Gel-Kinsei: Plenty of Spring in the Step

This high-tech running shoe from ASICS may be a bit heavy and expensive, but you can't argue with its performance

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Durable; excellent support; works as advertised

The Bad: Pricey; heavy

The Bottom Line: Shoes that live up to the hype that surrounded their launch

ASICS spent eight years and an estimated $3 million developing the $165 Gel-Kinsei. So it's little wonder that the makers opted to introduce the shoe amid fanfare, previewing the Gel-Kinsei at the 2005 New York City Marathon under a banner that simply read, "behold" and making the product available for purchase only at a small number of specialty running stores at a time.

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