321 users: 4.4 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.7oz / Women 9.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 5.8 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • A runner wrote that the Asics Gel Pulse 7 felt comfortable when used for running and walking.
  • The color schemes of this model were visually endearing to those who have purchased it.
  • The underfoot cushioning was lauded by many for its springy nature and its long-lasting performance.
  • Runners commended the Gel® Cushioning System, which aptly absorbed the impact shock when landing the foot on the ground.
  • Many consumers noted that the Gel Pulse 7 wasn’t very expensive.
  • According to some reviewers, the components used in this model didn’t succumb easily to breakdown, thus making it very formidable.
  • A lot of testers stated that the sizing was accurate and precise.
  • A couple of runners were able to use it for casual purposes and it worked well for them.
  • This running shoe prevented knee and muscle aches from occurring, some runners wrote.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Asics Gel Pulse 7 was a bit narrow in the forefoot area; some runners felt that their toes clumped together uncomfortably when wearing it.
  • After only three months of use, the forefoot area of the upper unit came off on a runner, exposing their big toe.
  • The outsole unit wore off on a user after only five uses.

Bottom line

Many runners stated that the Asics Gel Pulse 7 was able to give quality service to them. They lauded the efficient underfoot cushioning system, especially the shock absorbing capability of the Gel®. Its colorful design also gained some fans. Contrarily, durability was an issue for the testers because a few of them saw some of its parts succumb to breakage. Still, quite a number of reviewers wrote that this was a neutral shoe worth taking to the roads.

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  • The Gel Pulse 7 utilizes Asics’ new AHAR+ Ride Outsole rubber for enhanced cushioning, durability, and traction. It is an improvement of the original AHAR, which is mostly known for its long-lasting qualities.
  • The midsole uses a new and lighter foam in the Super SpEVA that is designed to make the ride more responsive. This works together with the Gel Cushioning Units for cushioning and shock-absorbing abilities.
  • The Gel Units themselves have been enhanced to help the transition from landing to take off.
  • The 7th version of the Pulse uses more eyelets that are evenly spaced out for better, more comfortable, and personalized fit.
  • A slightly wider Guidance Line or flex groove in the outsole takes flexibility and smooth transitions to another level. For a shoe that is appreciated for its overpronation measures, these enhancements will make its overall ride better, more flexible, and smoother.

The overall fit and sizing of the Pulse 7 is fairly similar to the past version. It has a snug heel, average midfoot, and forefoot. Runners with standard widths can get the most out of this shoe. The D and B average widths, 2E or wide, 4E or extra wide are all available. Shoe length is true to size and offered between 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

Just like the popular Asics Gel Contend 4, the Gel Pulse 7 uses blown AHAR rubber which enhances as much as 3 times the durability of the original Asics carbon rubber in high-impact areas while its traction and cushioning enjoy upgrades as well without compromising weight. A full-length Guidance Line or the substantial flex groove from the heel to the forefoot makes the shoe naturally more flexible and enhances the transition.

Asics introduces the Super SpEVA as an upgrade to its current midsole foams where durability, resiliency, and responsive features are concerned. This foam has a very nice mix of soft and firm densities to get the right combination of shock attenuation and bounce back characteristics. The Gel Units, according to Asics, has upgraded material to absorb shock better. These units are slightly longer and larger than before to help the runner go through the gait cycle. A thermal shank in the midsole or the Trusstic System gives the shoe torsional stability and structure.

A regular mesh and synthetic overlays combination provide sufficient shoe breathability and upper support to the Gel Pulse 7 and even its latest version, the Gel Pulse 9. A removable ComforDry Sockliner enhances a luxurious feel, but can also be replaced with custom orthotics. Asics utilizes the 3M Reflectivity for low-visibility running.

Size and fit

True to size based on 214 user votes
Small (17%)
True to size (81%)
Large (2%)
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Same sizing as Asics Gel Pulse 12.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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