Arch support
Daily running
M: 337g | W: 281g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A number of runners liked the façade of the Asics Gel Kahana 8, stating that it was visually appealing.

  • There were commenters who regarded the upper unit, and they stated that they were impressed with the durability of the fabrics & overlays.

  • Many agreed that the tight-weave mesh was able to keep dirt and small debris away from the interior foot-chamber.

  • Several testers welcomed the laces of this shoe, which, for them, had an adequate length; they also noted that the laces didn’t unravel easily.

  • The platform of the Asics Gel Kahana 8 was able to provide great impact resistance, wrote a tester.

  • An expert reviewer commended the foam unit in the mid-sole, noting that it’s capable of ensuring comfortable strides throughout the running session.

  • The firm unit under the arch was efficient in delivering stability to those with overpronated motion, reviewers wrote.

  • The lugged outsole unit received praise from those who felt that they were able to traverse the unpredictable trails with ease.

  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word many consumers used when describing their time with this running shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A tester complained that it was a size too small for their feet.

  • There were purchasers who wrote that the outsole of this shoe didn’t handle slippery surfaces well; they fell several times.

  • There were a lot of complaints about the outsole tread and lug-pattern, which apparently came off too easily.

  • It felt a bit narrow, according to a few runners.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Kahana 8 received high praise from users and expert reviewers. They felt that it was able to provide them with quality and reliable service on the great outdoors. Overpronators rejoiced because of its stability mechanics. For many, the components were efficient, and the running experience was satisfying. But it disappointed a few consumers, who had their own gripes about this version.

World wide, Gel Kahana 8 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 84
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    It’s a comfortable shoe with good cushioning and a snug fit in the heel, and it has a lot of stability.
  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The tight-weave mesh upper keeps dirt out while keeping your foot warmer if you use it on roads in the winter.
  • 81
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Running Competitor
    It’s billed as an entry-level trail running shoe with only modest trail-specific protection, but it’s a great choice for a metropolitan runner who typically combines paved roads, concrete pathways and non-technical dirt trails.
  • 80
    Running ShoesLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes
    Asics Gel-Kahana 8 is for women who have experience in trail running before, this shoe offers optimum fit and comfort while running.
  • 82
    Reviews MagLevel 1 expert
    by Reviews Mag
    All in all it’s a very decent pick. We dare to say one of the best as of now, and for such a low price we can say you will have a nice time using them.
  • 79
    Amber KingLevel 1 expert
    by Outdoor Gear Lab
    A jaunt on mellow terrain is a perfect place for the ASICS Kahana 8.
  • 60
    Amber KingLevel 1 expert
    by Outdoor Gear Lab
    We would leave it at home for the big mountain runs, but strap it on for going fast on roads and less technical trails. This shoe is a great introductory option for new trail runners. 
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Updates to Gel Kahana 8

The Asics Gel Kahana 8 is a high quality running shoe that’s made for the trails. It has a design that’s specifically made to last. The strong and sturdy look complements the quality materials and components used in it.

The upper unit makes use of a breathable mesh material, which allows environmental air into the foot-chamber. Soft textiles line the interior, providing a smooth coverage that’s non-irritating to the skin. Stitched overlays fortify the upper unit. They also make the fit more agreeable to the foot of the wearer.

The mid-sole unit of the Asics Gel Kahana 8 features a full-length foam unit that provides responsive cushioning and bounce-back characteristics. Basically, it cushions the landings well and makes the toe-off springier. The rear section of the mid-sole unit also has a silicone-based unit that’s meant to attenuate impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.

Covering the mid-sole unit is a rubber material, which was designed to function well on the unpredictable off-road terrain. Made from abrasion-resistant compounds, it is capable of shielding the platform from the aggressive nature of the trails. It also delivers reliable surface traction. Flex grooves permit natural movement, especially during the toe-off phase.

Gel Kahana 8 size and fit

The Asics Gel Kahana 8 uses standard measurements for its length. The sizes follow the usual choices of men and women. The available width is medium; it is able to accommodate those who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.


The outsole unit of the Kahana 8 uses the AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Rubber. It protects the rest of the mid-sole from the potentially debilitating effects of surface friction and continued use. It doesn’t fray or peel off easily. It also delivers reliable traction on the unpredictable outdoor terrains.

Flex grooves allow the platform to be more agreeable to the natural movements of the human foot. These indentations or small horizontal trenches give freedom to the foot as it goes through the gait cycle, especially during the toe-off.


The mid-sole unit uses the SpEVA® Material, which is a high quality foam that’s responsive and springy. It doesn’t easily break down, even after many uses. It responsibly cushions each landing and brings energy to the toe-offs.

The rear section of the platform uses the Gel® Cushioning System. This gel-like unit is the one responsible for absorbing impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle. It doesn’t feel stiff or out of place within the mid-sole unit.

The DuoMax® Support System is a dual-density material that’s meant to support the underfoot and prevent it from destabilizing when taking each step. Those with over-pronated foot motion are the ones who are going to appreciate this feature because it essentially corrects any deviation to the gait.


Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Asics Gel Kahana 8. Its open construction facilitates the flow of air into the foot-chamber, thus keeping the foot cool and dry.

Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper mesh. These durable layers provide structure to the upper unit and they maintain a snug & secure fit.

A pull-tab in the heel area allows the runner to wear and remove the shoe easily.

Smooth textiles line the interior wall of the upper unit. They stave off skin irritation, which stunts the overall quality of the wearer’s performance.


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