Who should buy the Asics GlideRide 3

Treat yourself today with the third version of the Asics GlideRide if you want a: 

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for chart-topping breathability, the Asics Gel Cumulus 22 is a better option than the Asics GlideRide 3. Alternatively, the Saucony Endorphin Shift 2 also comes highly recommended, especially for summer runs. 

Looking for a shoe that can do more? The Asics Novablast 2 is a legit workhorse that will let you pick up the pace easily when it's not your easy-run day. AND it is more breathable than the GlideRide 3!

Asics GlideRide 3 vs. 2

"A vast improvement," and "big difference" are some of the remarks left by expert reviewers with regards to the updates implemented in the Asics GlideRide 3. The changes? 

  • Lighter weight, going from 325 grams/11.5 ounces in US men's 9 to 266 grams/9.4 ounces
  • Livelier and softer ride, thanks to the new Flyte Foam Blast+ midsole 
  • A more flexible outsole
  • Plusher upper to nail that luxury comfort

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Smooth like butter

The GlideRide 3 from Asics has "a pretty severe" rocker geometry as one tester puts it; it offers a "forward tipping" sensation that helps you roll forward seamlessly and without much effort.

Almost every reviewer is stoked about this feature; one of them says, "you can't beat the rocker system" because by far, it's the shoe's "big kicker."

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Ride: Filed under fun

The "MIDSOLE RIDE is BEAUTIFUL NOW!!" exclaimed one video reviewer. Comparing it to version 2 of the GlideRide series, the GlideRide 3 is indeed a much-improved edition, having a bouncier, more energetic foam. And if there's one comment that sums up the whole experience, it's "very very very enjoyable." 

Two more runners, on the one hand, mention that the ride is "really neat" and "very polished;" they don't see any major weaknesses in the shoe. 

The Asics GlideRide 3 is a mile eater! 

The GlideRide version 3 is "not ridiculously soft," described one road runner but it delivers max-level of comfort. So much so that you can really log in the miles with this shoe. 

With its cushy ride, it's among runners' top choices for long-distance runs, and it's also their "strict slow run trainer."

Fact check

Although "not ridiculously soft," we can still confirm that the GlideRide 3 is among the softest shoes not only from Asics but across other brands too.

Disclaimer: We took 5 measurements before making a final statement. The photo shows one of them.

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However, when exposed to cold temperatures, the foam does firm up significantly. It gets 53.6% denser, while most running shoes only get around 23.1% firmer.

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Foot strain is at arm's length 

In the Asics GlideRide 3, there's "no harshness, no vibrations," shares one critic. The shoe's generous cushioning eats up all the impact during each foot strike. 

Fact check

We measured the stack height of the GlideRide 3 at 42.7 mm (including the insole). This is a solid amount of foam given that the average is 32.6 mm.

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Fact check

Meanshile, the heel-to-toe drop appears to be far from the brand's officially stated 5 mm. We measured it to be 11.1 mm! This is a typical drop for daily trainers.

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Underfoot cushioning is enhanced by the 5-mm insole. It is 0.5 mm thick than the average.

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Is this really a neutral shoe? 

Yes, it is. But "it almost feels like a stability shoe," expressed one expert runner. The midsole's bottom part is the firmer Flyte Foam Propel that creates a layer of support. On top of this, the midsole is slightly raised on the sides; it centers the foot.

Summarizing everything perfectly, a long-time runner has this to say, "bottom line: you feel confident." There's no need "to overthink your footstrike."

A GlideRide that actually bends

This shoe, being able to flex, was described as a "huge shock" by an Asics loyalist. Both the GlideRide 1 and GlideRide 2 were so stiff; it was practically impossible to bend them.

Fact check

It might be more flexible than its predecessors but it is still considerably stiffer than most running shoes: by 24%, to be exact. 

Disclaimer: The video shows one out of five measurements that we took in this flexibility test.

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Torsional and longtitudal flexibility of the GlideRide 2 is also on the stiffer end of things. In our subjective assessment, we gave the shoe 4 out of 5 on both (5 is the stiffest).

An accommodating fit

When one expert said that it welcomes all foot shapes and sizes, he didn't lie. Those with narrow to medium-width feet agree that it fits true to size.

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Two out of two wide-footed runners also claim that the fit is "comfort-oriented" and the other saying, it "fits my feet fine." And the icing on the cake — it has plenty of room in the toe box.

