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Asics Nova Surge Performance Review

I was excited for this one, the Asics Nova Surge, which has been hailed as a top combat sneaker parallel to AJ32, or an equivalent to AJ32, and you should be thrilled at it too! Here in this article I am gonna present to you my comprehensive Asics Nova Surge performance review.

I’ve been playing in these for a period of time, maybe about 4 months up to now, exclusively on outdoor rough courts, like the blacktop and the concrete courts. Although they are not so unforgiving, they are still much harder than those indoor wooden courts.

In this article then, I’ll break down the shoe from the fullest possible perspectives so that you may form an idea of your own and decide whether this is the one for you. I know you may be wondering whether the shoe can live up to the reputation of being “an equivalent to AJ32”. Let’s find out here.

1.Fit and Comfort

Does the shoe go true to size? What’s the feeling in it? Comfortable? Or intolerable?

Sizing: down 1/2 a size

It’s definitely not an exaggeration: I don’t think that the majority of people can go with their regular size, which means that the shoe cannot be available for all foot types.

Nevertheless, while I think this way, there must be some people who’ll think my words impertinent. The truth is that the inner-bootie is a bit slender and to ensure a more excellent and after-your-heart wrapping, it is essential to go down 1/2 a size lest there should be left too much extra room inside the shoe. I’ve also seen the feedback from some consumer that it was suggested to go down one size, but I do think it is a bit overkill.

Going down 1/2 a size actually fits me snugly, which is just what I ideally want. During the numerous plays on courts, I’d never come across such issues as heel slippage or side-to-side movements inside the footbed. Therefore, I don’t think the majority of people should go down a full size because the fit will become just the opposite to what you wish: you are mostly likely to run into feet containment issue with that.

Comfort: Above average

Before I bought and played in the shoes, one of my friends, also a loyal Asics fan, told me that they were more comfortable than the AJ33 SE. To be frank with you, I thought it was a little overblown at the time. Then after personally experiencing it, my impressions of its comfort are here.

Firstly, it seems like a pair of AJ32 without air cushion. But even so, the shoe is ,in fact, not so lightweight. I’d little idea as for how it is constructed, but I felt I got something on my feet the first few times I played in it, though hardly burdensome. Nonetheless, it is fortunate that I’ve now get entirely accustomed to it.

And then I deem that it’s the closest thing to a Hyperdunk in the sneaker market today. Besides that, the ventilation, in contrast to the weight, is fairly good, which enables me to play to my heart’s content even in summer days. At the heel, there are also sufficient lining that efficiently improves heel comfort while also ensures flexibility for the ankle.

Bottom line here. Do remember to go down 1/2 a size and have the laces tightened, and then you’ll enjoy the ride. Although this is not the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn, you’ll still find it agreeable once you are used to it.

2.The Build

The vamp of this one is of an unattractive appearance. However, “Never judge by appearances.” also applies here. Though it uses the most commonly seen engineering mesh cloth, it actually offers me quite a wonderful and comfortable wrapping. What the sneaker gives me is a kind of omnidirectional, seamless wrapping and protection, which causes no press to my feet.

As is mentioned earlier, the inner-bootie is slender, leading to some extra room in the toe area, which is inevitable for a lot of people. In spite of that, its wrapping performance is not in the least affected. On top of that, it should also be made mentioned of that part of the brilliance of this great wrapping is also credited to the shoelaces, making the model all the more enjoyable.

In static state, the wrapping performance of heel is very solid. On the one hand, the high-top design along with the laces can enable players enjoy a nice wrapping. On the other hand, there is a noticeable inward design of the welt and the spongy padding there is also super thick. So you can imagine how excellent the wrapping is.

As for the durability, I haven’t seen any damage in my shoes as of today, which reflects that the materials used are really brilliant. In terms of the support, because of the hard material on both sides of the upper, the overall support is also very reliable, and when doing some big change of direction or making breakthrough, the support provided by the sneaker is very reassuring.

3. Midsole

Let’s look at the midsole cushion then.

The midsole of this shoe is definitely something I’ve never experienced before. Unlike Zoom, which offers great feedback, and Boost, which is super bouncy and addictive, the cushion of this one made me feel like I was stepping on the floor when I was in static state. But when it comes to the actual play on court, a question naturally emerged on my mind: “Am I wearing the same shoes as before?” Chances are that you will go through the same thing that I’ve experienced.

The ride height of the forefoot is relatively low off the ground, which is somewhat similar to the experience offered by Lillard 6, and I can feel some feedback in the moment of startup. As for the cushion of the rear area, it’ll be more than satisfactory for heavier and bigger players. There are mainly three technologies in the rear cushion and the feedback it offers me is indescribably nice. Usually I tend to land on my heels and I can obviously feel that the shock is not acted on my feet or joints but absorbed by the cushion.

In a word, the midsole is heavenly for me.


The outsole is actually amazing, judging from my own experience.

