bulky or heavy. The combination of the Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning Systems used in the midsole and the DuraSponge technology used in the outsole provide the athlete with a responsive ride. The spongy Solyte midsole material aborbs shock, minimizing knee and foot pain. Some reviewers shared that they used a Dr. Scholl’s gel insole after removing the perforated sockliner because they preferred a thicker insole.
Style
Style

Style

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 comes in normal width and reviewers found the shoe to run smaller. In fact, many reviewers purchased this shoe a half size bigger than their normal running shoe size. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 comes in Glow-in-the-Dark prints that are very bold and give the runner a stylish ride. The men’s version comes in royal blue with flash yellow and black accents. The women’s version comes in two different color patterns. Runners can choose between flash yellow with grape and hot pink accents or glacier (very light blue) with hot pink and navy accents.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The DuraSponge technology and AHAR compound used in the outsole help extend the life of the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is built to last through sprint Triathlons or even a half Ironman or full Ironman competition.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is made with a 3M reflective material, making it visible during night runs. The Guidance Line featured in the outsole protects the foot as it tires during long runs or long periods of time on your feet. The Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel cushioning systems provide the runner with the perfect amount of padding, protecting the knees and joints. The WET GRIP Rubber used in the outsole gives the runner a better grip on wet surfaces, protecting the runner from losing his/her footing. The top of the tongue features a Lace Garage to stash the shoelaces out of the runner’s way. This helps the laces stay tied and untangled during use.
Support
Support

Support

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 does not provide a large amount of arch support, but the overall structure was positively reviewed. Runners found this shoe to be comfortable enough for 6-10 miles and perform well during 5K races. In fact, some reviewers found their 5K time to be slightly faster when running in the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2. Even though they have a light feel, runners found the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 to provide good support during long distance running. Reviewers also liked the support this shoe provided during weight training and cardio workouts at the gym.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is an excellent racing shoe. It works well when worn for road races as well as 5K and 10K track distances. The WET GRIP outsole improves performance on wet surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 comes with a lower price tag than other ASICS running shoes. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 includes many features and modern technologies that guarantee a longer-lasting shoe. The AHAR rubber compound insures a running shoe that withstands a log of high mileage before needing to be replaced. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 provides a good quality running shoe for a reasonable price. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced runner, the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is an affordable running shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 has great traction on wet surfaces. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 features a WET GRIP outsole, which is intended to improve traction on all surfaces, including wet ones. The ASICS High Abrasion Rubber keeps the outsole from wearing prematurely as the runner logs miles on the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The DuraSponge outsole technology provides the runner with a flexible shoe that lasts for many miles. The perforated liner conforms to the runner’s foot and can be easily removed or swapped out for a different insole. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 comes with traditional laces as well as elastic laces, allowing it to be customized for the athlete. The elastic laces provide an easy on and off experience during a triathlon.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Guidance Line feature of the ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 outsole helps to stabilize the foot and provide a more natural heel-to-toe transition during impact. The WET GRIP feature of the outsole guarantees a firm ride during wet road conditions. The seamlessly constructed upper hugs the foot and keeps the foot secure during endurance races or interval training.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 features a 6-mm heel-to-toe drop. This lower drop lets the runner feel closer to the ground. The heel height is 14 mm in the men’s version and 13 mm in the women’s version. The forefoot height is 8 mm in the men’s version and 7 mm in the women’s version.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• DuraSponge Outsole Technology
• ASICS High Abrasion Rubber used in the outsole
• Guidance Line for improved foot strides
• Breathable mesh no sew upper
• Perforated removable sockliner
• Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning Systems
• WET GRIP Outsole preventing slippage on wet surfaces
• 6-mm heel-to-toe drop
• 3M Reflective Material for improved night visibility
• Elastic shoelaces for fast and smooth transitions
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is built with the competition and racing athlete in mind. The seamless upper allows the athlete to perform sockless and the 6-mm heel-to-toe drop provides a closer to the ground feel. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 is a light and fast neutral competition shoe. This running shoe offers a lightweight feel without sacrificing durability, responsiveness and support. The ASICS Gel Noosa Fast 2 features drainage holes to keep the foot dry and elastic shoelaces to optimize transitions during a triathlon.