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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    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.

    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $70
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.9oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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 a 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 shoe a good look.

Rankings

Updates to Asics Gel Excite 3

  • 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 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.

Asics Gel Excite 3 size and fit

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.


Outsole

The 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.


Midsole

In the heel is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System for tried and tested shock-absorbing quality. Providing the plush cushioning 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.


Upper

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.