Asics Gel-Noosa FF Review
The Asics Gel-Noosa FF is perfect for any triathlete looking for an all roaund running shoe which provides plenty of comfort for those long hauls, but also a quick, light, breathable option for racing too. The stack height for these shoes are 24mm in the heel and 14mm in the forefoot – a 10mm heel gradient which helps you shift to a more forefoot running style. With the shoe designed for neutral runners, the flytefoam technology (flytefoam is Asics latest midsole technology, and uses organic fibres to bind EVA molecules together to improve durability) kicks in for bounce back, shock absorption and responsiveness. These shoes boast about its seamless sockless design, however, I always wear socks during training and racing as I have always suffered with blisters, and with 13.1 miles to run I didn’t want to risk them this season – you’ll have to let me know how you get on if you give them a sockless trail.
I found the fit came up small on these so I recommend going half a size up. I didn’t feel these needed much breaking in either as so comfortable – so don’t be afraid to get the miles in straight away once purchased.
The upper mesh is very breathable which helps keep the foot cool and dry, even in hot conditions on a treadmill I never have any problems of my feet over-heating. With it’s heel and tongue grips, slipping these on quick in transition is no problem, even with numb fingers in cooler conditions and once laced (with traditional laces or elastic lock laces) they provide a great secure fit to stop your feet moving – a must for preventing blisters.
I’m really impressed with the wet-grip outsole which provides great grip in wet conditions but also dry surfaces making it such an all year round shoe. I’ve had problems with old Noosa models having a firm internal heel counter, however it’s a lot more comfortable on the FF’s and I’ve had no issues.
- Flytefoam midsole technology
- Discrete eyelets
- Seamless construction
- AHAR outsole
Shoe weight: 227g
Pros – comfortable, breathable, all round shoe, heel and tongue grips.
Cons – some might find shoe too narrow, some might find heel too hard.