See What’s “Next” as ASICS America Expands into the Dynamic Training Category

  See What’s “Next” as ASICS America Expands into the Dynamic Training
  Category

New Training Collection and Campaign Highlight Theme of Continuous Improvement

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- May 8, 2013

A leading designer and manufacturer of performance athletic shoes, apparel and
accessories, ASICS now expands its appeal outside of running with a collection
of products designed specifically for athletes’ training needs. Beginning
today, ASICS America introduces its new line of footwear, apparel and
accessories created specifically for the athletic training market with an
innovative, national advertising and integrated marketing campaign built
around the concept of “Next”: the moment when an athlete pushes their limits
to achieve their goal and immediately focuses on the next challenge.

“The extensive ASICS training collection demonstrates our commitment to a
rapidly growing category, offering a full range of everything from the studio
to hard core training. Furthermore, it reinforces our dedication to providing
athletes with the best tools they need to advance in their sporting goals,”
said ASICS America Director of Marketing, Shannon Scott. “The accompanying
marketing campaign, titled ‘Next,’ points to the continuing evolution of ASICS
as a brand while reinforcing its core message of continuous improvement.”

Products in the new ASICS training collection are designed to withstand the
strenuous and repetitive nature of training routines. All items in the
collection offer the perfect mix of high design, technology and performance to
help athletes move ahead to their next training challenge, whether it’s at the
gym or studio, running path or track.

Fall 2013 highlights of the ASICS training collection include:

  *Footwear

       *The GEL-Fortius™ TR for variable cross training. The shoe includes a
         super sticky outsole and reinforced toe bumper to prevent wear and
         tear during intense, short interval workouts.
       *The GEL-Synthesis™ shoe with an innovative inner slipper that can be
         worn alone for a more barefoot training experience.
       *The GEL-Craze™ TR for running-based training. The new shoe employs a
         rearfoot feature with uniquely positioned flex grooves for optimized
         flexibility.
       *The GEL-Rhythmic® 2, a perfect shoe for the dance enthusiast.
       *GEL-Sustain™ TR is one of the lightest training shoes on the market
         today. A lightweight supportive upper combined with an ultra-flexible
         midsole and rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System.
       *GEL-Blur33 TR is designed for superior flexibility in a lightweight
         and supportive package, featuring lateral support and enhanced
         cushioning.

  *Apparel and Accessories

       *Abby® Collection for Women
       *All Sport™ Collection for Men

A new high-energy TV spot will run during national broadcast sports
programming, including the NBA playoffs on ESPN and Turner networks. In the
“Next” commercial, a variety of ASICS Elite Athletes advance through their
training moves while wearing the new collection. Olympian Lolo Jones flies
across asphalt tethered to a parachute, while Olympic decathlon medalist Bryan
Clay wields a hammer for strength training. Shot put competitor Russ Winger
conquers the free weights and new ASICS athlete, performance-training
aficionado, Rosario Rios-Aguilar, commands the rings. All athletes push their
training efforts to the next level, accompanied by the catchy folk tune,
“What’s Next,” written by advertising creative director, KT Thayer.

Complementing the national television spot will be a full digital and print
campaign so stay tuned for the ASICS launch of a unique training activation
which reinforces the “Next” theme. The mobile, experiential program will
launch in Summer 2013. To learn more about the ASICS training initiative
please visit: www.asicstraining.com

To view the What’s Next? TV spot, click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpRJUaO-Y24

About ASICS

Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” is an old
Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which
the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by
Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of
performance athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. For more information,
visit www.asics.com.

The stripe design featured on the sides of ASICS^® shoes is a trademark of
ASICS Corporation and is a registered trademark in most countries of the
world.

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Contact:

ASICS America Public Relations:
Melinda Hutcheon, 949-266-7029
melindah@asicsamerica.com
or
Ashley Wallace, 646-428-0667
Ashley.Wallace@allisonpr.com
 
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