“The original GEL-LYTE SPEED, the successor of the GEL-LYTE III, was the next chapter in the growing catalogue of GEL success stories. The GEL-LYTE SPEED was developed in 1989, in Japan and was introduced into the US and Europe in 1991. The introduction was in response to the growing need in the US for a new type of running shoe. The running population there was not only becoming larger but also more diverse. It became apparent that more experienced runners required a lighter shoe than the flagship GEL-LYTE III model. To reduce weight, ASICS decided to strip down the GEL –LYTE III, removing certain technologies while other, more crucial features were retained.
Technologies that were kept included the split tongue and of course the unique ASICS cushioning system, GEL. The split-tongue technology was developed in a time when the design trend was all focussed on fitting systems. The split-tongue prevented the tongue from moving too far inside the shoe and offered the runner a better fit, positioning and comfort.” Via Endorsed.
Look out for a release in the coming weeks. Detailed images of all three new Asics Gel Lyte Speeds follow after the jump.