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Terrain
Trail

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support
Neutral

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Use
Daily running

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$65
Weight
Men: 10.7oz
Women: 8.7oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The breathable mesh used in the upper unit of the Asics Gel Venture 4 makes the cover system comfortable.
  • Synthetic overlays adjust with the lacing system to deliver a snug and secure fit.
  • Appealing color schemes make this shoe visually striking.
  • The cushioning system was adequate for many users.
  • The trail-specific design of the outsole makes it formidable against a variety of terrain.
  • It has an affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The insole was hard and sharp for some runners, and it caused irritation to the underside of their feet.
  • A few runners noted that the loops of the lacing system tore off after a few uses.

Bottom line

The trails are going to be easy to traverse with the Asics Gel Venture 4. The fourth version of this series brings comfort and sure performance on the unpredictable terrain. Its approachable price makes it appealing to casual trail runners and shoe enthusiasts.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 1986 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
25%
3 star
7%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Run Pals • Run Pals • Level 4 expert

    It can easily become your one shoe that does it all, eliminating the need to buy numerous pairs and plan ahead as to where your run is going to take you.

  • 78 / 100 by Running Shoes And Advice • Scott Steven • Level 3 expert

    One of the biggest differences that separates the Venture 4 among the other Gel line-ups is its high-abrasion outsole, which is meant to deal with different and uneven surfaces.

  • 92 / 100 by The Running Choice • The Running Choice • Level 1 expert

    The arch support is incredibly high and strong. If you’ve got a high arch, or a low arch that needs some extra support while you’re running, the GEL Venture 4 has that for you as well.

  • 90 / 100 by Runners Choice • Tia • Level 1 expert

    It is comfortable for those who want to run through rough terrain to work out and provides adequate protection of the foot in the toe box and in the remainder of the shoe against the danger of protruding objects on trails that might not be seen by the runner right away.

  • 86 / 100 by The Running Choice • The Running Choice • Level 1 expert

    It is very comfortable to wear, and it provides the right amount of support your feet need while pounding away on hard surfaces.

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Updates to Asics Gel Venture 4

  • The 4th version of the Gel Venture gives trail runners great service and performance. It utilizes the tried and tested technologies of the company in order to keep the runner confident when it comes to tackling the uneven terrain. Durable and secure, this shoe is a solid running companion for casual trail blazers and adventurers alike.
  • The upper unit of this trail shoe uses a mesh material that is able to welcomes air into the interior chamber in order to keep the foot cool and dry. The smoothness of the fabric won’t cause irritation on the skin. Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the fabric; they help in securing the foot snugly.
  • The mid-sole unit makes use of a full-length foam unit that’s responsible for keeping the foot comfortable and well-cushioned at all times. It’s responsive, so it won’t feel stiff or unwieldy. A shock absorption unit in the rear of the mid-sole prevents runners from feeling the impact shock during the striking phase of the gait cycle.
  • Durable rubber makes the outsole formidable against the hazardous trails. It actively shields the sole unit and keep it safe from wear. Gripping lugs that face different directions provide the runner with traction on uneven surfaces, which is very agreeable because it’s a trail running shoe.

Asics Gel Venture 4 size and fit

The Asics Gel Venture 4 has a standard running shoe length. Men and women are treated with a sizing scheme that follows the regular measurements. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate the runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi curved shape adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

AHAR® is a high quality rubber material that’s used in the Asics Gel Venture 4. It protects the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the trails, preserving it and keeping it efficient. It naturally gives surface traction, which is important for every running shoe.

Multidirectional gripping lugs let the runner to traverse multiple types of terrain. Uphill and downhill treks become easier because of these gripping lugs on the outsole.


Midsole

A durable and responsive foam made from Ethylene vinyl acetate makes up the main cushioning unit of the Asics Gel Venture 4. It keeps the foot comfortable at all times. It doesn’t break down easily, so it remains comfortable even after many uses.

The Gel® Cushioning System is used in the rear area of the shoe. It is able to attenuate shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle, keeping the runner safe from discomfort during the running session.

A cushioned insole is added to the mid-sole. It can be removed to accommodate medical orthotics.


Upper

A breathable mesh material makes up most of the upper unit of this running shoe. It covers the foot well, responsibly maintaining support that’s all encompassing. It allows air to easily enter the foot-chamber in order to keep the foot cool and dry.

Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the main fabric of the upper. They connect directly to the lacing system. So, when the shoelaces are adjusted, they follow suit, giving the runner a snug but customizable fit.

Textile lining allows the wearer to feel a smoothness to the interior walls of the shoe. It doesn’t irritate the skin, so it’s okay to wear this shoe without socks.