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Asics Gel Blur33 2.0 – Our Take

April 24th, 2012

Asics Gel Blur33 2.0 Men's Running Shoe

Our Tweet

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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Asics Gel Excel33 – Our Take

January 12th, 2012

Asics Gel Excel33

The 33 collection by Asics is fast expanding (the Instinct33 trail shoe comes out in less than a month), so as fast as Asics keeps servin’ ‘em up, we’re going to keep reviewin’ ‘em.

Our Tweet

Giving more bounce without much more ounce, Asics Gel Excel33 is in essence a Blur33 with more cushioning technology.
(View the Men’s Excel33 and Women’s Excel33.)

The Backstory

As a quick reminder, the 33 collection is all about lighter weight, flexible shoes that are durable enough for high-mileage training. The Excel33 slots in as a moderate-feature, cushiony shoe for the neutral runner.

Road Test

The Excel has one of the best heel-to-toe transitions we’ve experienced from the 33 line so far. We chalk that up to a nice balance of heel and forefoot Gel cushioning. If anything, the Gel cushioning may feel just a teeny bit too much in the forefoot, which gives you the impression of sitting more level than the 10mm drop would suggest.

Asics touts the ability to customize the fit of the Excel, with the heel clutching system and Personal Heel Fit (PHF) memory foam collar. Most of our testers felt that their heel wasn’t “clutched” enough, and if anything there was a bit too much room in the heel that could cause some unwanted lateral movement. However, the heel collar prevented slippage that would tend to cause Achilles rubbing over time.

The heel fit was in contrast to the fit of the rest of the shoe, which is a little more cozy than traditional Asics models and similar to that of the Gel Blur33. It’s certainly not a tight shoe, but plan on an upper that makes its presence felt, providing structure and keeping you fastened to the midsole.

Hey…Weight a Minute!

One thing we’ve noticed on both the Excel33 and Gel Neo33 shoes is that our weight measurements have come in somewhat heavier than those reported by Asics for both the Men’s and Women’s versions. Asics claims a 9.9 oz weight for the Men’s size 9, but we recorded a weight of 10.8 oz. On the Women’s side, Asics claims 7.9 oz for the Women’s size 7. We measured 8.6 oz. We hope the published weights for future 33 releases are closer to our actual measurements.

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Introducing Asics 33

December 29th, 2011

OK, so we kinda dropped the ball on announcing this one. Things have been a little hectic since the first Asics 33 shoe, the Gel Blur33, went up on our site in September. But now we’re going to do this line justice with a formal intro.

You’ve probably seen the ping-pong ball TV commercial (if not, check it out here) and might have noticed when we first posted the Blur33 for sale on our site. The 33 line is named after the 33 joints in the foot, the idea being that this shoe helps to create more natural movement from foot strike through toe-off.

But we have to stop you if you think Asics has gone minimal. Nope. The 33 line is all about responsive, performance-oriented footwear that puts a little more life in your stride. Expect more road feel, better bounce and a huggy fit, along with strategic use of the Asics cushioning you know and love.

The 33 collection currently comes in 3 flavors. The Gel Blur33 is ideal for a neutral runner who wants both cushion and a closer connection to the road during faster runs and races. For a daily trainer with a nice mix of rebound and plushness, the Gel Excel33 adds several features to the neutral platform, including forefoot gel cushioning and a Propulsion Trusstic System for improved toe-off efficiency. The Gel Neo33 adds a bit of pronation control and has a rare combination of being forgiving on impact while delivering a good feel for the road.

Asics Gel Excel33 Men's Shoes

Blur33 Fast Facts
(See all Men’s and Women’s Colors)

Pronation Control: Neutral
Weight: 10.3 oz (Men) / 8.8 oz (Women)
Heel-To-Toe: 10mm
Key Features: Solyte Midsole Material, Rearfoot GEL Cushioning, ComforDry Sockliner

Excel33 Fast Facts
(See all Men’s and Women’s Colors)

Pronation Control: Neutral
Weight: 10.8 oz (Men) / 9.0 oz (Women)
Heel-To-Toe: 10mm
Key Features: Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.), Solyte and SpEVA Midsole Materials, Propulsion Trusstic, Front and Rear GEL Cushioning

Asics Gel Neo33 Men's Shoes

Neo33 Fast Facts
(See all Men’s and Women’s Colors)

Pronation Control: Minimum Support
Weight: 11.5 oz (Men) / 10.0 oz (Women)
Heel-To-Toe: 9mm
Key Features: Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.), DuoMax Support System, Front and Rear GEL Cushioning

What’s Next
Need something to look forward to? More styles in the 33 collection are on the way around mid-year 2012. Stay tuned for sneak peeks of the Gel Lyte33 and Gel Blur33 2.0 – some lighter weight models we’re particularly excited about.

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