ASICS Gel Sendai 2

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ASICS Gel Sendai 2 Review Facts

Starting in 1977,  ASICS has come a long way with the technology of their products.  ASICS, an acronym for “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body”, was created in the belief that the best way to live a happy and healthy life is to engage in health and fitness. The ASICS Sendai 2’s are equipped with an endless list of high-tech features that are sure to give any athlete a runners high. Every aspect of this shoe is engineered with some sort of technology, from FluidFit uppers with reinforced mutli-directional stretch mesh, Solyte gel cushioning in the midsole, and AHAR high endurance rubber that make up the outsole. These are just a few of many features that make the shoes so advanced. If you are in search of a trainer for middle distance running, these shoes are sure to deliver a comfortable ride with all the modern shoe technology ASICS has to offer!

Pros
  • High-tech outsoles that provide extreme durability
  • Solyte midsole for “pillow like” cushioning
  • Bright and vibrant color options
  • Great for an everyday trainer
Cons
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsoles of the ASICS Sendia 2 are ready to conquer any paved run. Equipped with rear foot and forefoot gel to absorb and distribute shock upon impact. The rubber that makes up the outsoles in composed of AHAR, ASICS High Absorption Rubber gives the outsoles plenty of durability. The Trustic System in the heel of the foot reduces the weight of the sole unit and adds durability as well. Throughout the bottom of the shoe is a Guidance Line which is a line that separates the tooling along the line of progression. This line enhances effective and efficient gait propulsion.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The cushioning of the midsole is a new and improved version of the EVA cushioning. The Solyte midsole is light and durable and provides the perfect amount of cushioning. Runners reported that the midsole is soft and cushiony but still firm enough to provide support. A Comfordry Sockliner lines the inside of the shoes with moisture wicking material allowing for maximum ventilation for sweaty feet. In between the midsole and outsole is an Impact Guidance System (IGS) to enhance the natural gait of runners in order to avoid under and over propulsion.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Made of FluidFit material, multi-directional stretch mesh and reinforcements form to the foot for a perfect fit. The uppers of these shoes are a little on the firmer/stiffer side but still flexible enough to shape to the foot. The uppers are stamped with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of accecptance, granted to products that promote good foot health.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weighing in at 12.4 ounces, ASICS Sendai 2’s are a half ounce lighter than their predecessor. While they are lighter than the previous version, they do run a little on the heavy side for running shoes. Many runners who ran shorter distances on a regular basis said the weight did not interfere with their runs and were great for quick runs.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

With extra ventilation in the upper part of the toe box area and a Comfodry Sockliner that made of fast moisture wicking material, these shoes provide an adequate amount of breathability. While breathability was not one of the highest rated qualities of the shoes, they do provide sufficient ventilation for dry runs and sweaty feet.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

“Like running on a cloud” was a term that was frequently used when describing the comfort of the ASICS Sendai 2’s. Runners truly raved about how comfortable these shoes were. Many said that the break in time was minimal and the shoes were so comfortable they wore them for many other activities in addition to running. They described the midsole as the perfect amount of cushion, compared to a “firm pillow” that supported the feet. Many runners reported that they had purchased two or more pairs of these shoes.
Style
Style

Style

Bright, bold, vibrant are just a few words to describe the upbeat color coordinated styles of these ASICS. The shoes are eye-catching with their flashy color that come in ice blue/mint/blue, purple/hot pink/flash yellow, and pink glow/navy/turquoise for women’s shoes. For men, black/onyx/flash yellow, high risk red/black/flash green and flashy yellow/black/red. Coupled with the classic ASICS overlays, these shoes were commended for their vibrant style that runners fell in love with.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsoles of these ASICS Sendai 2’s were designed to last. From the ASICS high abrasion rubber (AHAR), the Trusstic system to reduce wear on high impact spots, and an inside Comfodry Sockliner providing extra support and durability, ASICS infused multiple technologies to ensure long-lasting durability. Runners reported that these shoes lasted for an average of 250-300 miles and held up extremely well. There were very few complaints about any aspects of the shoe fraying, falling apart, or being a short term shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The midsole and outsole of these shoes were designed with protection in mind, with a strategically fitted upper to add to the overall effectiveness. The upper is firm and supportive with overlays to shield your feet from the environment effectively. With its Gel Damping system, Solyte midsole and Fluid Fit Leather technology, you get superior protection in a well balanced package.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Lined with a Comfordry sockliner, this liner not only offers moisture wicking abilities but also adds responsiveness to the shoe, giving the feeling of a slight quick rebound of energy with each step.
Support
Support

Support

Support wise, these ASICS have a heel clutching system which act as an exoskeletal heel for added comfort and support. The clutching system secures the foot in the shoe for a form fitting feeling. The IGS, is an imapact guidance system within the shoes to enhance the foots natural gait and prevent the runner from over or under pronating. Athletes described these shoes as the "perfect fit". The technology embedded within the shoes provides optimal support and a custom fit material and technology the hugs the foot in all the right places.
Price
Price

Price

Ranging between $80-130 depending on the seller, this price is on the higher end for ASICS. But if you are looking for a shoe that is loaded with high tech features that are created to improve your run and are backed by the APMA Seal of Acceptance, these shoes may be worth the extra money. You will definitely have a long list of technology to know what you will be getting with these shoes!
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

ASICS Sendai 2's provide the best ride on the road but can also handle a little bit of bumpy terrain. Reviewers noted when used on road or track, the ride was smooth. The traction on these shoes is durable and supplies a good amount of grip when used on the surface they were intended for.
Stability
Stability

Stability

These ASICS are not recommended for runners who need stability. They are a neutral shoe and do not provide any support for under or overpronators.
Drop
Drop

Drop

With a heel height of 22mm and forefoot height of 12mm, this shoe comes in at a 10mm drop which is pretty standard.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Asics Gel Sendai 2's are firm but give just enough flexibility for the foot to move comfortably. The rubber is durable but flexes just enough to accommodate to a runners stride as well as push off.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The bottom of the outsoles have a good amount of tread for optimal traction on the road. The heel of the shoe has 3 separate rubber grips and the forefoot has grips to avoid slipping when pushing off.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Sendai 2
 Key Features of the Asics Gel Sendai 2

Key Features of the Asics Gel Sendai 2

• AHAR High durability outsole rubber
• Guidance Line along progression line for correction propulsion
• Solyte Midsole for supportive and durable cushioning
• FluidFit multidirectional stretch mesh
• APMA Seal of Acceptance
• High quality Comfodry Sockliner
• IGS to enhance natural Gait
• Propulsion Trusstics for arch support
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

ASICS Sendai 2’s are loaded with high-tech features such as FluidFit uppers made of multi-directional stretch mesh with reinforcements, Solyte gel cushioning, heel clutching system for support, Propulsion Trusstic system, IGS for impact guidance to enhance foot natural movement, and AHAR high endurance quality rubber outsoles. The neutral ride these shoes provided runners was perfect for shorter distance runs on smoothers surfaces. The quality of these shoes is superior and are designed to last for miles and miles. With so many upgrades and a lighter weight than their precede version, ASICS definitely listened to what athletes were looking for in a shoe and deliver it with the ASICS Sendai 2 version.