Asics Gel Equation 8

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Asics Gel Equation 8Review Facts

The Asics Gel Equation 8 is a neutral road shoe meant to be used as a daily trainer. It offers a good amount of padding underfoot and a fair bit of support, particularly for the arch. The Gel Equation 8 is offered in both normal and wide widths for men and women. The upper of the shoe ventilates quite well and fits securely around the wearer’s foot. In addition, you’ll also find the same Trusstic System seen in previous versions of the shoe, which helps to provide support for the wearer. The shoe is meant for runners who run low weekly mileage. It’s meant to be used as an everyday training shoe and would be a good choice for new runners. The Gel Equation 8 is versatile in that it can be worn for various activities, making it a good entry level shoe for those not sure about their running future.

Pros
  • Comfortable cushioning and fit
  • Supportive
  • Versatile and can be used for various activities
  • Affordable price point
Cons
  • Durability concerns
  • Fit issues (too narrow)
  • Not well suited for long distance training
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Asics Gel Equation 8 features AHAR carbon rubber. This kind of rubber helps to keep the outsole from easily degrading over time. This Asics High Abrasion Resistant rubber also helps to spread the impact forces throughout the sole to keep runners from experiencing too much shock on their body. The rubber is also placed to increase durability.

In the heel, The Gel Equation 8 features Gel Cushioning. This cushioning material pads each footfall and enhances comfort. The Gel Cushioning, located in the heel of the shoe, offers a nice amount of attenuation. The outsole also features the same flex grooves seen in the previous Gel Equation model. The grooves are visible on the sole as white grooved bands. Their positioning in the forefoot ensures an efficient toe-off and promotes natural movement.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Asics Gel Equation 8 is a cushioned neutral shoe. It offers mild support and protection underfoot for runners with fairly efficient running mechanics. This version of the Gel Equation features about the same amount of cushioning as the previous model. The midsole is made up of SpEVA foam. The cushion runs the full length of the shoe and helps attenuate shock on impact. The midsole cushioning also increases the comfort of the shoe. Also featured in the midsole is the Trusstic System. This component keeps the shoe's overall weight down while at the same time providing mild arch support.
Upper
Upper

Upper

You'll find standard mesh material in the upper of the Asics Gel Equation 8. It's the same mesh as the previous version so it's just as breathable. It ventilates well, even in extremely warm weather.

The mesh upper is soft and flexible, which helps improve the shoe's comfort. The flexible nature of the upper also ensures a better fit for wearers. The stitched overlays provide a snug fit and keep runners secure inside the shoe, reducing slippage. These synthetic overlays are attached to the lacing system so the fit can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the laces accordingly.

Some reviewers were unhappy with the narrow fit of the shoe. Unfortunately, this is an issue that has been carried forward from the Gel Equation 7. Once again, some wearer will need to size up to ensure a comfortable fit.

Also in the upper are reflective bits that enhance visibility. The 3M brand components help cars see you on early morning runs or post-dinner jaunts. It's a nice feature but you should always remember to carry a light with you on dark runs. Safety first!
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Asics Gel Equation 8 weighs in at 10.4 oz for the men's version and 8.9 oz for the women's version. The Asics Gel Equation 8's Trusstic System ensures the shoe is supportive but it doesn't add clunkiness like a medial post in a stability shoe would. It's not the lightest shoe of its kind, though. Regardless, runners still found that the Gel Equation 8 was comfortable. There were no obvious comments about the shoe's weight being too heavy. The Gel Equation 8's moderate weight makes it an option for beginner runners seeking a reliable everyday trainer.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Asics Gel Equation 8 is covered in pretty normal mesh material. This material allows for good ventilation. Some reviewers did find that the shoe fit tighter than expected, similarly to the previous version of the shoe. The tight fitting upper, a carry-over from the Equation 7, may be a problem for some runners. It can hamper breathability, cut off circulation, and prevent sweat from drying properly. Runners may want to think about sizing up in this shoe to avoid cramping and discomfort. Blisters can easily form when there is lack of ventilation. The inner liner of the Equation 8 helps to wick moisture, but can be removed to accommodate a custom orthotic should the need arise.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Runners who ran in the Asics Gel Equation 8 praised its comfortability. The Equation 8 offers decent padding underfoot and provides support for the neutral runner. Gel cushioning, found in the heel of the shoe, provides added shock absorption for runners. The shoe, with a removable sock liner, can accommodate a custom orthotic if need be. If you choose to stick with the liner, it's well-padded so you get an extra bit of comfort underfoot.
Style
Style

Style

Like its predecessor, the Asics Gel Equation 7, the Equation 8 is a fairly standard looking running shoe The shoe is offered in several stylish color options. The men's version of this Gel Equation iteration features much darker colors than the previous model's color choices. There is also an innocuous looking grey version with blue accents available in the men's version. For women, the shoe is available in a fresh and modern black with pink and orange accents. There's also a color option with a grey base featuring pops of pink and purple. If you're getting the ladies version, you also have the choice of an indigo blue base with bright teal and pink accents. The color palettes for this Gel Equation model are certainly fresh and modern!
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Asics Gel Equation 8's outsole contains AHAR rubber. The rubber covered outsole is meant to be durable and ensures protection from the elements and the effects of pounding the pavement. Surprisingly, though, several reviewers commented that the Gel Equation 8 performed poorly in terms of durability. Wearers were unhappy with the fact that the shoe seemed to have a short lifespan. Many runners commented that shoes were "falling apart" much quicker than anticipated. Some runners complained that the treads underfoot showed wear within a couple of months and portions of rubber even came off the shoe. Many reviewers also mentioned that they found the Equation 8 so comfortable they were wearing the shoe for more than running. This, no doubt, puts an additional strain on the shoe's life.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The rubber outsole of the Asics Gel Equation 8 is supposed to add life to the shoe. Unfortunately, as mentioned before, this issue is still a problem in this update to the Equation 7.

