Who should buy the Asics Gel Venture 5

The Asics Gel Venture 5 provides trail runners with an affordable option for their off-road adventures. This shoe is recommended if:

  • You are on the heavier side and prefer a platform that is flexible yet still comfortable
  • You have neutral pronation and need a trail shoe with adequate support for medium to high arch

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Updates to the Gel Venture 5

  • A durable upper unit that protects the foot from hazards
  • More comfortable shoe interior that keeps the foot cool and dry
  • An industry-standard midsole for responsiveness and durability that is expected

Asics Gel Venture 5 updates

More controlled movements with the Gel Venture 5

The outsole unit of the Asics Gel Venture 5 was created to function specifically and optimally on the trails. It features gripping lugs that face multiple directions. These outsole lugs hold onto the surfaces well, making each uphill climb and descent more controlled and supported.

Asics Gel Venture 5 outsole-lugs

Protective and flexible outsole

This shoe uses the AHAR or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber. It is made from materials that are able to resist wear and abrasion. It essentially protects the sole unit and the runner from the hazards of the trails, such as rough surfaces and debris.

Asics Gel Venture 5 flex-grooves

The horizontal and vertical flex grooves provide a smoother stride and a flexible platform. It lets the foot move more naturally, thus making each step more natural and efficient.

Shock-absorbing midsole elements

Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate is a cushioning system that’s lightweight and responsive. It’s comfortable for the underside of the foot. It’s also capable of absorbing shock, thus making each landing easier to the foot.

Asics Gel Venture 5 cushion

The Gel Cushioning System is placed in the rear section of this running shoe. It makes heel striking less strenuous by absorbing the impact shock and giving additional cushioning. It’s a helpful system for heel strikers.

Proper foot ventilation

The upper unit of the Gel Venture 5 uses a breathable mesh material. It provides well-ventilated coverage at all times. It has been woven in a secure manner, so it doesn’t tear off or lose structural integrity easily.

Snug, secure, and comfortable fit

Synthetic overlays that are stitched onto the upper gives structured support. These overlays are prominent in this shoe, so they wrap the foot snugly, while also protecting the upper from the harsh conditions of the trails.

Asics Gel Venture 5 overlays

A Synthetic toe and heel cap shields these sections from any debris that might come in contact with them. They keep the toes and the rear of the foot protection at all times. A pull-tab assists the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the shoe.

Asics Gel Venture 5 heel and toe cap

The inner sleeve of this shoe makes use of a breathable fabric that is soft and smooth. It doesn’t cause any skin irritation, so it’s possible to wear this shoe without any socks.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.7oz / Women 8.7oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Asics Gel Venture 8
Forefoot height: Men 21mm / Women 19mm
Heel height: Men 31mm / Women 29mm

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