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Offering plenty of bounce without adding a lot of weight, the Asics Gel Excel33 is a protective shoe featuring moderate cushioning and a soft ride.

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Rise above the rest with the Asics Gel-Excel33. Inspired by the 33-joint design of the human foot, this shoe follows the natural flex of your foot to provide ultimate comfort and improved performance. The well-cushioned midsole absorbs impact while allowing your foot to move naturally and unhindered through the gait cycle. Slip on these shoes experience the rush of the Gel-Excel33.

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Weight: 10.8 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (28mm), Forefoot (18mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Curved

 

INTRODUCTION

The Excel33 is a moderate featured, moderate neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage.

CUSHIONING

  • Rearfoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.
  • Forefoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.

MIDSOLE

  • Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove in the forefoot for improved gait efficiency.
  • Impact Guidance System (IGS) design creates a smooth and balanced heel-to-toe transition.
  • Solyte is an ultra light, top-of-the-line midsole that delivers durable and responsive cushioning.
  • SpEVA is a full length midsole material for increased energy return.
  • Propulsion Trusstic System utilizes a thermal plastic unit that connects the lateral heel to the medial forefoot. This unit works to release stored energy and propel you forward during toe-off.

UPPER

  • Open mesh on the upper provides breathable coverage.
  • Personal Heel Fit (PHF) uses a two layer memory foam lining in the heel collar to provide a individualized fit.
  • ComforDry Sockliner is made with anti-bacterial material to reduce odor and moisture and provide additional cushioning.
  • Heel Clutching System uses an exoskeletal structure that wraps the heel for a secure fit.

OUTSOLE

  • Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the heel is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.
  • DuraSponge in the forefoot is made from a blown AHAR compound, for responsive cushioning and flexibility.

 

Comments: I have owned several brands of running shoes (Nike, New Balance, Reebok and so forth) and I have been stuck with Asics for a long time.  I was a heel striker (used motion control and structured support models) and I evolved to the mid-foot strike seen on Kenyan marathon runners. I don't believe in this minimalistic hype where people tend to run with almost no protection. Do respect their ways though. I believe that our feet are not made for pavement and I was searching for a cushioned and flexible shoe that can mimic the motion of my feet. I gave the Excels a shot one size larger (I have a bunion and these tend to be narrow) and bingo!!! I am a pronator but, with the running technique I use, I don't need any support gadgets.  I took them out of the box for a 12KM run and I felt that I was running on nano-pillows (my pace was a bit faster too). I saw in another review that they said that the outsoles are not durable. If you are a heel striker and tend to push yourself forward, they won't last but, I barely touch the ground, using the force of gravity to keep me going forward. After that run, there was 0% of wear in the outsole! The heel zone was like new but just dirty.  For mid-slightly forefoot runners, this is a great choice and, they are not as expensive as others. I have the more expensive Cirrus 33 and the Excels beat them by far. The Cirrus are over-cushioned and heavy (too much soft cushion slows you). The Excels have a plastic insert that they call propulsion thrustic.  This device makes the shoe a bit stiffer and it does mirror the foot better.  These are simple, with just the right cushioning and flexibility, long lasting for those with a good gait cycle and definitely good looking! Anyone who buys these won't be disappointed, especially those who know how a long distance runner strides to glory.
From: Cesar, Round Rock, TX, USA

Comments: I have plantar fasciitis. These shoes have allowed me to get back to the mileage I was hitting before it hit me. The cushioning is incredible, even overwhelming at first. It didn't take long to adapt. The shoes are very flexible, even with that plate in the middle...which I believe has been the secret to me being able to continue running through the pain. The fit at the ankle is pretty good but I still prefer "heel lock" lacing. With that said, Asics really needs to provide longer laces when they put a "heel lock" eyelet on their shoes. Don't give me the holes to use when I can barely get the laces tied, without using forceps, if I do use those holes properly. Overall, I am VERY happy with this purchase...especially since I got them at the Liquidation pricing.
From: Joe, Newport Beach, CA, USA

Comments: used to run in asics then to Nike and Brooks.....have not found much I love about the neo or excel for my medium arch 190lbs frame....the excel33 is very cushioned but the heel counter is not solid enough for me and this shoe flexes too much for me.....I am using  asics sky speed 2 and Nike Vomero....The excel 33 could be fast flex shoe with nice coushy feel for higher arch lighter runners....I will stay with Nike Vomero or zoom elite 5 for my needs....with a asics sky speed 2 thrown in for fun and fast turnover rate....would love to see asics hit some homeruns with 33 line but not yet for my needs....
From: Barry S, North Highlands Cali usa

Comments: While this shoe isn't perfect, it comes as close as any that I am likely to ever own! It could have a higher toebox, a slightly lower drop (like 6mm maybe), and definetely a more durable outer compound on the toe-off area. That said, I love these shoes. The cushioning and overall fit are both outstanding. For the foreseeable future, I wouldn't think of running in anything else.
From: Geary, Orange County, Calif.

Comments: I alternate between 4 different pairs of ASICS and these feel like I have to pillows wrapped around my feet. They are becoming my go to pair.
From: Jim, Seattle, Wa USA

Comments: Like running on a cloud!  Some may not like the significant heel drop but I was recovering from an Achilles injury, so it was perfect.  Fits true to size and surprisingly light for a high milage cushioned training shoe.  In fact, at 10oz for a size 9, this would have been considered a lightweight trainer just a few years ago.
From: David, Ashburn, VA, USA

Comments: Asics has turned me back on to their shoes with this one. Over the past several years they've over designed and dumbed down most of their shoes that I've liked by making them heavy, unresponsive, boats. The Excel33 reminds me a lot of the Nimbus VI, which was a light, flexible, responsive yet still well cushioned shoe. After trying on the Neo33 and Blur33 I'm not optimistic Asics is fully back on track, but this shoe is a winner.
From: Sky, HVL, CA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

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

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

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