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Asics Noosa Tri 15 Review (2024): More Than Triathlon Shoes!

Asics Noosa Tri 15 review
The Asics Noosa Tri 15 is a responsive triathlon shoe whose unique qualities will appeal to many road runners.

Our Verdict

9.2Overall Score

A versatile, responsive shoe for daily training and competition.

Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

The Asics Noosa Tri is back for its fifteenth edition, with colors as bright as ever, this time inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings. Although the series was originally designed for triathlon, in practice, it’s appealing to a much broader base who appreciate its unique qualities.

As with all triathlon shoes, the mesh is seamless and breathable for barefoot running. Putting them on is quick and easy, with a pull tab on the tongue and elastic laces for even greater operational speed in competition.

FlyteFoam is dense enough for a firm, responsive result. The AHARPLUS outsole is durable and provides good traction for a smooth, efficient ride.

In short, the Asics Noosa Tri 15 features few changes compared to the previous version. That’s a good thing as last year’s model was already a great success. It should satisfy those looking for a lightweight, responsive shoes for daily training and short to medium-distance races.

Please read our full review of the Asics Noosa Tri 15 for more information.

Foot lockdown and protection


  • Very lightweight and responsive
  • Unique design
  • Very close to the ground
  • Good durability


  • Medium grip on wet surfaces
  • Firm cushioning may not be sufficient over long distances


Asics Noosa Tri 15 reviews

The Noosa Tri series needs no introduction. While its specific characteristics make it an ally for triathletes, its overall qualities make it a natural choice for many road runners. That’s why so many runners wear them for races – it’s hard to miss them with these colors!

The Asics Noosa Tri 15 advances on conquered ground with a few modifications. In this analysis, based on over 180 miles of testing and the feedback of several runners, we will look at what these changes mean for you and what the shoe’s strengths and weaknesses are.


Asics Noosa 15 cushioning foam

The FLYTEFOAM foam is still here and makes for a fairly dense, firm, forward-bouncing ride. This is probably due to the fact that the Noosa Tri delivers a good ground feel under your feet, which is becoming increasingly rare these days.

The midsole geometry features GUIDESOLE technology, a rocker design aiming to reduce the energy lost with ankle flexion, according to ASICS.

Asics Noosa Triathlon 15

With a 27 mm heel stack height (22 mm in the forefoot), we’re dealing with a classic moderate stack configuration reminiscent of the pre-carbon racer days.

As a result, cushioning is relatively limited and may not be sufficient for longer distances depending on your preferences. Indeed, while it’s clear that anyone can use the Noosa Tri 15 for short or intermediate distances like half-marathons, the shock absorption won’t be enough for some runners to push beyond that. Beware also of the heel-to-toe drop of 5 mm, which may take some getting used to.

Energy return

Julien Guyod testing the Noosa Tri 15

At 7.4 oz / 213 g in size 42, the Noosa Tri 15 is a featherweight. The aforementioned rocker is visible from the very first stride. The shoe is responsive, with smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

The bounce is less pronounced than on models with a carbon plate, but there’s still a sense of forward momentum. The bounce, therefore, is one of the shoe’s strong points, with testers noting that the shoe is very effective on fast sessions.

Support and stability

Asics Noosa shoes 2023

Although the platform isn’t very wide, the foam is dense, and the shoe is close to the ground. With a snug upper fit and good grip, the Asics Noosa Tri 15 offers good stability. Even though the shoe is for neutral runners, GUIDESOLE technology also helps provide good lateral stability.

Foot Lockdown

Asics mens shoes for tri running

It doesn’t get much more comfortable than the Asics Noosa Tri 15. Triathletes need to be able to use them barefoot, so the shoe is seamless, with padding that may be thin but gives an appreciable softness.

The new mesh upper is snug-fitting and very close to the foot without compressing it, as it’s very stretchy. It’s also very breathable. This works well in warm weather and competition but less so for winter training.

The new construction around the heel works well, giving a very good foot lockdown that will suit all runners. The shoe runs true to size.


Asics triathlon rubber outsole

While the upper and the ride are undisputed winners, reviews are more mixed for the outsole. The AHARPLUS rubber of the previous version is back, with the same strengths and weaknesses.

Durability is good, and traction is satisfactory on dry roads. On wet roads, however, I found the grip only average. It’s a pity because apart from that, the outsole is interesting, as many testers point out.

Asics Noosa Tri 15 AHARPLUS rubber

It’s no problem to take the shoes on easy dirt paths, but it’s complicated to run on more technical terrain.


The shoe’s specialty is, of course, triathlon running. Barefoot comfort, the pull tab on the tongue, and the elastic laces: all these parameters are specifically designed for this discipline and make the Noosa Tri the leader of its category.

runner wearing Asics Noosa Tri 15

But it would be simplistic to limit it to just that. Its lightness and responsiveness make it an ideal fast daily trainer for sessions where you need to maintain higher paces, which is why many non-triathletes also use it.

In competition, even though higher-performance shoes are available, they are perfectly suitable for short distances. For half-marathons, they’re fine, but you will start to feel the lack of cushioning. Beyond that, many testers point out that shock absorption is insufficient for a comfortable experience. Personally, I wouldn’t use them for a marathon.

Asics Noosa Tri 15 flytefoam technology

Quality and Durability

The Asics Noosa Tri 15 offers good durability. The outsole is tough, and the mesh is durable yet thin. The low-thickness and high-density foam ensure the shoe retains its cushion for a long time.

All these parameters mean that we confidently estimate these shoes can last 500-650 miles, making them quite good value for money.

Carbon footprint and animal welfare

The solution dyeing process used to manufacture the insole reduces water consumption by around 33% and carbon emissions by around 45% compared to the conventional dyeing method.

What’s more, the Noosa Tri 15 is vegan.

Asics running shoes noosa 15


The Asics Noosa Tri 15 dominates the triathlon shoe category, as it has virtually no competition. However, its qualities make it an exciting performance option for many runners looking for traditional shoes (read normal stack, no carbon plate).

Its comfort, lightness, and responsive ride make it a straightforward, nimble ally for speed training and short races.


Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutral
Drop5 mm
Heel height27 mm
Forefoot height22 mm
Weight (men)213 g/7.5 oz
Weight (women)192 g/6.8 oz
FeaturesVegan, Rocker, Eco-friendly
Release year2023
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UpperSeamless Engineered Mesh


SpeedModerate, Fast
DistanceShort, 5K, Mid, 10K
WorkoutDaily running, Racing


Noosa Tri 15 review on asphalt

Asics Noosa Tri 14

The upper is more breathable and closer to the foot, the sole is 1 mm higher, and the heel has a new construction.

The two shoes are, therefore, very similar, and you can choose the v14 if you see it during promotion periods.

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Julien Guyod

Julien Guyod

Julien Guyod, 40, is a math teacher and freelance writer. He took up running in 2015 and specializes in marathons, clocking in with a 2:38 personal best at the La Rochelle marathon in France. He's passionate about running shoes and loves to share his impressions of the models he's tested, always pushing the mileage further to discover more insights!

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