There are few companies in the running shoe market that outperform Asics. Boasting longevity in their business, with over 60 years in operation and providing high-quality manufacturing, Asics are at the top of the running shoe industry, combining performance with durability and comfort to provide runners with some of best shoes available today. The Gel series is Asics most popular series, and among this series is the Gel Noosa Tri. The Gel Noosa Tri series has only been around since 2001 (to great acclaim), but when Asics comes up with a new twist on their most popular series, runners always take notice. The Gel Noosa Tri series is designed to hold up under triathlon conditions, and it seems Asics delivers with every single line. But does the ninth iteration of the shoe hold up? Let’s look at some of the improvements in this edition.
The Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 continues the reputation this line has for durability and dependability. While designed with triathlons in mind, the Tri 9 is adept at a number of running pursuits, including everyday training. Its vivid style is eye-catching and kinetic, complete with a glow-in-the-dark coating on the heel for heightened visibility in low-light conditions. The shoe itself is made of high-quality components. Its open construction upper provides comfort and protection while guaranteeing the foot is well-ventilated during a run. The midsole of the Tri 9 is a lightweight foam unit that’s responsive and helps runners naturally move through the gait cycle and provides a springy toe-off. And of course, Asics’ signature Gel Cushioning System is also included in the front and rear of the midsole for additional cushioning. Made of Asics’ durable AHAR (High Abrasion Rubber), the outsole is resistant to wear and tear, while its Wet Grip technology provides a great grip even on slippery and wet surfaces. Overall, the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 is a solid update to one of Asics’ most popular lines of shoes.
The Gel technology is located in both the forefoot and the heel of the midsole. In the middle of the midsole, you’ll find the Dynamic DuoMax Support System. Like the Gel, the Dynamic DuoMox Support System is designed to provide the runner with a comfortable, protective, and supportive ride. The midsole unit is made of a lightweight material that lessens the overall weight of the shoe and provides a very responsive ride. The Solyte portion of the midsole is a full-length foam that gives the midsole a second layer and enhances cushioning, support, and stability.
If you want a shoe that is comfortable, the Gel Noosa Tri 9 hits the mark. The upper conforms nicely to the top of your foot after lace-up while still giving your feet plenty of room to breathe. The comfort level of the Tri 9 really shines in the midsole and outsole. As mentioned, the midsole and outsole are soft and springy, which reduces the shock of impact on a runner’s feet and legs during a run. After performing in a triathlon, reducing the amount of stress on the feet and legs is a must.
•Gel Cushioning System
•Wet Grip outsole provides great traction on wet surfaces
•Breathable and comfortable open mesh upper
•Glow in the dark heel
•Made from highly durable materials
•Can lace-up quickly and easily