ASICS GEL-Forte vs. GEL-Evolution 6 review

ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 offers lots of cushioning and support to severe overpronators. ASICS GEL-Forte offers maximum support and a secure fit at an affordable price. Learn more...

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The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and the ASICS GEL-Forte are motion control running shoes with the GEL-Forte being the newest of the two.


Both the ASICS GEL-Forte and the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 were built with stability and support in mind, and are suitable for moderate to severe overpronators.

Running shoe manufacturers are trying to produce lighter and lighter running shoes these days.

That is also the case with the ASICS GEL-Forte, since it is a lighter running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6; approximately 0.8 oz (23 grams) in the women's version and 0.3 oz (9 grams) in the men's version.

However, to make a running shoe lighter, some things would have to go. One of those things is the material that was added to the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 to lessen Achilles strain. It is not present in the ASICS GEL-Forte anymore.

Weight loss can also be achieved in the upper. The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and the ASICS GEL-Forte are pretty similar, which is why the shoes also look very similar. However, there are subtle differences to be noted.

For example, the overlay that runs along the top of the midsole in the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, is not there anymore in the ASICS GEL-Forte.

The ASICS GEL-Forte has stitched-on overlays like the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, but they are much lighter and the shoe is more "open" – your foot can breathe more.

And instead of overlays at the back of the shoe like in the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, the ASICS GEL-Forte has a heel counter (Heel Clutching System) to firmly keep your heel in place.

So overall, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Forte should feel a bit more comfortable around your foot, while still wrapping it well around your midfoot and locking your heel down.

The biggest difference lies probably in the midsole, where the support system on the medial side of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 has been replaced by a newer support system in the ASICS GEL-Forte.

In the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 you can see the midfoot shank extending into the midsole foam on the medial side of the shoe and running all the way to the back of the shoe. The midfoot shank does the same in the ASICS GEL-Forte, but extends only halfway towards the back.

While it is difficult to say which system would provide more support by just looking at the tooling, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Forte provides almost as much stability as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

Another difference that is exposed by tests is the amount of cushioning provided by each running shoe, which show that the amount of heel cushioning and forefoot cushioning provided by the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 exceeds that of the ASICS GEL-Forte.

And you can see this when you look at the back and the lateral side of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, since the GEL is exposed in the midsole. So the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 is expected to provide you with softer landings and take-offs than the ASICS GEL-Forte.

The ASICS GEL-Forte comes with the components that make up the Impact Guidance System, which was also present in the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 to enhance your gait and help you achieve an efficient stride.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are pretty similar in construction with both offering you a wide and stable platform to stand on.

Both have horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot between large rubber compartments to increase flexiblity, and separate rubber lugs under the heel to dissipate shock.

The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and ASICS GEL-Forte exhibit a similar amount of stiffness in the forefoot, which should not be a problem for heavier runners.

The GEL-Forte is a running shoe that sits pretty low on the ground compared to the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, and the ASICS GEL-Forte also seems to be sitting on a flatter and broader platform where the rubber compartments on the outsole are concerned.

If you are looking for a sneaker that provides a secure fit and maximum support without the bulkiness of a traditional motion control running shoe, then the ASICS GEL-Forte would be worth looking into.

While it does not offer the amount of cushioning that the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 offers, it offers almost as much support and stability, and should feel more responsive due to its low profile, making it suitable especially for walking.

If you are looking for a motion control running shoe that offers a lot of cushioning and protection from the road in addition to maximum pronation control, then the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 might be the one for you.

And if the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 becomes unavailable and the ASICS GEL-Forte does not meet your needs, then there are other replacements for the ASICS GEL-Evolution you could look into.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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