Asics Gel Venture 8

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The Asics Gel Venture 8 is a reliable entry-level trail running shoe. Review analysis coming soon!

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Model: Asics Gel Venture 8



Heel to toe drop

10 mm



Weight (men)

303 g/10.7 oz

Weight (women)

252 g/8.9 oz

Release year


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  • The resistant rubber provides good traction on trail surfaces.
  • The multidirectional lugs maximize grip to remain stable at all time.


  • The midsole of the Asics Gel Venture 8 features foam and GEL, a silicon-based unit, to enhance shock absorption and make the ride more comfortable.


  • The Venture 8’s upper is an engineered mesh that offers a comfortable and secure foot lockdown while providing airflow, especially when you go faster.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is this trail model true to size?

Yes, the fit is true to size as, until now, we haven’t seen comments from runners indicating otherwise. Therefore, you can purchase your usual size for trail running shoes. Having said that, if this your first pair of Asics shoes, it may be a good idea to test them in-store to make sure you find the best size for your feet.

I'm a heavyweight runner (more than 198 lbs/90 kg). Can I run in these shoes?

Yes, this model should generally be suitable regardless of your weight. Indeed, The Asics Gel-Venture 8 has comfortable cushioning with an intermediate stack height, which is suitable for most athletes.

Is this model suitable to run an ultramarathon?

This Asics trail shoe is great for different types of training and distances. However, it’s an entry-level shoe. So, while the quality and comfort are good, it may be insufficient for long and demanding trails like those found in ultramarathon races. Also, the lugs are shallow, which can limit grip on technical surfaces. So it’s up to you to decide depending on your experience with this shoe during long runs.

Is this model waterproof?

This model is available in two versions: Waterproof and standard. The regular version is designed to repel small water infiltrations while the Waterproof (non-Gore-Tex) model is waterproof for heavy rain and wet trails.

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    The Asics Gel Venture 8 is a reliable entry-level trail running shoe. Review analysis coming soon!

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