ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10
The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 running shoes are designed to give triathletes and runners a little extra boost to pick up the pace. That’s exactly what I did every time I wore these shoes. They have adequate technical features to provide some support, but are light enough and ideally suited for speed training and races.
ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 Summary
The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 running shoes are a fantastic option for speed training. The shoes have a lightweight midsole and are equipped with Propulsion Trusstic technology for quick toe-off.
I tested these shoes running on the roads, paths, and trails, but they do perform at their best pounding the pavement.
When compared with the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 17 that I recently tested, I definitely noticed I was faster in the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10. My average pace, depending on now hard I was pushing, was between 15 and 30 seconds faster per mile. I attribute this to their weight, but also the aggressive technical features which help propel me forward. When I really tried, I was able to get to my top speed during some shorter sprint workouts.
ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 Midsole
The midsole is made of a lighter weight material than standard ASICS running shoes. This is a feature I noticed immediately. The shoes just felt lighter on my feet as soon as I tried them on. This is ideal for speed training and races.
While the midsole is lighter, I noticed that I still had enough cushioning that the shoes felt durable on my feet. When I pushed to my max speed, I felt like the shoes could withstand the pressure. The high-quality of these shoes was evident each time I tested them at higher speeds.
Since the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 midsoles are a little lighter than usual and perhaps slightly thinner, I could feel stones and uneven pavement under my feet. Since these shoes are designed for road (or track) racing, this isn’t a big deal. But, it’s something to keep in mind when running on varied terrain or gravelly roads.
The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 shoes also feature WET GRIP outsoles for enhanced traction on wet surfaces. Since I didn’t have any wet days when training in these shoes, I didn’t really get to test this feature. But, the soles provide excellent grip on dry surfaces. I liked the amount of traction I received in these shoes because I was able to run at my top speed without worrying about slipping.
This no-slip grip was enhanced by the gel cushioning and platform support. The gel provided great shock absorption each time my foot hit the ground, and the platform added stability on top of the excellent grip.
ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 Gait & Toe-Off Power
While running, I felt like the efficiency of my gait was maximized and that my toe-off power was strong. While it’s hard to evaluate whether this sensation was due to any specific technology, it seems that the gait efficiency Guidance Line feature and Impact Guidance System for enhanced heel-to-toe-off movement works as advertised.
The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 shoes are designed for the neutral to slight over-pronator. Since I tend to over-pronate a bit, I found this feature to be a significant plus.
ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 Upper Material
The Noosa Tri’s have excellent breathability. Even after pushing to my max speed in these shoes, I finished each run with dry feet. This is an important feature for speed because it eliminates sliding inside the shoe, and potential for hot spots or blisters to develop.
The seams and stitches were very smooth on my feet. Where other running shoes cause friction or discomfort, the Noosa felt seamless.
The tongue and heel material feature extra grip for faster transition in race conditions. This is a feature that is definitely unique to the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10. It’s an excellent added benefit, and might give you that little bit of an edge in T2 as you head out for the run.
Glow-in-the-Dark print enhances shoe visibility in low-light conditions. This works best when the shoes have been exposed to light for a longer period of time. I recommend exposing the shoes to artificial light or storing them in daylight before utilizing the glow-in-the-dark print.
One thing I did notice is that the outside material on the shoe slightly rubs my lateral malleolus (outside ankle bones). I don’t typically have this issue with other running shoes, so I recommend testing the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 shoes in person before purchasing.
Who the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is For
The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 shoes are great for anyone looking to increase their running speed when training for a race. The shoes even come with elastic laces for quick, easy removal in triathlons.
They are also appropriate for personal fitness goals, particularly if you are looking to increase your running speed.
Weight: 8.3 oz. (0.5 oz. lighter than the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 17 I recently tested and the difference is definitely noticeable)
The Heel to Toe Drop for the women’s version is just over 10mm which is a conservative drop, but does allow the average runner the ability to try out a shoe made for speed.
Heel stack height: 19.5mm
Forefoot stack height: 9.5mm
The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 running shoes are ideal for speed training and races. These lightweight, breathable shoes make it easy to pick up the pace. They have excellent, no-slip traction even at top speeds.
If you’re thinking about buying these shoes, I highly recommend trying them on before purchase to make sure the area around the ankle bones is comfortable.
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