Summary

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6 reasons to buy

  • This shoe is very comfortable to wear as mentioned in some reviews.
  • It comes with a wider toe box that made some runners happy.
  • The Asics Gel Exalt 3 features the Duomax Support System that enhanced its stability and support.
  • It has rearfoot gel cushioning for a smooth transition.
  • The Gel Exalt 3 is durable, said some testers.
  • An affordable running shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Available in limited color options.
  • Some runners felt that this shoe lacks the technology needed for high mileage running.

Bottom line

Expect durability, cushioning and comfort with the Asics Gel Exalt 3. This shoe is best for road running but not reliable when it comes to long distance runs. The 3rd version is still durable, with enhanced stability and support. The shoe is ideal for those overpronators who are looking for an affordable yet reliable road companion.

Facts

Update: Asics Gel Exalt 4
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.7oz | Women: 8.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $90
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Silver
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
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  • Support, comfort, protection, and value are what the 3rd generation of the Asics Gel Exalt offers. It uses some of the most efficient technologies when it comes to stability running shoes. It even looks appealing with its sleek, modern design. Runners can be more confident when running in low-light conditions because of its reflective coating.
  • The upper unit durable and pliable fabrics to secure the foot. Air is constantly permitted inside the running shoe because of a breathable construction. A stitched-on overlay system hugs the foot and keeps it in place.
  • Having a foot-wrap that’s made from high-quality materials greatly increases comfort and the efficacy of a runner’s performance.
  • A set of tried-and-tested cushioning systems make up the mid-sole unit of the Gel Exalt 3. They give the runner a mix of underfoot support, stability and protection against impact. The platform itself is pliable, so it allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle without feeling limited.
  • The outsole unit uses a thick rubber material to protect the rest of the platform from damage or wear. It is durable and very capable of delivering traction over the roads. Flex grooves allow the foot to move more naturally, thus making it more responsive to the runner’s needs when it comes to flexibility.

The Asics Gel Exalt 3 is true to its size. It follows the regular measurements when it comes to shoe-length. It is available in a standard width, so runners with medium-sized feet can acclimate well to it when wearing it. Its semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.


Same as with the popular Asics GT 1000 7, the Gel Exalt 3 uses the AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber in its midsole.  The AHAR is a layer of protection that’s made from carbon rubber. Its durable nature allows it to protect the shoe from wear and tear. It also gives traction over the roads, so surface control is much more agreeable & responsive.

Deep flex grooves permit the platform to move in tandem with the runner’s own movements. It doesn’t restrict the foot from flexing, especially during the toe-off phase where it’s most efficient.


The SpEVa® which is also used in the shoe's latest version, the Asics Gel Exalt 4 is a full-length midsole foam that serves are the comfortable and plush part of the platform. It allows the foot to have some rebound properties, so each step becomes springier and more energized. It doesn’t break down easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses.

The DuoMax® Support System is a dual-density mid-sole material that’s placed in such a manner that it’s able to provide support & stability to the mid-foot. It reduces the rate of pronation of the foot, keeping it in a neutral position for a more comfortable and effective stride.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based component that’s placed in the rear section of the Asics Gel Exalt 3. It handles the impact shock when landing the foot on the ground, so it keeps the foot free from strain during heel strikes.

A Trusstic System® is a mid-foot foundation that maintains the structural integrity of the shoe. It also supports the arch, so the running gait remains smooth and efficient.


A breathable mesh material serves as the main upper covering unit of the Asics Gel Exalt 3. It’s constructed durably and openly, so ventilation is consistent while its structure is maintained, even after many uses.

Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the mesh material, so they stay intact and certain in delivering reliable security. Working with the lacing system, they cause the upper unit to follow the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces, making the fit more customizable.

The padded tongue and collar hold the foot in place from the entryway. They even prevent any accidental shoe removal while also keeping the foot comfortable and secure when wearing the Asics Gel Exalt 3.

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