Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Most of the runners were satisfied by how comfortable the Gel Evate 3 is.
  • Many liked the colors and style of the 3rd version of the Asics Gel Evate.
  • This shoe features a removable sockliner that offers performance cushioning while keeping the foot dry and cool.
  • Some were impressed by the shoe’s forefoot and rearfoot cushioning that helps runners experience a smoother transition while running on different surfaces.
  • The Asics Gel Evate 3 features an improved upper for more comfortable and breathable ride.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is expensive for some runners.
  • Some felt that this shoe is a bit heavy.
  • Size runs small and too tight for some, based on reviews.

Bottom line

Underpronators and neutral pronators who are looking for a shoe that offers plenty of cushioning will never get disappointed with the Asics Gel Evate 3. This version offers an enhanced upper, luxurious cushioning and comfortable construction for a happier mile-after-mile running.

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Good to know

  • The 3rd version of the Asics Gel Evate is a road running shoe that’s made for neutral runners, as well as those who need additional support for their arches and stance. It provides ample cushioning, so that the foot stays comfortable throughout every running activity.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe uses breathable materials. An open construction to the mesh encourages air to enter the shoe and make the interior well-ventilated. Stitched-on overlays help in wrapping the foot snugly. A smooth interior sleeve reduces skin irritation.
  • High quality cushioning is the hallmark of the features that are present in the Gel Evate 3. Enhanced cushioning is given by the FluidRide® technology, while the Gel Cushioning System handles the impact shock. A more robust foam and a curved mid-foot shape helps in supporting the arch, essentially stabilizing the foot.
  • The outsole unit it definitely robust for this Asics running shoe. It really does its job well, as it protects the rest of the platform from wear and abrasion. Two rubber systems that have different functions cover this layer, but they’re protective and efficient in giving traction over the roads.

The Asics Gel Evate 3 has a standard running shoe length. The men and women’s versions follow the regular measurements when it comes to length. It is also true to width, which is medium. It can accommodate the runner with a medium-sized foot. Its semi-curved shape allows the natural curvature of the foot to acclimate well to it.

Just like the popular Asics Cumulus 20's outsole, the Evate 3 uses the AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber.  It is one of the outsole rubber technologies used for the Gel Evate 3. It’s made from high-quality carbon rubber. It shields the sole unit from wear and tear, thus preserving the integrity of the midsole structure.

The DuraSponge® is made from a blown version of the AHAR®. In addition to its protective purpose, it also adds a bit more cushioning to the forefoot section, especially during the toe-off phase. It’s also flexible, so it doesn’t restrict the natural movement of the foot.

The FluidRide® gives the runner springiness to each step. It’s a mid-sole material that is soft and comfortable for the underside of the foot. Cushioning is at a high level with this full-length foam, so the runner stays well-supported at all times.
The Gel® Cushioning System is a gel-like unit that’s separately placed in the heel and forefoot sections of this running shoe. It dissipates shock during the impact and makes each step easier and more comfortable.

The Guidance Trusstic System uses the Guidance Line® construction to assist the runner through the gait cycle. It also maintains the structural integrity of the mid-foot section, so the arch support systems remain efficient.

The Plus 3mm® Midsole Technology adds 3mm to the height of the women’s version of this shoe. It is a system that gets rid of Achilles tension.

The upper unit uses a breathable mesh that has discrete holes to encourage the easy-entry of air. The material itself is pliable and agreeable to the skin, so keeps the foot supported and well-covered at all times.

The synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper unit of the Asics Gel Evate 3. They maintain the structural integrity and the shape of the upper, and they give some aesthetic value to the shoe. But primarily, they give a customizable fit because they cause the mesh to react to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces.

A soft inner lining gives the runner a smooth and comfortable feel when wearing this running shoe. It reduces skin irritation, so it can be worn even without socks.

The ComforDry™ Sock Liner adds a bit more underfoot cushioning, which is helpful for under-pronators and over-pronators. Its moisture managing capability prevents odor, thus keeping the interior clean and healthy.


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