Asics Gel Excel 33

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine
Gel Excel 33

Gel Excel 33    Photo: Courtesy of Asics

BEST FOR: A smooth, neutral ride. THE TEST: Even after we ran in light (and ultralight) shoes, the moderately cushioned Gel Excel 33 never felt clunky. It was forgiving on pancake-flat bike paths and lively on steep, rolling roads—a go-to choice for both recovery days and Sunday-morning runs of 12 miles and longer. Asics says the Gel Excel 33—named for the 33 joints in the foot—enhances natural movement by collecting and releasing tension like the body’s natural connective tissue. Still, it doesn’t feel quite as natural as some other shoes in this test, like Nike’s Free 3.0 and Merrell’s Road Glove. THE VERDICT: One of the more traditional shoes this year, and a favorite. 10.6 oz; 10 mm drop

SPEED: 3.5

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