Who should buy the Gel Excite 4

The Gel Excite 4 from Asics is an affordable road shoe designed for high-mileage runs. Grab a pair of this model if:

  • You are a neutral pronator looking for a running shoe that can handle daily use
  • You prefer a long-distance shoe that can provide adequate support for moderate to high arches

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Updates to the Asics Gel Excite 4

  • Improved midfoot hold for a more refined look and more support
  • The mesh upper possesses larger holes for improved breathability and durability 
  • A plusher tongue for better coverage and more comfort 
  • A new suede-like material for overlays for better hold

Asics Gel Excite 4 logo

Durable blown rubber

Asics’ proprietary AHAR+ rubber compound covers almost the entire shoe for durability.  It is the same outsole found in the popular Asics Gel Contend 4. The inclusion of blown rubber near the shoe's forefoot is also designed to add traction. There are flex grooves in the midfoot and forefoot for flexibility.

Asics Gel Excite 4 AHAR+

Enhanced shock absorption

A full-length of Asics’ patented SpEVA runs the length of the shoe. It is lighter and more durable than standard EVA. This handles most of the cushioning of the Excite 4.

Asics Gel Excite 4 SpEVA

Beneath the SpEVA in the heel is the award-winning Gel Cushioning System for enhanced shock-absorption. The Gel is made of silicone-like substance and is a staple in most Asics shoes.

Asics Gel Excite 4 gel

The Gel Excite 4's breathable upper

An engineered mesh provides excellent breathability and upper durability. There are stitched overlays in the midfoot to secure the foot. Asics continues to use 3M reflective materials for low-light running. Inside is a removable EVA sockliner for added cushioning and comfort.

Asics Gel Excite 4 engineered mesh

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9oz / Women 8.6oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Asics Gel Excite 8
Collection: Asics Gel, Asics Gel Excite
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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