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SHOE REVIEW: ASICS Gel-Kinsei Blast

ASICS Gel-Kinsei Blast features a propulsion plate and Flyte-Foam Blast cushioning

The Gel-Kinsei Blast from ASICS is an evolution of the Gel-Kinsei series that is engineered to give runners maximum protection on the road. This shoe is the first of its kind and is perfect for the casual runner who runs to stay in shape and wants a great-looking shoe. This shoe has a modern knit esthetic that offers advanced cushioning and lightweight protection.

Photo: Matt Stetson

Category: Neutral

Drop: 10 mm 

Weight: 10.9 oz./310 g (men’s size 9)

Available: Oct. 1

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MSRP: $250

The upper

This shoe has an engineered knit upper that provides maximum comfort and support. The knit construction is lightweight and breathable and takes inspiration from the protective armour of the samurai. If the runner is looking for more of a locked-in feel they can use the eyelet lacing system to stretch out the midfoot and provide more security at the heel.  

Photo: Matt Stetson

The midsole and outsole

Unlike previous models of the Kinsei, the FlyteFoam BLAST midsole contains FlyteFoam BLAST PLUS (Asics’ softest and most durable cushioning to date), making a super light and responsive shoe with smoother landings and transitions. What distinguishes this model is the PEBAX propulsion plate built into the midsole to help redirect the runner’s energy forward and create the feeling of speed.

Another change from the original Gel-Kinsei is the new outsole design. The engineered rubberized outsole is strategically placed over high contact areas to improve durability over all terrain.

Photo: Matt Stetson

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The verdict  

After wearing these shoes on various terrain and training days, the Gel-Kinsei Blast would be ideal for those looking for a high-cushioned responsive shoe for easy runs and long runs. The PEBAX plate gives it a snappy feel for casual pickups here and there. For speed demons, there are other Asics models that are lighter and grippier, such as the ASICS Magic Speed or Metaspeed Sky, but this shoe fulfils its purpose well, which is to provide casual runners with a comfortable and breathable fit and a smooth ride for easy days.