Asics Noosa Tri 11

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Asics Noosa Tri 11 Review Facts

The Asics Gel Noosa derives its name from the Queensland, Australia Noosa Triathlon. The loud, bold shoe commands attention. It is a mid-stability shoe made for both over-pronators and neutral runners.

Several technological feats have been incorporated to create a remarkable shoe inside and out. Both competitive triathletes and average runners appreciate the shoes for the same reasons. The eleventh Noosa Tri edition has some upgrades that are improvements over previous versions.

The shoes now have a seamless upper which ensures runners are free from discomfort and irritation. On the medial side, there is a Bunion Window located on the forefoot. There is a significant reduction of material overlays in the upper.

A printed overlay system is used instead. It blends with the fabric in the upper to reduce overall weight and facilitate a custom fit. It also has a Propulsion Plate placed in the forefoot. The plate enables a runner with efficient toe-off. Forefoot strikers will find it beneficial.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Attractive, bold styling
  • Durable rubber compound materials
  • Elastic lacing system
  • Great for warm weather running
  • Highly breathable upper
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Narrow toe box
  • Runs half size smaller than normal
  • Some runners need extra cushion


The outsole is made of Asics High Abrasion Rubber. It is a rubber compound infused with carbon material used to boost overall durability and tread. The rubber is used on high impact spots to protect against wear and tear.

Asics proprietary Durasponge Outsole is made from compounds of soft blown rubber and placed on the shoe’s forefoot. The gel sole is likely the feature that sells the footwear. The gel cushioning system is ideal.

The outsole is what Asics calls its Wet Grip Outsole. It works well. The outsole is basically a road sole. It is on the flat, smooth side and has classic hinge points for the balls of the feet. The bottom has a center line and a bit of a heel at the heel strike. It grips well in wet conditions.


The Tri 11 midsole has vial gel inserts, created by Asics’ renowned get technology, located on the heel and forefoot. The gel cushioning system helps ease through the gait cycle. It is designed for responsiveness and impact absorption.

The midsole is made up of several other components that include the Asics Solyte Midsole. It is lighter than the EVA material that is used in most running shoes. The Impact Guidance System and the Duomax Support system are parts of the midsole unit. Both are designed to enhance stability and support.


Cool paint splatter graphics adorn the upper. The seamless nature is hidden by the graphically appealing upper. Though there are some separate overlays, many of the Tri 11 overlays are printed on.

Using printed overlays reduces the need for overlays made of material. Engineered mesh enhances the aesthetics, and the perforated sock liner encourages breathability. One of the best features of the shoe is that it comes with its own elastic laces.

They are easy to fit. One of the beauties of the shoe is that it is designed to take elastic laces. A typical running shoe and elastic laces may cause a grip in the wrong part. Getting it balanced can be difficult. Repeating; the shoe is designed for elastic laces.

The elastic lacing system allows for fast lacing. It is a critical component of triathlons when time is a factor. The shoes come with traditional laces that can be removed. The elastic laces are in the box. The tongue has a stitched in looping to use to put the elastic laces in place.

When putting the foot in the shoe, the tongue does not slide down the shoe. It is a clever addition to the shoe. This shoe is not the only one that uses it, but it is an excellent feature. There are no seams around the shoe.


The Noosa Tri 11 reigns supreme in the weight category. It is not quite featherweight but light enough that runners can notice. Reviewers differ in their reports of weight. One reports 272 grams and demonstrates by placing the shoe on a scale will making a video.

Others claim the men’s Tri 11 weighs 264 grams or 9.3 ounces and the women’s 230 grams or 8.1 ounces. Any of the weights are considerably lighter than many running shoes in the support and stability category.

The Trusstic System technology is incorporated that connects the forefoot to the heel. The system maintains the shoe’s structural integrity while reducing the overall weight. Made for competitive racing, Asics strives to find innovative methods that keep the shoes as light as possible. The Tri 11 is lighter than its predecessor.


The Noosa was named after a sunny coastal town. When the weather is warm, the breathability of a shoe cannot be ignored. Asics was able to achieve a gentle sea breeze in the foot chamber of the shoe with engineered mesh used on the shoe’s upper portion.

The mesh system creates exceptional ventilation that gets air to the foot chamber and circulates it around the foot. This mesh form keeps air continually flowing so that the foot is comfortable, dry, and cool. A perforated midsole allows moisture drainage. There are also perforations on the sock liner that make sockless running possible.


A seamless construction, lightweight mesh, and gel cushioning are integrated with the Noosa Tri 11 to protect against irritations and abrasions and for maintenance of optimum comfort levels. Most runners praise the comfort of the shoe. Some would prefer a bit more cushioning.

The shoe has been designed to be worn without socks. It is a barefoot running shoe. It is not a problem to wear socks, but sprinting an Olympic distance and running in bare feet is very comfortable. Reviewers who like the barefoot option for sprints prefer wearing socks for long distances.


The first thing buyers notice is that they will get noticed. The shoe is made of various colors and combinations of colors. Those who are shy, retiring and want to do a bit of running without being noticed will find this shoe is not for them.

