Men's ASICS® GEL-FORTE :: Welcome your newest member to the motion control category! You'll get maximum support and control in your Men's ASICS® GEL-Forte with a full ounce less weight than the competition! Your feet will rejoice in the firm, ultimate support that the Dynamic Duomax® Support System affords. Maximum stability and comfort are this powerful running shoe's forte! 12.2 ounces
This is my first review ever. At 54, that's saying a lot, I suppose I should go buy an iPhone now. No doubt its a quality shoe, and one star is a relative rating. I'm like most of the ratings, and I'm quite sure the few 5 star deals are outliers. Those of us running Asics motion-control plus over the years, got a significantly different experience with this shoe than expected. Hence, the one-star. In my case, since Road Runner doesn't have the Ev-6 in 15, I went ahead and ordered some Brooks Beast yesterday (which I tried a long time ago, but liked Asics much better). I wasn't too keen on spending another $120, but don't see an alternative since my old shoes are about worn out. My experience is similar to the other ratings mentioning about just as well straping 2X4 planks to your feet. It fits okay for me (at a true 14.5, that can only get 15 like every other 14.5), and will make a very nice shoe for activities other than running. Which is fine. I suppose my biggest hangup is not having a MC+ Asics to rely on anymore. Until of course they read all the bad reviews on this shoe, and go back to what MC+ users like myself have appreciated w/ Asics for all these years. Curious now how the "Beast" will be after my return to it. I don't expect it will be like my good ole Asics MC+ before this latest. Or I'll be pleasantly suprised.
I felt it necessary to write a review on this shoe after reading other reviews. I almost did not buy this shoe to replace my Gel Evolution 6 model after reading the reviews. I also wear Asics Kayanos(18s), Brooks Beast and New Balance(993s). I am 60 with flat feet, 5"10",187 lbs. For me, this shoe is a perfect, lighter version of the Evolution 6. This is a Motion Control + shoe that needs to be more firm than many other models. Most training is now on an elliptical or treadmill so clopping is not a major issue, although there is some of that. I think the advantages of providing a firm outer sole far outweigh the disadvantages by providing support, stability and controlling overpronation. I recommend as with all my running shoes a good quality replacement insole insert to help with cushioning & comfort. I will replace my current pair with the next model of Gel Forte.
Stiff and Unforgiving
I was given this shoe for a Christmas present to replace the Asics Gel Evolution 5 that I currently wear. First off, thank goodness for excellent customer support and understanding it was a gift and was able to return them. The shoe looks nice at first glance, but don't be fooled. The soles feel very stiff and did not ever feel like they were "broke in", even after a recorded 60 miles on them. They were very unforgiving on the feet, as I am a flat-footed runner with an odd gait. As a previous comment stated, it was like running on 2x4 blocks. I am/was a huge fan of the Gel Evolution 5 shoes, having worn out 3 pair, but these shoes are a pitiful replacement. As a larger runner (6'1/215) with flat feet, these shoes caused more pain than I have had with any other. The longer runs, 10+ miles, were only made more difficult by this shoe. Come on Asics...why do you always have to change a good thing!?!?!?!
Find another shoe
I was excited to try the lighter weight replacement to the Evolution 6. While there are aspects of the shoe I liked, the stiffness of these shoes on the base is pretty extreme, noticeable even after I'd put 250+ miles in them. I started having a lot of high achilles lower calf soreness after running in these shoes.
For background, I run > 2000 miles a year, weight 170 lbs, have very flat arches. I have avoided injuries the last several years and probably did about 80% of my training in the Evolution 6 model. It's a pity because I have been rolling in the Evolution line a long time but now feel compelled to switch to another brand.
Now Wait A Minute
The guy who had to take his shoes off during a 10k is obviously looking for something to blame his runner's rut on. I picked up a pair of these (always Asics Gel Evolution or Brooks Addicition guy) becuase of their lighter weight characteristics.I have new PRs in 26.2, 13.1 and weekly mileage on these bad boys, and most importantly, injury free (knock on wood). I'm pushing 50-60 miles per week in these and can't wait for Asics' next edition. PLEASE ASICS don't stop making lightweight motion control plus shoes. Guys like me need em. And as for the "clopping" noise - yeah that's weird but who really cares??
