ASICS GEL-Venture 4 Fully Reviewed for Quality

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Asics is a household name when it comes to athletic wear and gear. In terms of running, like a famous shoe brand, they are well known for their quality trainers around the world. The Asics Gel-Venture 4 is the fourth model of Asics’ Gel Venture series. The Gel Venture series is known for being a lower cost option, in a market full of high priced running shoes. The Gel Ventures don’t skimp on quality and offer a great deal of value for their price tag, including excellent cushioning, a mesh overlay that allows breathability, and a durable design for all terrains. The Gel-Venture 4 has a lot to offer and is worth looking into for a decent pair of durable trainers.

Keep reading our in-depth Asics Gel-Venture 4 review to find out if it is worth the investment.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Affordable price tag
  • Vibrant color schemes
  • Good Gel cushioning provides comfort
  • Breathable upper
Cons
  • Not as suited for road specific running
  • A bit less responsive than most trainers
  • The upper part lacks flexibility
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Asics Gel-Venture 4 is made of AHAR, or Asics High Abrasion Rubber. This rubber is designed specifically to withstand the hard impact of the trail. In addition, the outsole features gripping strips, which are designed to help traction when moving up and down inclines.

With these components, the outsole of the Asics Gel-Venture 4 is geared towards trail and offroad running, though the features offered certainly will not hinder roadrunners, and is an overall solid piece.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is the layer located between the outsole and the inner sole. The midsole is widely seen as one of the more essential parts of the shoe, as it is responsible for absorbing shock and returning energy. The midsole of the Gel Venture is made of an Ethylene Vinyl acetate.

This material is touted for being durable, and retaining its form after repeated use, meaning it is durable. Also, true to its name, the Gel-Venture 4 features gel cushioning at the back of the shoe near the heel. The goal here is to minimize shock and keep the foot comfortable during every stride.

Overall, the midsole of the Asics Gel-Venture 4 offers decent features and comfort but could be a bit better in terms of energy return.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper refers to the part of the shoe that wraps around the top of the foot and secures the foot in place. A good upper will allow flexibility while still protecting the foot, and also be breathable. The upper of the Asics Gel-Venture 4 is made of a mesh which is common in Asics running shoes. The mesh is very breathable and allows for good circulation.

There are also overlays tied to the shoelaces of the Asics Gel-Venture 4, which tighten the upper or loosen it according to the laces, which creates a snug comfortable fit. Overall, the upper of the Gel-Venture 4 is comfortable, breathable, and flexible, though notably a bit lacking in the flexibility department. That said, the upper is an overall strong component of these shoes.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weight may not seem a significant aspect of a shoe, but it certainly plays a role in running. More massive shoes tend to offer more cushion, but less of a natural range of motion, while lighter shoes tend to provide a more natural range of motion, but less protection from injuries. The Gel Venture 4 weighs in at 10.7 ounces for men and 8.7oz for women, which is right around what is to be expected for this type of trainer.

It falls in the spectrum of not too heavy, but not too light either. The weight of the Gel-Venture 4 raises no issues and is to be expected for a shoe of this type.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability refers to the circulation of air within a shoe. It is important because bad circulation can cause sweaty and cramped feet, and at worst, blisters. Luckily, as mentioned earlier, Gel-Venture 4 is a fairly breathable shoe. It is due to the ventilation offered by the mesh design of the upper, which allows the right amount of air to enter the shoe.

So again, the Gel-Venture 4 certainly is a fairly ventilated and breathable shoe, although not the best.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Every runner should know the importance of comfort when considering a new shoe. It is important to remember that a shoe will likely be worn for many miles so that any discomfort will last a long time. With that said, luckily the Gel Venture 4 is a fairly comfortable shoe. The gel cushioning of the midsole helps contribute to this, as does the material of the midsole.

Additionally, the snug fit and circulation offered by the mesh upper add comfort as well. The only major gripes with the support of the Venture 4 has been with the insole, which some have complained is not flexible enough. The insole can be replaced, and for many, it was fine, but it is important to note these complaints. Overall, however, the Asics Gel-Venture 4 is a comfortable shoe.
Style
Style

Style

Asics tends to offer a brighter style and combinations of colors. The Gel-Venture 4 has a clean looking design and is offered in a myriad of men’s and women’s colors. The Gel-Venture 4 is probably more challenging to use as an everyday shoe due to its lack of discreet and plain colors, which is an area where competitors sometimes have the edge. Overall though, the Venture 4 is decently stylish and features a good range of colors for all.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is a big factor when looking at any new trainer. Bad durability will lead to worn out shoes, and another trip to the store to purchase a new pair. The Gel-Venture 4 is a very durable shoe. The AHAR rubber of the outsole is one thing that contributes to this, as is the midsole material.

