I meant to review the Asics Tri Noosa 13 about six months ago, but it got tossed to the side for other shoes for various reasons. Don’t get me wrong; the Gel-Noosa Tri 13 is one of the better shoes of the year. It looks fun, and it feels fun. The look reminds me of a bunch of melted crayons, and it rides differently than any other Asics shoe out there.
Asics Tri Noosa 13 Quick Facts:
Weight: 7.9 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 5 mm
Asics Tri Noosa 13 Fit:
While I typically don’t comment on the color, it’s hard to miss these bad boys. If you prefer a crazy color or bright shoe, you can’t go crazier than the Asics Tri Noosa 13.
Like most running shoes these days, the Gel-Noosa Tri 13 uses an engineered mesh upper. It fits similarly to the majority of Asics running shoes. They are on the more narrow side but not too narrow; it’s uncomfortable. The mesh is a lot lighter, and it’s more breathable than some heavy hitters like the Asics Gel Nimbus or Kayano.
I find the best fitting uppers disappear off your foot and the Asics Tri Noosa 13 does just that. There isn’t anything that irritates or bothers my foot, and I don’t feel as though I’m uncomfortable from the fit. There have been years that putting on Asics shoe doesn’t feel comfortable because it isn’t wide enough, but thankfully it looks like we’ve moved past that.
As far as the actual fit, the Gel-Noosa Tri 13 fits fairly true to size. In running shoes, I wear between a size 10-11 wide. Over the last two years, I’ve found most Asics size 11 to be the best fit. In the Asics Tri Noosa 13, the size 11 is the best as well.
Asics Tri Noosa 13 Ride:
The ride of the Gel Noosa Tri 13 sets it apart from other Asics shoes. We know by now, the majority of Asics running shoes are heavier with more cushion. The Gel Noosa Tri 13 is a much lighter but with a lot of cushion.
The Gel Tri Noosa 13 uses Flytefoam, lighter than most of their “gel only models.” It also has a Guidesole which helps propel you forward. If you’ve liked the Glideride but have wanted something lighter, the Asics Tri Noosa 13 is a good option.
Durability and Traction: Asics has always been one of the most durable brands out there, and the Asics Tri Noosa 13 is no different. For $130, this is one of the longer-lasting running shoes, and I expect it to reach at least 400 miles, if not more.
I’ve run on several sandy trails and don’t have a fear of falling or hurting myself. Asics are usually one of the brands I go for in inclement weather, and if I find myself running in the downpour, I would probably grab these.
I’ve done several runs in the Gel-Noosa Tri 13, and I’ve found it best for daily runs or runs I want to go slightly faster. It’s a shoe I could bring with me when I have no idea what kind of run or the terrain, and I would be fairly happy.
Asics Tri Noosa 13 Conclusion:
The Gel-Noosa Tri 13 is a great multi-purpose trainer that can do it all. It’s one of the lighter trainers from Asics. Minus their carbon fiber plated shoes; it’s probably one of my more favorite Asics models this year. If you want a lightweight trainer that can handle most of training, the Gel-Noosa Tri 13 is a good option. I’ve easily been able to pick up the pace on daily runs just because I feel like it, without it feeling like a brick. Plus, the color can’t be missed. Who doesn’t want a fun shoe?
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