So, even though I have a virtually new pair of Asics from the 2019 range I couldn't help but treat myself to these for the new 2020 season (if we ever get to play matches again!)
Asics describe this shoe as their "lightest and most responsive netball shoe". It was the fact that they claimed to be lighter that really interested me. As a small centre court player I find some of the netball trainers a bit clumpy and flat in the sole. In fact, the only time I have sprained my ankle (someone touch some wood please!!) I was wearing a pair of Asics trainers that I believe were too stiff and heavy for me. We all know that we're supposed to wear netball trainers as they provide the right level of support and help prevent injury but a lot of my netball friends (mostly c court players) claim that they don't find netball trainers very comfortable and wear running trainers instead. Well these trainers are definitely a step in the right direction. I have Asics running trainers which I love and find very comfortable but I can feel that they definitely wouldn't provide enough support for the lateral movements that I do when playing netball.
Comfort - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
These are really comfortable and definitely much lighter which I love, whilst still feeling supportive. If Asics could work on making trainers supportive but just a little bit more flexible and less flat along the sole so you feel like the arch of the foot is well supported I would give them 5 starts!
Design - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I really like the look and feel. The dark blue with the bright pink which matching laces are all nice touches. I'm glad Asics have moved to a more vivd colour palette with lots of dark colour options rather than the classic pale pink / white for ladies shoes. Keeps the tom boy in me happy 🙃
Wear and tear - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I haven't worn these for a long period of time yet so I will update when I've had them a while. I'm basing this score on other pairs of Asics that I've had which seem to have a very similar grip to these. All my previous Asics have over time become looser around the foot, which you would expect, and the tread has all but disappeared. There's a lot of debate about whether netball trainers are designed for the Pro's who largely play indoors, which means that the treads aren't designed for outdoor use. From what I've read they're designed for both although I'm not sure how that can be completely true... Asics and other netball trainer brands would definitely do well to design trainers that are designed for the more rough outdoor courts as a lot of my netball buddies complain they can't get one season out of a pair of netball trainers. I'm pretty confident that more people play netball outdoors compared to indoors within the UK and elsewhere. Would love to know if there are any stats on this...
Overall score - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
These are great trainers and I would definitely recommend, particularly for smaller players who don't want to feel weighed down by their shoe! They still feel super supportive so I actually think any player would benefit and they would provide enough support for GDs and GKs who are doing a lot of lateral movement and on the spot jumping etc but I'd love to hear your opinions! For me, to get 5 stars I think I would make the design even more bright and fun (I'm thinking 80s flouro but maybe that's just me!) and a little bit more flexibility for short sprints and drives in a straight line where speed is imperative.