ASICS Gel-Moya Review

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ASICS does it again with another great pair of daily running shoes that customers adore. The Gel-Moya sneakers offer you exceptional comfortability, even after miles of running. They have a super affordable price tag and decent durability which makes them a great investment. The fantastic midsole construction offers you a responsive ride and excellent shock absorption to keep you protected and energized throughout the day. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a lot of arch support in these sneakers right out of the box, but that is something that can be changed with the addition of a new insert or insole. The biggest problem, however, with these sneakers comes with the sizing so be careful when ordering them. Overall, however, these are a great pair of sneakers that customers would recommend.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Gel cushioning
  • All-day comfort
  • Additional Ortholte insole
  • Great color options
  • Affordable price tag
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Responsive ride
Cons
  • Runs too wide
  • Runs slightly too large
  • Lacking arch support
Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of the ASICS Gel-Moya sneakers are made using a combination of both mesh and synthetic leather materials. These materials wrap the length of shoe to ensure you get an incredibly well-ventilated pair of sneakers. It is super important and appreciated that these shoes are breathable, especially if you are heading out on a rather warm day or running long distances. You want to make sure that your feet can stay as cool and dry as possible and these shoes help you do that. Since the air can easily flow in it will keep your feet relatively cool, but at the same time the sweat from your feet will be able to easily evaporate and escape your foot chamber, keeping your feet dry and promoting a healthier in-shoe experience.

There are some additional TPU panels that are located on both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. These panels are designed to give you some added support. These also help hold your shoelaces in place to give you a more snug and secure fit while you are wearing them.
Midsole

Midsole

The ASICS Gel-Moya running shoes have a lot going on in the midsole area, everything designed to give you a fantastic underfoot experience that customers love. It is designed with SpEVA foam, which is a special blend of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam that includes the addition of rubber to help give you a more responsive ride while you are on the go. When you step into your shoe your feet will sink down into the sole and then the foam will try to quickly and efficiently bounce back to its original shape, propelling you forward and pushing you into your next step, saving you some energy with each step you take. You can then use this saved energy to help you run just a little bit longer or faster, giving you a little bit of an edge.

In addition to the SpEVA, ASICS uses their Gel cushioning technology brings you soft, gel-based materials integrated into the foam to give you phenomenal padding for fantastic comfort as well as great shock absorption. The Gel is placed strategically through the rearfoot and forefoot. It is placed at the heel to help heel strikers reduce some of the impacts of their steps, and in the front to give you a more efficient toe-off.

Sitting on top of the already cushioned and comfy midsole is an Ortholite insole to give you a more plush and cozy underfoot experience. The insole is moisture wicking so your sweat will bead up and aid in the evaporation process, helping keep your feet dry. The breathable insole also has antimicrobial properties to help ensure your feet stay healthy.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the ASICS Gel-Moya running shoes is made using AHAR which is a high-abrasion carbon rubber compound that is unique to this brand. It offers you a fantastic amount of durability and can withstand the repeated beating you will give them as you pound your feet into the pavement day after day. You are not going to have to worry about the sole of these shoes wearing out on you any time soon.

The rubber compound is also designed to make sure that you are going to be able to keep quite a good grip while you are out and about. These road running shoes are designed to be worn while running on relatively flat and not too abrasive surfaces, recommending that you stick to roads, paved paths, sidewalks, and treadmills. As long as you are not veering off the beaten path you should have no problem being able to stay on your feet, whether you get stuck in the rain or you are running in dry conditions. It is nice to know that you can go out for your daily run and not have to worry about slipping and falling because your shoes could not keep their grip.
Comfort

Comfort

When it comes to your daily running shoes you are going to want to make sure that you find something that is going to offer you a high level of comfort. After all, you are going to be wearing them every day while you head out on your run, you want to make sure that your feet will not hate you by the end of your workout. The midsole is a big reason these are so great, the SpEVA foam with Gel technology and added Ortholite insole give you a fantastic underfoot experience that your feet will thank you for at the end of a long day. One thing, however, about the midsole is that customers complained that there is not a lot of support under their arches which can decrease the overall comfort level of the shoes.

