ASICS GEL-Pursue Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of ASICS GEL-Pursue™ for the purpose of this review. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by ASICS to review a pair of their new GEL-Pursue™ running shoes. I was both curious and hesitant. I had never run in a pair of ASICS but know those who swear by them (including my running buddy E and my oldest son!), but would they be more shoe than I was use to?

ASICS Collage

The ASICS GEL-Pursue™ recently scored the Runner’s World Best Debut Shoe for Fall 2014. RW editors gave the shoe high marks for providing equal parts cushioning and stability. In place of a medial post, ASICS gave the GEL-Pursue™ a foam wedge under the arch and a segmented crash pad in the heel to provide stability.

So what did I think?

Out of the box, I loved the purple and lime color-combo – I’m sucker for purple!  I was also an instant fan of the Heel Clutching System™ – the fit through the heel was very comfortable, snug but not restrictive. The heel felt supported and I can bet that if you’re a heel-striker this would be an even bigger benefit.

ASICS Side shot

I tried the shoes on a variety of different runs – short runs (3 – 7 miles), hill work, fartleks – and on both the road and the treadmill.  I liked that the GEL-Pursue™ offered support without being squishy… yes that’s a technical term. I didn’t feel overly insulated from the road.

I did find that with the added support came more weight than the more minimalist shoes I’m use to – the Pursue weighs in at 8.7 oz. As such, they felt a little chunky during my hill work.

Overall, I think the ASICS GEL-Pursue™ is a shoe to consider if you are a neutral runner looking for support while still getting a responsive ride. I also think the extra support and comfort would be appealing to newer runners.

Have you run in ASICS?





  1. for YEARS I was hardcore only asics with my wogging 🙂
    honestly I CANNOT recall why I ever got away from them!
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  2. I have not tried Asics but these look cool!
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  3. I am digging the Asics Hyper Speed 6–I guess a flat? lately. Nice and lightweight!
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  4. These sound good! And who can go wrong with purple and lime? I wore the Gel-Nimbus before going to Mizuno. I toy with going back.
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    • From what I learned from ASICS is that the Pursue is designed to be more responsive than the Nimbus, has a firmer midsole and rides a little closer to the ground.

  5. I used to be Asics, but am now super happy in Mizuno.
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  6. I love the color combo.
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  7. I like the colors! I used to be an Asics fan, but then there was a version that didn’t work for me and I’ve never gone back… They are good shoes though. They hold up well.

  8. I haven’t ran in Asics and that specific type probably wouldn’t work for me as right now I run in Brooks Pureflow 2’s and they are nice and lightweight. They look cute though! 🙂
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  9. I have always ran in Nikes but recently wanted to try a new brand. Just like you, I have heard many great things about Aasics, although I bought the preleus. I am sure they are very similar. So far I have been very happy with them
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