Asics Gel Venture 6 Reviewed

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Asics Gel Venture 6 Reviewed Review Facts

The new Asics Gel Venture 6 is a highly durable trail running shoe with excellent traction that trail runners worldwide swear by. This new iteration in the Venture series brought some innovations regarding the construction of the upper and the midsole. Asics used its Rearfoot Gel technology in its midsole to provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption at the same time for a smooth transition. The upper is constructed from a synthetic mesh material that is highly breathable, yet structured enough to keep your feet in place during the ride. The outsole features Asic’s AHAR for durability and traction, while multi-directional lugs ensure a good grip on the ground. All of these features make the Asics Gel Venture 6 an excellent choice for trail running or just everyday road running, and the price tag is more than appealing.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Breathable synthetic mesh upper
  • Extremely durable
  • Excellent grip and traction
  • Reinforced sides and heel collar
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Affordable price tag
Cons
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Heavier than previous model
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Positive
  • Love these Asics Gel Venture 6, owned a few older series and will always be a solid fan. The price can’t be beat and they're a good running shoe.
  • Great for people who are looking for a great fitting shoe that has high arches. Provides lots of cushion for hikes.
  • Purchased shoes twice the price of this and always go back to the Asics Gel Venture 6. These always hold up, they beat any other running shoe.
  • I bought these shoes because I have plantar fasciitis. These always provide great cushiony support in the heel and great arch support.
  • Buying shoes for myself is tough. I ran across this shoe and they are amazing. Perfect for my foot and price budget.
  • Great price for such an amazing shoe. Super light and comfortable, perfect for treadmill runs.
  • These shoes are perfect for running, feels like I’m on clouds. Fits perfectly in all the right areas.
  • I love the toe-guard in this shoe. I no longer have to worry about my toes poking out of my running shoe.
  • I highly suggest this shoe if you’re looking for a diverse shoe that can cover all your running and every day needs.
  • I use these for a my work and gym shoe. These are the best sneakers I have found. Asics Gel Venture 6 are my go to.
  • This is a great tennis shoe. My husband purchased as his new gym shoe and loves them.
  • I wear these shoes for long period of time everyday and they are super comfortable.
  • Purchased for my son. Fits just as expected and withstands his every day wear.
  • I run the trails with my dogs which can get messy. These are the perfect shoes to hide dirt and heavy wear and tear while keeping my foot supported.
  • Tried other shoe brands have always came back to Asics, the Asics Gel Venture 6 are my favorite. Very sturdy around the toe area which helps when walking rocky trails.
  • These fit perfect for my feet. I usually have trouble finding a good shoe that fits the wide parts of my feet, these fit perfectly. Very comfortable.
  • These shoes are great if you’re looking for a good quality shoe with great traction.
  • Purchased over a year ago. The Asics Gel Venture 6 have never lost their comfort. They are made with really good quality material.
  • My job consists of walking around and having to stand on concrete for a long period of time. Usually my feet would ache after a few moments of standing but not with these shoes. The gel support is amazing.
  • I ordered two pairs for my son, he uses these for chores around the house and for our local church. Never complains about any pain and has tons of arch support.
Negative
  • The mesh area on the top of the shoe wears really easily for some.
  • Depending on your foot, the laces seem to be tight near where you lace them up and tie the knot.
  • According to some wearers may need to add extra gel support.
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Outsole

Outsole

The Asics Gel Venture 6 utilizes a one-piece AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) in its outsole construction for enhanced flexibility and durability. Since this running shoe is specifically designed to conquer trails, the durability of the AHAR outsole is just what it needs to stay in good condition for a long time.
Reversed lugs cover the entire surface of the outsole for maximum traction. These lugs provide an excellent grip on any surface, dry or wet and are especially good for going up and down hills. Coupled with the flexible and durable AHAR, the Asics Gel Venture 6 provides an easy and smooth heel to toe transition for the runner. Runners can rest assured that they will not have any issues with debris while on their trail running either.
Midsole

