Asics Gel Pulse 11

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Comfort8.5
Durability9
Value for money9.5
Design8

The Asics Gel Pulse 11 is a sturdy road running shoe with comfortable cushioning.

Review Analysis

8.8Overall score
Good road running shoe: comfortable and affordable with high-stack cushioning
The Asics Gel Pulse 11 is a comfortable and effective road shoe. It's in the mid-range of the Asics running shoe collection with a simple and sturdy build at an affordable price. This new version offers more padding with a stack height of 31 mm under the heel instead of 21 mm previously. Unfortunately, while the cushioning is more comfortable and will appeal to runners looking for good shock absorption, the downside is that the shoe is much heavier. It now weighs 322 grams for men and 272 grams for women, almost 100 grams more than the 10. The Gel Pulse 11 is a comfortable shoe overall, although it has a slightly narrow forefoot. The sole provides comfortable and responsive cushioning, especially with the help of its Gel. Then, the upper offers good lockdown while increasing airflow. In summary, the Asics Gel Pulse 11 is a good road running shoe, but its new configuration may be confusing for fans of previous models.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
8
PROS
  • Good general comfort
  • Comfortable and responsive cushioning
  • Good foot lockdown
  • Sturdy and affordable model
CONS
  • Slightly narrow, especially in the forefoot area
  • Heavy shoe

Facts

Model: Asics Gel Pulse 11

Terrain

Road

Heel to toe drop

8 mm

Heel stack height

27 mm

Forefoot stack height

19 mm

Pronation

Weight (men)

334 g/11.8 oz

Weight (women)

282 g/9.9 oz

Release year

2019

Description

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Technologies

Outsole

  • The outsole of the Asics Gel Pulse 11 uses Asics High-Abrasion Rubber (AHAR). AHAR is renowned for its rugged durability when running on asphalt. Thus, it’s supposed to improve the lifespan of the shoe.
  • On the other hand, blown rubber equips the sole under the forefoot. Lighter and softer than AHAR, this material improves the flexibility of the sole for a smoother ride. Thus, the foot has greater freedom of movement, especially during the push phase of the stride, when the foot propels the body.
  • Finally, the entire outer part of the sole is grippy for optimal traction on urban surfaces, even in rainy weather.

Midsole

  • The misdole of the shoe features AmpliFoam. It’s a new cushioning technology developed by Asics and launched within the Gel Pulse range. It aims to effectively absorb shocks for a more comfortable run. Also, it aims to offer a good energy return to ensure a bouncy ride.
  • The SpevaFoam 45 Lasting design completes the configuration for optimal padding with the right amount of structure to make the ride more reactive.
  • Also, there’s the GEL technology. It takes the form of soft silicon pads located under the heel and under the forefoot. This flagship technology of the Japanese brand has been around for many years now and effectively absorbs impacts while running.
  • Besides, the EVA Trusstic System and Guidance Line technologies are designed to guide the runner towards a more natural stride by slightly stabilizing their movement while running. However, this model is for neutral pronation and is therefore not specifically designed for runners with overpronation or supination.
  • Finally, an EVA foam insole completes the cushioning of the shoe. It follows the shape of the foot for optimal comfort.

Upper

  • The upper of the Asics Gel Pulse 11 translates into a classic engineered mesh. It’s flexible and offers good foot lockdown. It’s also well ventilated for a good aeration of the foot throughout the effort.
  • There are also overlays in the midfoot and forefoot to improve lockdown. This configuration helps preserve the shape of the shoe to prevent it from collapsing over time.
  • Finally, the upper features a double mesh layer in the upper heel to keep the foot secure without irritating the Achilles tendon.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How does the Asics Gel Pulse 11 fit?

This road shoe fits true to size. You can therefore order your usual size for running shoes. However, note that this model is narrow at the forefoot according to many runners, so it may be useful to try it in-store.

Is Asics Gel Pulse 11 suitable for overpronation?

This shoe is a neutral running shoe and aims to be suitable for all runners. It’s important to know that for the moment, there is no scientific evidence that stability shoes for overpronation are more effective than neutral shoes in reducing the risk of injury. The most important thing is to choose your shoes according to their comfort. Thus, you can choose this model independently from your pronation as long as it’s comfortable.

Is this shoe suitable for heavy runners (85 kg/187 lbs or more)?

Only one study to date has investigated the relationship between weight, stack height, and risk of injury. Based on the findings of this study, minimalist footwear may increase the risk of injury for runners over 71 kg/157 lbs. Other than that, there are no recommendations for other types of running shoes. The Gel Pulse 11 has a high stack height with 31 mm under the heel and should therefore be suitable for all runners regardless of their weight.

Can you run a half marathon or a marathon with the Gel Pulse 11?

This Asics road model is versatile and therefore suitable for different types of training and distances. If you find this shoe comfortable on your long runs then it should be a good choice for your marathon race.

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    Good road running shoe: comfortable and affordable with high-stack cushioning.

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