Good to know

  • This new version of the Gel Pursue is still for neutral runners who tend to overpronate slightly during runs. Many of the features that users appreciated on the Asics Gel Pursue 3 were retained. However, small tweaks were done to fine tune the shoe’s appearance and performance.
  • The upper was updated with a seamless appearance. Overlays are still present, but they have been made less prominent to give this part of the shoe a smoother look. It doesn’t just improve the aesthetic, but a smoother upper decreases the chances of skin irritation.
  • The former version had the FluidRide on the midsole. This technology is composed of the Solyte and SpEVA materials. On this newer version, however, it is made up of the FluidRide combined with the FlyteFoam material to produce a cushioned and a responsive ride.
  • There’s more than one foam material on the midsole which caused a tiny increase in the weight, at least for the male version of the shoe. From 10.9 oz or 309 g, it went slightly up to 11.1 oz or 315 g. The women’s version, however, remains the same weight, 8.8 oz or 249 g. The reason behind the weight consistency for the female version is that the cushioning is gender specific.

The Asics Gel Pursue 4 is available in standard running shoe lengths. Runners can make use of their usual size preference. As for width, those interested in a pair have more options. The shoe is available in standard (B – medium and D – medium), as well as wide (2E – Wide and D – Wide) measurements.

One of the materials on the outsole is called DuraSponge. It is a blown type of rubber that’s abrasion-resistant and robust. It delivers a good amount of durability, protecting the underfoot from early wear and tear while still delivering a comfortable ride.

Another type of rubber found in this shoe and its recent version, the Gel Pursue 5's outsole is the AHAR sponge rubber. This material is the same one used to make car tires, but it was mixed with a special reinforcing element to make it suitable for running shoes. Its abrasion-resistance is about two times higher than conventional rubber, making the shoe fitting for long-distance runs. Despite its toughness, the sponginess of the material doesn’t add to the weight. In fact, it was found to have a 50% reduction in comparison to conventional rubbers.

To enhance the runner’s efficiency, the Guidance Line was incorporated on the midsole extending to the outsole. This is the long line that separates the bottom of the shoe vertically. Aside from improving efficiency, flexibility is also boosted.

Improving the foot’s natural gait is a system on the midsole called Impact Guidance System (IGS) Technology. It links different components together to promote intuitive movement throughout the running cycle.

A twin layer structure on the midsole delivers enough rebound and shock-attenuating properties. The technology is called FluidRide. One layer is the SpEVA foam which provides enough bounce back. The second layer is the Solyte foam which is in charge of cushioning the impact upon landing. Since these two layers are spongy, they don’t add significant weight to the shoe.

On the rear and forefoot is the Gel Technology Cushioning System. It complements the midsole’s shock attenuating properties. Throughout the running cycle, it permits the foot to move in multiple planes as it reduces the stress or force received by the foot and joint upon landing and toeing off.

The Guidance Trusstic System Technology moderately controls excessive pronation. It is a sturdy plastic structure visible from the outsole. It holds the medial part of the underfoot in place, so it doesn’t overpronate while running. It is integrated together with the Guidance Line to enhance gait efficiency further.

Another foam layer found on the midsole is called FlyteFoam. It is about 55% lighter than the usual foams used as running shoe platforms. It is made up of organic “super fibers.” It wasn’t packed out like standard foams. These fibers allow the midsole to provide adaptive cushioning as they bounce back into their original shape with every step or stride.

For the women’s version of the shoe, it features a lower density top layer on the midsole. Asics calls this their gender-specific cushioning. Because of how a woman’s foot is structured and shaped, female users’ performance and comfort will be slightly heightened with a compressed midsole.

The upper is made up of a seamless mesh which allows comfortable ventilation. Hot spots are reduced and, at the same time, the foot is kept dry throughout the run. Because the mesh has elastic properties, it hugs the foot in all the right areas, delivering the right amount of snugness.

To maintain the seamlessness of this part of the shoe, only a few overlays were introduced. The signature Asics design is found on one side of the shoe. Also, a reinforcing overlay runs from the front of the shoe to the eyelets, all the way to the base of the heel.

Asics’ Heel Clutching System Technology is also on the upper. The overlay on the heel plus the heel counter make up this system. It supports the heel so that it won’t move around during runs. It improves the fit and security felt by the runner.

Enhancing the fit of the shoe are the standard laces that run through discrete eyelets. Tightening the laces will secure the fit, preventing it from slipping off during runs.

Inside is the ComforDry Sockliner which is removable. This extra component serves as an additional layer of cushioning that possesses moisture-wicking properties. The insert maintains the cool and dry in-shoe environment.

Rankings

How Asics Gel Pursue 4 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 18% road running shoes
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Bottom 19% Asics running shoes
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Bottom 20% neutral running shoes
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