ASICS FrontRunner Nicholas Rupanga recently completed his first Otter African Trail Run. He did it in new shoes. Yes, yes, we know... Read on.

I was very fortunate to get my FujiTrabuco Sky two days before the ‘grail of trails’ the #ottertrailrun2020

Now, there is obviously the wisdom that says you should never, ever, run a race in new (untested) shoes. However, to my mind these were the ideal shoes for the multi-terrain task at hand, so I went for it. I’m happy to report I didn’t experience any blister or pressure points throughout the 42kms race.

Don’t do as I do though, my advice is to definitely break in your shoes before an event.

So, thoughts on the shoes?

I found them to be lightweight, thanks to the ultra-light FlyteFoam cushioning system. In addition the breathable upper material was ideal for the hot conditions we experienced.

The Otter route features a lot of streams and river crossings and the drainage system of the FujiTrabuco Sky proved amazing here. After doing a crossing it would just be a few minutes before the shoes and my feet were dry again.

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The sandy sections also didn’t prove any match for the FujiTrabuco Sky, because of the reinforced upper sand didn’t get anywhere near my feet.

As mentioned earlier, you cover a multitude of different surfaces on the Otter route, from sand, to water crossings and sharp rocks, thorns and very some very slippery sections. The Asics grip rubber was incredible and I felt confident in my footfalls throughout.

Overall I enjoyed my first attempt (5hrs 35 minutes) at @ottertrailrun2020 because the shoes were incredible.

Learn more about the FujiTrabuco Sky here, and read about Jani du Toit's Otter experience, here.