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Asics Gel Lyte33 Sneak Peek

February 8th, 2012
Asics Gel Lyte33 Women's Running Shoes

Asics Gel Lyte33 Women's Running Shoes

Lightweight? Check. Flexible? Check. Streamlined upper? Check. A spiritual successor to the Gel Lyte series from the late 80s and early 90s, the Gel Lyte33 is the lightest shoe in the Asics33 collection and one of the company’s lightest shoes period.

While many of us here in the office and many of you out there in Runnerland have lamented the passing of the Sky Speed series, fans of the Sky Speed should give the Gel Lyte33 a hard look. It’s a lightweight trainer that comes in several ounces lighter than the Sky Speed, and we expect it to become a popular choice for speedwork and racing.

At its June 2012 launch, the Gel Lyte33 will be available in the three Men’s colors shown below, along with a Black/White model. Women’s colors on initial launch include the Yellow/Pink shown above and Black/White/Blue. MSRP on this model is $100.00.

What to Watch For

  • Uber Flexible: The picture says more than we can say in words. The Solyte mid/outsole is ready and willing to work with your foot.
  • Light Weight: Asics claims weights of 8.6 oz (Men’s 9) and 6.8 oz (Women’s 8). We measured three Men’s samples and they averaged 8.0 oz. Still, the shoe’s not quite as featherweight as the Brooks PureConnect or Saucony Kinvara, which are both close to an ounce lighter.
  • Lower Offset: According to Asics, this shoe was built on a platform with a 6mm heel-to-toe drop in order to reduce weight, not to encourage a midfoot strike. Still, the lower offset is welcome news for runners who are fans of the Saucony Kinvara, Brooks PureProject shoes and other elemental shoe models.
  • F.A.S.T. Technology: This too-cute-by-half acronym stands for Featherweight Asics Speed Technology. The Gel Lyte33 combines several technologies including the removal of the heel counter and the aforementioned lower offset.

Men’s Colors

Women’s Colors

Asics Gel Lyte33 Men's Running Shoes

Asics Gel Lyte33 Men's Running Shoes

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  • Hermosaboy

    What is the shoe shape for the Lyte33?

    Will it still be a semi-curved or are they going to switch that up?

  • Matt

    The shape is similar to that of the Neo33 and Blur33. We haven’t measured the angle yet but are pretty confident that the Lyte33 will fall into the semi-curved category.

  • David Weeks

    Any initial idea on the weights yet?

  • Matt

    Estimated weights are listed above in the post. We’ll post actual weights when the shoe arrives in June.

  • matt

    Any news on if the Asics Gel Lyte33 will be available in different widths?

  • Matt

    At least at the initial launch, the Lyte33 will be available only in Men’s D and Women’s B widths. We have not heard plans from Asics to produce any of the 33 Collection shoes in wide widths.

  • spaceshiptrip

    I typically wear a size 8 in Asics shoes (Kayano15, Racer8, GT2160) with the Racer8’s being the best fit. I must say, these feel like they’re a half size bigger. Though there’s plenty of room in the width department, there’s also a significant amount of space lengthwise. Not sure if I need to go 1/2 a size smaller (?!)

  • Matt

    We recommend sizing down a 1/2 size in the Gel Lyte33. Our experience is similar to yours – there’s a little too much room lengthwise in our standard running shoe size.

  • spaceshiptrip


    Thanks, Matt. I just exchanged my shoes for a 1/2 size smaller. The lengthwise fit of the Gel Lyte33 in M7.5 is exactly the same as the DS-Racer 8 size M8.0. The Lyte33 feels a little bit narrower but I believe that’s due to the upper (and should be fine after a break in run). The footbed of the 33 is actually wider than the Racer 8.
    Along with the other Asics shoes, I’ve run marathons in Kinvara 2’s. For me, the 33’s feel they are a better fit because they feel a bit wider than the K2’s. Not sure the 6mm heel/toe difference would affect as much (the K2’s have a 4mm difference) since I’ve been forefoot running since my first Kayano11’s. I will say it does feel higher than 6mm.

  • http://runandyrun.posterous.com Andy

    I’m currently racing in the hyperspeed. I typically run in widths but found the hyperspeed to fit sufficiently through the midfoot and forefoot. How similar/dissimilar is the fit between the hs5 and the lyte 33?

  • Matt

    The fit of the Lyte33 is pretty similar to the Hyper Speed. Both shoes fit close but not snug – the Lyte33 gives you a touch more toebox height, and the Hyper Speed feels just a bit more streamlined overall. Definitely take our advice on the Lyte33 and size down a 1/2 size.