Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 Review Facts
The are few shoes on the market that outperform Asics. Boasting longevity in the business, with over 60 years under their belt, and high quality manufacturing, Asics are at the top of the running shoe industry. They combine performance with durability and comfort to bring runners some of best and most unique shoes out there. The Gel series is Asics most popular series. The Gel Noosa Tri series has only been around since 2001, but anytime Asics comes up with a new twist on their most popular series, runners are always paying attention. The Gel Noosa Tri series is designed to hold up under triathlon conditions. Does the ninth iteration of the shoe hold up?
Like with most Asics shoes in the Gel series, Asics opts to use their High Abrasion Resistant Rubber on the outsole of the shoe. This rubber provides excellent durability and protection. You’ll be hard pressed to find runners who don’t like the outsole of an Asics shoe. Their technology is second to none and they know how to put together an outsole that is going to hold up under any condition. The forefoot only features one flex groove that goes all the way across this shoe. This, unfortunately, hurts the flexibility of the shoe a bit.
Considering that the shoe it meant for triathlon competition, this isn’t a huge concern as the durability and long term performance is more important that a flexible shoe that provides a runner with strong push off for speed. To compromise, and make up for the lack of flexibility, Asics uses DuraSponge that gives the runner a comfortable and assisted push off. The forefoot of the outsole is soft and you can feel the shoe spring to life when going through the toe-off of your gait cycle
. Asics also uses their WetGrip technology. This technology is a mix of natural and inorganic materials that come together to help the outsole provide better grip and prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
Like the outsole, a lot of old favorites are featured in the outsole for the Gel Noosa Tri 9. First, there is the Gel cushioning system. What this technology does is pretty simple. It absorbs the impact of your foot when you strike the ground and provides you with a comfortable, protective, and supportive ride. You can feel it squish underneath your foot as you run.
The Gel technology is located in both the forefoot of the midsole and the heel of the midsole. In the middle you’ll find the Dynamic DuoMax Support System. Like the Gel, the Dynamic DuoMox Support System is designed to provide you with a comfortable, protective, and supportive ride. It’s also made out of a lightweight material, which lessen the weight of the shoe and feels very responsive underneath your foot. The Solyte portion of the midsole is a full length foam that gives the midsole a second layer and enhances the cushioning, support, and stability that you already have.
Asics uses an open mesh upper with a seamless construction. The open mesh allows your foot to breath as air can easily travel through the shoe to keep your foot cool and dry. The seamless construction reduces the chances of any irritation and blisters. It also fits nicely around the top of your foot. Since these shoes are designed for triathlon athletics, Asics has opted to use elastic laces for easy removal and retrieval. It’s a smart feature and just goes to shoe how much thought Asics
has put in to designing these shoes.
The shoes weigh 9.9 oz, which is about average for a triathlon shoe
. The weight mainly comes from the high abrasion rubber on the outsole and the heel overlay on the upper. Considering the durability and protection that the shoe provides, it’s a testament to Asics that the shoe doesn’t weigh more. The only complaint I’ve seen is that, because the shoe is a lighter weight, it could stand to be a bit more flexible.
With the open mesh upper and the sock liner throughout, you’re going to get great breathability from this shoe. There are air access points all across the forefoot of the shoe in the upper. While the paint design may look like an overlay that provides little to no breathability, it’s all part of the open mesh and has plenty of room to breath. The sock liner helps keep the foot dry and airy. The upper is comfortable, but not suffocating.The only issue with the breathability is the overlay around the heel of your foot. The sock liner helps keep the back of your foot dry, but I would have liked to seen a bit more air flow on the back end.
Considering that the Gel Noosa Tri 9 are designed for triathlon events, comfort is extremely important. These will be the first shoes you put on, assuming you don’t bike in them and bike with clip shoes, after spending hours swimming
and biking. And then you’re going to run for at least two hours, sometimes double or triple that. Your whole body will by aching, and your feet and legs will be especially sore.