Midsole

The Asics Gel Venture 6 implemented its Rearfoot Gel technology into the heel area of the shoe for maximized shock absorption, which is a great feature to have for trail running and enhanced its cushioning effect from the previous model for a smoother heel to toe transitions. In addition to providing excellent cushioning, it also has a high energy return, which will not tire you out prematurely on your runs and will provide a springy ride. Asics included a removable foam insole that further enhances the comfort level of this shoe. Customers were very satisfied with the performance of this running shoe, saying they felt energized throughout the run.
Upper

Upper

The upper on the Asics Gel Venture 6 is made from a durable and flexible synthetic mesh material. This new upper is more breathable than its predecessor and helps keep the optimal temperature inside the shoe, which runners appreciated since it kept their feet dry and cool and prevented irritation from hot spots. Since the upper features enhanced flexibility, it bends with your feet in a very natural way, ensuring an easy and smooth ride.

The tongue and collar of the shoe have plush padding for a comfortable fit around the ankles and the top of the feet, while the fabric lining inside the shoe is soft and breathable for a well-ventilated environment inside the shoe. A toe bumper has been stitched on to the toe box for extra protection, which comes in handy when dealing with trail running. All in all, customers were very pleased with the new and improved upper.
Weight

Weight

The new Asics Gel Venture 6 comes in at 11.2 ounces for the men’s version and 9 ounces for the women’s, which is higher than the usual weight for this type of running shoe. The additional weight is due to the materials used in the production of this running shoe that make it more durable, comfortable and give it more traction. However, runners reported that they did not feel weighed down by the new Asics Gel Venture 6 and did not mind the additional weight, considering the performance of the shoe.
Breathability

Breathability

Thanks to its synthetic mesh upper, the Asics Gel Venture 6 is much more breathable than the previous models. It does an excellent job at keeping the feet nice and dry and maintaining the optimal temperature inside the shoe as well, due to the highly breathable inside lining.
Comfort

Comfort

The Asics Gel Venture 6 delivers a good amount of comfort to the user. The AHAR outsole is not only extremely durable, but it provides the wearer with great stability and comfort as well. The midsole features Asics’ Rear Gel technology, which is an excellent shock absorber and helps improve the overall comfort level of the shoe to make heel to toe transitions as smooth as possible.

The synthetic mesh upper keeps the feet dry and cool throughout the ride and the inside lining is soft and breathable as well. The tongue and collar have a push padding for extra comfort around the ankles. Some customers found this running shoe a bit stiff until broken in, but the majority were pleased with how comfortable the Venture 6 was.
Style

Style

The new Asics Gel Venture 6 offers their customers a sleek and stylish looking trail running shoe with just enough color not to be too flashy. In general, customers were happy with its streamlined design and color options, so if you like your running shoes to have a modern look and deliver on quality and performance, this pair might just be for you.
Durability

Durability

The Asics Gel Venture 6 is designed for trail running, and as such, durability was a number one priority. This is where Asics’ AHAR outsole comes in. AHAR stands for Asics High Abrasion Rubber and it really is a highly durable rubber material. Asics used a one-piece AHAR for its outsole to enhance durability and added reversed lugs all over the outsole, which are excellent in providing sufficient grip and traction on any kind of trail.

The Rearfoot Gel technology provides excellent cushioning and is durable as well. The synthetic upper, besides being very breathable, also protects against debris that can be found on trails and is abrasion-free. Customers were satisfied with how this running shoe held up under different conditions and praised its durability.
Protection

