At a reasonable price that will put a smile on your face, the Asics Gel Flux 4 running shoe is a great start to any running career or as a sturdy daily trainer for running on roads. While it may not feature all of the bells and whistles of some of Asics other expensive styles or shoes formulated for more specific terrains, the brand didn’t hold back on the necessary characteristics of quality that Asics has been known for since the company was founded in 1949.
With its Trusstic System®, Guidance Line®, and Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning System technologies and DuraSponge® and AHAR® rubbers (plus many more features!) this shoe has the comfort, support, durability, and breathability you need to log on those miles. Whether you’re looking for a durable everyday shoe that will take a beating on your long road runs while still providing the comfort you need, or if you are an entry level runner looking for your first shoe, there’s a good chance this is the shoe for you. Since its release in January 2017, the Asics Gel Flux 4 has enjoyed the same popularity among entry-level and light road runners that it’s predecessors did.
Asics have used their durable AHAR® (Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber) in the areas of the shoe that are exposed to more wear and tear, producing longer lasting protection from the elements and terrain.
Asics DuraSponge® rubber, which is a softer rubber, is located in the forefoot to provide extra cushioning and added traction to the shoe.
Asics testing shows that SpEVA® provides a 20% bouncier, lightweight and responsive rebound. This means that with the same effort you normally put into your stride, you will now be rebounding 20% faster - that can only mean good things for the miles you put in and the comfort your joints and knees need.
As the foot moves through the line of progression, these systems reduce the pressure and stabilize the foot. This allows for a great deal of comfort without lowering economic productivity. For additional comfort, the Asics Gel Flux 4 also features a padded tongue and collar, breathable mesh upper, cushioned insole, and soft lining.
The subtleness of the shoe is offset by the familiar flashing Asics logo, with the reflectiveness as always offering more visibility for a runner and therefore helping to make your run safer.
The lace-up closure is snug and produces a comfortable, figure-hugging fit while the built-in breathability keeps your feet aired out even on the longest of runs.
The new, thinner overlays look more stylish than previous versions, and a rubber toe bumper on the tip of the shoe finishes off the look and ensures durability and safe toes.
The heel height for the Men’s Asics Gel Flux 4 is 23mm, while the Women’s is a 22mm; and the forefoot height for the Men’s shoe is 13mm while the Women’s shoe is 12mm.
This means that the heel to toe drop in both shoes is about 10mm, which is a fairly standard sized drop that is found across a broad spectrum of Asics running shoes. This sized drop provides a runner with a good amount of cushioned comfort while not being too ‘marshmallowy’.
- AHAR® (Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber)
- DuraSponge® rubber
- SpEVA® Midsole Material
- Guidance Trusstic System®
- Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning Systems
- New and improved seamless stitching and thinner, synthetic underlays
- New and improved soft nylon mesh
It’s an everyday warrior type of running shoe - if you’re looking for fancy bells and whistles or for a shoe that’s appropriate for terrains other than asphalt or light off-road/gravel, you are going to want to look elsewhere.
However, if all you want and need is an energy efficient, comfortable, resilient shoe with good breathability and endurance - look no further! The Asics Gel Flux 4 will not disappoint, and the very sensible price will keep you smiling for many days after you purchase this reliable shoe.