2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Asics Gel-Excel33 2

$125, Asicsamerica.com

The draw: Natural movement and ample cushion

The biggest problem with most highly cushioned shoes is that they feel clunky and create a rigid, interrupted gait cycle. The Excel33 2 shatters that conception, flowing naturally through a stride while absorbing shock. Asics biomechanist Simon Bartold attributes this sublime combination of flexibility and cushioning to the sole’s new cut pattern, freeing the ample foam padding to bend naturally. Fit is best for average to slightly high volume feet.

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