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First impression: Gel-Excel 33’s

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Four and a half miles on city streets and sidewalks left me a favorable overall first impression of the Gel-Excel shoes, part of Asics’ new “33” series.

Construction is lightweight and not at all overbuilt with Asics’ Solyte midsoles the predominant feature with durable rubber outsole only in areas where the rubber meets the road.

There is a stiff plastic Asics “trusstic” reinforcement device visible in a horseshoe configuration from midsole to forefoot.

Uppers are well ventilated with high quality lacing and snug fit.

Asics’ gel is visible in the mid and heel and combined with the Solyte and what must be a memory foam type insole the first 1000 meters or so are a mixed experience. Very plush and grippy initially but at the same time seem to absorb a lot of forward momentum. They come into their own by mile 1 and are snappy but minimize excessive shock. These promote forefoot strike rather than heel, good. Notice excess insole heat being generated by mile 2 with moderate hills. Not terrible though. Ride remains comfortable in terms of absorbing shock throughout. Pace 7:45 min/mile for 4.5 miles. No foot, ankle, leg or back pain. Toe box plenty roomy. Next run will lace a bit tighter to see if insole friction is decreased.

These shoes would work well for anyone less than 185 pounds seeking lightweight daily training shoes that promote forefoot rather than heel strike.

UPDATE (@125 miles).  Excellent shoes.  Have broken in very nicely.  Strongly recommend.