One thing's for sure about the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 13: you're not going to miss it in the street. Funhouse-vibrant and unmissable, with a design that somewhat resembles sidewalk graffiti, these trainers are triathlon-ready as well as tempo-optimal. Smooth, bouncy, and highly comfortable, this 13th iteration scores high on many points.
As always, we begin our shoe critique with a midsole analysis. Crafted with stable FlyteFoam technology, the midsole offers a comfortable, secure ride for an uptempo trainer. The foam itself is soft without being spongy and becomes firmer toward the heel of the shoe. With 4 mm more stack height than on the previous model, the midsole offers better support and accommodates nicely moderate and fast paces. Also, it has a rocker for fluid transitions from heel to toes. The consensus among runners is that the midsole is more a "tempo" shoe than a daily trainer but is versatile enough for both. The upper is described as "seamless," with a remarkable step-in feel and well-ventilated mesh fabric. The gusseted tongue is also unique, with tiny rubber bumps that make it easy to pull the shoe onto your foot. Lastly, the outsole is relatively average for an uptempo trainer; it grips the road just enough to be effective. The star of the show, though, is the foam midsole—and the outsole aims to enhance the midsole's feel.
There weren't many negative comments about the Noosa Tri 13. Some runners stated that its design was better-suited for fast runs than slow paces; others cautioned about adequate outsole traction. It isn't a shoe for very long runs, as runners reported foot fatigue due to the moderate stack height (25 mm under the heel, 20 mm under the forefoot). However, when used for short-medium tempo runs or a tri-leg, the Tri 13 can be more than classified as successful!
Asics Gel Noosa Tri 13 is available for a standard price compared with similar trainers. Given its strength of performance, it's worth consideration for triathletes and short-distance runners alike.
Value for money
Smooth and snappy ride
Suitable for fast paces
Great sealess upper
Outstanding flashy design
Not very versatile
The grip is so-so
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