- Brand – Asics
- Model – Gel 1160
- Type – Motion control
- Weight – 303 grams (10.7 oz)
- Price – $85
- Feet – Normal or low arches
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Asics are one of the leading brands when it comes to running shoes. They make all apparel but have become well known for their technologically advanced running shoes. They have even recently started a television advertisement campaign promoting them as a brand for running shoes. Asics has a facility that has over 200 staff working on research and development to improve their range of running shoes. With this backing you can expect the best running shoes currently available today.
Asics Gel 1160 Review
These Asics Gel 1160 surpass the previous model which were the Gel 1150′s. They were extremely popular so Asics had a lot of work to improve them. Improve them they did by adding more of the technology they’ve discovered in their facilities. The Gel 1160′s are quite unique in that they’re good for people who pronate normally and overpronators. These are generally runners with normal or low arches. They have all the cushioning you need and are quite a lightweight shoe.
Upper – The collar and tongue is padded for comfort so there’s no irritation as you’re running. The upper has mesh lining. This helps the shoe fit better and makes your feet breathable. There is 3M reflectivity at strategic points in the upper for better safety under low light conditions. The overlay is synthetic leather which provides protection against anything the weather can throw at you.
Heel and Forefoot – This is where the Asics Gel cushioning comes into it’s own. These Gel packs are placed in certain parts of the heel and forefoot where it’s needed. They provide cushioning for the heel as your foot lands. In the forefoot it provides a firm propulsive push off from the toe as your stride continues. All this enhances your runs and provides the needed shock absorption.
Midsole – The midsole is a super EVA compound. This gives you improved energy return as you run. It also reduces premature midsole breakdown. You need the midsole to breakdown but this must be in a controlled way and this midsole helps with that. The midsole also has a dual density system which provides support and stability as you run. This is what helps the overpronator during their stride.
Outsole – The Durasponge outsole is made of blown AHAR rubber for superior cushioning and durability. The outsole is made to give you the optimum traction while still having the flexibility you need in a running shoe. It has a Trusstic system which reduces the weight of the sole unit while maintaining the ultimate structural integrity of the shoe. In the heel and forefoot where the shoe gets the most wear there is further durability enhancements.
Asics Gel 1160 Conclusion
The Asics Gel 1160 is a good lightweight running shoe that has a reasonable price tag. It’s an improvement on the old model if you’re considering upgrading. The shoe carries the full spectrum of being ok for normal arches and low arches, flat feet or overpronators. It’s basically an all round shoe that is ideal for someone relatively new to running and doesn’t want to spend too much. It doesn’t have all the latest technologies but it’s still a very good shoe.