Protection

Being a trail running shoe, the Asics Gel Venture 6 provides excellent protection for the user on any kind of trail. The AHAR outsole is highly durable and is designed to keep the feet safe from the elements found on these trails. The midsole’s Rearfoot Gel cushioning is a great shock absorber that protects the feet against injuries. The upper’s synthetic mesh keeps debris out of the shoe, while providing a well-ventilated and comfortable ride. The toe box features a toe bumper for additional protection on the trails.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The new Asics Gel Venture 6 provides a decent level of responsiveness. The Rearfoot Gel technology used in the midsole of the the shoe is an excellent shock absorber, lessening the impact of each footfall and providing a smooth heel to toe transition for the user. Coupled with the 10 mm drop, the Asics Gel Venture 6 is quite responsive. However, not as responsive as the previous model, which a few customers had an issue with.
Support

Support

As trails are characteristically uneven, trail running shoes need to supply the runner with enough support to combat these surfaces. The Asics Gel Venture 6 provides this support for the runner. Thanks to the Rearfoot Gel technology, this running shoe keeps the feet supported during impact by absorbing the shock of each footfall and returning the energy to the runner. The AHAR outsole provides a durable basis for the runner throughout the ride and the synthetic mesh upper keeps the feet locked down in a snug fit. Customers were generally pleased with the Venture 6’s support.
Terrain

Terrain

The new Asics Gel Venture 6 is designed for trail running and has excellent features that guarantee durability and support on these types of surfaces. However, this running shoe can be used for road running too, since it provides superb traction and durability for long runs. The Asics Gel Venture 6 performs well on both dry and wet surfaces thanks to its AHAR outsole.
Traction

Traction

As a trail running shoe, the Asics Gel Venture 6 has excellent grip and traction thanks to Asics’ one-piece AHAR outsole, a highly durable rubber material. Found on the outsole are the multi-directional lugs, that grip to the ground firmly, be it flat or uneven, wet or dry, enhancing the traction this running shoe provides. Customers were very satisfied with the performance of the new Venture 6.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Asics implemented flexibility strategically in the construction of the Venture 6 to provide the best performance on trails. Namely, the AHAR outsole, besides being durable and providing excellent traction also contributes to the overall flexibility of the shoe. The upper’s synthetic mesh material helps to keep the feet snug and allows for a natural movement.
Stability

Stability

The Asics Gel Venture 6 offers some features to ensure a stable ride. These features include a removable sock liner, reinforced sides and heel. However, if you are someone who struggles with over or underpronation, this shoe will not provide the stability needed to combat those issues without a special orthopedic insert. Considering all this, customers were happy with the amount of stability this shoe provided them with during their runs.
Drop

Drop

The Asics Gel Venture 6 has a 10 mm drop, which is slightly higher than the standard. This is due to the gel cushioning in the heel area which helps with the shoe’s responsiveness and smooth transitions.
Key Features

Key Features

  • Asics’ AHAR outsole for enhanced durability

  • Multi-directional lugs for grip and traction on the trails

  • Rearfoot Gel technology for a shock absorbing and responsive ride

  • Breathable synthetic mesh upper

  • Removable insert

  • Reinforced sides and heel collar

  • 10 mm drop
  • Bottom Line

    The new Asics Gel Venture 6 boasts some improvements from the previous version of this shoe, namely in the upper and midsole construction. The upper is made of a synthetic mesh material, that is highly breathable, yet supportive enough, providing the runner with a comfortable and dry ride while making sure their feet are snug and supported at the same time. The midsole features Asics’ Rearfoot Gel technology, a great shock absorbing gel material, that is also cushioning for a smooth heel to toe transition. The Asics Gel Venture 6 is a trail running shoe, so it has to be durable enough to withstand the rough terrain and also has to have enough traction and support to protect the runner from injuries.

    Durability comes from Asics’ one-piece AHAR outsole material, while the grip and traction come from the multi-directional lugs on the outsole. This running shoe performs terrifically on both trails and roads, making it very versatile. Asics also included a removable insert so that each individual can customize their Asics Gel Venture 6 to their needs. The only remark some customers had was the lack of responsiveness as opposed to the previous version. However, most customers were left very satisfied with the quality and performance of the Asics Gel Venture 6, not to mention its price tag.