It's here: the fifth iteration of Asics' flagship shoe, the Gel-Kinsei 5. Runners familiar with earlier versions of the shoe will rejoice as a number of improvements have been made on the already successful model. Namely, the designers of the Kinsei 5 focused on improving the shoe's fit, feel, and ride.

FIT
The Kinsei 5’s upper was completely redone with a new modern look.  Besides looking sleek, the new upper provides an excellent adaptive fit: as your foot moves through the gait cycle the near seamless upper bends and moves with your foot, improving comfort while keeping the shoe securely on your foot.

FEEL
The Kinsei’s midsole received a big upgrade to “FluidRide”. The FluidRide midsole as defined by Asics “provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability," long considered staples of the Kinsei line.  

RIDE
The new upper and midsole material marry together to make this the most runnable yet. And despite the addition of new technologies, The Kinsei 5 comes in at a svelte11.3 oz for men and 9.4 oz for women.

Priced at $199.99, the Gel-Kinsei 5 aims to be the Cadillac of the running shoe world: plush, full of attitude, and built for the long haul. Look for them in our Boston and Wellesley locations by the end of this week.