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Review overview

Performance 7.5
Design 7.5
Price 9

Summary

8 Excellent A great budget-friendly option trail runners. The upper and sole functioned relatively well, but paired with the crazy low price, it's a great option for budget-oriented runners!

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The Gel Contend 3 is a great budget-friendly trainer that provides moderate support for neutral pronators. It’s soft, durable, and cushioned for a smooth ride, but it does come at the cost of being slightly narrower and stiff than other shoes as well as having a bit of extra weight. All in all however, the price more than accounts for the slight drawbacks that the Gel Contend 3 have.

Asics Gel Contend 3 Performance

You won’t find anything revolutionary here like Nike’s Flyknit or Adidas’s Primeknit, but the synthetic mesh provides great breathability and will keep your feet from getting overheated just fine. That said, the overlays can potentially be a bit too snug of a fit for those with wider feet and cause cramping or jamming of toes. The heel comes with reflective material to help with night runs and it should be noted that reflective material is definitely a luxury finish that was surprising to find on such a budget-oriented shoe.

The sole, much like the upper, won’t be providing anything revolutionary in terms of cushioning or grip, but it does its job great. The outsole provides great traction for road surfaces and the gel inserts in the midsole provide cushioning throughout runs. There are a few flex grooves placed within the outsole so that adds to the flexibility of the shoe and results in a smoother transition during one’s running gait.

Asics Gel Contend 3 Design

The look and feel of these shoes isn’t going to be winning awards as they look about what you’d expect from a traditional runner in the budget area. There is a wide range of colours to choose from however which always a plus, but for the most part the synthetic mesh and stitched overlay combination works mainly towards function and not really towards any aesthetic reasons.

Asics Gel Contend 3 Price

At $65, this shoe is crazy affordable. You get a great road running shoe that can handle a variety of running routines and will last a long time due to durability improvements, all for only $65, ’nuff said. This is without a doubt a huge benefit and bump towards the Gel Contend 3’s score.

Shoe Info

  • Weight: Mens 10.5Oz and Womens 8.5Oz
  • Heel-to-Toe Offset: 10mm
  • Type: Neutral
  • Terrain: Road
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