ASICS Gel Rocket 7 Shoes Review

ASICS GEL is one of ASICS’ most representative technologies. This GEL is a substance between solid and liquid that was initially applied to the safety belts and precision instruments of space capsules to protect the human body’s safety or prevent the body to collide with precision instruments.
The technology is mainly used in high-tech products such as submarines and body armor. In the 1980s, ASICS began trying to add this substance to sports shoes. With the perfect shock absorption of this damping rubber, ASICS achieved great success.
The ASICS Gel Rocket 7 shoes are part of the top-rated Gel Rocket series from ASICS. It is on the 7th generation now, and they are a big hit year after year because the price is right.
When I heard ASICS was coming out with a gel Rocket 7 to replace the Gel Rocket 6, I was super excited because the gel rocket 6 was one of my favorite ASICS shoes.

asics gel rocket 7
Asics gel rocket 7

These Gel Rocket 7 are one of the more expensive shoes from ASICS, and they work well for squash and table tennis. They have different flavors of these shoes, depending on what country you are in. You can check them out at your local ASICS store.

First Wearing Experience A Little Weird

I will tell you a little bit about how these shoes can help you play your game. When I first put them on, I weirdly felt a bend. The curved part of the foot felt a little less flat, although I was comfortable playing table tennis with them.

It features high-performance technology such as an NC rubber outsole for maximum traction. ASICS system that removes unnecessary weight in the shoe while maintaining structural integrity.

nc rubber outsole
nc rubber outsole

Right when I put it on my foot, I could feel the gel cushioning system. It’s just super comfortable right out of the box. There’s no break-in period when I stepped on the court with it. The NC rubber outsole was immediate. I could tell right away that I was going to get a lot of traction.

Afterwards, I had no pain or anything like my previous Adidas Essence, a low-end shoe. Playing with the Adidas shoes gave me killing pain. After I switched to ASICS Gel Rocket 7, the pain went away. Something about the construction that suited me, and I have been enjoying these.

A Lightweight ASICS Gel Rocket 7

The shoes are relatively light. It only carries a weight of about 11.2 oz or approximately 350g. That added a little extra stability, especially for lateral movements. The twisting of the shoe makes it more stable, adding confidence to your game.

The sole fit my foot correctly as they weren’t too big or too small. The only part that I could feel may be in the foot’s midsection, where it just felt they weren’t there. The forefoot gel cushioning reduces shock during impact for smooth and comfortable play. These shoes feel great and play even better.

May Be Not Good for Those Who Has Ankle Issue

It may be lacking a little surface area where I could feel that a little.

So if you have an ankle problem, then this probably wouldn’t be good for you. You might want to get some shoes that are a little wider in the midsection to prevent getting pain. The sole is very flexible with good mesh material and is reinforced by plastic bracing.

mesh upper

I found these shoes are comfortable, and I am not surprised these are popular model. For me, they are not too expensive for the price it asked for with the decent design that you can get. They work pretty well for me.

Wear and Tear

When I drag my toe in terms of wear and tear, I observed some scratching on the surface, which happened after some time of wearing. I first thought the shoes might go to fall apart quickly, but it hasn’t been the case because I have continued to play with them many weeks after those scratching, and it hasn’t changed from where it was.

I have heard people complaining about these shoes in the past for not holding up their feet well. But I found them holding my feet together well after a few months of wearing them. Often, we play on a dusty court, and there’s no problem at all with this Rocket 7. Of course, it has a lot of meshes upper, so it is a breathable shoe.

Breathable and Comfortable

All I can say is this is a breathable shoe that is super comfortable and has a lot of traction that will always be the right fit for me. One of the biggest reasons why I love these shoes is because of how lightweight they are. You can move around the court quickly.

So you know you are not going to roll an ankle accidentally. Even though it is a lightweight shoe and lightweight, I noticed how breathable these shoes are. All the mesh on the upper allows for maximum breathability, which is excellent because my feet get hot on the court.

My Experience

I was a Nike fan, but I need to get a pair of suitable shoes for playing table tennis. I saw a 20% discount on the ASICS Gel Rocket 7 on an online shopping cart order, and that was the first time I bought a pair of ASICS shoes.

When I first put them on my feet, I didn’t expect them to be so comfortable. The package was excellent, and the sole support was solid. The sole is a rubber outsole that is not as soft and elastic as running shoes.

This shoe is not suitable for walking or jogging, but it is the best choice for indoor sports, such as playing volleyball, badminton, and table tennis. The only downside I found on this shoe is that it is a little sloppy.

Overall, these are some of the most stable and breathable comfortable shoes I have worn for table tennis.

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Warren Davies

2 thoughts on “ASICS Gel Rocket 7 Shoes Review”

  1. I have used these for the last year. I generally agree with the review apart from in my experience they are not super breathable. The trainers are now really smelly – i never had the problem with previous Nike or Yonex court shoes. I recently played on a slightly dusty/muddy surface (a school gym by day). The traction was extremely poor and even after damping my sole was never happy with my grip – this may have been an impossible ask for the trainer but for my next purchase I will spend more and buy specific TT shoes.

  2. Decent shoe for the price – but don’t expect to last very long. Mine lasted ~ 1 yr after playing <2 a week. The mesh uppers tear easily near the folding spots.

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