ASICS Gel Speedstar 4 — ($85)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 24, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM UTC

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This neutral lightweight racing and training shoe is well-suited for higher-mileage races or speed work. With its new asymmetric lacing and the elimination of overlays, the Speedstar 4 retains its snug fit, making these a better choice for more narrow feet. ASICS lowered the midsole to make this shoe more of a racing flat, yet kept the cushioning and midfoot tooling adequate enough to keep our testers comfortable over many a rapid-paced mile. As such, the Speedstar makes an excellent half- or even full-marathon racer.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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