The Tri 11 has a vibrant, edgy style created by a paint splash design on the upper. Warm color combinations fit into the theme of a warm sunny climate. Many of the shoe’s properties are meant for warmer conditions.

Men’s shoes come in four color combinations. There are five for women. They are each distinct color options that include Flash Coral, Cockatoo, Hot Orange, Jewel, Island Blue, and others meant to inspire island vibes. The hot hues are more than flashy. They allow enhanced low-light condition visibility.


Heavy materials are associated with toughness and strength. The Tri 11 density makes the shoes pliable. The shoe challenges the notion of producing a trainer retaining integrity after miles of wear by using lightweight materials.

The use of carbon as a filler and the quality rubber components on the outsole affect how well the shoes will withstand constant pavement pounding. The carbon filler promotes the kind of protection vehicle tires do with resiliency against grazing, efficiency, and handling.


The Noosa Tri 11 is suitable for runners’ health. As state above, the upper mesh system wicks moisture away as it keeps the feet cool by providing air circulation that helps eliminate the possibility of overheating.

On the medial side, a Bunion Window protects against irritation. The insole and sock liner are perforated to help drain any fluid. The combination keeps the feet from harm and keeps them healthy. Being covered in highly visible colors keeps runners safe when they run at night.


The Speva midsole is Asics’ standard. It provides bounce with every step as it protects the undercarriage of the shoe. The Speva midsole is stronger and lighter than some midsoles. It delivers greater responsiveness when utilized. The Solyte midsole is used in the Noosa Tri 11. It is an upgrade that provides the benefits of the Speva midsole while being more responsive, durable, and lighter.


The main support component that enhances the platform performance of the shoe is the Duomax system. It reduces over-pronation and aids in keeping the feet stable during movement. Combined with the function of the gel cushioning, the shoe minimizes shock impact and keeps the feet stable. The feet do not bend in awkward angles that can be dangerous. The inner sole comes out so that it can be replaced if the user has another support sole that is preferred.


It is not surprising that the shoe named for a triathlon event is meant for road use. It is an excellent shoe for running long distances. It works well as an outdoor trainer. The shoe has a Wet Grip Outsole.

It offers excellent grip on terrain that is slippery. The shoe is excellent for quick runs under tropical rains. The shoe is not a trail shoe. It does have a reasonable amount of grip in the pattern. The shoe is ideal for a triathlon. Many triathlons are run around a park. They are not solely a road run shoe.


The Tri 11 is made of quality lightweight materials. It is a responsive, stable, and highly breathable running shoe offering dependable traction, particularly on slippery terrain. These features make the shoe pricier than some comparable trainers. The durability of the shoes makes them a better investment than purchasing thrifty footwear.


The Wet Grip outsole delivers extraordinary traction. It is constructed from compounds that are both organic and non-organic. Also featured is a Durasponge outsole. It is made of soft blown rubber. Durable cushioning is provided for the forefoot. An excellent grip is offered on the terrain.


One of the benefits of using lightweight materials is its translation to agility. The engineered mesh and seamless upper were chosen for reducing weight. The Tri 11 is a limber training option.


It is a stability shoe but only a slight stability shoe. Those who pronate a bit will find it helpful. Neutral pronation will notice little difference. It will not impose on the running style. Even though the shoe is lightweight, it still falls in the support and stability category. It is suitable for many runners who have mild over-pronation. The dual density midsole, the Duomax support system, is the primary component for stability.

A ‘checks and balances’ system is created by having a dual-density midsole that works between opposing forces. Single density midsoles address only one issue and under serve another. A simple density insole made for a plush feeling cushion feels unstable and wobbly.

Dual-density addresses two issues with a single unit. Some shoes feature multiple density midsoles. The Noosa Tri 11 is I.G.S. guided. It is specifically designed to address the natural gait of the feet from take-off to heel. Asics professes that the stabilizing guidance system allows the runner to keep the speed up for more extended periods.


The heel-to-toe drop of the Noosa is ten-mm. That differential is similar to many running shoes. Lightweight stability shoes usually have lower drops.

Key Features

* Bunion Window
* Elastic lacing system
* Energetic, bold style
* Forefoot and rearfoot gel inserts provide impact absorption and extra cushioning
* Perforated sock line for improved moisture drainage
* Provides support and cushioning while maintaining stability
* Seamless construction reduces friction and irritation
* Several tough rubber compounds used in the outsole
* Traction on wet surfaces provided by Wetgrip Outsole

Bottom Line

If the Asics Noosa Tri 11 were to be discontinued, fans of the shoe would be disappointed. The shoe delivers features for those who demand more and more out of their running shoes. Those features include creative style, overall protection, superior comfort, and enhanced mechanics.

All are offered in a complete package that serves as a stability shoe for runners suffering from mild over-pronation. Reviewers suggest buying a half size larger than a standard shoe. A lot of runners are very loyal to a brand.

Asics fans absolutely love the shoe. Those who have not previously worn Asics are encouraged to give the shoes a try. They are excellent shoes. Triathletes will find the shoes have features that will help along the way.