So, you want a shoe that is comfortable, and the Gel Noosa 9 hits the mark. The upper grips well to the top of your foot, and while it doesn’t conform to it or have a perfect fit, it gives your feet plenty of room to wiggle and breath. The comfort really shines in the midsole and outsole. As mentioned, the midsole and outsole are soft and springy. This reduces the impact your feet and legs will take and feel when running. After a long 2/3 of a triathlon
, reducing the amount of stress on your feet and legs is a must. Some runners have said that the interior was a bit uncomfortable and led to blisters, which can’t be ignored.
These shoes are meant to stand out. The style and effort put into them by Asics is absolutely incredible. They won’t be everyone, maybe a little too flashy and too busy, but they will certainly turn some heads. The glow in the dark heel is a really nice touch that adds to the overall style of the shoe. Each shoe features at least three different colors that all blend together to create a graffiti like appearance. Some might off-put by the design, but I think it’s unique and a strong selling point.
Built for triathlons
, you know that these shoes are meant to last. Asics does a great job in creating an outsole and a midsole that holds up for long periods of time. You’ll easily get 300 miles, likely more, out of the Noosa Tri 9. The High Abrasion Resistant Rubber on the outsole, the multiple layered midsole, the seamless upper, the IGS, and everything else Asics has put into this shoe gives it long lasting durability that runners will enjoy. Durability really starts with the midsole and outsole, and Asics nails both components in the Noosa Tri 9.
The High Abrasion Resistant Rubber on the outsole ensures that the bottom of your foot is well protected from the road and elements. This, along with the midsole, keeps your foot from feeling anything underneath you. Another common feature that is prevelent in the Gel Noosa Tri 9 is Asics Impact Guidance System. This helps disperse the pressure on the bottom of your foot as you strike the ground. Also returning is the Propulsion Trusstic, which are the small rectangles in the middle of the outsole. This mimics the connective tissue of your foot as you run and adds to the protection of the shoe, while also taking off the stress.
The gel series is absolute aces in delivering responsiveness. It’s a gel, it’s meant to be felt underneath your foot. While it may not be as prevalent as it is in other Gel shoes, I promise you that it's there. You can feel the squish in the midsole, both in the forefoot and heel, when your foot makes contact with the ground. And you can feel the spring when you begin to take our next stride. While the shoe isn’t as flexible as one may like, it’s tough to complain with the overall responsiveness of the shoe.
The midsole provides supreme support. The Solyte full-length foam and the Dynamic DuoMax Support System in the midsole keeps your foot stable and supportive. It’s a shoe meant to provide stability, especially in the midsole area. With a 10mm drop, it doesn’t matter if your have flat feet
or high arches, these shoes will support any foot type. Many runners were thrilled at the amount of support the shoes provided despite the relatively light weight.
You’re not going to find many triathlons
ran on the trails, which means these shoes are meant for the road. That said, they will hold up on well-designed and easy trails. The Wet Grip outsole gives you great grip on any surface, including wet surfaces. You can take these shoes out on the road in light rain or after a heavy storm and run comfortably knowing that you won’t slip up.
No longer available through Asics website, you can still purchase the Gel Noosa Tri 9 through Amazon and other providers. On Amazon, they sell for upwards for $139. That might be a little high for some runners, but with the durability of the shoe, it’s a solid investment.
•Impact Guidance System
•Gel Cushioning System
•Wet Grip outsole provides great traction on wet surfaces
•Breathable and comfortable open mesh upper
•Glow in the dark features
•Can get on quickly and easily
If you compete in triathlons, then you can’t go wrong with the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9. This shoe is build of triathlons and holds up extremely well in those conditions. The durability, comfort, and support of these shoes is second to none. Asics continues to hit the mark with their gel series. The price might be a sticking point for some, but the shoes are well worth it. If nothing else, you’ll look good on the road and have plenty of fellow runners asking, “who makes those?”