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I was disappointed with these trainers after enjoying so many good runs with my ASICS Gel Phoenix 7 trainers. It is a shame that the toe box has been redesigned in a way that crushes the toes to the point of pain, because they are otherwise fantastic trainers. My advice would be to buy the Phoenix 7 trainers instead because they stil provide the stability, cushioning, and comfort for endless miles without any drawbacks.
- 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.