GORE-TEX Gives this ASICS GEL-Lyte III Some GritRelease: 6 November 2020
ASICS are no stranger to hydrophobic outfitters GORE-TEX, whose waterproof yet breathable performance membranes have upgraded many Tiger-Striped sneakers over the years. Despite this long-standing relationship, it’s somewhat surprising that it’s taken 30 years for GORE-TEX to line the iconic GEL-Lyte III.
The GL3 is among the definitive retro ASICS runners, and its proclivity for material and colour changes in the past 15 or so years has seen just about every concept under the sun. Alas, the GORE-TEX upgrade has it comfortably under rain clouds, and the thematic ballet ensues.
Any entity using GORE-TEX must meet stringent waterproofing standards, and ASICS oblige here with some key material swaps. The OG GL3 is known for its lightweight, breathable – and permeable – nylon and microfibre uppers, but this edition subs in sturdy suede and ripstop nylon inserts. These materials are likely treated with a coat of Durable Water Repellent (DWR) for extra water resistance, and that satisfying ‘bead off’ effect. While the namesake GORE-TEX lines the inside as a final barrier against the moist enemy.
A lot is definitely happening beneath the surface, and it’s relatively hidden with the almost all-black upper. However, it’s not an ASICS shoe without some bright colours somewhere, which come through in blue and pink on the outsole, eyelet accents, and woven flat laces.
The ASICS GEL-Lyte III GORE-TEX is available now from Hanon and selected boutiques.