Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Several runners admired the cushioning system of the Asics Gel Fortitude 7.
  • It is unbelievably comfortable as based on several comments.
  • A significant number of runners loved the traction the Asics Fortitude 7 provides.
  • The shoe is a bargain for its price.
  • Some runners were pleasantly surprised by the Fortitude 7’s relative flexibility.
  • Adequate ground feedback is another great asset in this shoe, according to a few runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is quite heavy, said a few users.
  • Mainly limited as a sturdy training partner.

Bottom line

The Gel Fortitude series finds a unique place in the hearts of neutral runners with flat feet. With better ground feedback, tons of comfort, and unbelievable overpronation measures, runners with flat arches, inflexible feet, or fallen arches are on their way to more fun on the road in the Fortitude 7.

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Good to know

  • The Asics Gel Fortitude 7 is a neutral running shoe that features an updated midsole, adding new technologies for a more reliable cushioning. The enhanced midsole now have an improved shock-absorption characteristic and deliver an efficient energy-return for a well-cushioned, resilient ride.
  • Another significant update is the upper built. It is now engineered to deliver an enhanced breathability and comfort. It features the Maximum Support Last to accommodate those with wider foot and those who wear orthotics.
  • Another new feature is the ComforDry Sockliner that provides an enhanced cushioning. With its odor-free attributes, the foot is well ventilated and dry all throughout the run.

The Asics Gel Fortitude 7 is available true to size. The forefoot is significantly wider than the previous version. This version comfortably accommodates runners with orthotics and those with wider foot. The heel and midfoot remains unchanged. Available widths are D for the men’s and B for the women’s.

Similar to the popular Asics Patriot 10, the outsole of the Gel Fortitude 7 uses the brand’s DuraSponge outsole that delivers flexibility and enhanced cushioning. The high-abrasion resistant rubber in high wear areas delivers durability and protection from the damaging properties of the road.

The Gel Fortitude 7 like its updated version, the Gel Fortitude 8, uses the full-length SpEVA midsole that enhances energy rebound and gives added midsole durability. It matches well to the rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning that attenuates shock for a smoother foot transition all throughout the running cycle. The Guidance Line and Guidance Trusstic System give additional support and enhance gait efficiency while delivering structural integrity in the midfoot.

The upper built of the Asics Gel Fortitude 7 features a seamless construction that delivers not just a breathable environment but also prevents irritation. The Asics’s maximum support last delivers a wider forefoot platform for wide-footed runners and those with orthotics. It also gives added cushioning and soft underfoot feel.


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