ASICS Gel Pursue 3

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ASICS Gel Pursue 3Review Facts

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is a neutral running shoe, designed for a runner whose foot rolls very little.  With the addition of the ASICS High Abrasion Rubber and DuraSponge technology, the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 gives runners a running shoe that is meant to last.  The FluidRide two-layered construction featured in the midsole brings a welcomed combination of cushion and comfort to the runner’s foot while maintaining a shoe that feels light on your feet.  The breathability and antimicrobial features of the interior sockliner keeps the runner’s foot comfortable. Is the Gel Pursue 3 the next running shoe to be added to your arsenal? Keep reading to find out!

Pros
  • Segmented crash pad in the outsole
  • Two-layered midsole construction for added comfort and performance
  • Lightweight
  • Good ventilation in the upper
  • Independently placed eyelets in the upper
  • A stable midfoot base and guidance line that prevents the foot from overpronating.
  • Good bounce back
Cons
  • Low flexibility
  • Low rear foot and front foot stability
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features AHAR outsole technology in the heel and other areas known for consistent wear and tear. AHAR stands for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber and makes for a very durable running shoe. The rest of the outsole employs DuraSponge technology. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features a good segmented crash pad that prevents the runner’s foot from propelling forward upon heel strike.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Asics Gel Pursue 3 features Guidance Line Midsole technology, which helps the runner have a more efficient stride. The Guidance Trusstic System and the Guidance Line technologies work together to provide a strong midfoot structure, supporting the foot as the runner starts to get tired. The Asics Gel Pursue 3 also features a two-layered midsole construction called FluidRide. This two-layered construction delivers the perfect combination of cushion and comfort while keeping a lightweight and durable shoe. Runners experienced a bounce back. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 utilizes the SpEVA Lasting material, which provides the runner with a soft yet stable feel. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 focuses on the midfoot, providing runners with a stable base beneath the arch. This is perfect for runners who experience mid foot collapse or those who normally wear orthotics. The Asics Gel Pursue 3 includes Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel cushioning systems that improve shock absorption as the runner’s foot transitions through each stride. The energy produced during the runner’s stride is more evenly dispersed as it progresses through the gait cycle.

Runners found the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 to be a more responsive shoe with just enough cushioning for speed work and long training runs. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is a neutral version of the GT 2000 3. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features a stronger midsole and more responsive ride than the Gel-Cumulus and Gel-Nimbus, which are known for their cloud-like feel. Also, the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 rides lower to the ground than the Gel-Nimbus or the Gel-Kayano. In fact, it brings the runners foot 3 mm closer to the ground, allowing the runner to feel the road.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Asics Gel Pursue 3 features a ComforDRY Sockliner that wicks away moisture, provides cushion and inhibits the growth of bacteria. This sockliner keeps the runner’s foot cool, dry and healthy. Runners like the snug fit of the ASICS Gel Pursue 3. The mesh upper of the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 provides good air flow. The seamless construction of the upper minimizes foot irritation and the risk of blisters. The padded tongue and heel collar enhance the comfort of this shoe. The signature ASICS stitched overlays give the upper a good structure and hold the runner’s foot in place. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features Heel Clutching System technology. This firm plastic heel counter gives the runner better support and a better fit. The eyelets of the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 are independently placed, which allows for a more custom fit and increased comfort.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is a lightweight running shoe despite all of the cushioning it provides. The men’s shoe weighs 10.9 oz and the women’s shoe weighs 8.6 oz. Runners noticed that the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 produces a light and fast run.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The mesh upper and ComforDry Sockliner provide good ventilation during a run. This makes the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 comfortable to wear during hotter weather. The antimicrobial feature of the sockliner keeps the runner's foot healthier and the interior of the shoe cleaner. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 can even be worn sockless.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Many runners observed a smooth transition through their stride. This makes the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 ideal for everyday running. The breathability of the mesh upper and antimicrobial qualities of the ComforDRY interior keeps the runner’s foot comfortable during a long run. Some reviewers commented on the shoe’s sock-like feel. The unified upper construction keeps the foot comfortable with less irritation. Runners found the cushioned heel collar and padded tongue to be a nice feature of the ASICS Gel Pursue 3. The discrete eyelets of the upper allow the runner to adjust the tightness of the shoe, customizing the comfort level to the runner’s preference while still allowing for natural movement of the foot. The classic ASICS’ Gel and FluidRide technologies used in the midsole provide the runner with soft vibrations during each stride.
Style
Style

