Facts

Terrain
Road

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
$80
Weight
Men: 10.2oz
Women: 8.5oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • The breathable upper unit features a mesh material and a thin layer of synthetic overlays for support.
  • Most of the testers appreciated the mesh lining, which offer a comfortable in-shoe experience.
  • Runners who have a neutral foot pronation are the ones who are going to fully appreciate how the Zaraca 4 was constructed.
  • The Gel Cushioning System, which is located in the heel area, gives shock absorption to the runner.
  • The Asics High Abrasion Resistant rubber compound covers the outsole unit, making it more protected and secured.
  • The Gel Zaraca 4 is affordable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The 4th version of the Zaraca has a moderately heavy weight.
  • Some runners felt that the toe box of this shoe was narrow, rubbing against their toes uncomfortably.
  • A few noted that it was half size smaller than what they were used to.

Bottom line

The Gel Zaraca 4 from Asics provided runners with durable protection, comfortable underfoot experience and a well-ventilated upper unit. It’s a neutral shoe that anyone can enjoy for their daily activities.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 222 ratings

5 star
66%
4 star
18%
3 star
6%
2 star
5%
1 star
4%

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Updates to Asics Gel Zaraca 4

  • Asics rolls out minimal changes in the Zaraca 4 in order to improve the line’s already superb performance. In this version, a lighter and engineered upper keeps the weight down and enhances the breathability of the shoe.
  • Minimalists will love the upper with lesser overlays as the support and structure are still there without hindering their natural movements.
  • The comfort is upgraded as Asics uses a more padded tongue that is also more breathable than the past model. As the tongue has more padding, it lessens the risk of irritation or hot spots

Asics Gel Zaraca 4 size and fit

Like most shoes designed for speed, the fit of the 4th installment of the Gel Zaraca is quite narrow like the prior version. The snug heel to forefoot dimension ushers a wraparound feel that entices runners to go for speed. This is the kind of fit that favors those with medium to narrow footprint. Asics offers medium width for this shoe. Sizing is a little different as it runs slightly smaller than average. Runners may have to go half a size up to get the best fit. Sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The small tread configuration in the outsole means that the Zaraca 4 works best on the road, gravel, and track. For a long-lasting performance, Asics uses the tough and reliable AHAR carbon rubber.


Midsole

True to its minimalist leanings, the midsole of the shoe is very basic. It uses a full-length EVA to provide decent cushioning and durability. Cradling the heel in this shoe is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System. Asics’ patented silicon based cushioning disperses shock and converts the impact of landings into dynamic returns.


Upper

A new engineered mesh combines light, breathable, and durable coverage. With fewer overlays, support and structure are adequately provided by a welded overlay that covers the entire shoe. It is the same overlay that provides unobtrusive heel support. Asics utilizes the ComforDry sockliner for enhanced step-in feel and for its anti-microbial properties. 3M reflectivity is found in several parts of the shoe for enhanced visibility in low-light areas.