Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11 Review Facts
The Asics Gel Noosa gets its name from the Noosa Triathlon in Queensland, Australia. This shoe is bold, it’s loud, and it begs for attention in all the right ways. The Noosa is a mid-stability shoe designed for neutral and over-pronation. Asics incorporates several technological feats to create a truly remarkable shoe — both inside and out. Your average “Joe Schmo” will appreciate it as much as your competitive triathlete for many of the same reasons. Before getting into specifics and technicalities, let’s just say that if the Noosa were a sandwich, it would excite our taste buds in many ways. Similarly, the Noosa combines several “tasty” ingredients that are sure to please our feet and it sandwiches them all under a single shoe.
The outsole on the Noosa Tri 11 is made from Asics AHAR rubber — AHAR which stands for Asics High Abrasion Rubber, is a type of rubber compound that's infused with quality carbon materials which help for added tread and toughness. This rubber is found on specific high impact spots on the shoe. The bottom also contains a DURASPONGE OUTSOLE which is made from soft blown rubber compounds. You can find the DURASPONGE OUTSOLE on the forefoot part of the shoe.
On the midsole you’ll find Asics’ renowned gel technology through gel inserts that are located on the front and rear. The gel cushioning systems are designed for impact absorption, responsiveness, and overall ease throughout the gait cycle. The gait cycle is the 3 step process from when one foot makes contact with the ground, rises, and then makes contact with the ground again. Several other technology components are infused into the midsole including, a SOLYTE MIDSOLE, which is lighter than the standard EVA material that most running shoes use. On the midsole you can also find Asics’ DUOMAX SUPPORT system and the IMPACT GUIDANCE SYSTEM. Both systems are designed for support and stability.
The Noosa’s upper is more than just cool paint splatter graphics. Here you can find a seamless appearance through the use of thin overlays. Overlays are basically strips of fabric that go on top of the shoe to reinforce the area and keep the foot snug and secure. While there are still some material overlays, a good chunk of them are printed on. Printed overlays reduces the need for material overlays which help to reduce weight. Engineered mesh and a perforated sock liner help with breathability. An elastic lacing system is put in place which allows lightning fast lacing — an especially important component of a triathlon where time is off the essence.
The Noosa Tri 11 reigns supremely in this category weighing in not quite as light as a feather but light enough for your feet to take notice. The men’s version weighs in at 9.3 oz and the women’s weighs about 8.1 oz — making them considerably lighter than other shoes in the support/stability category. Asics incorporates the TRUSSTIC SYSTEM technology which connects the rear of the foot to front of the foot. This system specifically maintains the structural integrity of the shoe while reducing its weight. Designed for competitive racing in mind, it’s no surprise that the company really made an effort to find innovative methods to keep the shoe as light as possible. In fact, it’s lighter than its predecessors.
Summers in Noosa can be on the warm side so you can’t ignore breathability if you’re going to name a shoe after a sunny coastal town. So how does Asics get that nice sea breeze into your feet? Let’s begin with the engineered mesh on the upper portion of the shoe. The meshing creates an exceptional ventilation system to get air circulating around your feet. This form of mesh keeps a constant flow of air going so that your feet stay cool, dry, and comfortable. On the midsole you’ll also find a perforated insole which allows moisture drainage. Perforations can also be found on the sock liner which make it possible to go sock-less.
The Noosa integrates gel cushioning, lightweight mesh, and seamless construction to protect against abrasions, irritations, and to maintain optimal levels of comfort. Many runners have praised this shoe for its comfort but a few expressed their desire for an extra bit of cushioning
The Asics Noosa has an edgy vibrant style with its use of paint splash designs. The warm color combinations within the theme of warm sunny climates — and it makes sense given that many of the physical properties of the shoe are intended for warm climate conditions. There are 4 color combinations for the men’s shoes and 5 for the women’s. Versions for both genders garner equally distinct color options: Island Blue, Jewel, Hot Orange, Cockatoo, Flash Coral, and others to inspire your inner island vibes. These “hot hues" are not just for flash, however. These bright colors glow-in-the-dark for visibility under dark conditions.
It’s natural to associate strength and toughness with heavier materials as their density makes them more pliable against the elements. However, the Noosa Tri 11 challenges that notion by producing a shoe that remains in excellent physical standing after many miles, despite the use of light weight materials. Quality rubber components and the use of carbon filler on the outsole affect how the shoe withstands the constant pounding on the pavement. Carbon filler promotes the same type of protection that it does on a vehicle’s tires such as handling, efficiency, and resiliency against grazing.
