181 users: 4.5 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.5oz / Women 8.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 9 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The comfort level of the 8th edition of the Asics Gel Impression has runners having a difficult time taking it off, according to a large number of comments.
  • Many of the runners loved its long-lasting performance.
  • The slightly soft cushioning gives a plush ride with enough pop in the returns.
  • A very breathable mesh keeps every run cool and sweat-free.
  • The Impression 8 has very nice stability for a neutral shoe, based on several reviews.
  • Several runners find the ride lighter than the weight on the scale shows.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners believe the price is a little higher than some of its competition.
  • Others wished for a shoe with better style, especially with the price stag of the Gel Impression 8.

Bottom line

Built for low-mileage runs, the Asics Impression 8 is a neutral running shoe with good stability, unbelievable comfort, and a very healthy interior. Although not as light as most lightweight trainers, it has a very compact and agile ride that most runners love to have in their shoes.

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  • Asics brings minimal changes in the 8th iteration of the Impression. The first change is the introduction of a lighter mesh with better breathability. It helps with the weight reduction and enhances the breathability of the shoe.
  • The overall construction of the upper is more minimal than ever. There are lesser overlays that are strategically placed. These overlays deliver enough support and structure without the cost of adding weight.
  • The outsole undergoes a change as well. There are more numerous and substantial flex grooves for exceptional flexibility. The enhancement also means easier take offs as the midfoot to the forefoot can flex with ease.

The signature fit of the Impression line is very evident in the 8th version. Runners who want a plush interior can get what they want in the spacious room in the heel to the forefoot. While the footprint is slightly wider, the midfoot remains securely locked down. Regular or medium is the offered width of this shoe. Sizing is accurate in these options: 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

Just like the popular Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the shoe's full-contact outsole is mostly covered by durable AHAR rubber. As mentioned, there are substantial flex grooves for superb flexibility. Asics decouples the heel to isolate shock in the Gel Impression 8. A midfoot shank keeps torsion naturally rigid and helps with the stability of the shoe.

Providing shock-absorbing assets is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System. Asics’ iconic silicon-based material remains to be one of the best in the business in taking on the impact of every landing. A standard EVA runs the whole length of the midsole, this is incorporated with the flex grooves for optimal responsiveness and flexibility. Asics’ Trusstic midfoot insert holds the shoe together and improves transition from heel to toe.

Asics utilizes a new open mesh upper that ensures a very cool run. Providing support to the flexible mesh is a network of synthetic overlays that are minimal in nature. The comfort level of the shoe is greatly enhanced by the substantial padding in the ankle collar and the tongue while an EVA sockliner adds cushioning and foot-hugging feel.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.