1.336 users: 4.5 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.9oz / Women 7.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • The comfort continues in the 3rd iteration of the Asics Excite because of the plush padding and soft inner lining.
  • It is very affordable.
  • The overlays do a very good job of keeping the foot secure through every stride.
  • Several runners liked the vertical and horizontal flex grooves for superb flexibility despite the substantial cushioning.
  • The wide and open mesh of the Asics Gel Excite creates maximum breathability.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There were many who wanted better durability in this shoe.
  • A few runners developed hot spots because of the stitching.

Bottom line

The Gel Excite 3 remains to be a serviceable option for low-mileage runs as it has excellent cushioning, great flexibility, and moderate arch support. Runners who are looking for a budget-friendly trainer that works reliably well should give this neutral running shoe a good look.

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  • In the 3rd version of the Gel Excite, Asics introduces a new mesh upper that has wider and bigger holes for maximum breathability. Asics also removed the side panels found in the previous version, so the entire running shoe is basically covered in the new and very breathable mesh. This quickly addresses prior issues of ventilation as runners can now run in a superbly well-ventilated shoe.
  • The support is enhanced in this new model as an overlay that stretches from the heel to the forefoot delivers structure and lockdown security.

The fit of the Excite 3 is standard for a trainer. With decent room in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot, most runners can comfortably stay in the shoe during training sessions. The overlays provide an excellent midfoot hold to keep this part comfortably snug. Asics offers medium as the available width of this shoe. The sizing is of regular length for options 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.

Just like the popular Asics Gel Contend 4, the Gel Excite 3's outsole has a substantial rubber that is covered by the AHAR+ rubber in the high-impact areas. Asics supplies flex grooves, both horizontally and vertically, to give the shoe excellent flexibility despite the plump cushioning.

In the heel is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System for tried and tested shock-absorbing quality. Providing the plush cushioning in this shoe and its recent version, the Gel Excite 4 is a large piece of EVA that covers the entire midsole. Like most full-length midsole foams, the placement of this EVA adds to the smooth and quick transition from the heel to the forefoot.

The new open mesh blankets almost the entire outsole. A really breathable ride is in the offing with the introduction of this mesh upper. There are several synthetic overlays that secure the foot from the heel to the forefoot. The step-in comfort starts with the soft fabric lining and the substantially-padded collar and tongue. A removable insole adds to the cushioning and wraparound fit.

Size and fit

True to size based on 3201 user votes
Small (10%)
True to size (87%)
Large (2%)
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Same sizing as Asics Gel Excite 6 Twist.

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Fit true to size, very comfortable, and cute.. - Amazon

How Gel Excite 3 compares

This shoe: 90
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This shoe: $70
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This shoe: 9.9oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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