Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Traction: Whether it's on muddy, wet, loose, rocky, or dry surfaces, the Gel Venture 8 gives a confidence-inspiring grip. A lot of runners say that it's "excellent" for all trail runs. 
  • Lightness: Unlike other trail shoes, the Gel Venture is not bulky. Very much so that reviewers say it's like running on air. 
  • Comfort: Thanks to the generous cushion, soft and breathable mesh, and impact-absorbing Gel cushion, the shoe keeps the foot free from fatigue. 
  • Durability: It has a "brilliant" and "quality" build, reported experts. Long-term users of the shoe attest to this, stating it's still holding up excellently. 
  • Support: Those with back pain have shared that the shoe's cushion made their runs easy and pain-free. 

1 reason not to buy

  • Limited toe room: Unlike the Gel Sonoma 5, the Asics Gel Venture 8 is a tad narrow upfront. 

Bottom line

Whether you're running or hiking, the Asics Gel Venture 8 is an affordable yet reliable shoe. At a fraction of a price, it gives you an all-weather and all-terrain performance while sporting some of Asics' signature qualities — support and durability. 

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Asics Gel Venture 8: Durable yet affordable

Whether it be on rocky or smooth terrain, the Gel Venture 8 from Asics doesn't fall short on strength. This is owed to its very protective upper and outsole. Add in the Gel cushion on the heel, the foot is even more protected from impact. 

Gel Venture 8 vs. 7: What changed? 

The only update the Asics Gel Venture 8 has is its reconfigured lug pattern to make it even more durable and sticky on both rocky and dirt trails. 


How Asics Gel Venture 8 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 24% trail running shoes
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Bottom 25% Asics running shoes
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Bottom 26% neutral running shoes
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