Facts

Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$85
Weight
Men: 9oz
Women: 8.6oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • Many runners were impressed by the comfortable ride of the Excite 4.
  • The price tag is wallet-friendly.
  • It has decent durability coming from a shoe of this price, according to a few comments.
  • Several runners loved the freshness of the colors and the style of the 4th iteration of the Excite.
  • Quite a number of reviewers were surprised by the noticeable responsiveness of the shoe.
  • The shoe runs light, observed a significant number of runners.
  • The Gel Excite 4 is available in different width options.
  • It is also used for training by more than a handful of runners.
  • A significant number of users who are up on their feet all day valued the cushioning and comfort of this shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of reviews mentioned that it runs smaller than standard Asics shoes.
  • The traction isn’t as good on wet surfaces, as noted by some.
  • It is a little narrower than its predecessor, according to some reviewers.
  • More than a handful of reviewers said that they needed break-in time for this shoe.

Bottom line

The Gel Excite 4 remains to be a very solid choice for entry-level runners because of its moderate cushioning with noticeable responsiveness. For its affordable price tag, the comfort, durability, and arch support of this shoe makes it a great buy for anyone looking for a lightweight trainer.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 638 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
20%
3 star
8%
2 star
5%
1 star
3%

My Rating


Updates to Asics Gel Excite 4

  • Asics uses the upper to introduce most of the changes in the Asics Excite 4. The more sophisticated upper comes as a result of the removal of the plastic and cheap-looking overlays. In place is a new suede-like material that promises to add durability and midfoot hold.
  • Midfoot hold is improved as the logo is now integrated as part of the overlays instead of being stitched on top of the TPU overlays in the previous model. More than just delivering a more refined look, the integration of the logo creates a more continuous support from the midfoot to the heel.
  • The upper shows a bigger mesh with larger holes for improved breathability and durability. A slight change in the tongue construction is involved. In the 4th instalment of the Excite, the tongue is not as thick as before, but is now made of a fabric that is more plush. The tongue covers the foot better and continues to keep stress on the top portion of the foot where the laces are tied.

Asics Gel Excite 4 size and fit

The fit of the Excite 4 is basically a redo of the past model. Runners should find the heel and midfoot to be adequately snug with just enough space in the toe box for a natural splay of the toes. This is the kind of fit that mostly favors those with narrow to medium feet. Sizing is standard in the shoe.

Outsole

Asics’ proprietary AHAR+ rubber compound covers almost the entire shoe for durability. The inclusion of blown rubber near the forefoot is designed to add traction. There are flex grooves in the midfoot and forefoot for flexibility.

Midsole

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. 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.

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.