The shoe does feature Gel Cushioning in the heel which effectively protects runners from impact. The shoe also keeps runners feet cool and dry thanks to its breathable upper. The synthetic overlays found in the upper also offer support which protects runners from a wobbly ride. Finally, 3M reflective material is featured in the shoe's upper. This helps keep runners visible in low-light conditions.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Trusstic System offers a little bit of responsiveness to the Asics Gel Equation 8 that it otherwise lacks. The Gel Cushioning, placed in the rearfoot of the shoe also offers a bit of rebound for the wearer. This rearfoot cushioning helps to ensure a well-padded, responsive ride.

Overall, the Gel Equation 8 is not very responsive. The outsole's AHAR rubber is stiff and hampers a lot of potential ground-feel.
Support
Support

Support

The Asics Gel Equation 8 is a neutral shoe. This means it was built to provide a stable, cushioned ride for runners who have a fairly efficient footstrike. The Trusstic System in the Gel Equation 8 provides structure to the shoe's midsole and offers good arch support. Many reviewers said they found the arch support sufficient and unobtrusive. The full-length midsole cushioning also provides support underfoot The stitched overlays in the upper are connected to the lacing system, which allows runners to choose how snug they'd like the shoe to fit around their foot. The rigidity of the shoe's outsole also plays a part in creating a stable base for runners, ensuring that they feel grounded.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Asics Gel Equation 8's outsole, composed of AHAR rubber, ensures that runners can keep running for miles and remain upright. Still, the Equation 8 is a road shoe through and through. If you want a dedicated trail shoe, look elsewhere. The Gel Equation 8 offers decent traction but it's not a good option for off-road running. The outsole features a fairly flat tread design which makes this shoe a poor candidate for trail running. The ability to grip varied terrain is just not part of the Equation 8's design. It remains a decent trainer for those running mostly or solely on pavement.
Price
Price

Price

The men and women's versions of the Asics Gel Equation 8 are both priced the same. The shoe sells for just upwards of $100. With a nice amount of cushioning and a supportive base, the shoe seems like a good deal. Many runners, though, found the shoe had serious durability issues. When buying a shoe, it's lifespan is an important consideration.

Like its predecessor, the Gel Equation 8 may not be worth the price because of these durability concerns.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Although the AHAR outsole of the Gel Equation 8 poses some problems when it comes to durability it still fares well in terms of ground traction. It can handle runs in wet weather just as well as it can grip dry pavement. It's not poised to perform well when the ground is icy, though, so be careful if it's below zero outside.

The shoe grips pavement quite well thanks to its flat lugs. These outsole lugs are not made for gripping terrain other than pavement, though, so take care if heading out for a weekend jog on the trails. On pavement, the Equation 8 should offer a fairly stable ride.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Gel Equation 8 is not the most flexible shoe in the Asics lineup, that's thanks in large part to its stiff AHAR rubber outsole. The Flex Grooves that run across the sole do provide some flexibility, though. The deep indentations in the sole allow for an efficient toe-off and for natural movement of the foot. The Trusstic System keeps the shoe stable and also offers some additional flexibility. Runners will feel some flexion when heading out in the Equation 8. By far, the most flexible part of the shoe is the upper. The flexible mesh ensures a comfortable, well-ventilated fit for the wearer.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Gel Equation 8 is a neutral shoe that offers decent stability. The lightweight Trusstic System keeps the shoe from wobbling too much. The full-length midsole cushion made of SpEVA foam also provides a stable base. The Gel Equation 8 also features good arch support in the mid-foot area. Runners will feel stable and secure thanks to the snug, adjustable fit of the Equation 8.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The 10mm drop in the Asics Gel Equation 8 is pretty standard. The drop tends to promote a heel strike since there is a high concentration of cushioning in the heel. There were no comments regarding the shoe's drop, so it doesn't seem to pose a problem for most runners.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Equation 8
Key Features of the Asics Gel Equation 8

Key Features of the Asics Gel Equation 8

  • AHAR rubber outsole

  • Flex grooves improve flexibility of the shoe

  • Trusstic System in the midsole for added support

  • Gel Cushioning in heel

  • SpEVA full-length midsole cushion

  • Breathable mesh upper

  • 3M reflective material

  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    The Asics Gel Equation 8 is a neutral shoe that provides a fair amount of support and comfort. It's a good option for new runners seeking a dedicated trainer. The Equation 8 has a tight fitting upper that still provides decent ventilation for the wearer. Although, some reviewers found the fit was too snug, uncomfortably so. If you're looking to purchase any shoe, it's always a good idea to try it on and get properly sized before making any final decisions.

    The biggest problem with the Gel Equation 8 are the many complaints of lack of durability. It's surprising that Asics has failed to address this issue which was also present in the Equation 7. For some, the affordable price tag may make up for this glaring problem. The shoe is still quite comfortable and supportive so it remains a decent choice for new runners or occasional weekend warriors.