Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$100
Weight
M: 193g | W: 162g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 17mm | W: 16mm
Forefoot height
M: 11mm | W: 10mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Asics made the upper more minimal in the Lyte33 3 to reduce its weight.

  • The relatively low stack height is one of Asics’s ways of promoting a natural running gait in the Lyte33 3.

  • 3M reflective materials make the shoe visible, even at night.

  • The Gel Lyte33 3 is the lightest in the series.

  • It is really flexible.

  • Several testers loved the fit as it is snug in the heel and midfoot, while the forefoot has enough wiggle room.

  • Most runners consider the price as very reasonable

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners emphasized how the soles of the shoe deteriorated way earlier than normal.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Lyte33 3 carves a very solid place in the lightweight trainer category. It has decent arch support, sufficient cushioning, and extraordinary comfort. This is also one of the most versatile shoes available as it can double as a race day shoe and as a training partner.



World wide, Gel Lyte33 3 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 447 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
11%
3 star
5%
2 star
4%
1 star
7%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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68 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 73
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    But for me, a shoe that is too responisve becomes uncomfortable, especially for the longer runs. If I'm running a 5K or a 10K, I could see where this might fit into my rotation… I just could not put long miles in this shoe comfortably.
  • 81
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    Its shape is closer to fitting the human foot than many shoes, it's flexible, has a nice upper and the cushioning is soft (where it's not digging in).
  • 80
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    So would I recommend the Asics Gel Lyte33? I would say yes, but try them on first and feel out the forefoot. If it feels good to you, then the shoe is a great option if you are looking for something with a soft feel, moderate drop, and a very roomy forefoot. 
  • 10
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    For now, I'd suggest avoiding version 3 and it's rated as "Not recommended."
  • 81
    Running CompetitorLevel 4 expert
    by Running Competitor
    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
  • 71
    Steve SpeirsLevel 3 expert
    by Run Bulldog Run
    I really wanted to love this shoe – partly due to the weight and flexibility, but mainly due to the roomy forefoot.
  • 90
    Runner's World South AfricaLevel 2 expert
    by Runner's World South Africa
    Light and airy with a decent amount of cushioning is a great combination for any runner looking for good feedback from the road; and especially in a tempo shoe for lightweight and efficient runners.
  • 80
    Weal FeetLevel 2 expert
    by Weal Feet
    Also, the lightweight nature makes this shoe more stable to suit your flat feet.
  • 84
    Rachel DickmanLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World South Africa
    The best part of this shoe is its simplicity, which allows it to be used as both an up-tempo workout shoe and a regular easy-run shoe. It is very light and airy with a decent amount of cushioning.
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  • Alysia Montaño Foot Locker
    I love the Gel Lyte33 3s because they're extremely lightweight and they're great for speed training and mixing up my runs.
  • Taro Running Warehouse
    The Gel Lyte33 version 3 offers a low profile and lightweight ride for those looking for a natural running experience.
  • Brett Shop Zappos
    This is a remarkably athletic shoe, extremely flexible in construction.
  • April Shop Zappos
    This shoe's made perfectly for the neutral to under-pronator that's looking for a lightweight shoe that won't weigh them down.
  • Taro Running Warehouse
    Underneath, a dual layered Solyte midsole provides responsive and bouncy ride, while a FluidAxis flex pattern allows for a natural movement of the foot through the gait cycle.

Updates to Gel Lyte33 3

The 3rd version of the Asics Gel Lyte33 significantly lowers its weight from the previous Lyte33 2’s. It loses 2 ounces or 57 grams, so the running experience becomes significantly lighter and more efficient. The upper unit is soft, comfortable and agreeable to the skin. The mid-sole uses a cushioning system that’s one of the most lightweight on the market.

The upper unit of the Gel Lyte33 3 uses minimal materials that do not limit the natural movement of the foot. The breathable coverage is consistent and it secures the foot responsibly. A seamless construction has even been employed to get rid of irritation or discomfort.

The mid-sole unit ensures the runner of a fluid and efficient step through the gait cycle. The cushioning system is high in quality and it doesn’t lose structure easily. A unit in the heel adds shock absorption mechanics for an easier and less tasking heel strike. Natural movement is also encouraged through flex grooves.

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong and long-lasting material that’s been used for many shoes. It’s one of the most well-regarded layers of protection. It delivers durable shielding against surface abrasion and wear.

The F.A.S.T.™ Sole essentially reduces the weight of the outsole unit by focusing the durable rubber on critical areas of the sole unit where wear is most likely to happen.

Gel Lyte33 3 size and fit

The Asics Gel Lyte33 3 has a standard running shoe length. It uses the regular measurements to which men and women are accustomed. Its available width is medium, so it accommodates runners who have feet that are medium-sized. The low-profile design and semi-curved shape welcomes the natural shape of the runner’s foot for an amenable fit.

Outsole

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong and long-lasting material that’s been used for many shoes. It’s one of the most well-regarded layers of protection. It delivers durable shielding against surface abrasion and wear.

The F.A.S.T.™ Sole design limits the use of the rubber material on the external sole unit. It’s meant to reduce the overall weight of the shoe while also allowing the rubber to focus on areas that are most likely to be exposed to abrasion or damage.

Midsole

The Solyte® is a mid-sole foam that runs the entire length of the shoe. It is made from top-of-the-line materials, so it doesn’t break down easily. It gives the runner a durable and responsive platform on which to rest the foot.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based unit that’s placed in the heel of the Gel Lyte33 3. This material efficiently protects the foot from any discomfort that may be felt when landing the foot on the ground. It absorbs shock and dissipates it for a less tasking foot strike.

The F.A.S.T.™ Ride makes the Solyte® firmer. Doing this enhances its responsiveness, thus making the ride much more agreeable to the performance of the runner. Heel-to-toe transitions are much smoother.

The F.A.S.T.™ Drop employs a drop from heel to toe of 6mm. This drop factor encourages mid-foot-to-forefoot striking, thus encouraging faster transitions and faster running. It also lessens the overall weight of the shoe.

The Deep Flex Grooves give the runner more freedom of movement as it allows the platform to move in accordance with the foot. The forefoot flex becomes easier and more agreeable.

The FluidAxis® mid-sole technology uses flex grooves that have been placed correctly in an anatomical manner. Aligned to the joints of the foot, these grooves allow the shoe to respond to each specific movement made by the foot, thus making sure that cushioning and underfoot support is afforded at all times.

Upper

Open mesh is the primary material used in the upper unit of the Asics Gel Lyte33 3. It’s smooth, soft and very responsive. It acclimates well to the motions of the foot while also maintaining a cool and dry interior environment.

The F.A.S.T.™ Heel is a design that hugs the rear of the foot well to provide security and responsible lockdown. Low-weight materials were used for this, so it doesn’t sacrifice the lightweight nature of this running shoe.

The upper unit has a Seamless Construction. From the external fabrics to the inner sleeve, the materials are able to welcome the foot without getting it irritated from seams or contact points that may cause blistering or welting. It has a sock-like fit, so sockless wearing is quite approved for this shoe.

The Standard Sock Liner is placed just above the main mid-sole unit. It adds a bit more cushioning, so that the underfoot platform is much more comfortable and well-supported.


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