I reviewed model 2 of the Asics Gel Lyte33 final yr and favored it rather a lot. It had a roomy match, softish sole, reasonable drop (6mm) and it labored rather well for simple and lengthy runs. As such, when supplied an opportunity to attempt model Three of the Gel Lyte33 I used to be joyful to take action.
(Disclosure: these footwear had been evaluation samples supplied freed from cost by Asics).
The Lyte33 v3 retains nearly every part I favored about v2, and manages to take action whereas dropping an oz or two in weight (my pair in measurement 10 weighs in at solely 7.4oz). The only real dimensions are the identical (23mm heel, 17mm forefoot), and the load loss comes from a combo of the brand new, extra minimally structured higher, what look like thinner outsole pods, and a change within the compound that composes the midsole (full Solyte moderately than a Solyte/SpEVA mix in model 3). It’s a stable shoe, however suffers from a flaw that I’ll element under.
Match and Higher
My first impression upon placing on the Gel Lyte33 v3 is that it felt even roomier than the earlier mannequin. The forefoot is downright spacious, and provides a ton of room for the toes to wiggle and unfold. I like the match.
The brand new higher is lighter and extra breathable, each additionally huge pluses. Asics has achieved away with the stitched-on overlays from v2 and changed them with welded overlays, and this makes for a a lot lighter and extra minimally structured higher. The shoe additionally has no plastic heel counter, so it’s one which I usually suggest to individuals who have insertional Achilles tendon ache (generally a tough heel counter can irritate this).
My solely concern with the brand new higher is that it’s made from the kind of artificial mesh that generally appears extra inclined to ripping on the forefoot flex factors. I haven’t had any points with my pair (a bit over 40 miles on them), nevertheless it’s one thing to remember.
Internally the shoe has a comfortable, snug lining and I’ve not had any points with abrasion or blistering.
The only real of the Lyte33 v3 is the place issues get a bit problematic for me. I need to love this shoe, and for probably the most half I’ve actually loved operating in them. I’ve achieved as much as 14 miles in a single run, and I actually like the quantity of cushion that this shoe supplies in a light-weight package deal. I’d classify it as a really comfortable shoe, in all probability softer than the Saucony Kinvara. Closest comparability may be one thing just like the Altra The One2 (when it comes to each match and really feel).
My downside is that the forefoot of this shoe feels lumpy. I can really feel a definite lump on each side proper behind my second toe. I initially thought that perhaps I simply received a faulty pair, however a number of weeks in the past I used to be at my native operating retailer and whereas chatting with one of many workers in regards to the Gel Lyte33 he talked about the identical factor (earlier than I had mentioned something about it). I’ve since requested others about this and a few say they do really feel the lumps, others don’t. I’m unsure if perhaps there was a foul batch or if some folks merely will not be delicate to the change in firmness in that area. It’s unusual to me that it’s current in the identical spot on each side.
For probably the most half the lumpy forefoot has not interfered with consolation on runs, and I wasn’t going to make an enormous deal out of it. However, final week I began feeling a little bit of an ache in my proper foot behind my second toe. It wasn’t till one other run within the Lytes that I seen that the only lump was straight under the achy spot. The earlier week I had achieved a number of runs within the footwear, together with a future. I’m not 100% positive that the Lytes had been the reason for my foot ache, nevertheless it was sufficient of a priority that I’ll doubtless not proceed to run in them. It’s a disgrace as a result of in all different respects it is a very nice shoe, and it’s a relative cut price at an MSRP of $90.
(Word: In a scenario like this I’ll usually have a look at opinions on Amazon and Zappos to see if others have complained about a problem that I seen. In equity to Asics I’ll say that not one of the Amazon opinions report points with a lumpy forefoot. However, I nonetheless have issues on condition that I do know of some individuals who independently seen it.)
One different factor to notice – one of many outsole pods below the outer forefoot is starting to delaminate on considered one of my footwear (see picture at left). Nothing a little bit of glue couldn’t handle, however does add to my suspicion that one thing may be off with the only of my pair.
So would I like to recommend the Asics Gel Lyte33 v3? I’d say sure, however attempt them on first and really feel out the forefoot. If it feels good to you, then the shoe is a good possibility if you’re in search of one thing with a comfortable really feel, reasonable drop, and a really roomy forefoot. If I had a pair that felt proper to me, I’d not hesitate to make use of them in a marathon. However the lumpy forefoot on my pair scares me a bit, so they may doubtless not see additional use.
The Asics Gel Lyte33 v3 is on the market for buy at Operating Warehouse (at the moment on sale), Zappos, and Amazon.com. Exterior the US they are often bought at Millet Sports activities.
How about you – have you ever tried the Asics Gel Lyte33 v3? Did you discover something odd in regards to the really feel of the forefoot?