Summary

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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.

Facts

Update: Asics Patriot 10
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.4oz | Women: 10.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Release date: Jun 2017
Brand: Asics
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $99
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Pink, Red, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Asics Gel Patriot 7

Expert Reviews

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  • 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.

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.

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 same material can also be found in the Patriot's most recent iteration.

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.

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.

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.

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