Asics is a Japanese company that has been making a variety of sports equipment since 1949. Starting with basketball shoe manufacturing, it wasn’t long until Asics grew its presence into other Olympic sports throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. They are known for their quality and although their prices are on the higher end, they are consistently one of the best known sports brands in the world. Recently, their running shoes have been ranked among the highest in terms of performance footwear. Asics has a wide variety of running shoes for almost every type of runner. The Asics Trounce 2 is great for people new to running who require more arch support or stability features.
This is an outsole designed for the road
. It is made up of a combination of carbon and blown rubber. The carbon rubber is great for those high impact areas of the outsole, so that the shoe remains durable even after extended use. The blown rubber provides additional traction by partially flexing around surfaces and sticking to them. The blown rubber is also great for providing a little extra cushion, as it gives a little more shock attenuation and works well with the midsole material to provide a smooth, stable ride. The outsole pattern is specifically designed to follow the natural shape of the foot, giving runners the most traction directly under their foot and encouraging use of their natural stride.
The midsole is primarily cushioned with Asics gel style cushioning and testers report that this is what makes this shoe highly comfortable
. There is additional cushion in the rearfoot and forefoot, which is great for long runs on hard pavement. Besides the plush cushioning that the gel system provides, there are also a lot of great support features for stability and especially for runners with flat feet. The Duomax support system is a dual density system that is positioned specifically to enhance the support and stability of the shoe. A Trusstic system is a plastic bridge located under the arch and it provides additional strength and stability without the loss of flexibility. This plastic bridge also helps to control twisting of the foot during the stride.
The primary upper material is a breathable mesh that covers the outside of the shoe. There are also synthetic overlays that give the shoe structure, and combined with the lacing system, wrap around the foot for added comfort. This shoe features a traditional lacing system with laces that are a little thicker and sit flat along the top of the foot. They connect directly to the synthetic overlays around the midfoot, great for providing a secure feeling. The inner lining is made of soft material for a great next to foot feeling. The shoe also features a plush tongue and collar, great for keeping debris out and further enhancing the fit and feeling of this shoe.
Weighing in at just over 10.5oz for men and just under for women, this is a moderate to heavy shoe. This shoe was primarily designed as a support shoe, and as such, has some additional weight in some of these added stability features. The gel cushion helps to support the stride and provide additional comfort, but adds a little extra weight to this shoe. At this weight, this shoe is not designed as a racing shoe and is more suited to casual runners needing support. Some runners might use this as a marathon distance
shoe depending on their speed and how much support they need throughout a long distance race.
The mesh upper on this shoe is highly breathable, which is great for keeping runner’s feet cool and dry. The synthetic material which gives the shoe structure is located primarily around the lacing system, the heel, and the areas where the upper attaches to the outsole unit, leaving a lot of area for air to enter and pass throughout the shoe. The area above the toes is especially open, great for getting airflow throughout the stride.
Asics has designed a highly comfortable shoe with gel cushioning in the rearfoot and forefoot. This gel system is great for warding off impact
related injuries caused by landing heel first. It also provides great impact protection on landing and on take off. The dual density cushioning supports the stride and promotes proper foot placement. The Trusstic system in the midfoot is great for minimizing any twisting throughout the stride, good for keeping runners comfortable on long runs. Some testers did find the shoe to run a little small, making it a little uncomfortable for runners with big or wide feet. Overall, this is a comfortable shoe with lots of support features.
This is a very classic running shoe. Due to the support, it has a higher heel cup and the lacing system comes up to really hug the entirety of the foot. It is moderately cushioned, also giving it a somewhat bulky look. For runners who don’t mind this classic style running shoe, there are a variety of color options, some, like the pink
for women, that are a little louder, but there are options for people looking for a more conservative style. This bulkier, traditional shoe style isn’t for everyone, but it’s biggest advantage is that it leaves lots of extra room for comfort and support for everyday use.
