Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

ASICS GEL-Lyte 33–3, $90

7.3 oz. (men’s); 6.2 oz. (women’s)

22mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)

Fit: With a lightweight, seam-free upper, this shoe wraps the heel and midfoot like a glove and the absence of forefoot overlays helps it to accommodate a wide variety of foot types.

Feel: For a light shoe with an uber-flexible midsole that feels so low to the ground, it packs a surprising amount of protection between your foot and the pavement, making it a good long-distance racing option for many runners.

Ride: The GEL-Lyte 33-3 could easily be mistaken for a neutral racing flat but it packs quite a bit more into its lightweight package than its more minimal cousins, and that gives it versaitlity. It’s built with a thin layer of soft foam under the foot sandwiched on top of a thicker, semi-firm layer of foam beneath that.

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