Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$120
Weight
M: 269g | W: 240g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The comfort level of the 8th edition of the Asics Gel Impression has runners having a difficult time taking it off, according to a large number of comments.

  • Many of the runners loved its long-lasting performance.

  • The slightly soft cushioning gives a plush ride with enough pop in the returns.

  • A very breathable mesh keeps every run cool and sweat-free.

  • The Impression 8 has very nice stability for a neutral shoe, based on several reviews.

  • Several runners find the ride lighter than the weight on the scale shows.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners believe the price is a little higher than some of its competition.

  • Others wished for a shoe with better style, especially with the price stag of the Gel Impression 8.

Bottom line

Built for low-mileage runs, the Asics Impression 8 is a neutral shoe with good stability, unbelievable comfort, and a very healthy interior. Although not as light as most lightweight trainers, it has a very compact and agile ride that most runners love to have in their shoes.



World wide, Gel Impression 8 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 967 shoes


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 131 ratings

5 star
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4 star
19%
3 star
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Updates to Gel Impression 8

Asics brings minimal changes in the 8th iteration of the Impression. The first change is the introduction of a lighter mesh with better breathability. It helps with the weight reduction and enhances the breathability of the shoe.

The overall construction of the upper is more minimal than ever. There are lesser overlays that are strategically placed. These overlays deliver enough support and structure without the cost of adding weight.

The outsole undergoes a change as well. There are more numerous and substantial flex grooves for exceptional flexibility. The enhancement also means easier take offs as the midfoot to the forefoot can flex with ease.

Gel Impression 8 size and fit

The signature fit of the Impression line is very evident in the 8th version. Runners who want a plush interior can get what they want in the spacious room in the heel to the forefoot. While the footprint is slightly wider, the midfoot remains securely locked down. Regular or medium is the offered width of this shoe. Sizing is accurate in these options: 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The full-contact outsole is mostly covered by durable AHAR rubber. As mentioned, there are substantial flex grooves for superb flexibility. Asics decouples the heel to isolate shock in the Gel Impression 8. A midfoot shank keeps torsion naturally rigid and helps with the stability of the shoe.

Midsole

Providing shock-absorbing assets is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System. Asics’ iconic silicon-based material remains to be one of the best in the business in taking on the impact of every landing. A standard EVA runs the whole length of the midsole, this is incorporated with the flex grooves for optimal responsiveness and flexibility. Asics’ Trusstic midfoot insert holds the shoe together and improves transition from heel to toe.

Upper

Asics utilizes a new open mesh upper that ensures a very cool run. Providing support to the flexible mesh is a network of synthetic overlays that are minimal in nature. The comfort level of the shoe is greatly enhanced by the substantial padding in the ankle collar and the tongue while an EVA sockliner adds cushioning and foot-hugging feel.


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