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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$80
Weight
Men: 10.2oz
Women: 8.9oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Fused overlays with stitched reinforcements allow the upper to wrap around the foot easily.
  • Many runners appreciated the durability of this running shoe.
  • The cushioning is soft and springy, which runners welcomed.
  • The moderate weight prevents runners from feeling as if the shoe is dragging them down.
  • Durable rubber shields the sole unit from wear and tear.
  • Breathable mesh makes the upper unit very comfortable on the skin.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The upper began to tear off for a few testers.
  • It runs a bit smaller than the usual.

Bottom line

The 3rd version of the Asics Gel Zaraca was engineered to move more naturally with the runner’s foot. It’s lightweight and flexible, so it won’t feel restrictive or limiting. It caters to the needs of neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 89 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
18%
3 star
4%
2 star
1%
1 star
2%

My Rating


Updates to Asics Gel Zaraca 3

  • The Asics Gel Zaraca 3 gives responsiveness, support and comfort to the runner. It’s a running shoe that’s made to move along with the foot, giving adequate amounts of cushioning to the wearer. Made from high quality materials, this shoe looks great and functions efficiently. Runners won’t discount its appealing looks, as well, because it comes in color schemes that are eye-catching.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that is breathable and comfortable. It covers the skin in a snug manner, but it won’t feel too tight. It moves along with the motions of the foot. Air easily comes inside the shoe and cools the interior. It essentially gives a relaxing interior environment for the foot. Fused overlays with a bit of stitching add security and snugness to the coverage.
  • The mid-sole utilizes a full-length foam material that is responsible for providing cushioning and support to the foot. The material doesn’t break down easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses. The rear of the shoe has a silicon-based gel that’s meant to shield the runner from impact shock.
  • The outsole features a rubber material that’s durable enough to withstand the potentially harmful effects of surface friction and continued use. It also gives reliable traction to the runner, always making sure to deliver surface control at all times. Flex grooves encourage natural movement to take place as they make the platform feel more flexible.

Asics Gel Zaraca 3 size and fit

The Asics Gel Zaraca 3 runs a bit small. It is recommended for runners to purchase half-a-size up in order to get a more relaxed fit. The available width is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe allows the natural curvature of the human foot to acclimate well to it.


Outsole

AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a high quality material that’s created to shield the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It doesn’t easily succumb to wear, as well, so it remains efficient for a long time. Traction is also a part of its service, giving surface control to the runner at all times.

Flex grooves are located in the forefoot area of this running shoe. They make the mid-sole more flexible. This design allows runners to move more naturally through the gait cycle, flexing and bending the front of their feet accordingly during toe-off, making it more efficient.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit of the Asics Gel Zaraca 3 uses a full-length EVA foam in order to keep the foot comfortable at all times. The foam unit itself doesn’t break down easily, and it is able to carry the weight of the runner without threatening to lose structural integrity.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a high quality technology that uses a silicon-based unit in the rear of the platform. It is responsible for absorbing impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.

The Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove that’s added to assist the runner with the gait. It enables a more efficient running style by guiding the foot liberally without being restrictive of natural movement.

The ComforDry Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning to the immediate underfoot section. It has an anti-moisture property, thus helping in keeping the interior as dry as possible.


Upper

The breathable mesh makes the upper unit as comfortable as possible. It allows air to circulate in and through the shoe, keeping the runner cool and dry at all times.

The overlay system features fused layers with stitched sections for added durability. They provide structural integrity and visual aesthetics to the shoe, but they primarily assist the fabrics in wrapping around the foot snugly and securely.

3M Reflectivity allows the shoe to be seen in low-light conditions. It’s a safety measure that lets runners be seen when they’re running at night.