Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviews of the Phoenix 8 mentioned that it is super comfortable.
  • It is very breathable, according to several.
  • The shoe effectively holds off overpronation, as observed by some.
  • A handful noted that the outsole is made to really last for a long time.
  • A good number of reviewers noticed a smoother transition in the gait cycle.
  • The traction is very good, opined more than a few users.
  • It works as a reliable and sturdy training partner in the gym, according to some users.
  • Most female runners loved the way the shoe looks.
  • Available in a handful of colors.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several comments included that the 8th version of the Phoenix is heavy.
  • It is a bit too stiff, according to some.
  • According to many comments, runners might as well opt for the Kayano line, which is only a few dollars more..

Bottom line

The Gel Phoenix 8 lives up to the benchmarks of Asics stability shoes. It effectively curbs the inward rolling of the feet while still providing more than adequate cushioning. While runners may not be breaking their best times in this shoe, it can really shine as a sturdy workhorse that can handle high-mileage runs, particularly for heavy-framed runners.

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Good to know

  • The 8th instalment of the Phoenix serves only minor modifications from the previous version. What is most evident is the new mesh that is more pliable with still excellent breathability.
  • Another change that should be readily be observed is the simplified heel section. In lieu of the substantial overlays, a heel stiffener is integrated while a single overlay adds support. This setup holds the foot securely without the bulk or the cumbersome look of the overlays.

The fit of the Phoenix 8 is basically a standard of this line. It has decent hold in the midfoot and the heel while the forefoot has average room for the toes to splay. Runners with medium to slightly wide feet should be able to find their comfort zones in this shoe. Sizing is accurate in the Asics Phoenix 8.

Similar to the popular Asics Gel Kayano 25, the Gel Phoenix 8's outsole is quite thick, featuring Asics’ proprietary AHAR Ride+ rubber in the heel and high-wear. Providing more traction is a softer rubber in the forefoot. The shoe’s flexibility is courtesy of the deep flex grooves in the forefoot.

Running the entire length of the midsole is the SpEVA foam for plush cushioning. As it is full-length, it greatly helps with the transitions as well. Beneath this foam are the Gel units in the heel and the forefoot. This silicon-based system is noted for its shock-absorbing features and added cushioning. To keep overpronation to a minimum, a dual-density foam in the Duomax Support System stretches from the heel to the midfoot on the medial side.

The simple upper of the Phoenix 8 is an engineered mesh for optimal breathability and synthetic overlays for support and structure. Asics continues to use 3M reflective materials for low-visibility running. Both the tongue and the collar are generously padded for comfort. The fit is completed by a traditional lace-up closure.


How Asics Gel Phoenix 8 ranks compared to all other shoes
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Bottom 28% Asics running shoes
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