ASICS GEL-Lyte 33, $100
7.8 oz.; 6.7 oz.
Fit: The GEL-Lyte 3 has a securely snug fit in the midfoot but is roomier than most shoes in both the heel and the toebox. A few of our testers thought the heel collar was higher than average, but most still gave it high marks for a comfortable fit.
Feel: The Gel-Lyte 33 is a unique mix of minimalist design and modern materials. Given how light this shoe is, it has a surprising amount of midsole cushioning and a relatively high heel height (but a moderate 6 mm heel-toe drop). Testers remarked on this shoe’s multi-directional forefoot flex, but also universally thought the upper was stiffer and a bit more cumbersome than expected.
Ride: Although the shoe is very light, it doesn’t run quite the same as other shoes in its weight class because of the relatively thick amount of soft cushioning. While most of our testers appreciated the extra cushioning when viewing this shoe as a long-distance trainer, several thought it inhibited the shoe from performing consistently at faster paces.
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