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If you are serious about speed, then look to the Japan Lite-ning 3. The supple upper hugs the foot and the versatile 6-spike platform balances power and flexibility. Whether you are a power sprinter or long sprinter, the Japan Lite-ning delivers superior performance. Inlcudes twelve 8mm compression-tiered spikes and a spike wrench.

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Weight: 4.9 oz (size 9)

Sizing is based on the men's scale. Since this shoe runs large, Women should subtract 2 sizes from their women's shoe size. Example Women's 8.5 equals size 6.5 for this shoe.

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: For snug sprint fit, purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Narrow
  • Mid-foot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: November 2009
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Japan Lite-ning 2


Japan Lite-ning 3 is the elite sprint spike from Asics engineered for distances up to 400m on rubber tracks. An all synthetic leather upper creates a snug, performance oriented fit and the full length Pebax plate is optimized for flexibility. This shoe has a curved shape.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.
  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional midsole technologies.
  • Synthetic Leather covers all of the upper and is perforated for a light, comfortable, and breathable fit.
  • Ecsaine3 Collar Lining encircles the collar and heel and is a soft suede-like material that gives the option to run sockless.
  • Slip Lasting involves wrapping and stitching the upper in a bootie-like shape before it is glued to the midsole to increase flexibility and decrease weight.
  • Pebax Plate is a full length polymer plate designed to minimize weight and maximize traction. Textured heel enhances grip on the track surface.
  • DuoSole integrates two materials in a manner designed to increase flexibility, decrease weight while maintaining traction and durability.
  • Contains 6 spike receptacles per shoe.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: They need to bring back Lite-ning 2. This spike looks amazing but the loose upper loses you stability that came with the previous model. I wouldn't recommend these to anyone. Japan Lite-ning 2 was the best model ever made from any company and it is a shame they changed so much and practically ruined the Japan Lite-ning series.
From: Roger, Pittsburgh, PA, USA