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7 reasons to buy

  • Asics made the upper more minimal in the Lyte33 3 to reduce its weight.
  • The relatively low stack height is one of Asics’s ways of promoting a natural running gait in the Lyte33 3.
  • 3M reflective materials make the shoe visible, even at night.
  • The Gel Lyte33 3 is the lightest in the series.
  • It is really flexible.
  • Several testers loved the fit as it is snug in the heel and midfoot, while the forefoot has enough wiggle room.
  • Most runners consider the price as very reasonable

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners emphasized how the soles of the shoe deteriorated way earlier than normal.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Lyte33 3 carves a very solid place in the lightweight trainer category. It has decent arch support, sufficient cushioning, and extraordinary comfort. This is also one of the most versatile shoes available as it can double as a race day shoe and as a training partner.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.8oz | Women: 5.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 17mm | Women: 16mm
Forefoot height: Men: 11mm | Women: 10mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $100
Colorways: Blue, Green, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple
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67 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 73 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    But for me, a shoe that is too responisve becomes uncomfortable, especially for the longer runs. If I'm running a 5K or a 10K, I could see where this might fit into my rotation… I just could not put long miles in this shoe comfortably.

  • 81 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    Its shape is closer to fitting the human foot than many shoes, it's flexible, has a nice upper and the cushioning is soft (where it's not digging in).

  • 80 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    So would I recommend the Asics Gel Lyte33? I would say yes, but try them on first and feel out the forefoot. If it feels good to you, then the shoe is a great option if you are looking for something with a soft feel, moderate drop, and a very roomy forefoot. 

  • 10 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    For now, I'd suggest avoiding version 3 and it's rated as "Not recommended."

  • 81 / 100 | Running Competitor | Level 4 expert

    For a light shoe with an uber-flexible midsole that feels so low to the ground, it packs a surprising amount of protection between your foot and the pavement

  • 71 / 100 | Run Bulldog Run | | Level 3 expert

    I really wanted to love this shoe – partly due to the weight and flexibility, but mainly due to the roomy forefoot.

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  • The 3rd version of the Asics Gel Lyte33 significantly lowers its weight from the previous Lyte33 2’s. It loses 2 ounces or 57 grams, so the running experience becomes significantly lighter and more efficient. The upper unit is soft, comfortable and agreeable to the skin. The mid-sole uses a cushioning system that’s one of the most lightweight on the market.
  • The upper unit of the Gel Lyte33 3 uses minimal materials that do not limit the natural movement of the foot. The breathable coverage is consistent and it secures the foot responsibly. A seamless construction has even been employed to get rid of irritation or discomfort.
  • The mid-sole unit of this Asics running shoe ensures the runner of a fluid and efficient step through the gait cycle. The cushioning system is high in quality and it doesn’t lose structure easily. A unit in the heel adds shock absorption mechanics for an easier and less tasking heel strike. Natural movement is also encouraged through flex grooves.
  • The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong and long-lasting material that’s been used for many shoes. It’s one of the most well-regarded layers of protection. It delivers durable shielding against surface abrasion and wear.
  • The F.A.S.T.™ Sole essentially reduces the weight of the outsole unit by focusing the durable rubber on critical areas of the sole unit where wear is most likely to happen.

The Asics Gel Lyte33 3 has a standard running shoe length. It uses the regular measurements to which men and women are accustomed. Its available width is medium, so it accommodates runners who have feet that are medium-sized. The low-profile design and semi-curved shape welcomes the natural shape of the runner’s foot for an amenable fit.

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong and long-lasting material that’s been used for many shoes. It’s one of the most well-regarded layers of protection. It delivers durable shielding against surface abrasion and wear.  This reliable outsole material is also featured in the popular Asics Patriot 10.

The F.A.S.T.™ Sole design limits the use of the rubber material on the external sole unit. It’s meant to reduce the overall weight of the shoe while also allowing the rubber to focus on areas that are most likely to be exposed to abrasion or damage.

The Solyte® is a mid-sole foam that runs the entire length of the shoe. It is made from top-of-the-line materials, so it doesn’t break down easily. It gives the runner a durable and responsive platform on which to rest the foot.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based unit that’s placed in the heel of the Gel Lyte33 3. This material efficiently protects the foot from any discomfort that may be felt when landing the foot on the ground. It absorbs shock and dissipates it for a less tasking foot strike.

The F.A.S.T.™ Ride makes the Solyte® firmer. Doing this enhances its responsiveness, thus making the ride much more agreeable to the performance of the runner. Heel-to-toe transitions are much smoother.

The F.A.S.T.™ Drop employs a drop from heel to toe of 6mm. This drop factor encourages mid-foot-to-forefoot striking, thus encouraging faster transitions and faster running. It also lessens the overall weight of the shoe.

The Deep Flex Grooves give the runner more freedom of movement as it allows the platform to move in accordance with the foot. The forefoot flex becomes easier and more agreeable.

The FluidAxis® mid-sole technology uses flex grooves that have been placed correctly in an anatomical manner. Aligned to the joints of the foot, these grooves allow the shoe to respond to each specific movement made by the foot, thus making sure that cushioning and underfoot support is afforded at all times.

Open mesh is the primary material used in the upper unit of the Asics Gel Lyte33 3. It’s smooth, soft and very responsive. It acclimates well to the motions of the foot while also maintaining a cool and dry interior environment.

The F.A.S.T.™ Heel is a design that hugs the rear of the foot well to provide security and responsible lockdown. Low-weight materials were used for this, so it doesn’t sacrifice the lightweight nature of this running shoe.

The upper unit has a Seamless Construction. From the external fabrics to the inner sleeve, the materials are able to welcome the foot without getting it irritated from seams or contact points that may cause blistering or welting. It has a sock-like fit, so sockless wearing is quite approved for this shoe.

The Standard Sock Liner is placed just above the main mid-sole unit. It adds a bit more cushioning, so that the underfoot platform is much more comfortable and well-supported.


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