Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners were impressed by the durability feature of the Gel Phoenix 7.
  • This shoe features a reflective material for increased visibility on low visibility.
  • It features a removable sockliner to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Some runners noticed the enhanced AHAR outsole material on this shoe that gives added cushioning and durability.
  • The 7th version of the Gel Phoenix has improved that bounce-back characteristic of the shoe, according to a small number of reviews.
  • Available at a reasonable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Size runs large.
  • Some runners hoped to see more color options.

Bottom line

The Phonix 7 impressively made a lot of users happy because of its performance and affordable price. A great stability shoe for overpronators, the Asics Gel Phoenix 7 offers enough amount of cushioning, support, protection, and durability. This shoe is ideal for those who are looking for a reliable road running gear for long or short-distance runs.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.3oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 17mm
Brand: Asics
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $90
Colorways: Black, Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April

  • The updates of the Phoenix 7 are made to make the running shoe more breathable and to give the upper a slightly more forgiving fit than the past version. At first glance, what stands out in the new model is the mesh that has significantly bigger holes for a guaranteed improvement in breathability.
  • The upper offers a higher degree of stretch than the previous model. Although there are basically the same number of overlays in practically the same places, the midfoot overlays are no longer connected to the eyelets or the laces directly. The aim is to lessen the pressure in the midfoot without taking away the precious locked in fit in this area.
  • Part of the improvement in the fit is the new tongue, which is no longer as meaty as before. The molded tongue almost acts like an inner sleeve that wraps the foot in comfort.
  • Asics has also revamped the outsole of the 7th installment of the Phoenix. It now uses a very big midfoot cut that is directly connected to bigger and wider forefoot overlays. The updates give the shoe a new element of flexibility that complements the stable midsole of the shoe.

The Gel Phoenix 7 has a generous fit like the version before it. Asics offers sufficient space in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot that does not feel sloppy at all. It results in a very luxurious ride for runners of usual to above average foot dimensions. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizes are standard with options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


The outsole is made of large pods of rubber that are separated by a large midfoot cut and deep flex grooves in the forefoot.  And just like the popular Asics Gel Kayano 25, the Gel Phoenix 8 uses the Asics’ proprietary AHAR+ rubber which blankets the outsole for excellent durability and traction.


A dual-density foam called the Duomax provide excellent cushioning and stability to the Gel Phoenix 7 and also its latest version, the Gel Phoenix 8. It gradually becomes denser as the foam goes to the medial side to support the arch better. Helping with the stable ride and the structural integrity is the company-signature Trusstic System just below the arch that extends from the lateral to the medial side. The full-length SpEVA, which is lighter than standard EVA and has more responsiveness and durability gives runners a dynamic run. Lastly, the award-winning Gel Cushioning System is located in the heel and the forefoot for proven shock-absorbing and cushioning features.


Large holes dot the entire mesh for a definite upgrade in breathability. There are overlays in the heel and midfoot that add structure and support to the shoe. A removable sockliner adds cushioning and enhances fit. It can be replaced with custom orthotics as well. The ankle collar is very well-padded for more comfort while the moderately-padded tongue is molded for better fit and comfort.

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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.

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