Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Review of GT-2140

Preface: some folks might wonder why I am posting a review on running shoes instead of photography equipment. The answer is simple: when you sometimes carry 30-40lbs of camera gear, it's important to stay in top shape to ensure you maximize your time on site, not getting to and from it. This is especially true at altitude when photographing wildlife! The benefits you receive in return are better endurance and fewer missed opportunities, more so when working in unusually tough weather conditions, especially in very hot/humid (110F) weather.

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The popular GT-2140 from ASICS maximizes comfort and stability for a running shoe thats second to none. This versatile shoe features a durable synthetic and breathable mesh upper with a ComforDry sockliner for optimal cushioning and dry comfort. The DuoMax support system and the Impact Guidance Sys...

Excellent shoe for my return to running

By Marcus from Fayetteville, AR on 1/2/2010

5out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to width

Pros: Comfortable, Breathable, Absorbs Shock, Good Arch Support, Lightweight, Good Traction

Best Uses: Track, Pavement, Trails

Describe Yourself: Competitive Athlete

Arch Type: High Arch

Short background: a former competitive cross-country runner, cross country skier and cyclist since high school. Due to repetitive injuries from running, I turned to cycling and cross country skiing, including competition in the elite events for several years (internationally ranked races, including World Cup Ski Loppett). I returned to running road events (10K) several years later and by my third 10K I was already approaching 36 minutes as a personal best.

Fast forward to Dec. '09... I started researching a replacement for my older Asics, knowing they have models with a toe box to accommodate my foot. I have a wide foot (2E) with a narrow heel and high arches, so getting a good fit out of the box was paramount. The first pair had a right heel misfit so I sent them back. Onlineshoes' return policy and simple process either over the phone or online was quite simple - kudos to them!

The second pair fit correctly, no pressure point on the right inside rear of the heel. The construction is excellent - full sole stitching under the insole. I can honestly say that my first choice was the right choice! I normally run minimal amounts of road - usually grassy surfaces or trails- since it's less impact and involves more use of your stabilizing muscles so your ankles, etc. become stronger as a result. Without a doubt, some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever started running with! Very light, cushion well, but I can still feel the surface beneath my feet enough to have feedback on the terrain I'm running on. Even icy surfaces weren't that nerve wracking to run on.

I would definitely recommend both these shoes - they are a very good all round shoe! Best for road and packed trail running because they seem to grip well. Wouldn't hesitate to buy from again.


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