Asics Gel Venture 8


The Asics Gel-Venture 8 was released in February 2021.

The Asics Gel-Venture 8 will have the following updates:

  • Adding a fit for a mixed variety of terrains.
  • Better stability features to keep your feet stable, supported, and well protected from terrain irregularities and the shock from landing impact.
  • Improving the weight, comfortable feel, durability, superb traction, and versatility.
  • Better rugged outsole without limiting its performance on uneven surfaces.
  • Get ready for a rugged ride with the Asics GEL-Venture 8.

Asics released the Asics Gel-Venture 7 as expected in May 2019.


Latest Version of the Asics Gel Venture

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Asics Gel Venture


PricePrice

  • The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) for Asics Gel Venture 8 will be around $60.
  • Casual runners won’t even have complaints about purchasing this shoe, knowing its versatility and quality.
  • Professional runners might not be too excited to go back to a traditional shoe for trail running, but getting this model for their collection won’t hurt their wallets.

Arch support and pronation controlArch Support and Pronation Control

  • The arch support of the Asics Gel Venture 8 is supinators or runners.
  • The Asics GEL Venture is a neutral shoe. Neutral shoes are a cross between minimalist shoes and stability shoes.
  • These shoes adopt the lower heel to toe drops that are a common feature of barefoot shoes but have the stability ones’ cushioning technologies.
  • Neutral shoes are non-traditional, and they work perfectly for runners who want to pursue barefoot running in the future.
  • It provides a steady platform and medial support to keep the feet from rolling outward while on the move.
  • The foot’s outward roll movement can cause injury or pain if ignored.

TerrainTerrain

  • The terrain for Asics Gel Venture is best for mixed terrains.
  • It has shoe technologies made for both the road and trail.
  • Its AHAR outsole provides superb grip and traction on various surfaces, but the Trail Specific treading pattern is helpful in cross country marathons.
  • The shoe fares well on the hard pavement, shiny gym floors, rocky courses, and dirt trails.
  • It also has superior performance on wet and slushy surfaces.
  • However, it is not recommended for serious mountain runs that require more aggressive lugs on the shoe’s outer sole.

UseUse

  • Versatility is one of the strongest assets of the Asics GEL-Venture.
  • The shoe is a hybrid between a trail and track shoe, making it a great choice for cross-country or mixed terrain running.
  • Furthermore, many fitness enthusiasts use the Asics GEL Venture for general fitness activities like gym workouts and sports, like indoor volleyball and tennis.
  • It is also used for casual days, like going to work or just walking around the block, considering that the shoe looks great with pants.
  • Runners with orthotics will also be pleased to know that the padded insole is removable.

DurabilityDurability

  • The Asics Gel Venture is, without a doubt, spectacular.
  • For a $60 shoe, the quality at par with the high-end collections of Asics.
  • In fact, it does great on both track and trail terrains without the danger of falling apart the next day.
  • The uppers’ resilience keeps the shoe in top shape despite numerous flexing.
  • The outsole, the most vulnerable part to damage, has AHAR rubber that is proven to have enhanced durability and high wear resistance.
  • There are some cases that some shoes are defective upon purchase, but Asics would be happy to replace them if it happens.

Fit and SizingFit and Sizing

  • The Asics Gel Venture base fit is for those who have forefoot, mid-foot, and rearfoot feet.
  • In terms of sizing, the Asics GEL-Venture shows a standard length.
  • However, many have complained about the tightness or narrowness of the shoe.
  • While the heel’s fit is satisfactory, the toe box feels cramped.
  • This could result in discomfort while running.
  • It is best to order a half size bigger than your original size to solve the width problem.

WeightWeight

  • The Asics Gel Venture weighs 303 grams for men, and 252 grams for women.
  • A lightweight concept is practically favored by casual runners, especially entry-level trail enthusiasts.

Heel HeightHeel Height

  • The heel height for men and women in the Asics Gel Venture is 31 mm and 29 mm.
  • The heel height also affects the cushioning of the heel area.

Forefoot HeightForefoot Height

  • The Asics Gel Venture’s forefoot height for men and women is 21 mm and 19 mm.
  • The forefoot cushioning is also affected by its forefoot height.

Heel-to-Toe DropHeel-to-Toe Drop

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

Components of the Asics Gel Venture

OutsoleOutsole

  • The outer sole of the Asics Gel Venture is made of High Abrasion Rubber.
  • Like any regular trail shoes, the Asics GEL Venture’s outer sole displays an aggressive pattern technically designed for the trail.
  • Uneven terrain can be tricky, even if runners tend to stick in light nature trails most of the time.
  • It has a Trail Specific treading pattern that features reversed lugs.
  • These lugs may not be as big and aggressive as mountain trail shoes, but they are fairly capable on both track and trail.
  • Together, they provide enhanced durability, super traction and grip, and high wear resistance to the Asics GEL Venture.

MidsoleMidsole

  • The midsole of the Asics Gel Venture is made from minimal cushioning technologies.
  • There is the Full-Length EVA foam for the forefoot to rearfoot coverage.
  • The EVA foam is a lightweight material seen in other performance shoes, not just Asics products.
  • In the heel part, there is the Rear Foot GEL cushioning system.
  • These two midsole technologies provide better shock absorption, protection, comfort, and support without keeping the feet far from the ground.

UpperUpper

  • The upper of the Asics Gel Venture is made up of breathable open mesh.
  • The upper construction of the Asics GEL-Venture did not stray far from its siblings.
  • It still prioritizes a customized fit and breathability, which is why the materials are the same in other models.
  • Synthetic overlays then support this resilient fabric for structural control.
  • A traditional lacing system is in place to adjust the shoe’s fit.
  • The heel collar and tongue are also plush and padded to improve the Asics GEL-Venture’s step-in comfort.
  • Inside the shoe, there is a removable sock liner, which is handy if you are using orthotics.
  • The upper class’s lightweight concept made this model a good choice for speed work on mixed trail/ track runs.

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Asics Gel Venture




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.