Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$80
Weight
M: 295g | W: 252g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 21mm | W: 21mm
Forefoot height
M: 11mm | W: 11mm
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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many noticed the satisfying arch support of the Gel Equation 8.

  • Some gave thumbs up to the new and updated look of the Asics Gel Equation 8.

  • This shoe has a plush collar and tongue, according to several runners.

  • The Asics Gel Equation 8 offers plenty of cushioning, as mentioned in some reviews.

  • Available in an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Based on some reviews, this shoe is too narrow and not ideal for wide-footed runners.

  • According to some testers, they felt uncomfortable in this shoe when used in high mileage running.

  • Some noticed that 8th version of the Gel Equation is not as durable as the other versions.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Equation 8 is a neutral running shoe that is designed for road running. Some runners thought that this shoe is not ideal and durable enough for long runs. This pair of running shoe is great for everyday running and daily training.



World wide, Gel Equation 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 1010 shoes


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 282 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
19%
3 star
6%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

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Updates to Gel Equation 8

The 8th version of the Asics Gel Equation is a daily trainer that offers high quality cushioning and comfort at an affordable price. It features some of the tried and tested technologies that have made many Asics products very formidable in the realm of running shoes. From the upper, to the mid-sole and outsole, this shoe delivers well when it comes to its purpose.

The upper unit uses high quality mesh and nylon to build its durable yet flexible form. Air constantly enters the shoe through holes in the mesh that serve as entry points, thus making the interior dry and cool for the foot. Stitched-on overlays maintain the structural integrity of the upper and hugs the foot responsibly for a custom fit.

Responsible cushioning is the task of the mid-sole unit. High quality foam technologies are used in the Asics Gel Equation 8. They’re efficient in carrying the foot and making sure that it remains comfortable at all times. The mid-foot is even supported, so the arch is supported well.

The outsole unit keeps the platform protected from all types of hazards when running. Surface friction is greatly staved off by this layer. The abrasive nature of the asphalt is also kept at bay because of the shield-like purpose of the outsole. This shoe utilizes a high quality unit that’s efficient and reliable in protecting the shoe from wear and tear.

Gel Equation 8 size and fit

The Asics Gel Equation 8 has a standard length. It accommodates the regular expectations of runners when it comes to the length of the running shoe. The available width is medium, so it allows those with medium sized feet to fit into it with ease. The semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot, making the coverage and the platform more agreeable to the wearer.

Outsole

The Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber or AHAR® is a durable compound that uses carbon rubber. It’s sturdy and it doesn’t peel off easily. Its protective mechanics are efficient, so the sole unit stays safe from abrasion. It also gives responsible traction over the roads.

Midsole

The SpEVA® is a full-length foam that is reliable in delivering responsive cushioning and underfoot support. It gives a springiness to each step, therefore enabling the foot to be more efficient when going through the gait cycle.

THE Gel® Cushioning System is placed in the heel section of the Equation 8. Made from a silicon-based material, it is the unit that manages impact when landing the foot on the ground. With it, each heel strike becomes more comfortable and less tasking.

The Trusstic System® is a technology that gives structure to the mid-foot section of the shoe. It keeps the arch supported, mildly reducing the rate of foot pronation.

Upper

The mesh material used in the Asics Gel Equation 8 is breathable. Its open construction features entry points that encourage air to enter the shoe in order to maintain a well-ventilated coverage. The material itself is soft and it doesn’t restrict the natural movement of the foot.

Synthetic overlays are placed onto the upper mesh. They’re stitched-on, so they bring more structure to the unit. They connect directly to the lacing system, so whenever the shoelaces are adjusted they cause the upper to follow suit, thus giving an adjustable fit to hug the foot.

The inner sleeve, collar and tongue have a soft fabric lining. It allows the foot to easily slip into the shoe without any discomfort. Light padding help in locking the foot in place, thus preventing slips and accidental shoe removals.


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