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ASICS 33-FA | First Look

December 3rd, 2014

ASICS 33-FA Women’s Shoe Coral/Yellow/Mint

Available February 2015. MSRP $110.00

The ASICS 33-FA uses AmpliFoam to deliver a resilient, soft ride in a low weight, low offset package.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 25mm Heel, 21mm Forefoot, 4mm offset
  • Weight: 9.2 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 7.5 oz (Women’s Size 7.0)

Competing Shoes

  • HOKA ONE ONE Huaka – MSRP $150
  • New Balance 980 – MSRP $110
  • Saucony Zealot – MSRP $130

What does the 33 designation mean?

Embodied in the name of ASICS upcoming natural series, 33 refers to the number of joints found in the human foot. Inspired to create a low offset experience, ASICS infused natural running concepts into all three model designs being released in 2015. Current ASICS 33 models (The Excel33, Electro33, Super J33, Lyte 33 models) utilize ASICS Gel for shock absorption, FluidAxis geometry for smooth shoe function, a Natural33 Last for a rounded toebox shape, and varied heel-toe offsets of 6mm and 10mm.

With the 33-FA, ASICS plunges deeper into “natural running”, using a heel-toe offset of 4mm for a more level foot position. Additionally, the ASICS Gel insets have been replaced with AmpliFoam that runs the entire length of the midsole. AmpliFoam is a low density foam that provides consistent cushioning opposed to the spot cushioning of Gel, while delivering a soft ride that is unique in terms of being as resilient and durable as some firmer foams. The 33-FA follows suit of previous 33 models, by incorporating FluidAxis and the Natural33 Last.

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Asics Gel Blur33 2.0 – Our Take

April 24th, 2012

Asics Gel Blur33 2.0 Men's Running Shoe

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With a new upper designed to move more freely with your foot, the Asics Gel Blur33 2.0 furthers its mission of being flexible and nimble.
(View Men’s Gel Blur33 2.0 and Women’s Gel Blur33 2.0)

Big Updates

  • MONO-SOCK Upper: The upper is now constructed with a stretch mesh that holds the shoe on the foot with a slipper-like feel.
  • External Cage: Material surrounding the MONO-SOCK wraps the midfoot for a secure and comfortable fit.
  • Carryover Mid/Outsole: No changes were made to the looks or functionality of the Blur33’s platform.

Road Test

Less than a year after the original Blur33 was launched, the Blur33 2.0 hits the market with a redesigned upper. Just some new style and new colors, right? Not according to our testers, who found the change in the upper to create a shoe that feels very different from its predecessor.

No changes were made to the midsole, cushioning tech or outsole. That means you still get a responsive ride that’s on the firmer side for an Asics shoe. Heel strikers will continue to find a good amount of rear Gel cushioning to ease their landing, combined with a springy forefoot. Testers that prefer a midfoot strike found the platform to be firm overall with a nice amount of energy return at liftoff.

The new and noteworthy update is the upper. The Blur33 2.0’s stretch mesh upper fits very differently from the fit of the original shoe. Gone is the close, hug-your-foot feel. In its place, you get a more traditional fit and an upper material that stretches a bit so your foot can do its thing.

Testers found just the right amount of wiggle room up front, but had to do some work to get the lacing tightened up just right in the midfoot to feel secure without being scrunched in. What testers really wanted was a narrower heel or the ability to adjust the heel fit with an additional eyelet on the heel collar. But attention runners with a wide heel: this shoe should be on your list. The Blur33 2.0 is a solid choice for runners who want the benefit of Asics’ core technologies along with a more stripped-down feel compared to traditional running shoes.

Runners Say

“The only update is to the upper, but the transition feels smoother than I remember in the original Blur. I’d choose this over the Cumulus for a firmer ride.” – Daniel

“Up until the midfoot, this shoe fits me almost perfectly. But the laces were a little difficult for me to adjust and I had too much room in the heel.” – Matt

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