More than serviceable
I'm really pretty pleased with these shoes. I've worn both ASICS motion control and motion control plus varieties in the past, and this shoe is definitely lighter than the previous "plus" version, while still providing more support than the regular motion control. Admittedly, I run for exercise and the mental benefits these days rather than for speed or distance, so I can't say how these shoes would feel doing more than a 5k in them. And as others have said, their soles are weirdly stiff! But they also seem quite durable, which is good, as I've found previous ASICS soles so soft that they wear quite quickly.
Tried these shoes out this morning for a 10 mile run. I bought these to replace the Gel-Evolution, which was discontinued. I found the shoes to be rigid, unresponsive, having very little cushion, and even to slip a little on my heels (never had an Asics do that!). They were kinda like strapping boards to my feet! I wear motion-control shoes for long runs because my feet will fatigue causing my arches to fall. I'm hoping that cushion insoles will make these shoes wearable. I will not buy the Forte again. I don't know what I'll get to replace them.
"Excited yet Disappointed"
I was excited when I heard Asics was releasing a new Motion Control shoe after two years. I have been running in this shoe for three weeks on paved surfaces. The upper is comfortable and holds the foot in place on the sole. The sole is very hard and the coushioning is very stiff. I noticed while running you can actually hear the sole hit the pavement with a clap on every stride. The stiffness of the soles has not gotten better after three weeks. I like the looks and initial feel of the shoe but wish the coushioning was a little softer.Keep the upper and go back to the Evolution sole.
Not a good shoe
Well, where do I start!!
I have been using brooks the beast for the past years, but decided to give ASIC a try on this new motion control shoes. But it was a total disaster. I am totally disappointed with these shoes. My first run with them I did it on a thread machine for half an hour, and it was OK. But today I went on my first 10K with them and I was about to take them off and run my way back home without them. They are so stiff that It seemed I was running with a piece of wood attached to my feet. The sound of the shoes hitting the groung I could hear over my earphones. I am definitively ask for a refund. These shoes should not be in the market. Do not let the look guide you to them. Sorry ASICs but this is a complete failure. I am taking the time to write this review because I think you should know about this.
Jose de Pool
Disappointing successor to Gel Evolution
I walk outside and workout in a gym (elliptical, weights, walking stretching) 5 or more times each week. Sometimes I go for long outdoor walks. While this shoe feels supportive of my flat feet, wearing them is an uncomfortably uncushioned experience. I was dismayed at the feel. Parts of my body actually ached after changing shoes from the Gel Evolution, which I have worn for a decade (?). The bright side is that this has encouraged me to try other brands. The Brooks Beast is a better shoe for me than this, though not as good as the discontinued Gel Evolution.
Chapel Hill, NC
Great show for this runner
Just one runner's opinion, but these shoes are an improvement over the evolution series. The evolution series was a solid shoe, but heavy and a bit clunky. These shoes seem to give the same cushioning and motion control as the evolution series without the bulk and weight. To me these are an upgrade and and I don't have the complains voiced by others here. happy running.
Works, but doesn't replace Evolution
I have taken these GEL-FORTE shoes out for a couple of early morning runs and I have been satisfied. No unusual aches and pains, where I might expect my knees or ankles to act up in bad shoes. Plenty of toe room in the D-width, size 16.
As a replacement for the ASICS Gel Evolution, these shoes feel hard, with a loud heel strike when the outsole hits the pavement. There's no going back when your best shoes are discontinued, but these will do.
By far the most uncomfortable Asics M.C.
This is by far the most uncomfortable and hardest of all Asics Motion Control shoes that I have ever used. The material is essentially non-breathable, the cushioning and sole are basically rock hard, and it doesn't flex that well.
I will have to return these and just purchase a pair of the Kayano's and wait it out until Asics realizes that the Evolutions & Foundations did work very well with their buyers.
Worst Shoe Ever
This is a miserable replacement for the ASICS Gel Foundation series shoes. It is terribly uncomfortable. Totally rigid and feels like running in 4x4 piece of wood. Bring back the Gel Foundation series. I will use these only for walking and bought a pair of Brooks Addiction. Have been running in ASICS for over 25 years but they need to learn that you don't need to drop a shoe that works. Bring back the Gel Foundation and also the GT Express.
Does it really replace the Evolution-6?