Now let me begin by saying that the traction will never fail you, even on the courts with much dirt or dust. Checking over the lines of the outsole, you’ll find that that they are very finely made, leading to aggressive traction.

In the past, I sometimes ran into models whose cushion setups or vamp wrapping had reached a point where it was almost too much for me. When it comes to the traction on this one, well, I am more than satisfied with it because it is just right to the point.

While I was making various movements, say, side-to-side movement or breakthroughs, the traction bit so aggressively that sometimes it felt like it were going to throw me off balance. But please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying the traction has gone over the top, but it’s just brilliant and dandy and doesn’t cross the line. Whether I am playing on infield or outfield, the traction is nearly perfect. Although there does exist one flaw that the dirt on courts has an affinity with the soles, it has no implications for the traction performance. So, my friend, just rest assured and play to your heart’s content.

Outdoor durability: Pretty good

However, can the outsole be reliable for constant and high-intensity outdoor plays? Well, ostensibly, the fine and shallow lines there, specifically designed for indoor courts, seem not that reliable to stand the test of time.

Nonetheless, quite a few consumers, including me, actually think highly of the outsole durability. In the soles there are actually two layers of lines, the outer one being the bionic, and the other the ultra wear-resistant water ripple. Therefore, with the super thick soles, the shoe can be a reliable companion even if you want to play high-intensity plays on concrete floors.

5. Other details

Anti-rollover: Good, if not excellent

In terms of anti-rollover, it is definitely not top-ranking, but I feel it quite smooth in step transitions. While I am simply walking, I can feel a noticeable resistance underfoot, which should be credited to the extension of the forefoot. And while I am changing directions the shoes are overall very stable.

Anti-torsion: Impressive

There is a large arch support plate in the midsole, though not obvious. When you bend it over you’ll see that the deformed position is basically where the forefoot exerts force and the setup indeed plays a significant role in offering support for players. Even for people like me who have flatfoot, the setup won’t bring on any unbearable pain to my arch. So this is for me quite impressive.



This Asics Nova Surge is a breath of fresh air in my view. Without outstanding look, eye-catching designs and techs, and its price even a bit inconceivably low, many people probably will take no notice of it. But, buddy, only after you play in it for one round, you  can see how impressive and amazing it actually is.

The performance of this one is really balanced—there is nothing particularly weak about it. But for guards seeking super lightweight models, it may not be that suitable. Meanwhile, because the feedback of the forefoot cushion is not that obvious , players who belong to the explosiveness style and require forward impetus may also find it dissatisfactory. And for the rest of us, if you  just need a pair of shoes for high-intensity plays, this is probably  the best choice.

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ASICS Gel Hoop V12 Performance Review

To be precise, the ASICS Gel Hoop V12 is not my first ASICS shoe, but it is actually the one that impressed me most of those ASICS models I copped before. Now that I’ve got it for over a year now, I’ll break it down from the fullest possible perspectives in this long-term-based ASICS Gel Hoop V12 review.

In this article I’ll break down the shoe from its fit and comfort, wrapping, cushion, traction and durability, and some other details. Over and above that, I’ll also attach my ratings of its various performance for your reference, which I hope may do some help for you.

Let’s get started then!

1.Fit and comfort

How’s the shoe’s fit and what about the comfort? Is it a far cry from its reputation?

Sizing guide

I actually tried gel Hoop V11 last year, but I was still looking forward to the V12 because the size of V11 was a bit off and I didn’t really like the colorway. Luckily, this V12 didn’t fail me and it quite lived up to my waiting and expectation, though it is not perfect.

Personally speaking, although I am a wide footer, I can still go true to size of the shoe. It seems that my wide feet never had many problems with the V12. It has really a terrific regular fit and almost all foot types can pick their usual sizes. Therefore, regular size is good enough for me and it should be so for you! Nevertheless, should you happen to be super wide footers, you may buy the ones with relatively wide lasts. Therefore, don’t be too concerned about this aspect.


This is definitely not the lightest model under the sun, which is about 329 grams for a single one.  Although the shoe’s weight is an above average job, I don’t want to lie by saying it is a super comfortable model. The comfort, I’d say, is mediocre.

Initially the one thing that did me hassle me a lot was that the tongue was relatively thin compared with the majority of shoes on the market and after tightening the shoelaces, I felt my insteps were burdened and therefore not so comfortable. While I was on courts, I could definitely feel a certain extent of discomfort upon each step. But fortunately I’ve got used to it and each stride is now seamless and all is OK, if not after my own heart.

Hence , if you don’t mind this flaw, it is likely that this model is your thing. However, if you attach greater importance to this one over other respects, you may have to think before you act.


What about the vamp wrapping? And the overall wrapping? Is there any extra room inside the footbed?

If I should say that the shoe’s wrapping is perfect, it must be out of thin air. But if compared with the wrapping of other ASICS shoes I’ve ever worn, that of this V12 is second to none.

