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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
We purchased a pair of Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7 from running warehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.