ASICS GEL Volley Lyte

ASICS GEL Volley Lyte


The idea behind this new item was to pair a lightweight yet durable volleyball shoe with innovative design. The result is the lightest volleyball shoe ASICS has ever created. Using an upper construction never seen before in volleyball footwear, the GEL Volley Lyte features an exoskeletal upper design that provides exceptional medial and lateral support by securely wrapping the foot. Comfort was also an important factor, so rear and forefoot GEL cushioning make for a soft landing, and an open mesh upper allows for breathability.


What: GEL Volley Lyte®
Price: $85.00
Sizes: Men’s 6-13, 14, 15
Women’s 6-13
Weight: Men’s 11.0 oz (based on
size 11)
Women’s 9.0 oz (based on
size 8.5)
Colors: Red/White/Black
White/Black/Silver (shown)


Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL®
Cushioning System
Exoskeletal Upper design
Trusstic System
NC Rubber® Outsole
Open Mesh upper

Tester Feedback

Sean Scott
Professional beach volleyball player

Overall Look 4
Overall Feel 4
Overall Comfort 4
Overall Fit 4
Overall Performance 4

The Asics GEL Volley Lyte® is a great shoe. I wore it for over a week and a half, pretty much whenever I put on shoes. This included my everyday activities of taking my son for a walk, running errands around town, working out three times a week with my trainer in the gym, etc. As soon as I put the shoe on I noticed an immediate difference in the amount of support and cushioning over my previous athletic shoes. The shoe was a little uncomfortable around my ankles at first, but after wearing it for awhile I no longer have this problem. I think I just needed to break it in. If it wasn’t for this one drawback, I would have rated it higher. The biggest difference for me was in my workouts with my trainer. I do a lot of multi-plane movement activities and the GEL Volley Lyte® provided good support and cushioning in all directions, especially when landing from jumps.

Aubrey Everett
Managing Editor, Volleyball magazine

Overall Look 4
Overall Feel 4
Overall Comfort 3
Overall Fit 3
Overall Performance 4

The Asics GEL Volley Lyte® sneakers are a solid shoe for both in and outside of the gym. I received a pair of size 7’s that fit my foot comfortably, but were a bit snug around the ankle. I usually prefer to utilize the uppermost shoelace holes, but found I was unable to do that with this pair. Once I wore them for one week, then two, they started to feel like a second skin. I would keep them on even after entering my house and not even notice, because they were so comfortable. The support the shoe offers was the most prominent feature. My ankle was strapped in perfectly tight, and my arch reached a nice elevation off the floor. I also admire the sleek, clean look of the sneaker. I would purchase this shoe in the future and would absolutely recommend it to friends and teammates.

Donald Suxho
Olympic volleyball player

Overall Look 5
Overall Feel 5
Overall Comfort 5
Overall Fit 5
Overall Performance 5

For the past four weeks, I didn’t have any problems, as the Asics GEL Volley Lyte® sneakers were soft but stable for my movements. I found that the shoes are very light and did not tire my feet after three hour trainings. Overall I was very happy with the shoes, as I didn’t get any blisters, they were very supportive on my movements on the court, they didn’t slide and I was able to stop, turn and run.

Originally published in May 2011

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