For me, the shoe just wraps my feet very well in all directions, and there is no uncomfortable feeling of pressure, if putting aside the flaw of the tongue. However, if I don’t keep my shoelaces very tight, the discomfort on the insteps has naturally been reduced to the minimum. With that, I can play to my heart’s content and even push the envelop for myself.

For those who are excessively worried about this, I can ensure you that I had no heel slippage, nor any side-to-side movements inside the footbed. And as I am a wide footer, there is barely extra room inside. Therefore, just rest assured and play to your heart’s content as well.

3. Cushion

How’s the energy return of this one? What about the ride height and stability then?

Well, in terms of the midsole, it is terrific for players like me who weigh around 75kg. On the personal note, I prefer to seek speed and make breakthroughs on courts. Therefore, when asked what my favorite shoe is, my answer is always consistent—I am always into those sneakers whose ride are quite low off the ground because I need not much cushion which may actually slow me down. Having said all that, I just want to say that these shoes feel the same way.

Unlike other models, I don’t need to play and wait for the midsole and the cushion to fully break in. As soon as I put it on, I can get accustomed to it, which makes me feel as if I’d known it long ago. To tell the truth, the ride in the forefoot is fairly low off the ground and rather stable at the meantime. Thanks to the resilient forefoot cushion that doesn’t overly compress so that I can enjoy the energetic ride with the forefoot propelling every step and jump.

As for the midsole of the rear area, it is actually quite thin. Fortunately, there is a small gel cushion embedded in the midsole. Otherwise, its cushion performance might really be the same as that of Curry 7, which is, to a sense, nothing more than decoration.

Fairly speaking, this is surely a superb jumper’s shoe. If you are also the player who are fond of seeking speed or the explosiveness style, you may find it quite after your own heart. Although it is not for everyone, nor is it a versatile model, it will definitely offer you a comfortable, stable and secure experience cushion-wise.

4.Traction and durability

When it comes to the outsole, the most concerned questions are as follows.

Can the outsole handle all manner of surfaces? Does it require frequent cleaning? What about its indoor and outsole durability? Well, here is the answer!

Although the outsole of this one is similar to the first generation, its performance has assured me that it is reliable. The circular radial lines on the front and back areas, also the high-use ones, are powerful and most of the time DEADLY! Well, I mean every single part of the word. For quick stops and transitions indoors, the outsole is quite reliable and there were several times when I seemed to be thrown off balance because I was running at a high speed

Nevertheless, as is said earlier, it is most of the time deadly. The reason I say “most of the time” is that the traction performance will be reduced when it comes to those courts with plenty of dusts or dirt. The outsole actually can be attractive for dusts and therefore it requires cleaning or even washing every now and then. So the traction is deadly most of the time instead of being so all the time.

In terms of the durability, like the Nova Surge, the outsole is very thick and has very deep lines, so I think it can stand the test of frequent outdoor cement plays. At least for my V12 , it is holding up relatively well compared with my other ASICS shoes that are in a sorry state after only several months’ play.


Compared with the V11, the biggest difference in the V12 is that the vamp has been changed from 3 layers to only 2 layers. And even if the design is still right to the point, it is undeniable that the hardness of the vamp is reduced to a certain extent.

But even so, the vamp support is still enough for on-court employment. While I was making lateral movement or changing directions, I still felt I was secured in it and so you needn’t overthink about this. But it should be made particular mention of that for heavier players, the vamp support may be not quite enough.

6.Other details

For the anti-rollover, there is an obvious extension in the lateral area of the forefoot while the outsole is also upturned, ensuring a nice overall stability.

And for anti-torsion, it is overall OK. But because the anti-torsion is only in the arch, and the vamp is not hard enough, the overall rigidity of the shoe is not that great. Of course, whether anti-rollover or anti-torsion, they can both be said to be excellent.

The last thing I want to mention is that the insoles are very thin and have many air holes, which reminds me of my worn shoes in the past, the Adidas Crazy Light 1.0. There were two pairs of insoles in those shoes, and one pair was similar to that of V12, which is very light with lots of air holes just to make the whole shoe extremely light. And I think, with 329 grams for a single shoe, V12 is really a good job.

Performance rating:

1.Overall wrapping: 9/10

2.Forefoot feedback: 7.5/10

3.Anti-torsion: 8.5/10


5.Overall support: 8.5/10

6.Vamp support: 7.5/10

7.Rear cushion:7.5/10

8. Anti-rollover:8/10

9.Overall protection:8/10

10.Overall stability:8.5/10



In general, for  lighter players, this is a pair of  sneaker that is nearly perfect. For me, it’s a pair of shoes that can improve my own athletic performance, in the same way curry 7 does. And for guards that belong to the speed-oriented or explosiveness style, it has almost met all the demands.

Definitely, it is not for everyone, but for those this V12 is born for, it is nearly perfect. So I’ll just stop here and leave it for you to use your own discretion to decide if this is your thing.