Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel Fortify is a superb motion control shoe.
  • A sizeable portion of reviews praised the incredible support that the shoe affords.
  • The cushioning is excellent, according to a majority of the runners who have used the shoe.
  • The Asics Gel Fortify is perfect when it comes to size and width.
  • A couple of testers appreciated the low profile design of the Gel Fortify.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Asics Gel Fortify sacrificed weight to accommodate all the stability and support features.
  • It runs a little clunky due to the Gel Fortify’s weight.
  • Several runners felt the shoe was too stiff.

Bottom line

Testers and runners have remarked that the shoe is a prototype of a motion control footwear. It delivers maximum arch support and other overpronation control measures. The cushioning and stability features put more weight on the shoe. This is an unbelievable option, though, for those with really excessive inward rolling movements.

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Good to know

  • The Asics Gel Fortify features an improved upper. It comes with the new maximum support last that accommodates runners who wear orthotics and those who have high foot volume. Another update is the BioMorphic Fit Upper that is made from stretchable material, reducing irritation and blisters.
  • It also features the new FluidRide midsole that delivers maximum underfoot comfort and protection. It attenuates shock efficiently and offers a solid rebound for a more responsive ride.

The Gel Fortify is available in standard running shoe length. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements, providing a snug fit to those with medium or slightly-wide foot. This shoe is available in standard B width for women and D for men.

The outer sole of this Asics running shoe uses the brand’s notable outsole technology. Just like the popular Asics Gel DS Trainer 24, the Gel Fortify utilizes the Asics High Abrasion Rubber in the heel area for maximum durability and in the forefoot is the DuraSponge that is made from durable blown AHAR compound. The DuraSponge delivers flexibility and responsive cushioning.

The Gel Fortify uses the FluidRide midsole that offers maximum blend of energy-return and solid rebound. It delivers reliable cushioning with added durability without adding weight.

It also uses the brand’s notable forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning that attenuates shock during impact and delivers efficient energy-return for a more responsive ride.

The Dynamic DuoMax is another Asics technology that reduces overpronation by controlling the foot’s movement for a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The Guidance Trusstic System and Guidance Line gives necessary support and flexibility for an enhanced gait efficiency.

The upper of the Asics Gel Fortify uses an open mesh for maximum breathable coverage. It features the biomorphic fit upper that reduces buckling and reduces irritation. The ComfoDry sockliner is anti-bacterial in nature, keeping the foot free from moisture and odor. Lastly, the heel clutching system provides added support and enhanced heel fitting. The maximum support last provides more width and depth to the midfoot and forefoot, comfortably accommodating those with high volume feet and those who wear orthotics.


How Asics Gel Fortify ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 32% road running shoes
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Bottom 36% Asics running shoes
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Bottom 21% motion control running shoes
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