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Cara Bruce June 6, 2013 Running 21 Comments on
Asics GEL-Kinsei 5 running shoe review

The ASICS GEL-Kinsei 5 running shoes are available for preview. My first thought when I saw these was…I am so glad that they changed the look of these shoes. I’m sure most of you will disagree with me but I really didn’t like the way the Kinsei 4’s looked. The GEL-Kinsei 5’s are so much better, in fact, they look GOOD. They have a great diamond pattern. They even look faster.

Do you remember when the Kinsei 4’s came out? I do. I was worried. After being slightly disappointed up until the Kinsei 3, I was concerned with what ASICS would do with the Kinsei 4. However, my fears were unfounded. Now, faced with the newly updated GEL-Kinsei 5, I felt that familiar update fear. This time I definitely had no reason to worry. These shoes are fantastic.

The ASICS GEL-Kinsei series is known for being packed with technology.  And, in the Kinsei 5, ASICS doesn’t skimp on the latest and greatest they have to offer: FluidRide™ in the midsole makes these shoes lighter and more durable, and offers the perfect amount of bounce back; Propulsion Trusstic® mimics connective tissue in the foot as the foot enters the propulsion stage; the Heel Clutching System exoskeletal heel counter provides better support and a better fit. Finally, the outsole uses ASICS’ Discrete Heel Unit™, this is ASICS’ highest level of shock attenuation and stability.

In addition to all of the fantastic technology, this update is comfortable. Both the tongue and heel collar are padded, and you can feel it as soon as you put on the shoes. The upper has seamless construction which also adds to the overall comfort and improves the fit. The first thing I noticed when I started running was how the upper moves and bends with my foot. The Kinsei stayed comfortable throughout my entire run.

If you want a shoe with cutting edge technology (and really, who doesn’t) then try out the ASICS Gel-Kinsei 5. It’s comfortable, light and durable. Overall, it’s a fantastic update, jam packed with the very best Asics has to offer. In my opinion, it looks better and is even more comfortable than the last version. The Kinsei are made for people with moderate underpronation to moderate overpronation.

The ASICS GEL-Kinsei 5 running shoes are here!

Order the ASICS Gel-Kinsei 5 for women in White/Gold/Silver or Hot Punch/White/Royal or Ultra Marine/White/Purple
Order the ASICS GEL-Kinsei 5 for men in Flash Orange/White/Royal or Black/Gold/Silver or Flash Yellow/White/Green

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  1. Felipe July 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Any idea where I can buy this product in US or Canada?

  2. Cara Bruce July 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Felipe,

    If you sign up for our alert above then we will email you as soon as they arrive. We are hoping to have them available (at least for pre-sale) in the beginning of August.

    Just so you know, we won’t be able to ship this particular shoe to Canada.

    It’s a fantastic shoe. If you do get a pair then I would love to hear what you think of them.

    Please let me know if you need more information!
    Thank you

  3. Cara Bruce July 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Felipe,
    I have an update on the Kinsei 5! We have some colors available for order now and some for pre-order. There are links to each in the post above.
    Thank you!

  4. Angela Zavodnik December 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I have been using Asics Gel Kinseis for 5 years now. They are an amazing line of running shoes. I am really excited to try the new ones for this year. I am overdue for new running shoes (again)!!

  5. Carolyn Mitchell March 18, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I only settle for Asics brand of running shoes.. its because this is the only shoes that I get along with. I was shopping for this shoe as I was very intrigued of what kind of comfort it will provide me. As soon as I had put on a pair, I felt floating in heaven! I am happy with my purchased this evening Asics Kinsei 5 black and gold .. great product!

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  7. lotis April 22, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Hi, I have never use any other shoes for training except asics, I am using the nimbus collection and then I decided to get this one kensai 5. I was so upset cpz after 2 weeks it got torn and I have no idea why, so I went back to the store and fortunately they replaced it… I got the same one and it happened again, same spot same period of time.. I just don’t understand why?.. im from muscat oman. The name of the store is go sport. . 🙁

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