Style

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is available in different widths. The men’s shoe is available in normal, wide and extra wide widths while the women’s is available in normal and wide widths. The men’s ASICS Gel Pursue 3 comes in blue/green and carbon/black/hot orange. The women’s version comes in aqua/yellow and blue/pink. While the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 fits as expected, it is most comfortable for runners with narrow to medium feet.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The DuraSponge technology improves the durability of the outsole. This blown rubber compound is strong and resilient. Reviewers found the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 to be an effective training shoe for half-marathoners and marathoners. The gel cushioning in the midsole holds up well during runs and is said to mold to the runner's foot with each run.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features 3M reflective materials to improve visibility in low-light running conditions. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 employs a firm plastic heel counter and independently placed eyelets for a snugger fit that keeps the runner’s foot from slipping inside the shoe. The antimicrobial ComforDry Sockliner keeps the bacterial growth at a minimum. The breathability of this interior sockliner as well as the padded tongue help prevent foot irritation.
Support
Support

Support

The exoskeletal heel counter holds the runner’s foot securely in place and provides good ankle support. The separated eyelets guarantee a secure fit, holding the runner’s foot in place. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 offers a stable base beneath the arch with lower support in the forefoot and rearfoot of the shoe. Reviewers found the forefoot and rearfoot stability to be low.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is perfect for running on the road, track and treadmill. This shoe is great for daily running. Reviewers also commented that the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 responds well on non-technical trails.
Price
Price

Price

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is on the low-end of the price range when it comes to a neutral running shoe. There are many important features added to the midsole of the ASICS Gel Pursue 3, but the price does not reflect this. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 gives runners that long-lasting durability and support they look for in a running shoe, but at a more affordable price. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 is a perfect every day trainer.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The AHAR outsole technology used in the forefoot of the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 improves the traction of the shoe. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features a lower ride, allowing runners to feel the road. The segmented crash pad on the outsole provides good grip.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 has a stiff forefoot. According to the Runner’s World Shoe Lab, the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 earned a percentile ranking of 96% in the category of stiffness. This means the ASICS Gel Pursue 3 highly resists bending during toe-off. Despite this low flexibility, the rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems make this shoe comfortable to run day after day.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features a stable midfoot base, low rearfoot stability and mild forefoot stability. The breathable mesh upper consists of a synthetic leather overlay that gives good structure to the ASICS Gel Pursue 3. This synthetic leather overlay can be adjusted to the size of the runner's foot and keeps the foot well-secured. The firm plastic heel counter gives more stability to the rearfoot. Some reviewers found this heel counter to give a more firm rearfoot while others liked the added ankle support it provided.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 features a higher heel-to-toe drop of 10 mm. The stable base featured in the midsole prevents the runner's foot from overpronation. This is especially welcomed when the runner starts to get tired towards the end of a longer run or endurance race.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• ASICS High Abrasion Rubber for a durable outsole.
• Guidance Trusstic System and Guidance Line technologies for smooth transitions and midsole comfort.
• Gel and FluidRide cushioning systems for added comfort during long runs.
• A firm plastic heel counter for increased ankle support.
• A breathable mesh overlay with independently placed eyelets for a customizable fit.
• A stable midfoot base for better arch support.
• A breathable and antimicrobial ComforDry Sockliner.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 delivers the runner with several new features in the midsole of the shoe. The Guidance Trusstic System, Guidance Line technology, Gel and FluidRide cushioning systems, and stable midfoot base increase the support of this shoe and work with the runner’s foot to guarantee a comfortable yet light ride. The ASICS Gel Pursue 3 incorporates an exoskeletal heel counter and customizable lacing system that keeps the runner’s foot secure and stable while logging long miles on the road.