Asics Gel Trounce 3

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Asics Gel Trounce 3 Review Facts

Asics is a Japanese company that has been making a variety of sports equipment since 1949 and has gained fame for creating quality running shoes. Starting with basketball shoe manufacturing, it wasn’t long until Asics grew its presence to include other Olympic sports. Now Asics makes a variety of running shoes for all different types of runners and are well regarded for their quality. Some consider their prices to be on the higher end, but it is easy to find their high quality shoes on sale as they are constantly updating their products to reflect the newest in running technology. The Asics Gel Trounce 3 uses the latest in support and cushioning technology to build a shoe that is ideal for runners who are new to the sport or need extra arch and stride support. It is an ideal shoe for a casual 5k trainer, a slow marathon distance or just an everyday, comfortable shoe.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Many stability features
  • Durable
  • Quality for a low price
  • Superior shock absorption
  • Breathable
Cons
  • Sizing runs small
  • Discomfort caused by tongue
  • Easily-worn down laces
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

This shoe has an outsole designed for hard road-like surfaces. The outsole is built with a combination of carbon and blown rubber. The carbon rubber is great for protecting high impact areas of the outsole and enhancing the durability of the shoe. The blown rubber provides additional traction by partially flexing around surfaces on impact and sticking to them. The blown rubber is also great for providing a little extra impact protection and it works well with the midsole material to provide a smooth, stable ride. The outsole pattern is specifically designed to follow the natural shape of the foot, giving runners the sufficient traction and encourages their natural stride. There aren’t many deep grooves in the outsole pattern, making for a shoe that is not as flexible as others on the market.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is primarily cushioned with Asics gel style cushioning in the rear and forefoot, making for a very comfortable ride. This is great for impact protection and long runs on hard surfaces. Besides the plush cushioning that the gel system provides, there is also dual density EVA cushion which provides additional support and stability for runners with flat feet. This shoe also includes a Trusstic system, which is a plastic bridge located under the arch. It provides additional strength and stability without the loss of flexibility. This plastic bridge also helps to control twisting of the foot during the stride, preventing knee injuries.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Asics has further improved the breathability of the upper with an open mesh weave which comprises the majority of the upper unit. There are also synthetic overlays that give the shoe structure and help to lock the foot in. These overlays combined with the lacing system, wrap around the foot for added comfort. This shoe features a traditional lacing system with laces that are a little thicker and sit flat along the top of the foot, ensuring there are no pressure points. These laces connect directly to the synthetic overlays around the midfoot, great for providing a secure feeling throughout the midfoot. The inner lining is made of plush material that is good for wicking away moisture, making for a great next to foot feeling. The shoe also features a plush tongue and collar, good for keeping debris out and further enhancing the fit, feeling and protection of this shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weighing in at just over 10.3oz for men and just under for women, Asics has managed to shave off a little weight since the Trounce 2, but this is still a moderately heavy shoe. This shoe was primarily designed as a support shoe and as such has some additional weight in some of the added stability features. This shoe is not designed as a racing shoe and is more suited to casual runners needing support. This makes it a great fit for casual runners or people just getting into running.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The open mesh upper is a great improvement on an already excellent shoe. It is highly breathable and designed with the synthetic overlays to let in as much air as possible while still giving the shoe a nice structured, secure fit. The inner lining of the shoe is made of nylon, which wicks away moisture and dries quickly, making it great for hot humid climates. Pair with thin socks to make the most of how breathable this shoe really is.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Asics had comfort in mind when they designed this shoe. There is gel cushioning in the rearfoot and forefoot, which is great for touch down and lift off. It’s also great for warding off impact related injuries and providing shock attenuation. The DuoMax support system is dual density EVA cushion that also supports the stride and promotes proper foot placement. The Trusstic system is under the arch and is great for minimizing twisting of the joints throughout the stride and preventing injury. Some testers did find the shoe to run a little smaller than expected, making it uncomfortable for runners with wide feet. However, Asics has removed some of the overlay material from the last revision to create a snugger fit around the midfoot and more room in the toe box, which is good for runners who like to splay their toes. Overall, if you get the right size for you, this is a comfortable shoe with lots of cushion and support features.
Style
Style

