Take to the Trails with ASICS

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With more and more shoes being launched every week, it can sometimes be difficult to know which shoe is best for you. Today we are taking a closer look at the ASICS trail range and trying to work out which shoe will best suit your own specific needs.


Whether you are looking for protection, durability, speed, or comfort, there will be a shoe out there for you, probably several depending on what sort of grip you need.


The ASICS trail range, at the higher price point at least, is split into two different categories. The Trabuco series is designed to offer protection and cushioning, for a comfortable, durable ride across the trails. The Fuji series are lightweight and offer excellent flexibility, ideal for soaring across uneven terrain at speed.

Gel-Trabuco 12

Prices From: £140

All about protection and cushioning, the Trabuco is a rugged and comfortable shoe that provides excellent durability, grip, and protection. The ASICSGRIP traction is ideal across solid and loose surface trails.
It features a FF Blast midsole for improved responsiveness, complemented by GEL cushioning in the heel. An adaptive support system reduces stress on the foot while a rock plate offers further protection underfoot.

Gel-Trabuco 11 GTX

Prices From: £150

With a new and ingenious layer of Gore-Tex in the upper, the Trabuco GTX offers a much more flexible and lightweight waterproof layer than seen in previous Gore-Tex shoes. If you are often splashing through puddles or running in the rain these might be the shoes for you.

Gel-Trabuco Max 3

Price: £160

With a huge stack of upgraded FF Blast Plus foam underfoot, the Trabuco Max 2 lets you explore the outdoors with ultra-comfortable landings, and a springy, responsive underfoot feel.

Like the Trabuco it features an ASICS grip outsole, a rock plate, and protective overlays.



Gel-TrabucoTerra 2

Prices From: £105

With the same FF Blast cushioning as the Trabuco 12, but for £35 less, the Terra 2 represents some serious value for money.

It also features a 4-way stretch upper and updated tooling on the outsole for enhanced grip. It is missing a rock plate, and uses a solid rubber outsole, but is still a fantastic option to get you out on the trails.

Fuji Speed 2

Price: £160

Featuring technology lifted from ASICS’s fabulously successful road racing range, the Fuji Speed includes a full-length carbon propulsion plate and FF Blast + midsole foam for an incredibly fast feel without the weight.

A unique, durable lightweight upper allows even faster movement, while the ASICSGRIP outsole offers the same traction and durability seen across the top of the range.

Fuji Lite 4

Price: £125

Stripped of anything unnecessary, the Fuji Lite 3 has no Gel, no rock plate and nothing that could slow you down, just top-quality tech where it is needed.

An FF Blast midsole offers the lightweight propulsion and cushioning trail runners crave, while an ASICSGRIP outsole provides outstanding traction in wet or dry conditions. 

Gel-Sonoma 7

Price: £90

For only £90 you wouldn’t expect to get the same technology as the top price models, but you do get a protective, and versatile trail shoe that is built to excel over a range of ground types.

The grip is road-to-trail, designed so that you don’t need to change shoes as the tarmac ends.

Rear gel aids the Amplifoam cushioning, while stone guard protection across the toes helps durability.

Gel-Sonoma 7 GTX

Prices From: £105

Like the Gel-Sonoma 7, but with an additional Gore-Tex waterproof lining in the upper, the GTX version lets you hammer wet trails and cruise through bad weather.

Gel-Venture 9

Prices From: £70

With an accommodating forefoot fit, excellent shock absorption and great cushioning, expect to be surprised by the comfort on offer from the Gel-Venture 9, especially from a shoe costing just £70.

The trail specific outsole also offers durable traction on concrete, so you can explore urban and rural trails alike. Gel technology in the heels helps to soften every step for long lasting comfort.

Trail Scout 2

Prices From: £60

The cheapest shoe in this selection at only £60, the Trail Scout provides support and grip and features an injection EVA midsole for a cushioned feel. An internal heel counter gives improved support.

Whatever trails you run, from mountain treks to woodland sprints, there is a shoe in this range to suit your needs, so enjoy the great outdoors with the right kit, and make the most of each adventure.


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Ray Barlow

Having suffered from Chronic Fatigue for over a decade, I am a recent convert to the joys of running. Although every run steals a lot of energy, the mental health and fitness benefits more than make up for it. My runs are mainly across the back of the nearby beaches, dodging between the tourists. When not geeking out over the latest running tech, you can find me trying new gins, making gins, or boring anyone within earshot about gin.
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