Running on gel

[intro]I've run on Nike's Air, Puma's foam and – to my local council's ire – wet concrete, but Asics recently provided me with a new jogging experi

My Nike + iPod kit had to go back recently, but I wasn't in tears for long. Asics spotted that I was shoeless, and handed me a pair of its new GEL Kinseis to take on my increasingly short morning runs.

The £105 trainers are apparently the most advanced Asics has ever made. To prove it, they contain all sorts of elaborately named technologies – Impact Guidance, Space Trusstic system – that sound like they’ve been stolen from the blueprints for NASA’s moon base.

I don't pretend to have any idea what they all do, but together the system provides incredible, bouncy castle-esque cushioning. Over the cobbled streets of Wapping and on concrete pavements they provided a level of shock absorption that I haven't experienced from any other trainers.

They're not the lightest at 370g, but the upper quickly adapts to your foot and has good breathability to keep your feet cool and dry, ideal in our global-warmed summers.

The GEL Kinseis won't be for everyone. Asics' own Kayano and Nimbus shoes don't have quite the same amount of space age shock absorption but look better value at half the price. The bulky heel may also be too much for some runners. But I haven't sped around Tower Hamlets quicker or in more comfort than with these on my plates of meat.