The uppers are a soft and flexible material so you will have some wiggle room for your toes and the freedom to bend your foot as naturally as possible while you are running. Additionally, they have a padded tongue and collar that add to the comfort level of the shoes and also help prevent irritating rubbing and chafing that can lead to uncomfortable and painful blisters. If you have sensitive skin that has the tendency to get irritated by your shoes then you should have no problem with these sneakers, if you do customers just recommend you wear higher socks to prevent the chafing.
Durability

Durability

When you are in the market for a pair of running shoes, especially ones that you will most likely be wearing every day, you are going to want to make sure you find something that is going to last you. You do not want to have to worry about spending your hard earned money on a pair of sneakers only to have them fall apart and wear down on you after only a short time. The ASICS Gel-Moya running shoes have a very affordable price tag that customers love, but that does not mean they are cheap. They are not going to suffer from too much premature wear and tear so you should not have to worry about replacing them for quite a while which customers greatly appreciate. They are, of course, not going to last you as long as some of the high end running shoes on the market, but for the average runners, these are going to suit your needs adequately.
Style

Style

Customers seem to really like the look and style of these running shoes. They have a couple of fun color options to choose from so you are sure to find something that is going to best fit your style and personality. Whether you want a plain and simple color that blends in or you want something fun for a pop of color, these shoes have you covered. Women can choose between blue and white; peach petal and white; grey and silver; black and blue; pink; or bright rose, Begonia pink and fuchsia red. Men will have the options of black and silver; grey and blue; carbon and red; navy, white and red; mid-grey and Victorian blue; or peacoat and black.
Weight

Weight

When you shopping around for a pair of running shoes you are going to want to try to find something that is as lightweight as possible. You do not want to be in the middle of your run, especially if you are running for distance or speed, and feel like there are weights attached at your ankles that are holding you back or slowing you down. That being said, the ASICS Gel-Moya sneakers are not going to do that, they are designed to be lightweight and not weigh you down. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information on the exact weight of these sneakers, but customers can agree that they are not heavy and they feel great while they are out on their daily runs.
Fit

Fit

One of the biggest complaints when it comes to these shoes is the way they fit. ASICS will claim that the shoes run true to size, but customers highly disagree. Many reviewers stated that the shoes are too long, running a bit too big, so they recommend that when ordering you try going down about a half size to make up for that discrepancy. Additionally, customers also said that even though they ordered them in a medium width they were a little too wide, wider than normal. Unfortunately, the sizing of these shoes is off dramatically and even consulting a sizing chart might not yield accurate results. When ordering these shoes do so with caution and keep in mind that you might not get the perfect fit the first time you order.

You are going to want to make sure that the shoes fit you snuggly so your feet will not wobble around inside your shoe. At the same time, you do not want them to be too tight that they will pinch your toes and squish your feet uncomfortably.
Support

Support

When it comes to your daily running shoes you are going to want to find something that is going to give you a decent amount of support so you can stay safe while on the go. The ASICS Gel-Moya sneakers feature a traditional lacing system that is designed to help ensure your feet stay locked into place while you are on the go so you will not have to worry about slipping and sliding around in your shoe which could cause you to fall and potentially hurt yourself or someone else. The uppers also feature TPU panels on both the medial and lateral sizes that connect to the lacing system to give you some extra support and helps with the structural integrity of the sneakers.

As for arch support, there does not seem to be a whole lot here. Customers have complained that there was just not enough padding under their arches which caused some discomfort. It is possible to replace the Ortholite insole with one that will give the support you need, but right out of the box these shoes are not going to do that for you.
Protection

Protection

When you are heading out for your daily run you want to make sure that you are protected, and you can rest easy knowing that these sneakers will offer you a decent amount of protection to help keep you safe while you are out and about.

The Gel cushioning in the midsole is going to offer a fantastic amount of shock absorption that is going greatly help reduce jarring to your joints when you are running, helping decrease your risk of joint pain or discomfort. Some customers have even said they usually experience knee pain after their jogs and after wearing these shoes the pain has lessened and they feel exponentially better.

Additionally, the AHAR outsole is going to help protect your feet from some of the more high-abrasive surfaces you might encounter, such as gravel roads. The outsole also has amazing traction and hold a decent grip so you will be able to stay on your feet, reducing your risk of slipping and falling, preventing potential injury.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a budget-friendly pair of daily running shoes then you have come to the right place, customers just love the ASICS Gel-Moya sneakers. They come in fun colors as well as your classics so there is a something there for everyone and every style. Just because they are affordable does not mean that they are cheap, reviewers are happy with the durability of the shoes. They are exceptionally comfortable and high responsive. There are some concerns when it comes to the sizing of the sneakers as well as the lack of arch support, but overall, customers seem very happy with these shoes.