Running Shoe Reviews
2012 Winter Running Shoe Guide
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Asics Gel-1170 ($90)
Widths Standard-4E (M) 2A-D (W)
Weight 11.1 oz (M) 9.4 oz (W)
Buy 800-678-9435; asics.com
We Say This standout trainer delivers a terrific combination of value and comfort. In this update, Asics tinkered with the outsole a bit, reshaping the shank and adding a wedge of firm foam in the midsole to buttress the arch and help rein in overpronation--but otherwise left it alone. And why mess with success? RW Shoe Lab tests, and most of our testers, agree that it's a well-balanced shoe—sufficiently soft for heel-and midfoot-strikers but not mushy—and a great choice for long training runs and marathons.
Run off 10, 20, 30 pounds or more—beginners welcome!
"The shoe was comfortable and had an excellent fit."
—Bob Thear, 34, Allentown
"From the weight to the cushioning to the lacing system, I liked everything."
—Donald Richmond, 25, East Lansing