Developed by UTMB Legend and ASICS Athlete Xavier Thevernard, the only athlete to have Grand Slammed the UTMB by winning all races in the series. We’re going to be expecting something quite special.
Over the past few weeks, I managed to take them out for a test run on a few local mixed terrain trails and also completed a 50km trail race in them. Looking sharp on the trails is one thing but how did it hold up on the trails.
Firstly, I can’t start the review without talking about the head turning colour designs. Uncharacteristically of any of the ASICS trail shoe range, this has to be the boldest and the sharpest looking shoe on the trail scene.
These are currently one of the lightest trails shoes on the market. Weighing in at a mere 220g (Size 7 M) it shaves off the current lightest model, the ASICS FujiTrabuco Lyte by 30g.
The build of the shoe is noticeably lower than any of ASICS’s previous trail shoes, though it still does have a 4mm heel drop. The feeling of being so close to the ground did make me wonder whether it was any good with protection. No concerns in that department, as the sole is still reinforced with a rockplate for protection from the terrain. Being so low and with it’s light build, the advantage is you can get some pretty good speed on the runnable stretches of the trails.
The Fast Lacing System feature from the ASICS trail range has always been a personal favourite of mine. It’s a pulley mechanism that tightens the light weighted laces and stores away neatly in the tongue, preventing the laces from getting caught on twigs and branches. The men’s yellow lacing and women’s pink lacing, have I mentioned how welcoming these colors are?
It’s the UK trails, just like we’ll always talk about the weather, we’re always going to encounter muddy wet paths more often than not. The special holes in the design as well as the sock liner now uses the natural motion of the foot to drain water quickly and efficiently out of the shoe. An essential feature given the amount of rain we get.
Other features which incorporate the familiar ASICS trail technologies includes ASICS Grip, RearFoot GEL and Flyte Foam.
- Suitable for all running styles Forefoot/Midfoot/Heel
- Light weight (220g)
- Deceivingly robust
- Sizing may come out small
- Non-aggressive grip
- Low profile shoe, less protection on sole
Having already churned out 100 miles, I can honestly say I had a great time with them. It’s a very fun shoe, evident from the colour design. It has definitely turned a few heads the times I’ve been on the trails. It talks the talk and definitely walks the walk as it’s not just a fashion vanity shoe. The lightness, responsiveness and comfort raises the benchmark in the trail shoe market.
Where the paths transitions from trail to tarmac the switch is surprisingly seamless. The holes in the midsole and upper holes and the very breathable upper mesh dries any wet feet very quickly. A problem which the Lyte and Pros had encountered previously.
Pricing wise, it is the highest priced model of the Fujitrabuco range, but when taken into account what it offers, the pricing is most definitely justified. One thing i would advise is that the fit may come up smaller than expected, I was fine as it fitted very snug around my foot, but around the community, there were murmurs of fitting issues. Make sure you try them on first before committing.
Would I personally buy and use this shoe in races, without a doubt. I’ve been using them on the trails for a few weeks and it is still in great condition, at the time of the photos, the shoe had already been through 88 miles. The only thing I would be concerned about is whether it will be durable for the bigger and badder terrains as the grip is less aggressive and the shoe has a very low profile therefore you do feel some of the surface under the foot. Unless you know the terrain well and have a high cadence, these may not be too well suited. Not a complete deal breaker of course as for the compact stuff and single track, this is where the shoe really excels.
It’s a shoe that can spoil you. What I mean by that is, to recommend this to a beginner it’ll be hard for them to go back to heavier shoes. For the more experienced and faster trail veterans this shoe is a very fast off roading shoe, and works exceedling well on the compact trails.
Photos by Carel du Plessis
I’m a size UK 7 / EU 40, have narrow feet and pronate. Items in this Kit Review the 'ASICS GEL-FUJITRABUCO SKY, COLOR: DIRECTOIRE BLUE/WHITE, Standard width' was gifted by ASICS Europe.
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