ASICS Electro 33

The Electro33 is a new shoe, and one of three shoes in the 33 series that connects to ASICS mainline shoes, each designed to vary the stress of training by alternating with its partner shoe (in this case either the Gel-Kayano or GT-2000). The Electro33 is a performance shoe that veers a bit from previous ASICS approaches, and which results in a light shoe with efficient geometry, but is stable thanks to a firm layer of medial foam and its full contact sole. The upper is an engineered mesh that is very breathable with minimal structure, just a bit of welded support at the toes and a lattice of thin welded supports sandwiched into the rearfoot. The midsole is Solyte foam, notably lower in drop and with the efficiency associated from that flatter contact. The Fluid Axis decoupling in the rearfoot allows the foot more latitude in moving in its natural path, rather than overly limiting its motion. The outersole is minimal, with segmented rubber alternating with the toughened foam of the sole. All of this adds up to a light performance shoe that runners can use as a transition shoe to lower drops, but which can handle the daily training for many runners.

Testers: “Fit well with a nicely stable and cushioned ride. Comfortable shoe that did a great job on my faster runs, even for some of my longer runs, including a half marathon.”

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Price: $110

Sizes: Men 7-13, 14, 15; Women 5-12
Weight: 9.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.6 oz. (women’s size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, polyurethane Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild overpronation