Asics® Gel Contend 9

The Asics Gel Contend 9 release date will be November 15, 2023.

The Asics Gel-Contend 9 will have the following updates:

  • Built for the starting runner, the Asics Gel Contend merges the benefits of adequate support and extra cushioning in a sporty-chic platform.
  • This shoe is lightweight and basic for the entry-level runner to use.
  • The Asics Gel Contend is still an excellent choice for low-mileage runs and cross-training activities.
  • Expect not many changes in the latest version, apart from the loss of the Width Specific construction.
  • Some technologies and features retained in the Asics Gel Contend are the Rearfoot Gel cushioning unit, removable contoured insoles, molded EVA midsole, breathable mesh coverage, reflectivity elements, and flex grooves.

Previous models of the Gel-Contend:
The Asics Gel Contend 8 release date was October 1st, 2022.
The Asics Gel Contend 7 release date was March 1st, 2021.
The Asics Gel Contend 6 release date was March 2nd, 2020.

Latest Version of the Asics Gel Contend


Asics Gel Contend



  • The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) for Asics Gel-Contend 9 will be around $55.
  • However, pricing can change over time.

Arch support and pronation controlArch Support and Pronation Control

  • The arch support of the Asics Gel Contend 9 is cushioned.
  • However, it has removable contoured insoles that you can replace with arch insoles to suit your pronation needs.


  • The terrain for Asics Gel Contend is tamed treading and basic outsole features.
  • It can handle the road and gravel pretty well, but its performance on wet surfaces is a bit disappointing.


  • Since the Asics Gel Contend has a basic technical construction, it is versatile for general fitness activities.
  • Aside from road running, owners can use it for gym workouts, cross-training, sports, traveling, and even casual wear.


  • The Asics Gel Contend is adequate for low-mileage running.
  • However, it is best to replace the shoe upon the first signs of tear, as running in a damaged shoe can lead to health risks.

Fit and SizingFit and Sizing

  • The Asics Gel-Contend 9 base fit is for a medium-sized heel, forefoot, and midfoot feet.
  • According to the sizing of the Asics Gel Contend, it features a standard running shoe length.
  • As for the toe box, runners can enjoy natural splaying because of its medium height.


  • The Asics Gel Contend weighs 298 grams for men and 228 grams for women.
  • These are considerably heavier than some neutral shoes, but the added weight might be caused by the extra cushioning in the midsole.

Elevation of the Asics® Gel Contend 9

Heel HeightHeel Height

  • In the Asics Gel Contend, the heel height for men and women is 24.35 mm and 22 mm, respectively.

Forefoot HeightForefoot Height

  • The Asics Gel Contend’s forefoot height for men and women is 14.85 mm and 12 mm, respectively.

Heel-to-Toe DropHeel-to-Toe Drop

  • In the case of Asics Gel Contend, the heel-to-toe drop for men and women is 9.5 mm and 10 mm.

Components of the Asics Gel Contend 9


  • The outer sole of the Asics Gel Contend is made of textured rubber.
  • The Asics Gel Contend’s outsole is pretty tamed, considering that it is made for low mileage runs on the road, track and gravel.
  • Its flex grooves also improve sole flexibility and facilitate a smoother ride.


  • The Asics Gel Contend’s midsole is made from the Rearfoot Gel cushioning unit.
  • Since the Asics Gel Contend is a neutral type, its midsole cushioning is just limited to providing comfort without hindering the foot’s flexing.
  • It features a molded EVA (Ethylene-vinyl Acetate).


  • The upper of the Asics Gel Contend is made up of basic technologies.
  • It has breathable mesh coverage, lace-up closure, padded tongue and collar, removable contoured insole, and reflective elements.


Asics Gel Contend 9

About the Author

David Alegeta

David is a long-distance hiker, a writer and an editor whose favorite topics include backpacking and trail running. He is an adventure athlete who covered over 20,000 miles. He frequently speaks to groups about the benefits of proper footwear and has written numerous articles on this subject. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his family.