Review: Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

Written by

Athena Farias

Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.

This expert review is written by

Athena Farias

Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.
Athena has been running for 31 years. She ran her first race, which was a marathon in 2002. She has run everything from a 5K to Ultras and 7 consecutive years of a 223 mile relay.

She is an Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Run Coach.

Running is her safe haven and it is also her passion, which she loves to share with her community.

Weight

We usually consider 10 ounces a "medium" weight for a running shoe: less than 10 and we are entering the lightweight category and above 10 the shoes start to be heavy.

Heel-to-toe drop

Heel drop is the measurement in mm of the difference between the height of the heel and the toe of the sole.

A lower drop (0mm - 5mm) promotes running on mid-foot and fore-foot, while higher drops (8mm - 12mm) are more traditional and meant to support a heel-striking gait.
Expert score
9/10

Expert Review: Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

Quick overview

Best for
Long, slow training runs, marathon and 50k trail races, ultra distances, 50 miles and greater
Terrain
Best for on dirt trails, on paved trails, on paved roads, sidewalks, etc..., through grassy sections or cross-country courses, over very rocky area, in muddy area, through creeks and streams, in snowy or icy sections, along moderate trails, along highly technical trails
Grip
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 provides excellent grip and traction on all kind of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Average Traction
Provide Traction
Cushioning
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 offers just the right amount of cushioning
Little cushioning
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned
Weight

12.75

 oz
361 g
Heel to toe drop
Drop

8

 mm

Pros and cons according to our running expert

Pros and cons according to our running expert

  • Comfortable
  • Great traction
  • Fit of the shoe
  • Heavy
  • Lack of flexibility

Our verdict

The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7 has been a great trail shoe considering the heaviness of the shoe. These shoes have held up on various types of terrain from grassy to technical inclines and descents on rocks and roots.

You need to run long, these shoes will get you through. I do some cross over training from road to trail in order to get from one trail to the other and these shoes worked great between the trail transitions.

Introduction Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

Asics took what it does with road shoes and designed a trail shoe with more protection and traction. The $130 price point is pretty comparable to other trail shoes on the market.

The design allows for a runner to experience all types of terrain. The midsole provides cushioning in all the right places, especially in the heel.

It was nice to not have to worry about feeling the rocks and roots under your feet, thanks to the rock protection plate.

I ran several long runs up to three and half hours and my feet didn’t tire but the sense of cushioning dissipated.

I have run in the Hoka Speedgoat 2 and 3 and the comfort and cushioning were felt up to 10 hours.

Cushioning Type
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 is a perfect mix of... Read more responsive and plush: good shock absorption
Responsive
Plush
Cushioning Amount
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 offers just the right... Read more amount of cushioning
Little cushioning
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 is quite rigid and does... Read more not flex easily
Rigid
Flexible
Stability
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 offers great stability... Read more for runners who needs the most support for
Not particularly stable
Very stable

Impressions Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

I like the blue, orange and black color scheme of the shoe. They did feel heavier than the ones I have been training in.

I laced up the shoes and went out for a 10-mile trail run on a new trail that was opening up so I wasn’t quite sure how the terrain was going to be.

It wound up being a pretty flat, grassy with various deep divots throughout. I was impressed how easily I was able to traverse through the trail.

It was almost 98 degrees and my feet began to heat up and fatigue. In some areas it was like running through lines of tires due to the depth of the grass.

I could really feel the weight of the shoes by mile 8. No blisters, no hot spots for the first go around is a good thing.

The following runs I went out onto very familiar trails that consist of climbing and descending over rocks and roots.

This go around I didn’t feel the fatigue that I had felt in the first run and I ran longer distances.

I did notice that the cushioning and response was not present after the first couple of hours out on the trail.

The stiffness in and around the forefoot was noticeable but not uncomfortable.

The temperature and humidity had me finishing runs in 100+ heat indexes, my shoes were soaking wet but still no blisters or hot spots.

Protection Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

These shoes do very well on terrain with rocks and roots. Your feet are protected from stone bruising due to the rock protection plate under the forefoot.

It does make the shoe more rigid but I see it as a trade off for having the protection.

The DUOMAX® support system is a dual density midsole system positioned to enhance support and stability from heel to toe. If you stub your toe on a rock you will not feel it.

The heel is reinforced with a thick internal and firm external heel counter.

Rockplate
The rock plate in the Gel FujiTrabuco 7... Read more provides great protection from sharp rocks on
Not present
Solid protection
Lugs
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 provides excellent grip... Read more and traction on all kind of terrains and
Lack Traction
Provide Traction
Water resistance
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 provides a decent... Read more protection from splashes and puddles
Poor
Water Resistant

Durability Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

The ASICSGRIP™ technology allows you to climb and descend the trails without losing footing. The shoe has multi-directional 4-6mm lugs which provide a slip free running experience.

The shoe also has traditional overlays in the midfoot to provide support and durability.

I have a tendency to get my shoes caught between roots and rocks and these shoes made it through without getting ripped.

Responsiveness & Speed Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

These shoes are described as a shoe that will give you an energy boost over any distance. One of the features Asics uses in this shoe is the FLYTEFOAM® Lyte technology.

It is for high-energy return and reducing the weight of the shoe.

I did not notice if the shoe provided more bounce with every footfall and they didn’t seem lighter than the other shoes that I train in.

I was quite impressed how comfortable I was descending. I usually am not one to gun it on the downhill but I felt with these shoes that I could caress the down pretty quickly.

Climbing was a bit different, as I stated earlier you begin to feel the weight of the shoe as the miles add up.

Comfort and Fit Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

They feature GEL® technology for added shock absorption and enhanced comfort. The gel is in the heel only and the forefoot is EVA.

Once you step into the shoe you feel how comfortable the fit feels. The achilles feels protected and the midfoot feel secure from the lacing system.

The tongue has a little pocket for the laces to be stored while running.

One good thing about these shoes that I liked is that I didn’t really feel the shoe while running.

I was just able to run without having to worry about my feet slipping inside the shoes, or pressure point along the toes of midfoot.

Even on the longer runs, I didn’t think twice about what was on my feet.

Sizing
The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 has average sizing: buy... Read more the usual size
Buy size smaller
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Conclusion Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7

The Asics FujiTrabuco 7 as a great trail shoe. I like that I didn’t need time to break them in. I was able to run 10 miles the first time on a new trail without having any issues.

They are a little heavier than most of the trail shoes I own. The heel to toe drop is much more comparable to my road shoes than my trail shoes but I couldn’t feel the difference.

These shoes are a little more rigid in the forefoot, so your foot loses a little mobility when going through a rocky or rooty section.

It seems the shoes will go the distance and can transverse over any type of terrain you decide to run.

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