This shoe has a great durable design. The carbon rubber outsole is very abrasion resistant
good for giving traction for many miles on paved surfaces. The midsole unit is built of many durable technologies. The Trusstic system makes for increased durability and strength in the midsole while also providing support for the runners. The synthetic overlays on the upper are placed throughout to enhance the durability of the shoe. This is a shoe that will last many comfortable and supportive miles.
The most protective features of this shoe are the support and stability
. This shoe is for runners that have flat feet or a lack of foot strength that increases how prone they are to overuse injuries caused by overpronation and other form flaws. There is also a lot of cushion throughout to provide shock attenuation, also essential in protecting from injury. The inner lining is soft and the upper breathable, great for warding off blisters.
This is more of a supportive, cushioned shoe than it is responsive. The midsole unit has a few different technologies that support and cushion the stride, making for a shoe that doesn’t have a ton of ground feel or responsiveness. This is good as a long distance trainer
, the casual 5km run, or even a shoe for everyday, comfortable use.
This is classified as a light support shoe and there are lots of supportive features throughout the shoe, adding a little bit of motion control and encouraging proper running form. The dual density cushion is strategically placed in the midsole to encourage proper motion. The Trusstic system provides support and strength in the arch, great for people with flat feet, it also discourages from any twisting motions in the stride.
This is a road shoe and the many impact resistant features make it great for hard, paved surfaces. The carbon rubber gives the shoe traction and durability, while the blown rubber enhances impact protection and helps to grip these hard surfaces. This shoe is built for roads or sidewalks, or other paved, even surfaces.
Originally retailing at 100 USD, this shoe is now available for just over 65 USD on some websites. At 65 USD, this is a great price for a shoe of this quality of shoe, especially if you are a runner with flat feet who needs some extra support in your stride. At this price, this shoe is also ideal if you are looking for an everyday trainer to take to the gym or even wear while running errands.
The combination of carbon rubber and blown rubber on the outsole of this shoe make for good traction on hard surfaces. The blown rubber flexes with the stride and bends around hard surfaces lending the outsole a bit of a sticky rubber feeling, great for a solid toe off. The tread pattern also follows the natural shape of the foot, giving runners traction where it is most useful.
This isn’t a flexible shoe, but it isn’t built to be. Generally flexible shoes are great for runners with a lot of foot strength and running experience. This shoe is built for people that are maybe new to running or have flat feet and require extra support. This shoe is for you if you are just looking for something to get you into the sport while preventing injury.
This is stability shoe and is built for runners needing stability throughout their stride. It supports the foot from heel to toe and provides some torsion control, great for runners who tend to twist their knees. In general, a stability shoe like this is great for runners who need extra support in the shoe to ward off injury.
There is a 10mm heel to toe offset in this shoe, which is a typical offset for a stability or motion control shoe. This allows for some extra cushioning in the rear foot and is great for supporting a runner’s stride as they transition from heel to toe throughout the stride.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Trounce 2
Key Features of the Asics Gel Trounce 2
• Rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning are great at providing shock attenuation and make for an all around comfortable shoe
• Duomax Support System is dual density cushion where you need it most, it is designed to cushion the stride, as well as provide support and control
• Trusstic System, a plastic support in the arch of the foot, good for runners with flat feet, it also provides some torsion control and stride support
• A combination of carbon rubber and blown rubber make for a highly durable outsole that also provides a little bit of impact protection and great traction on hard surfaces
• California slip lasting is when the upper is stitched around the EVA board and is attached directly to the midsole for better stability and support.
This traditionally styled running shoe is great for providing runners new to the sport with the cushion and stability they need to comfortably get into running. The stability features and the arch support are also great for runners with flat feet or form issues. All together the Asics Trounce 2 is a great shoe for providing support, impact protection and a comfortably stable ride for many miles. Runners love the gel cushioning in this shoe, and rave about how comfortable it is, the upper is also highly breathable and the inner lining provides a great next to foot feeling. If you are needing something with some extra support or are looking for your very first running shoe, check this one out.