Now that we have the disclaimers out of the way.... :D
I can't wait to get this pair more dirty!!! Too white!!!
This is the next evolution for 2010 in the Asics GT 21XX series. A little background (quickly)... I wore New Balance through high school and college and they worked great. And then, I tried to "fix the wheel, that was not broken." Big Mistake!!! I then proceeded to go through 3 brands before I got to Asics, and I started with the GT-2130's. They were great! I have since stuck with them every year, and I always purchase them through a local running shoe store called Weststride. When I worked for the bank Genie (the owner) and her husband Todd were bank customers of mine. Great people! If you work/live in the Atlanta area you should definitely check them out.
As far as an official stance on the shoe and its properties, this is what Asics has to say about them.
"One of the world's most popular running shoes just keeps getting better. Providing excellent stability, the ASICS GT-2150 road-running shoes work to keep feet comfortable mile after mile, be it training or ticking off another marathon. Lightweight, flexible synthetic textile and polyester mesh uppers offer maximum breathability and comfort. Wicking polyester linings absorb excess moisture and dry fast. ComforDry™ footbeds provide additional cushioning and manage moisture for a cool, dry comfort. Personalized Heel Fit (PHF®) memory-foam-lined collars mold to each foot for amazing comfort. Solyte® 55 midsoles use medium-density proprietary material to enhance cushioning and stability. Proprietary Solyte midsoles are also exceptionally lightweight with excellent rebound for easy running. Forefoot and hindfoot GEL® silicone-based cushioning inserts absorb excess shock in all directions for great stability. Impact Guidance System (IGS®) helps slow pronation for an optimal gait and natural foot movement from heel strike through toe-off. DuoMax® dual-density medial posts provide pronation control for moderate overpronators. Space Trusstic® system delivers stability and arch support while maintaining appropriate flex. High-performance blown rubber outsoles provide superb traction and feel. DuraSponge® forefoot outsole material provides cushioning and traction while AHAR® abrasion-resistant heels enhance durability at the heelstrike area. 3M Scotchlite® reflective accents enhance visibility in low light. GT-2150 road-running shoes proudly carry the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association."
These shoes favor runners that have a pronation range from neutral-over to severe pronation. I am more of a neutral runner, but the comfort and width (especially in the toebox area) are great. I usually need shoes that are wider through the middle of the foot, and that support a slightly higher arch than normal. The Asics GT-21XX series definitely fits the bill with my needs and I will continue to buy/use them as long as this series keeps doing what it is doing right, and does not drastically change anything. The GT-2160's have come out for 2011, but I am the kind of guy who is always looking for deals and has no problems buying remaining inventory from last year's line if they are on sale/clearance. And for those of you who like to put more than 300-500 miles on a shoe, I still have my GT-2130's to hang out in and I am still using my GT-2140's occasionally to run/play in (I feel like they still have a few miles left in them). I think this will be the first year in a number of years where I will go through a minimum of two pairs in a year, so depending on inventories at the shoe store, I may get the new 2160's.
If you are interested I would check with your local running shoe store to see if they have any in stock for sale/clearance (2010 model) or go online. And most importantly...
MAKE SURE THE SHOE YOU CHOOSE FITS YOU!!!
Don't go randomly out buying a brand and wonder why your feet, legs, back, etc, hurt. Or why you always seem to get blisters after you have put hundreds of miles on a shoe that should be well broken in. I am sure there are other reasons I am missing as well. Get fitted for your running shoes, and your body/feet will thank you!
(NOTE: Asics, if you are reading, I am gonna need some new shoes in about 3-4 months, I wouldn't mind having a new pair of GT-2160's in red ;)
Thanks for reading the review! Now... What is your favorite running shoe?