We had some fun with the Asics Gel Neo33 (see the Men’s Neo33 and Women’s Neo33), for starters because of its name. It’s certainly not a bad name – it just reminds us of one of our favorite movie characters from a certain blockbuster Hollywood franchise. And as much as we tried, we couldn’t resist comparing the Asics Neo to the character Neo from the Matrix trilogy.
So if you and your friends are dying to know just how well this Asics shoe stacks up against a gun-toting, world-saving archetypal hero, here’s the head-to-head comparo:
Outside the Matrix and in the “real” world, the Asics Neo remains a competitor. The shoe offers a snug fit that is unlike most other Asics models. The fit is a boon for runners who like to feel a close connection to their shoes, with that secure, strapped-in dynamic. And the shoe also feels light – much lighter than its 11.5 oz weight (Men’s size 9) would suggest. All testers reported liking the smooth heel-to-toe transition. Unlike the Blur 33, the Neo has a forefoot gel cushioning unit, though this unit is much less pronounced than the one in the Excel 33.
As a running specialty company, we may be a little biased in favor of the Asics Neo. But still, it’s the clear winner in the head-to-head comparison. It’s a good choice for a slightly overpronating runner looking for a responsive shoe that still offers some core Asics technologies, including Gel cushioning, a Solyte and SpEVA midsole, and Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the outsole.