DiscontinuedUpdate: Asics Gel Excite 6
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 9.9ozWomen: 7.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, X-WideWomen: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
- 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.