ASICS Gel-Venture 6 Men’s Running Shoe

Last updated date: November 30, 2020

DWYM Score

9.1

ASICS Gel-Venture 6 Men’s Running Shoe

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We looked at the top Men's Running Shoe and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Running Shoe you should buy.

Editor's Note November 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Men’s Running Shoe for a detailed review of all the top men's running shoe.

Overall Take

This men's running shoe provides extra reinforcement on the side of the shoe for stability while gel padding buffers the sole. Made of high-abrasion rubber, it can stand up to punishing runs on the trail. Overall, this shoe provides a good option for extended outdoor use. We found these to be light and comfortable during our testing.


In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the ASICS ASICS Gel-Venture 6 Men's Running Shoe placed 2nd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Get out and explore in the redesigned GEL-Venture 6. Designed to take on rugged terrain, this model comes complete with a trail-specific outsole and high-abrasion rubber for confidence-inspiring traction. Rearfoot GEL cushioning absorbs shock to keep you comfortable as you pound along the path, while the removable sockliner lets you insert custom orthotics for an even more personalized fit. Weight: 11.2 oz. Heel Height: 20mm. Forefoot Height: 10mm.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.8
10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.1
4,693 user reviews

What experts liked

To add greater durability, Asics also used their patented AHAR Rubber Technology, or Asics High Abrasion Rubber. This is a powerful and durable material that not only helps with handling the terrain, but also enhancing comfortability and consumer control.
- The Athletic Foot
May 7, 2019 | Full review
The runners mentioned that the shoe remained very comfortable throughout their long runs.
- RunRepeat
It has a really thick midsole with a reafoot gel cushioning system in the heel to give you amazing impact protection, shock absorption and a smooth transition from heel to toe.
- Steadyfoot
For support, the shoe has an outsole that provides support by providing a strong foundation for the runner, the upper keeps the foot snugly in place. There is also an additional reinforcement that’s added to the side of the shoe to help support your foot.
- Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
The exceptional quality of the imported synthetic outer is designed for protection while the rubber sole takes out the impact from every step. Engineered with a cushioning system by rear foot GEL technology, it takes away the shock your heels are subjected to during running.
- The Top Pro
This is very lightweight and gives you superior comfort. It will let you have a smooth changeover to midstance and provides good stability and support.
- Best Selected Products
The outsole is highly rugged to give traction and enhance grip on various surfaces. Its sole is made from tough rubber for strength and durability.
- Runners Choice
May 16, 2019 | Full review
Gel cushioning system for higher traction, good fit, and maximum comfort.
- Footwear Havens
Sturdy High abrasion rubber and wear resistant sole allow the shoe to last longer.
- Garage Gym Power
These shoes are extremely durable and provide the necessary traction, impact dispersion, and comfort to last you during long trail walks and adventures in forests and mountains.
- Woowalkers
March 19, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Heavier than other trail or running shoes.
- The Athletic Foot
May 7, 2019 | Full review
A couple of wearers noticed that the gel cushioning is too firm for their liking.
- RunRepeat
The eyelets have been removed from the heel-lock lacing
- Steadyfoot
All these features make the boot heavy, so if what you are looking for is a lightweight boot, then getting this boot would be a bad idea.
- Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
It doesn’t offer enough flexibility because of the hard rubber sole.
- Runners Choice
May 16, 2019 | Full review
This shoe runs narrow.
- Garage Gym Power
The only problem is longevity. If used extensively the shoe has been known to deteriorate quickly especially on the heel portion, something past models did not suffer from.
- Woowalkers
March 19, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Men's Running Shoe

Buying a shoe of any kind can be difficult, but when it comes to running shoes, things can be downright confusing. There’s been tremendous research and engineering applied to shoe construction over the past decades, to the point where the features of some expensive sneakers sound like options on a sports car. On the other hand, the ads for most shoe companies seem less interested in selling these innovations than in promoting a fitness lifestyle.

The first thing you’ll need to know is what kind of running you actually do — not so much the amount, but the terrain. There are three general types of running shoes: road running shoes for pavement, trail running shoes for gravel or rough terrain and cross-training shoes that provide maximum balance and stability in a gym environment.

Beyond that, there’s a ton of variety. You’ll find all sorts of bells and whistles that claim to keep your feet comfortable yet functional. But Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and founder of the fitness brand Step It Up With Steph, recommends keeping the shoe’s fit at the top of your priority list.

“Make sure that you go for fit — not for color,” she says. “You also want to make sure you do not buy a shoe that is too tight with the hopes of it stretching out. These are not like stretch jeans. They will not stretch out properly to fit your shoe. What you feel is what you get from the onset, so make sure you get a pair of running shoes that are comfortable while running initially.”

When picking out a show, it also helps to know how you run. There’s been a lot of study put into the natural running stride of the shoe-clad human foot, which tends to strike heel first, then roll slightly inward. That’s called pronation. Many longtime runners are prone to overpronation, where the inward roll is more pronounced. Less common is supination, which means the foot rolls outward instead.

You can typically tell which running mechanic you favor by looking at the tread wear on the running shoes you already own. If the wear is along the center where the balls of your feet are, you tend toward pronation. Wear closer to the inner edge means overpronation, while wear on the outer edge usually signifies supination. The latter two cases can result in knee or foot strain over time, so take steps to correct that stride. Motion-control shoes can help with overpronation, and extra cushioning will lessen the effects of supination.

Without shoes, the foot tends to strike the ground with the midfoot or forefoot. There are certain professional running shoes that try to replicate that habit with minimal soles and even separated protection for individual toes.

In any case, pick for comfort. Your feet will thank you in the long run, and there’s enough selection out there that you won’t have to sacrifice stability for style.

The Men's Running Shoe Buying Guide

  • For general fit, a couple of key tests will help. Make sure there’s about a thumb’s width between the tip of your big toe and the tip of the shoe, says Mansour. That room will help, since your foot will expand with exercise. As for the ankles, you’ll want to be able to move them around in circles without the lip of the shoes restricting your movement or chafing, she adds. They shouldn’t be so loose that the heel slips out of the back, however. And arch support can be crucial, so make sure you feel some cradling effect around the middle of your foot, Mansour says.
  • Do you wear orthotics? If you’ve got special insoles that provide support or cushioning to key areas of the foot, bring along for the fitting. Chances are, they will change the fit of the shoe. Keep in mind that certain shoes are adaptable to this with removable insoles.
  • When it comes to cushioning, you might think more is always better. That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, you won’t often see competitive runners wearing overly cushioned shoes because all that extra padding means a sacrifice in speed. Plenty of midsole cushioning can be a lifesaver for marathons or distance runners, but when it comes to speed, less is more.
  • Stability and comfort are great, but be sure to check the materials on a shoe. Durable outsoles are often the main difference between an expensive shoe and an easily worn-out knock-off. Good, solidly constructed running shoes should last you up to four months or more if you go on frequent runs.
  • If you run, your feet are going to get sweaty. It’s an unavoidable fact, but decent materials can mitigate it. The upper part of the shoe needs to have some stability, but the flexible fabric in between the support areas should have breathability to it. Look for mesh or something similar if your feet need a little extra breeze.