They both are long-lasting, and resistant to repeated use, even on rougher terrain like trails. Another contributing factor to this durability is the gel impact absorber located near the heel. The Venture 4 is an overall durable shoe, that should last a long time regardless of the terrain.
Protection
Protection

Protection

In terms of protection, Gel-Venture 4 is quite good. It is designed with trail use in mind, so the outsole is equipped with very protective rubber that is resistant to hard impacts that can occur. The upper is also a solid mesh construction, offering protection for the top of the foot as well. Overall, Gel-Venture 4 is a trainer that provides excellent protection.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness refers to the ability of a shoe to return of energy whenever it impacts the ground, or essentially during each step of running. A good energy return promotes a better stride and in turn, more efficient running. The responsiveness of the Gel Venture 4 is not exceptional, but not a downside either.

The midsole material, while useful in protecting from shock, is not the best at energy return when compared to other midsole materials, such as Phylon. The responsiveness of these Venture 4's is decent, but not their strong point.
Support
Support

Support

The Venture 4s offer good support throughout the shoe. First, the midsole in tandem with the gel near the heel area contributes to this by protecting the foot from ground impact. The upper also provides good support, with its snug fit and the way it wraps around the foot. Support is a stable feature of Gel-Venture 4.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Gel-Venture 4 is suited for most runnable terrains. The Gel-Venture 4 is a trail oriented shoe, and runners who use it on trails or rougher terrain are sure to find it well equipped to handle them. The Venture 4 can also be used on road surfaces as well, with little to no consequence, but it is worth noting that the shoe is geared a bit more towards off-road. The Gel-Venture 4 should be usable in rain as well, but is not waterproof, so caution should be exercised.
Price
Price

Price

Price is another essential facet when considering any pair of shoes. The Gel Venture 4 shines here, being significantly cheaper than most options for running trainers on the market. The Asics Gel-Venture 4 is an excellent value choice, as it still offers outstanding quality and design despite being cheaper than most shoes.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction of running shoes refers to its ability to grip different surfaces. The traction on the Gel-Venture 4 is excellent and is aided by the grips located on the outsole. Notably, the Gel-Venture 4 offers better off-road traction than most other trainers, due to its design in the outsole, but also provides arguably less road traction than most trainers.

It is again due to the design of the Venture, orienting more towards a trail or off the road running shoe.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is critical in protection from twists and potential strains, and in facilitating good movement. The Gel-Venture 4 is a decently flexible shoe, though this is another aspect where it does not particularly shine. It is in part due to the strength of the outsole and midsole and their durability, which takes away a bit of flexibility from the shoe overall.

The upper does add some flexibility, with its mesh design, allowing it to twist and turn. Overall, the Gel-Venture 4 isn’t amazingly flexible but isn’t unyielding either.
Stability
Stability

Stability

A shoes' stability is indicative of how well the shoe supports a runner’s natural steps, which is useful in preventing injuries. The Gel-Venture 4 offers excellent stability, stemming from its strongly designed midsole and outsole. In particular, the gel near the back of the shoe provides great cushioning with every step and stride. It combined with the snug fitting upper, make for an overall stable shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop on the Venture 4 is 10mm. Drop refers to the height of the heel, from the ground. A 10mm drop is probably to be expected for a shoe like the Venture 4 and falls right in line with the average running trainer.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Mesh upper with ventilation

• Gel cushioning at the back of the shoe near the heel

• AHAR outsole, with grips for traction off road

• Durable and usable in most terrains

• Gel cushioning reduces shock impact
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Asics Gel-Venture 4 is a very solid shoe that offers great value for its price tag. It is trail oriented but can be used on road surfaces as well. Equipped with a very durable outsole, and solid midsole, the Venture 4 should last for a good length of time as well The Venture 4 is a good choice of shoe for anyone looking to get into running. For those seeking a solid trainer at an affordable price, the Asics Gel-Venture 4 is a shoe to look at.