The Noosa Tri 11 has proven to be a shoe that’s good for your running health. To recap on its breathability functions we have an upper mesh system that provides air circulation that wicks moisture away and keeps feet cool, helping to eliminate the chance for overheating. A bunion window located on the medial side serves to protect against irritation, and both a perforated sock liner and insole also help to drain out any fluid. The combination of these features are intended to keep your feet flawless and healthy. When it comes to the rest of your body, the DUOMAX support system keeps you aligned and stable through each step. The gel cushion inserts protect during landings and take offs. And let’s not forget the added bonus for glow-in-the-dark colors to keep you safe during night runs.
Asics has the Speva Midsole which creates a better bounce while protecting the shoe’s undercarriage. The Speva Midsoel is also lighter and stronger. The result with SPEVA has been greater responsiveness for shoes that utilize it. The Noosa Tri 11 uses a Solyte Midsole which essentially provides the same benefits but better in that it’s lighter, more durable, and more responsive than a Speva Midsole.
The DUOMAX system is the main support component that increases the shoe’s platform. This increase helps to keep the foot stable during movement and reduces over pronation. Together with the gel cushioning function, you end up with a shoe that keeps you stable and minimizes shock impact so that your feet are not bending in dangerously awkward positions.
It comes as no surprise that a shoe named after a triathlon event is going to be intended for road use. Not only is this a great shoe for long distance running
but it also works well as your daily outdoor trainer. This shoe contains a WET GRIP OUTSOLE— making it one of the few shoes to acknowledge that some of us will still go running, rain or shine. So if you find yourself with an inkling to tackle a quick run under the tropical rain, the Noosa Tri 11 is the shoe to do it in.
Price ranges in the mid $100s, however, some online retailers are offering them for less. If you can find them for less than a $100 bucks, don’t hesitate, as they are a real catch for that low of a price.
The Wet Grip Outsole delivers exceptional traction on wet surfaces. It’s constructed from organic and non-organic compounds. The shoe also features a Durasponge Outsole composed from soft blown rubber. It provides cushioning and durability on the forefoot and it offers great gripping on the road.
We’re already familiar with the use of lightweight construction throughout the Noosa. One of the main benefits from this is that light-weight usually means greater agility. So the seamless upper and the engineered mesh, which were chosen for weight reduction, contribute to a more limber shoe.
Despite it being light-weight shoe, the Noosa Tri 11 still falls under the support/stability genre. It’s suitable for a large population of runners who struggle with mild over pronation. Several components work together in providing a stability system but the main ingredient is the DUOMAX support system, which is a dual Density midsole.
The benefit of having more than one density is that you have a midsole maintaining a checks and balances system between opposing forces as opposed to a single density midsole only addressing one issue while ignoring another. For instance, a single density insole designed for cushioning will feel plush yet wobbly and unstable. A dual density insole on the other hand can address two issues into a single unit. Some shoes also feature multiple density midsoles. In addition, stability on the Noosa is guided by IGS (Impact Guidance System) which is a design specification that addresses the foot’s natural gait from heel to take off.
The Noosa’s drop measures 10mm — making the heal to toe height differential slightly higher than other running shoes. It’s a bit surprising considering light-weight shoes usually have lower drops. So if you’re a heel striker looking to improve your landing this shoe won’t be of much help.
•Provides cushioning and support while maintaining stability with the added benefits of a light-weight shoe
•An outsole composed with several tough rubber components
•WETGRIP OUTSOLE delivers specific traction capabilities for wet surfaces
•Seamless construction to reduce the possibility of irritation and friction
•Perforated sock liner improves moisture drainage and makes it possible to go sock-less
•Rear foot and forefoot gel inserts add extra cushioning and absorb impact
•Elastic lacing system for quick transition
•Energetic bold style
The Asics Noosa Tri 11 does not disappoint, not even close. Rather, the disappointment would come if Asics decided to discontinue this line, leaving its fans in the dust. This shoe delivers a beautiful bouquet of features that spoil us into bratty runners who will forever demand more and more from their next pair of running shoes — mechanics, comfort, protection, and creative styling all into one.
The Noosa Tri 11 is our knight in shining armor…almost. Sure, a few minor areas could use improvement, the major one being the sizing. And it would also be suggestible if Asics lowered the drop by a couple of millimeters. But for now, we’ll deal with it and appreciate it for what it is: a stability/support
shoe that’s light on the scale on heavy with ingenuity.