Style

The Asics Trounce 3 is built with stability in mind and because of this, it is has a very classic running shoe look. The higher heel cup and the lacing system come up to really hug around the foot making this shoe look a little bit big. One of the major revisions that they made from the previous version was the colors. Asics really updated the colors to make for more of a flashier, younger looking attractive shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Asics kept all of their great durable features from their last version of this shoe and incorporated into this update, although some runners have had issues with the laces breaking. This minor problem can be corrected by replacing the laces. The carbon rubber provides great durable traction and is especially abrasion resistant, making it great for hard paved surfaces. The midsole is also built with durability in mind, as the gel cushion, dual density EVA material and Trusstic system are built for durable support and strength in the midfoot. The synthetic overlays on the upper are placed throughout to enhance the durability of the shoe. The open mesh is also quite good at standing up to wear and tear and keeping debris out.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The most protective features of this shoe are the support and stability it offers. This is great for protecting runners from overuse injuries, which are the most common kind of injury for a recreational runner. This shoe is built for runners that have flat feet or need some extra support. The build is also good for discouraging runners from overpronating, a popular cause of injury. There is a lot of cushion throughout the midsole to provide shock attenuation, essential in protecting from injury and protecting the foot. The inner lining is soft and the upper is breathable, great for comfortably warding off blisters.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This is not a responsive shoe, as the gel cushioning allows the foot to gently sink in and absorb shock. This is a supportive, cushioned shoe great for many slow, comfortable, injury free miles. The midsole unit has a few different technologies that provide support and cushion the stride, making for a shoe that doesn’t have a lot of ground feel or responsiveness. This shoe is well suited as a long-distance trainer, the casual 5km or even a shoe for everyday, comfortable use.
Support
Support

Support

Asics classifies the Trounce 3 as a light support shoe, but there are lots of supportive and motion control features throughout the shoe, making it great for encouraging proper running form and preventing injuries for new runners. The DuoMax dual density EVA is strategically placed in the midsole to encourage proper running motion. The Trusstic system provides support and strength in the arch, great for people with flat feet. It also discourages you from making any twisting motions in the stride, which might harm the knees or other joints.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This is a road specific shoe and the many impact resistant features make it great for protection and traction on hard, paved surfaces. The carbon rubber outsole gives the shoe traction and durability while the blown rubber enhances impact protection and helps to grip these hard surfaces. This shoe is built for roads. sidewalks, or other paved, even surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

Originally retailing at 110 USD, this shoe is available on sale for just over 65 USD online. At 65 USD, this is a great price for this high quality of shoe. And, as it is one of the best shoes on the market for runners with flat feet, it is an especially good price for runners plagued with a foot shape that is not ideal for running and requires a specific style of shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The combination of carbon rubber and blown rubber on the outsole of this shoe make for good traction on hard, solid surfaces. The blown rubber flexes on impact and bends around hard surfaces lending the outsole a bit of a sticky feeling, which is great for a solid toe off and a nice ride. Asics has also improved the way the upper and lacing system really work together to wrap around the midfoot, providing a nice tight feeling that moves with the foot and provides additional traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This is a shoe that was built for stability and support, and as such it is not a flexible shoe. This shoe is more suited to people who are new to running or require a shoe to help support their stride and prevent injury. This shoe is for you if you are just looking for something to get you into the sport of running while preventing overuse and form related injuries.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This is classified as a light stability shoe and is built for runners requiring stability throughout their stride. It is great for promoting good form and getting through the miles injury free. It supports the foot from heel to toe and provides some torsion control, which is important for runners who tend to twist their knees.
Drop
Drop

Drop

There is a 10mm heel to toe offset in this shoe, a typical offset for a stability or motion control shoe. This amount of drop it is good for controlling the stride while encouraging runners to get from their heels onto their toes for a good toe off. It also allows for extra cushioning in the heel area which is the most prone to impact related injuries.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Trounce 3
Key Features of the Asics Gel Trounce 3

Key Features of the Asics Gel Trounce 3

• Shock absorbing
• Cushion and comfort
• Supportive Trussic System
• Durable outsole
• Upper supports stability and control
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

There haven’t many updates to the already successful Asics Trounce 2 design. The most noticeable update is the different type of mesh used in the upper. Asics has also removed some of the overlays in the upper to create a more form fitting shoe. My favorite update to this shoe, however, is the new colors that are really refreshing to this line. Overall, this is a great shoe for runners needing a little more stability in their shoe, or are new to the sport of running.