ASICS Gel Rocket 8 Shoes Review

The ASICS Gel Rocket 8 is another pair of shoe to add on to the ASICS Rocket range. The shoes are available in many colors and they usually continue to add new colors to the range. You can get different features in different regions of the world when you are buying a pair of shoes.

ASICS Gel Rocket 8 Black
ASICS Gel Rocket 8 Black

If you are a down-to-earth player, you may choose the black and white one where it is a shoe that suitable for players who are looking for a simple version and wish to give it a shot. The shoes are designed to cater to different users. There are ASICS Gel Rocket 8 for unisex, men, women, and ladies.

As a first impression, it was comfortable right out of the box.

Color Choices

There are plenty of color choices you can get with this model. The color includes black, indigo blue, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green and more.

Features of ASICS Gel Rocket 8

They feature the design of the shoe with full lace-up closure. It has the classic ASICS stripes on both sides.

They make these shoes of the lightweight mesh upper and have synthetic overlays. With such construction, it can give you structured support and comfort.

The shoe is built with padding in the tongue and collar, so when you wear it on your feet, you will feel very nice and comfy. It will not give you any irritability.

The soft breathable mesh lining will keep your foot nice and fresh plus you will have a lightly cushioned and removable insole.

It also has a great molded EVA midsole to offer players with some shock-absorption from heel stride to toe-off.

The shoes also feature with the Trusstic System R Technology which can reduce the weight without compromising the structural integrity of the shoe.

The rubber and gum outsole offers you with more natural rubber content compared to the traditional solid rubber for enhanced traction on court systems. The outsole is non-marking.

My Experience With The Shoes

I got this ASICS Gel Rocket 8 last week and managed to run a quick test on it. It is a little stiffer than some other shoes there wasn’t as much padding as I have been used to but it was still a comfortable shoe.

I just use it to play for about 5 to 6 table tennis games and I felt a very nice grip immediately. It took none breaking in. All I can say it is another successful shoe for ASICS for it continues the same idea of the Rocket 7.

There are some slight changes in the construction I don’t think it will make a huge difference. Inside the shoe, on the outer edge, it felt like the sole was the kind of banked up a little on the side so it was a familiar feeling but still felt good on the court.

The ASICS Gel Rocket 8 is a continuation of the Gel Rocket 7. It is pretty comparable and this is one of the ASICS best-selling shoes.

ASICS Gel Rocket 8 blue
ASICS Gel Rocket 8 blue

This shoe is being used by a lot of table tennis players because it is not that expensive with the quality it offers to them. It is also widely used in the sport of volleyball, squash and other sports.

Gel Rocket 8 vs Gel Rocket 7

As mentioned earlier, Gel Rocket 8 is the enhanced version of Gel Rocket 7. Gel Rocket 8 has some cosmetics upgrade, but I believe there is not much difference between them.

Gel Rocket 8 vs Gel Upcourt

From the shoe release, I would say the ASICs line of shoes that range from the lower range to the higher range is with this sequence: Upcourt, Gel Rocket, Gel Blade, Gel Domain, Gel Sensei, Gel Blast. Thus, Gel Rocket is one range higher than Upcourt. Therefore, the Upcourt is rank at the lowest end while Gel Rocket is right in the middle in terms of quality.

On or off the table tennis court, these shoes will treat you right. If you are looking for a pair of quality shoes at a reasonable price, then this ASICS Gel Rocket 8 is a good choice for you.

Pros:

  • A great value of money for you get a pair for this ASICS shoes.
  • Offering players with good grip and traction while playing on the floor.
  • Your feet will feel secure by having this shoe covering your feet. You can wear them and play table tennis for a long day without feeling any discomfort.

Cons:

  • They may not stay ‘stickily’ on your foot and not much cushioning provided. Your Achilles tendon may have a sore feeling after wearing for long hours.
  • The included insole may not good enough to support your arch as ASICS Gel Rocket 8 only has 5 pairs of eyelets compare to Rocket 7 that has 7 pairs.
  • It is a flat arch and you can only find mesh on the top.

Where To Buy?

There are many places you can get this pair of shoes for sale. Other than getting them from a local sports store, there are many reputable online retailers are selling this brand and model of shoes. Besides Amazon, other retailer platforms you can try to source are eBay and Decathlon.

Generally, this model of shoes is selling at a price range of $40 to $160. If you are looking for a pair of ASICS limited edition men indoor court shoes for just $80 at Amazon.

If you are living in the United States, you can get a good bargain from Zappos. However, Zappos doesn’t ship internationally. Therefore, you are not able to get one if you are living in other countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, or the United Kingdom. For Canada I am not sure about it, you may try to ask the customer service in Zappos.

If you  are in Australia, you can get them from Rebel Sport

You can find more of table tennis shoes which may be more suitable for you if you think this ASICS shoe is not the right shoe for you.

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