Asics Gel Kinsei 6 Review

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Type of supportUniversal (neutral)
Inclination of the sole10mm
Sole thickness (heel)21mm
Sole thickness (forefoot)11mm
Weight (men’s model)243g
Weight (female model)286g
Very comfortable shoesHigh price (over 200 euros at the base)
Excellent qualityOverweight
Attractive design and colors
Room for toes


The Asics Gel Kinsei 6 are road shoes famous for their pronounced cushioning, thanks in particular to a sole rich in gel. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the sole is relatively thin with 21 mm under the heel. Overall, they are very comfortable and lend themselves well to any type of training. The Kinsei is particularly suitable for long distances thanks to its durability and the effective foot support it provides. Asics’ reputation for quality is second to none and the Gel Kinsei 6 are, unsurprisingly, very durable. We simply regret a rather high price and an exceptional weight for shoes of this type (nearly 350 grams for the men’s version). In summary, the main advantage of the Gel Kinsei 6 is their comfort which has won many followers over the years.



  • The AHAR rubber (Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber) results in a very durable protective layer that protects the shoe from bitumen wear.
  • The AHAR is very durable and maintains well to help extend the life of the outsole and the shoe in general.
  • In addition, the Asics Gel Kinsei 6 are equipped with Flex Grooves inserted deep into the sole. These are flexible modules that are supposed to allow the foot to move freely. These prevent the imposing thickness of the sole from reducing the flexibility of the shoe.


  • FluidRide 2.0 technology , developed by Asics, defines the midsole of the Asics Gel Kinsei 6.
  • Thus, the midsole of the Asics Gel Kinsei 6 integrates a lightweight double-layer structure made of Solyte (light foam) and spEVA (rebounding foam). This combination is supposed to provide good shock absorption without compromising the dynamism of the shoe.
  • In addition, the Gel Cushioning System technology (gel-based cushioning system) is very evident on the Asics Gel Kinsei 6, especially in the heel. Indeed, this cushioning gel is found in several areas at the back and front of the shoe.
  • Finally, the Propulsion Trusstic┬« Technology is a technology that prides itself on marrying the functions of the connective tissue of the foot. It’s supposed to compress before the push-off phase of the stride and relax when the forefoot leaves the ground for added momentum.

Upper part (upper)

  • The Asics Gel Kinsei 6 uses a FluidFit upper which results in a flexible technical mesh able to stretch with the movements of the foot, in all directions.
  • The upper part uses a seamless structure ( Seamless Construction ) which, in theory, allows the Asics Gel Kinsei 6 to be worn without socks and avoids unpleasant chafing and chafing.
  • In addition, the shoes have a Heel Clutching System to keep the heel in place while running.
  • Finally, the Comfort Dry X-40 Sock Liner insole adds light cushioning to the shoes while allowing better moisture control to keep the foot cool and dry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What kind of support does the Asics Gel Kinsei 6 offer?

This is a model for universal stride . So, although it offers comfortable support, especially thanks to the GEL technology, it is not intended to stabilize the foot. It will be recalled here that at present there is little scientific evidence indicating that a stability shoe is more effective than a universal shoe in reducing the risk of injury. If you are nevertheless looking for a stabilizing shoe for running, visit our Shoe Finder .

What is the difference between this model and the Asics Gel Nimbus 21 ?

These two road shoes are premium models in the Asics range. They also offer similar cushioning: comfortable and soft. However, the Nimbus is still lighter with more than 30 grams less for the men’s version. Visit this page for a detailed comparison of these two models.

How do Asics Gel Kinsei 6 running shoes fit?

These shoes fit consistently. You can therefore order your usual size. In addition, this model is available in several widths to suit athletes with wide feet.

Why is there no Asics Gel Kinsei 7?

The sixth version of this model actually dates from 2015 and there has been no Kinsei 7 yet. Truth be told, it looks like Asics has decided to drop this model from its running lineup and turn it into a fashion icon instead. Thus, the seventh version is in fact the Asics Gel-Kinsei OG which is part of the lifestyle collection of the Japanese brand: Asics Tiger. This seems logical given that it is a model whose weight is relatively high for running. Other excellent models more than compensate for this void such as the Nimbus and the Cumulus .

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