Asics Gel-Excel33 3 Review

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These running shoes provide flexibility and a satisfying amount of cushion at a relatively light weight. Welcome features include shock-absorbent gel in the heel and an anti-odor liner.

This neutral running shoe, designed for people with normal pronation and higher arches, commands positive attention in Asics Gel-Excel33 reviews. Compared with its predecessor, the Asics Gel-Excel33 3 (starting at $63, Amazon) features a snugger fit in the heel and midfoot and is an ounce lighter: 7.4 to 11 ounces, depending on gender and size. There's a 10-millimeter offset, or drop, from heel to forefoot. Deep flex grooves in the outsole allow the shoe to bend easily, providing a smooth toe-off.

User reviews on the Asics website and the retail site Road Runner Sports attest to the comfort of the shoe's gel cushioning technology and wide, roomy toe box. They also praise the flexibility, breathability, and comfort of the seamless upper. More than one reviewer describes the shoe as "springy" and ready to go out of the box. The FluidRide midsole is light, durable, and very responsive.

Overall the shoes are so comfortable, one reviewer says, that she wears them around the house like slippers. Anti-odor sock liners provide a snug feel. Two other reviewers swear by the Asics Gel-Excel33 3 for volleyball practice, training, and half marathons. An expert review from Runner's World lauds the shoe for being well-cushioned and flexible.

Gel technology, responsive cushioning, light weight, and overall comfort earn this shoe votes of confidence from experts and consumers. For a budget price, runners get the support required for a very comfortable run.

Raechel Conover

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