I was told the Forte was the replacement for the Evolution-6. The same size is tighter than the E-6. It does not provide the stability in the long run (over-10 miles) as the E-6. I would compare this model to the Brooks Adrenaline-13. I will use it as short mile (less than 10) trainer, but look for an equivalent to the Evolution-6 for my 1/2 and full marathons
This is my second pair of Gel Fortes. This shoe deserves a higher rating than it has on this website. I run 2-3 times per week usually on a treadmill about 7-9 miles per run and I never experience any shin or knee pain. I've worn these shoes at 200 pounds and at 180 pounds and they are effective at both weights.
New York, New York
Bring Back the Gel Evolution
This is a poor replacement for the Gel Evolution shoes that I've been wearing for years. Poorly padded and it sounds like I'm wearing horse shoes due to the loud clopping sounds with each stride. I thought I needed to put some more miles on them and they would break in. Unfortuntately I need to find a new MC+ shoe.
A step down from Brooks Beast
I walk approximately 3 miles per day and was looking for an alternative to the Brooks Beast 12. These shoes look great and feel significantly lighter than the Beast BUT...they don't have near the cushioning in the heal. I am heavy and need all this I can get. I'll go back to the Beast.
Jeff the heavy walker
Bad, Uncomfortable, Hard and Rigid feel
These shoes are terrible. The absolute worst. I agree with the comment that it feels like two boards strapped to your feet. They are even uncomfortable to walk in. No cushioning and hard as a rock. Asics has not had a good motion control shoe since the GT Express from many years ago. Bring back the GT Express it was very good.
Surprisingly bad for Asics
I am an Asics boy for more than 20 years. I love the Gel Kayano and the Evolution. However, this new shoe is really bad. Although light, it is super stiff and I feel almost no cushioning at all. It is like running with a brick.
If you are a heavy pronator go with the Evolution. If you are a moderate pronator go with the Gel Kayano.
The Gel Forte is simply a very bad running shoe.
New York City
Horrible replacement for Foundation
I am shocked that Asics would sell such a horrible shoe. The shoe was incredibly uncomfortable and lacked sufficient cushioning. The material is incredibly cheap --- very thin compared to prior Foundation. This purchase has severely tarnished my view of Asics, which I have been using for 20 years.
Works for Me!
My ankles are bio-mechanically challenged. The Forte is the only current Motion Control Plus shoe that I've found that feels good and has a sole that lasts (no pun intended). I hope there is something out there that will be as good when it goes away.
I would not buy this shoe again
I was looking forward to this new asics running shoe. I weigh 205 and have flat archs, but want a light running shoe. I have ran in the Evolution for several years, but this shoe does not compare. Light weight, but lacks cushioning. Very disappointed.
I tried this show as a replacement to Gel Evolution 5 and was extremely disappointed. The shoe lacked cushion and spring right from the start. It truly felt like running on 2 x 4 planks of wood. I'm sorry to see the Gel Evolution was discontinued. This is not a good replacement shoe.
San Francisco, CA
What I want from a shoe is something like an ump calling a good baseball game: you don't notice them. Sadly, I notice this shoe. Not necessarily in a bad way, but certainly not in a good way. Sadly , the run becomes about monitoring the shoe and not the run.
What happened to ASICS Gel-Foundation
I am very disappointed that ASICS has ended the Gel-Foundation for the new Gel-Forte. I have been running in the Foundations for many years and they were a great shoe. The jury is still out on the replacement Forte.
Asisc failed big time with this shoe
This shoe is Asics absolute worst attempt at a motion control shoe. The shoe is extremely stiff with no give. Imagine tying a couple of 2 by 4s to your feet. These shoes are going back. And I am returning to the Brooks Beast.
Bay City, MI
I was in the habit of replacing the Gel-Evolutions after 200 miles; at 25 a week that was every other month. 1st pr of forte is retired already, started feeling knee pain before reaching 200 miles. Cloppy, heavy klunkers, what will I wear now?
Good running shoe, gets the job done
This is a good shoe. Just completed training and my fastest 1/2 marathon in these bad boys. And I just bought my second pair. Enjoy your next run. Go long, Go Fast!
this is the worst shoe I have ever worn
Asics needs to go back to the Gel design product, what were they thinking. This shoe is terrible after having worn Asics shoes for 15 years. Gotta go to another company.
Mens ASICS GEL-Forte Running Shoe
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