Asics Gel Progressive 2
Star rating 4.5/5
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Famous for their line of running shoes, Asics have long been a competitive court-shoe manufacturer and have shaved 35grams off this reincarnation of the Gel Progressive to make this shoe lighter whilst also providing a flexion groove down the middle of the outsole to allow for increased upwards flexibility.
On first fitting the Asics were tight and restrictive but after a few hours of play and ‘breaking-in’ time, these developed into one of the most comfortable and supportive shoes around.
The re-designed uppers give the foot a very secure feeling, with minimal movement within the shoe during play, while the GEL infused sole gives this shoe tonnes of bounce and spring around the court.
An increased in mesh areas allows helps with keeping the foot cool and while not as light as Salming’s pairing, the Asics encourage speed and movement.
First impressions aren’t in this shoe’s favour but for those who bear with the initial breaking-in time, the Asics will deliver one of the most impressive shoes on the market, delivering above average comfort, flexibility and cushioning which combine to form a formidable shoe that looks good and stands up to a lot of punishment.
If you have an exceptionally wide forefoot though be warned, these are not the shoe for you!
- Good size-related fitting
- Narrower than normal forefoot on first wear however this does ‘break-in’ to provide a good width-fit
- Above-average toe room
- Good heel padding
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