ASICS’ Gel-Kinsei Blast LE 2 is the latest addition to the Gel-Kinsei lineup and has been specifically designed to provide runners with top-tier protection on the road.
This groundbreaking shoe is the first of its kind and is an ideal choice for those who enjoy running to stay fit and are looking for a stylish, high-performance shoe. It also boasts a modern knitted design that delivers exceptional cushioning and lightweight protection.
With its engineered knit upper, this shoe offers unmatched comfort and support to the runner. The lightweight and breathable knit construction takes inspiration from the samurai’s protective armour.
The shoe’s reinforced toe box and heel counter are highly valued for their ability to prevent longitudinal slippage. While knit uppers may stretch over time, the additional structure provides reliable protection throughout the shoe’s lifespan.
Another noteworthy feature of the shoe’s upper is the tongue, which is not gusseted but works exceptionally well.
The strategically padded neoprene tongue has the ideal thickness and provides enough grip to prevent any slipping during a run.
If you desire a more secure fit, they can use the eyelet lacing system to stretch out the midfoot and provide additional support at the heel.
The FlyteFoam BLAST midsole in this shoe incorporates ASICS’ latest and softest cushioning material, FlyteFoam BLAST PLUS.
The result is a highly responsive and lightweight shoe that facilitates smoother landings and transitions. What sets this model apart is the PEBAX propulsion plate integrated into the midsole that effectively redirects the runner’s energy forward, generating a sensation of speed.
The shoe’s engineered AHARPLUS™ outsole has been strategically positioned over high-impact areas to enhance durability across all types of terrain.
Generally, the shoe delivers a stable and consistent ride, regardless of the pace, and is reminiscent of the Kayano Lite 2, but with a more subdued feel.
Despite the absence of a Trusstic System component or Duomax, the most noteworthy aspect of the midsole is the stability achieved through the Pebax plate and dual-density foams. For neutral runners like us, the shoe’s stability is a prominent feature.