Why are you comparing the Asics Kanbarra 4 and the Gel 1150?
Because those are the two shoes that I’ve owned in the past year. And as far as a comparison, this is not a direct comparison. I had a 9.5 U.S. Mens in the Kanbarra 4 and a 10.5 U.S. Mens in the Gel 1150.
There is a HUGE difference in these two types of Asics.
The Gel 1150 is definitely more of a long distance running shoe. The sole inserts that come standard with the shoe are much wider at the arches and in the toes compared to the Kanbarra 4.
|On the left is the Gel 1150 and on the right is the Kanbarra 4|
The narrow in-sole of the Kanbarra 4 caused way too much friction during my runs. I developed blisters on the arch of my right foot. This reason alone made me start searching for new shoes. Also, with such little space in the toes it caused my toenails to rub blisters on my adjacent toes.
The Kanbarra 4 was a good shoe for normal athletic activity, and they even did well on shorter runs (less than 3 miles). When I went on runs that were longer than 3 miles the blister on my arch would start forming soon after mile 3, and became debilitating between miles 5 and 8. This was a big bummer when I wore the Kanbarra 4’s on my first 16 mile run with the Nashville Striders. The 16 mile course looped around to the parking lot halfway at mile 8, and I had to stop my run short there that day due to the blister that formed on my arch.
If you don’t plan on doing anything extreme in the Kanbarra 4 shoes then they might be a good choice for you, but I suggest for anyone else to choose a different shoe.
I have been extremely pleased with Asic’s Gel 1150. I have had them for five weeks and have logged 100 miles on them including a 20 mile run. I have been blister free during these past 100 miles. This is a great blessing because since I began running long distances again this past New Years I was afraid that these blisters were a result of being a newbie runner. Little did I know that I was wearing the wrong type of shoe.
I’m partially biased to the Gel 1150 since I used to run in the Gel 1090.
The Gel 1150 is very similar to the highly rated Asic Gel Cumulus, which really does feel like walking on a cloud, but can be found for about half the price since the Gel 1150 came out a couple of season’s ago. The Cumulus costs approximately $120 while I picked up the Gel 1150 for $50 on sale since they are an older model of shoe.
I will be wearing the Gel 1150 for the Country Music Marathon and I feel I will be more than ready for the race since I will be training with these shoes. And hopefully blister free during the race.