Fact check

Measuring the forefoot width of the shoe, we cannot agree that it is among the wider ones on the market. With 95.8 mm at its widest part, it is slightly narrower than the average (98.2 mm). 

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Upper screams plush comfort

"Build quality: through the charts!" This is how one commenter reacts to the shoe's very padded upper. Even better, the ample padding also positively contributes to the shoe's secure lockdown, especially in the rearfoot area. 

Assessing the heel counter, we gave it 2 out of 5. It is more flexible and forgiving than the average. It is not the "Asics clutch" of a Kayano shoe but seems to do the job of keeping the heel in place just fine.

Runners report that, because of this, there's "zero lateral motion" in the shoe.

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Breathability needs improvement

The comments on the shoe's ventilation go from "not bad" to "runs very warm" with most of the feedback leaning towards it being hot. This is the price to pay for the soft and padded wrap you get from the GlideRide 3. This said, runners advise that it's better used in winter runs and cool climates.

Fact check

However, the shoe's upper performed rather well in our breathability tests. It lets the smoke pass through much easier compared to the Kayano 29 on the right.

You can also see how much light is shining through the upper fabric in the transparency test below.

The tongue makes a name for itself

It's semi-gusseted (meaning it's attached to the sides); it stays in place the entire run.

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Even better, it's padded enough to keep the laces from digging into the skin.

Fact check

The tongue beats records in terms of padding. It is 9 mm thick! The typical thickness for most running shoes is 5.8 mm.

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Reflective elements on the heel

Running in low-light conditions is not a problem with the Asics GlideRide 3. It features wide reflective stripes at the heel.

Expect nothing less from Asics AHAR outsole

It's not just your regular (tank-like) AHAR outsole. This is AHARPLUS, meaning durability has taken a step up, and almost everyone agrees with this.

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It's "gonna withstand many miles," one reviewer confidently remarks. Another says the rubber is going to last long "probably longer than the foam." 

With these comments, it's clear AF that the Asics GlideRide is heavy-duty. A tester even predicts it to last 600+ miles and further adds that he "could've gone 700 or even more" because it's really solid.

Fact check

The GlideRide 3 uses a solid, 3-mm thick layer of rubber on the outsole.

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Fact check

The rubber on this shoe also shows above-average density which is a contributing factor to the outsole longevity. It is 7.2% firmer.

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Quality lives up to the price

Daily trainers, on average, retail for only $119, making the Asics GlideRide 3 expensive at $150. However, runners find it a good deal at this price point, given its durability and build quality.

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A runner who's always been critical about shoe prices (especially daily running shoes) even says "I'm not sad at all that it's at $150." 

Complete lab-specs overview

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  Asics GlideRide 3 Average
Whole shoe
Weight (g) 254 271
Drop (mm) 11.1 8.6
Flexibility of the shoe (N) 40.3 30.7
Flexibility of the shoe (Freezer 20 min) (N) 55.8 42.4
Flexibility of the shoe (% of change) 38.3 41.1
Longitudinal flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 4 3.2
Torsional flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 4 3.3
Upper
Thickness - Tongue (mm) 9.0 5.8
Width Upper - Forefoot (mm) 95.8 98.2
Width Upper - Heel (mm) 75.2 75.4
Flexibility of the heel counter (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 2 2.8
Tongue: gusset type semi-gusseted -
Heel: pull tab none -
Midsole
Width Midsole - Forefoot (mm) 110.1 111.7
Width Midsole - Heel (mm) 88.7 88.6
Stack - Forefoot with insole (mm) 31.6 24.1
Stack - Heel with insole (mm) 42.7 32.6
Durometer Midsole Heel (Room temperature) (HA) 14.0 27.9
Durometer Midsole - Heel (Freezer 20 minutes) 21.5 42.4
Durometer Midsole - Heel (% of change) (TEST) 53.6% 41.1
Outsole
Outsole thickness (Heel) (mm) 3.4 3.6
Durometer Outsole Heel (Room temperature) (HC) 87.0 80.7
Insole
Insole Heel Thickness (mm) 5.0 4.5
Insole: removable yes -

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.4oz
Drop: Men 5mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 35mm
Heel height: Men 40mm
Collection: Asics Flyte Foam, Asics AHAR

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.