A trail shoe has a lot riding on it. It\u2019s up to the shoe to protect its wearer from a stumble or even a serious injury thanks to tricky terrain on trails. And let\u2019s face it, almost all trail terrains have parts where it almost feels impossible to proceed. But the ASICS GEL-Venture 5 relishes in this circumstance and handles it with grace. It\u2019s why it\u2019s one of the best running shoes on the market today.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - ASICS GEL-Venture 5\r\nASICS shoes have a history of being some of the best running shoes on the market. Years ago ASICS released their Gel-Venture series of shoes. These shoes have remained the gold standard among running shoes since then, and the GEL-Venture 5 shoes are no different from their predecessors and still offer great support and a smooth running experience.\r\n\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe ASICS GEL-Venture 5 running shoes provides an excellent running experience on both trails and flat roads thanks to some clever features like the plush underfoot cushioning system that provides fantastic arch support. The rearfoot gel cushioning may make you feel off-balance when you first try the shoe, mainly because of the 10mm heel drop, this feeling usually diminishes quickly. All of this support comes with a price, though, and that price is heavy. Literally, the shoe weighs more than your average pair. The Nike Revolution 3 are lightweight, the lightest we know, if you desire a pair of really light shoes. You can compare them to the Nike FlyKnit.\r\nDesign\r\nSome shoes in ASICS\u2019 gel venture series have a surprising correlation between style, usability, and quality. This is especially rare for a trail-running shoe, but it does happen. Unfortunately, this doesn\u2019t happen with the Venture 5 but that\u2019s not always a bad thing. Ask yourself: if your buying shoes for running do you want them to be stylish or do you want them to be functional? If you\u2019re absolutely sure you want a shoe that\u2019s both good for running and stylish, take a look at the KUBUA Running Shoes.\r\nValue\r\nIn customer reviews the responsiveness of the Venture-5 running shoe has been consistently praised. The responsiveness is generally higher than other comparable trail running shoes thanks to ASICS\u2019 advanced gel cushioning system. The trail-specific outsole provides runners with protection against tricky terrain which is almost guaranteed when running a trail. Check out the Saucony Cohesion 11 if you\u2019re looking for a shoe that\u2019s still good on trails, a little more on the affordable side, and still offers good support while you\u2019re running on a trail or road.\r\nASICS GEL-Venture 5 Wrap Up\r\nASICS shoes have been, and always will be at the rate they\u2019re going, an excellent investment for running shoes. What they lack in pizazz and lightness they more than make up for in their cushioning system and protection of trail runners. If you\u2019re a seasoned runner or wanting to jump head-on into running, ASICS shoes will never be a bad decision.