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Brooks vs Asics: What’s the Difference in Running Brands

Brooks vs Asics: What’s the Difference in Running Brands
Updated: December 5, 2020
Posted In: Best Of The Web

Comparing Brooks vs ASICS really comes down to proprietary technologies, fit, and feel.

They’re easily among the most recognizable brands and for good reason: both make exceptional running shoes for various running styles and body types.

Both brands are known for their quality and offer a variety of models to suit different needs like overpronation, cushioning, and various styles of running.

And don’t worry, just because I share a last name with one brand doesn’t mean my opinion is biased. 😉

The Main Differences Brooks vs ASICS

Brooks and ASICS offer similar features and models for all kinds of runners, from the casual runner to extreme marathoner to the flat-footed or high-arched. I break down the differences in more detail below, but here’s a quick overview:

Brooks Running Shoes

  • Wider Toe Box
  • Exclusively designs running shoes
  • Science-driven to accommodate rather than correct gait

ASICS Running Shoes

  • More narrow fit, especially in the heel and midsole
  • Famous for its GEL technology, which provides shock absorption
  • Designs a variety of shoes for many different sports

I’ve worn both brands and will add some personal thoughts, along with links to detailed reviews.

Brooks Vs Asics

Brooks vs ASICS Feature Comparison

Both brands have been around for a very long time and are leaders in running shoe design. They both offer various technologies to aid with comfort, support, stability, and cushion. Where they differ most are in the fit.

The following breaks down each shoe based on the components buyers need to consider when purchasing a running shoe.

It’s gonna get a little TECHY…so you can just skip on down to the specific model comparison if you want, but personally if I’m shelling out $150 for shoes, I kinda want to know why.

Durability 

The lifespan of shoes from both companies is fairly comparable.

  • Brooks shoes have a life expectancy ranging from 300 to 500 miles, or three to six months, depending on your monthly mileage.
  • ASICS recommends swapping out for new shoes every 450 to 500 miles.

Determining when to replace running shoes, of course, all depends on your gait, weight, and whether you run mostly on trail or road.

Breathability

Brooks uses two different technologies to maximize breathability. The first is their Engineered Mesh, a woven material that provides stretch and structure. The second is the Fit Knit that provides a sock-like fit that also allows for comfortable movement.

ASICS Ortholite Lasting material provides a plush underfoot cushion while managing moisture build up from sweat, allowing for maximum breathability.

Fit

Brooks shoes have a wider toe box, which makes them a great choice for runners with wide feet or bunions. The brand recommends that buyers go up a half size from their everyday shoe.

Brooks takes the cake when it comes to online fit, the Brooks shoe fit finder will give you an idea of what to look for in a running shoe when you do visit your local store.

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