Asics Trounce 2

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Asics Trounce 2 Review Facts

Since 1949, Japanese company Asics has made different kinds of athletic equipment. Starting with basketball shoes, Asics began to manufacture equipment for Olympic sports throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. They are known for their high quality and although their prices are slightly expensive compared to other brands, 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.

Pros
  • Rearfoot and midfoot gel cushioning make for a very comfortable shoe that provides a soft landing for every stride
  • Lots of stability features built in make this a great shoe for runners with pronation issues or runners who just need a little extra stride and foot support
  • Given the durability and comfort of this shoe, it is relatively inexpensive, making for a great addition to your running rotation
Cons
  • Some find these shoes run a little small, causing some discomfort for wide feet
  • Not the most responsive shoe
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

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.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

This shoe's midsole is mostly cushioned with gel cushioning and testers report that this is what makes this shoe highly comfortable. There is additional cushion in the rearfoot and forefoot, which is good for distance runs on pavement and other hard surfaces. In addition to the gel system's plush cushioning, there are also a lot of great support features for stability and especially for flat-footed runners. The Duomax support system is a dual density system that is positioned specifically to enhance the support and stability of the shoe. Under the arch is the Trusstic system, a plastic bridge that adds stability and strength without compromising flexibility. The Trusstic system also works to control twisting and over-pronation during strides.
Upper
Upper

Upper

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.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The men's shoe weighs 10.5 oz and the women's weighs 10 oz. This is a moderate to heavy shoe. It was designed for support, and therefore has some extra weight because of these 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 geared toward daily runners who need extra support rather than racing, training or competing. 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.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The mesh upper on this shoe is very 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.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

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.
Style
Style

Style

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 its biggest advantage is that it leaves lots of extra room for comfort and support for everyday use.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This shoe has a great durable design. Its carbon rubber outsole is very abrasion resistant, good for giving traction for many miles on paved surfaces. Its midsole unit is built of many durable technologies. The Trusstic system makes for increased strength and durability in the midsole while also providing support for the runners. The upper's synthetic overlays surround the foot to increase durability, and the mesh is durable as well. This is a shoe that will last many comfortable and supportive miles.
Protection
Protection

Protection

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. The toe cap plays an important part in protecting the toes and forefoot from stubbing or bruising.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Asics Trounce 2 is more of a cushioned and supportive shoe than it is responsive. The midsole uses a few technologies that cushion and support the stride, creating a shoe that is not very responsive and without much ground feel, which is ideal for runners who are new to the sport and not sure yet how they pronate, or require the extra cushioning, arch support or stability to prevent over-pronation. This is good trainer for long distance runs, a casual 5km run, or for everyday use, but not for racing or speed training.
Support
Support

Support

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, as well as over-pronation.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Trounce 2 was designed for roads and its features make it resistant to impact, which great for hard or paved surfaces. Its carbon rubber provides the shoe with durability and traction, while its blown rubber protects against impact and, along with its treads, helps grip hard surfaces. The Trounce 2 is ideal for sidewalks, roads, and other even or paved surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

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.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole's blown and carbon rubber combination provide great traction on roads and hard surfaces. Its blown rubber has treads for gripping and flexes that move with the stride and bend around various surfaces giving the outsole a feeling of sticking, ideal for a strong toe off. The tread pattern also follows the natural shape of the foot, giving runners traction where it is most useful.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This is not a flexible shoe, but it is not built to be. Generally flexible shoes are great for runners with a lot of foot strength and running experience, intended to help them pick up speed and maintain their running form. This shoe is built for people that are maybe new to running or have flat feet and require extra support, but still has enough flexibility in its treads, cushioning, and upper to allow comfortable movement. This shoe is for you if you are just looking for something to get you into the sport while preventing injury.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Asics Trounce 2 is stability shoe that is designed for runners needing stability in their stride. It gives the foot great support in the heel and midfoot and also helps control torsion, great for runners prone to twisting their knees. In general, a stability shoe like this is great for runners who need extra support in the shoe to ward off injury, such as over-pronators.
Drop
Drop

Drop

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. This helps prevent injury in new runners or those who are prone to muscle or joint injury.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• 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.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This traditionally styled running shoe is great for providing new runners 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.