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  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 12.4oz
    Women: 9.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2017
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Several users claimed that they were able to stay up on their feet for long hours while wearing the 4th instalment of the Gel Flux.
  • More than a handful of runners use this shoe for gym workouts and while doing household works.
  • The price is considered by many as well worth the shoe’s performance.
  • The large, open mesh provides a very breathable coverage.
  • Asics uses a plush interior for a cozy feel with every run.
  • A few noticed barely discernible signs of wear and tear after considerable mileage.
  • The Asics Gel Flux 4 looks much better than its predecessor, according to some runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of Flux fans were hoping for more weight reduction.
  • A few runners mentioned that the fit is a bit loose.

Bottom line

Budget conscious and entry level runners will continue to get a reliable and efficient performance in the Asics Flux 4. The shoe may not have the latest in Asics’ technology, but it does not scrimp on comfort or durability. It is a sturdy daily trainer that has sufficient arch support, security, and midsole resilience that will allow the runner to tack on the miles.

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  • 76 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    The Asics Gel Flux 4

    Nimbus.

     

    Cushioning & Ride

    This model of Asics has taught me a lesson. I am beginning to wonder if my quest for ever more cushioning has been the wrong approach.

    I ran my first Half Marathon in a pair of Nike Flex, nice and light, not much cushioning. I have since been on a quest for more forefoot cushioning. I wonder how much is enough.

    I am thinking that perhaps "form" may be a better solution. We have the needed cushioning built in our feet and legs, it's in our form. Even with the weight penalty of not using cutting edge materials, this is a fine shoe.

    There is now a little less toe space than with last year's Flux due to no-stitch forefoot overlays.

    A totally unnecessary upgrade to the forefoot uppers that has tightened up the toebox. This is exactly what has nearly ruined the GT-1000, Nimbus, Cumulus and even the venerable Kayano!

     

    Quality

    Excellent quality in material and workmanship. Nothing on the Flux is of inferior quality.

    Not long ago the SpEVA, AHAR and other various features and parts found on the Flux 4 were some of the best parts found in the world's best shoes.

     

    Engineering

    The Asics Institute of Sports Science has brought the world some wonderful innovations, Gel being the most obvious.

    Asics does pay attention to gender specific design and injury demographics. Here is the link from the excellent "Canadian Runner" magazine regarding that.

    Comparisons

    If you had the Asics Flux 3, be aware that there have been changes, check the front-end closely. Yes you could run a Half Marathon or more in these shoes as well as any other shoe, if they fit.

    This model is overshadowed by the more famous models from Asics, much as with the Exalt, both excellent shoes for skillful runners with good form.

    Safety

    The Flux 4 has tremendous rear reflectors. But if we want to run safely after dark it is up to us to take necessary actions, get a light, some reflective shoelace or tape.

    Did you know that being struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is equivalent to falling from a 2 story building? Never count on a driver to do the right thing!

     

    Specifications

    Weight                                366 gr.
    Sizes                                   US 12, EU 46, UK 11
    Heel to Toe Drop              10 mm
    Arch                                    medium to high
    Miles at end of Review    45
    Picks up stones?               No
    Colors                                 Black, Blue, Grey, Orange with added accent colors

    Things To Check When Shopping

    • Ankle clearance – Do your ankles rub the collar? This will be worse on uneven road!
    • Toebox height – Check with your winter socks on, black toenails are bad.
    • Bunion clearance – Think about selecting  a supplier that allows you to run for a few days or more to check new shoes for discomforts you would never detect by simply trying them on.
    • The line of stitching that is attached to the tongue, on the underside of the shoe.

    Conclusion

    These have been good shoes for me, they got me thinking more about my form. I ran 10k /6mi this morning and was glad to get back home and take them off.

    I am not looking forward to the next run in the Flux 4, primarily because of how they fit me. This will likely be a good shoe for many runners, though in my opinion not as good as last year's model.

     

     

    The Flux is not the latest technology but keep in mind that the new weight-saving innovations of today do not always show up on the scale as advertised, but almost always show in the price.

    The Flux is a good honest shoe.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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Updates to Asics Gel Flux 4

  • The upper is where Asics concentrated the changes in the Flux 4. Most evident in the changes is the use of a softer mesh with very open holes to create a two-way effect.
  • The upper is significantly more breathable while the shoe has a more sock-like fit because of the improved way that the mesh conforms to the foot of the runner.
  • Another improvement in the upper is the removal of the thick and stitched forefoot overlays. Without these substantially thick and seamed overlays, there should be lesser risks of irritation and giving more breathing space in the forefoot.
  • In lieu of the thick overlays, Asics added thin, but welded overlays to help secure the midfoot and the forefoot. The new overlays also add a more sophisticated appeal to the shoe.

Asics Gel Flux 4 size and fit

The fit is where Asics tried to keep it as similar as the earlier model. One can surmise that the Gel Flux’s improvement in fit is a roomier forefoot. There is still more than adequate hold and security in the heel and the forefoot. Runners should also get the same ample space in the toe box. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole of the Gel Flux 4 is a standard Asics application where the sturdier AHAR rubber is located in areas that require more protection from wear and tear. A softer blown rubber, called the DuraSponge is utilized in the forefoot for added cushioning and more traction. Asics’ staple technology, the Guidance Line, or a substantial vertical cut that spans almost the entire outsole helps with the movement from the back to the forefoot of the shoe. There are also substantial flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility.


Midsole

The midsole is where Asics makes its name in the 4th version of the Flux. It houses two of Asics’ more popular technologies in the Gel cushioning system that is featured in the heel and the forefoot for more shock-absorption and the SpEVA foam for lightweight responsive cushioning. The SpEVA covers the entire midsole for quick and smooth transitions. Providing that trademark Asics midfoot integrity is the TPU-made Trusstic system.


Upper

The upper is a very simple mix of very breathable mesh and supportive overlays. Asics uses a combination of stitched overlays near the heel for enhanced security while the midfoot and forefoot overlays are welded. A very well-padded collar and tongue add plushness to the ride. The removable sockliner allows the runner to use his or her own orthotics.