Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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
    Use

    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
    Price
    $99
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 10.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jun 2017
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Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several testers said that the shoes fit perfectly on them. They were able to get the shoes in their usual size preference.
  • A number of users commented that the Asics Patriot 8 is a shoe that boasts high quality.
  • One user gave a 4-month update. He used the shoes daily for work during that period of time. He said that he walked to work every day on rocky terrain. So far, the shoe still looked in tip top shape.
  • Most users say that the price is just right for the level of quality the shoes come in.
  • A majority of users said that the Asics Patriot 8 became one of the most comfortable shoes they have tried.
  • Many users liked the mesh upper because it made the shoe breathable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer commented on how big the fit of the shoe was on her.
  • A user observed that the shoes did not offer much support on his soles.

Bottom line

The Asics Patriot 8 is a solid entry-level road running shoe. This comfortable neutral option is a great choice for beginner runners who would like an everyday shoe that can also be doubled as a gym and running companion. These shoes may not be suited for serious running, but they apparently have all the qualities beginner runners are seeking.

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Updates to Asics Patriot 8

  • The Asics Patriot 8 has received a few minor updates, the majority of which can be found on the upper. Its predecessor had several overlays on its upper. The 8th version of the Asics Patriot, however, has lesser overlays, which gives way to better ventilation.
  • The overlays are a mix of synthetic material and reflector material. The ones that are on the lateral sides of the shoe are more reflective. Aside from their aesthetic purpose, they also help retain the shape of the shoe and give minimal dorsal support to the foot.
  • From the back, the overlay on the heel has now been updated. The synthetic overlay that hugged the heel was updated into a vertical overlay that runs from where the heel is all the way to the shoe’s collar.
  • The outsole’s design has also been revamped. It still maintains a similar pattern when compared to its predecessor, but the updated Asics Patriot 8 has bigger shapes of triangles on the outsole. The flex grooves and the triangular patterns on the rubber outsole aid with traction and flexibility.

Asics Patriot 8 size and fit

Runners will be able to get their usual sizes when purchasing the Asics Patriot 8. The shoe comes in standard shoe lengths as well as standard width measurements for both the men and women’s versions.

Outsole

The rubber compound is called AHAR® and it is one of Asics’ trademark technologies. It stands for Asics High Abrasion Resistant rubber.  Not only is it flexible and lightweight, but also durable. This is the main reason why it was placed on key areas underneath the foot – to prevent signs of early wear and tear.

The forefoot section of the outsole is made up of blown rubber, which is lightweight and flexible. On top of its traction capability, it also provides soft underfoot cushioning and a smooth ride.

Midsole

The Asics Patriot 8 has an EVA foam midsole. It runs the shoe’s full length. EVA is short for ethylene vinyl acetate, a closed cell foam material which has excellent stress and impact properties. This material is popularly used in the midsoles of running shoes. It provides a responsive ride while giving its wearer extra comfort through underfoot cushioning.

The insoles are removable, and can be replaced with a specialty sock liner when it is preferred by the user.

Upper

The upper of the 8th version of the Asics Patriot is made up of mesh. This material is net-like and allows the air to easily go in the shoe. With its breathable nature, it lessens the hot spots felt by testers when walking, running or even standing for long periods of time.

There are a few synthetic overlays found on the upper. The ones on the lateral sides of the shoes are reflective, helping the wearer to be easily spotted when lighting conditions are low.

The heel overlay has been updated in terms of design. Instead of the overlay hugging the heel, it has now been reshaped to a vertical structure which starts from the base of the heel and goes towards the collar of the shoe.

The entire upper has California Slip Lasting. This type of lasting stitches the upper around the EVA board and then directly to the midsole for better durability and comfort.

A Trusstic System can also be found on the shoe’s midsole. This system introduces a plastic bridge under the foot arch to give strength to the shoe and mild stability to the underfoot, preventing torsion from happening without compromising flexibility.

The lining inside the shoe is soft, giving the user a comfortable in-shoe feel.