Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4

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Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4Review Facts

Asics makes some of the most effective, comfortable and most of all, reliable athletic footwear for runners. Over the years, by incorporating some new cutting-edge technologies into their running shoes, Asics has improved their products tremendously. The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4 is a great heavy duty neutral trail running shoe that provides a good fit, as well as both stability and support. Visually, the running shoe is stylish with vibrant, eye-catching color schemes to choose from.  One thing’s for sure – this shoe is undoubtedly a comfortable, great-looking running companion that works for all types of trail runners.  Cushioning, protection and support are the keys to making the FujiTrabuco a good running shoe.

Pros
  • The newly created Mono-Sock Fit System enhances the shoe’s personalized fit and comfort
  • The outsole lugs on the Trabuco are much more aggressive and a lot larger than past models, so the shoe is good on traction on a variety of surfaces
  • A variety of trail-protection features
  • Very comfortable
  • Very roomy in the toe box
  • Great supportive fit to the foot
Cons
  • Some runners considered them to feel heavy
  • Asics Gel Fujitrabuco 4 are not the best on technical trail
  • The shoe’s ground feedback is comprised by its stability and comfort
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is composed of a strong layer of carbon rubber known as the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber (AHAR). This rubber gives reliable traction and protects the sole from wear and tear. The outsole has multi-directional lugs that hold on to the ground with no problem. Great for downhill or uphill trails. The forefoot section has a rock protection plate that protects the toes from debris.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole consists of the Solyte mid-sole unit made of a responsive, durable material that provides lightweight cushioning, long-lasting support and a little bit of a bounce with every step. The forefoot and the heel sections both have the GEL Cushioning system made of silicon, which ensures protection in the sole from shock and impact, essentially protecting the overall foot. A trussic System also retains the structure of the shoe, making FujiTrabuco a great trail running shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The synthetic mesh upper is both comfortable and breathable. It doesn’t restrict the movement of the foot in anyway. The foot is able to move naturally. The foot remains cool and dry, because air is always passing through the shoe. The overlays have fused sections mixed with stitched-on sections that secure the foot. The lacing system help to make the shoe customizable. The gusseted tongue helps to keep out debris. Not to mention, the Lace Garage helps prevent the laces from tangling up in knots by tucking the laces away. An exoskeleton called an external clutch counter locks the heel down and holds it in place.
Weight
Weight

Weight

For a pair of neutral running shoes like FujiTrabuco 4 they are heavy, weighing in at 11oz for men and 9.7oz for women. They are one ounce lighter than the past version, but still are pretty heavy. Despite the shoe’s weight, many runners have mentioned that they barely notice the heavy feeling whether on foot or in their hands.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathability of the FujiTrabuco 4 is really nice. They are great ventilation for my feet. The mesh does a good job of keeping the air flowing through the shoe, always keeping the foot dry and cool. What makes this running shoe so breathable is the sock-like material of the upper. The natural movement of the foot is never restricted, causing an even greater amount of air moving throughout the interior of the shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The GEL cushioning system makes this shoe’s comfort level perfect. The narrow feeling of the GEL FujiTrabuco 3 is long gone. With the newer version, the toe box is much more roomier, with just the right amount of cushioning. Let’s not forget the Mono-Sock one piece liner enhances the comfort, because there is absolutely no interior rubbing at points. The FujiTrabuco 4 fits true to size.
Style
Style

Style

The design of these running shoes is attractive, with good colors choices as well. The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4 come in tons of different color combinations with vibrant patterns. The reflective functions on the shoe make for better visibility but adds a touch of style and is a safety element for those nighttime runners.
Durability
Durability

Durability

It is very true that you often get what you pay for. Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4 is a well-made shoe. They seem to last a pretty long while. There hasn’t been any complaints about wear and tear. Between the upper mesh made of durable synthetic materials and the High Abrasion Resistant Rubber used in Asics shoes, the shoe still holds up.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The synthetic overlays hugs the foot with comfort and lots of protection, making each stride effortless. The durable rubber works as a shield on the sole to prevent any effects that can occur from continue use and of course, friction. These running shoes are very protective, but still gives you a light feeling on your feet. They can handle any terrain.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4 is responsive, but don’t expect that spring into action feel, because you won’t get that with these trail running shoes. As your foot is being lifted up, there is a feeling of ease, but the runner is not as propelled as other running shoes. From a scale to 0-5, responsiveness would be around a 3 because, most runners love that there is a touch of firmness thanks to the midsole that gives a great balance between cushioning and energy return. However, the heavy feeling of the shoe limits precise foot placement and agility.
Support
Support

Support

The right support is key when choosing the best running shoe. Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4 has great support. They do seem wider in the mid-foot area, but for the most part, that makes the fit not as secure as expected. In fact, it is difficult to achieve when running at higher speeds. However, there is potential for a good fit if you cinch the laces down. Ideally, this shoe is good for runners with wider feet.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Gel FujiTrabuco 4 is a great trail shoe and performs well on all surfaces, thanks to great traction provided by the carbon rubber material of the out sole.
Price
Price

Price

For the most part, the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4 were first priced around $120, but can be found for as low as $59. If a shoe provides good quality like the FujiTrabuco 4 and is affordable as well, then it is definitely something worth looking into.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction hasn’t changed on this version as compared to the earlier versions. The stickiness of the rubber works well on all terrain, but the lugs are not as aggressive as other trail shoes like the Saucony Peregrine 6 or the Salomon Speedcross 4. However, the lugs are very durable and provide a good amount of traction on multiple surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

With the Gel FujiTrabuco 4, the shoes are built for heavy trail running, so they are not as flexible as another Asics shoe like the Gel Exalt 2, so keep that in mind.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Gel FujiTrabuco 4 is definitely a lot more stable than Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 3. They are wider in the forefoot and the landing platform is stable and solid. The new version definitely locks the foot in a lot better. These shoes are great for long distance runs.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop is approximately 10mm on both men and women shoes. The heel is a little on the thicker side. Most runners can notice the thickness. The heel drop helps to shift weight forward and lower chances of shock on your foot.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• The Gel Fujitrabuco is made from a synthetic material

• A High Abrasion Rubber enhances the shoe’s durability

• Superb Mono-Sock Fit System

• Solyte Midsole Material

• Nice lace garage

• Heel Clutching System Technology

• Reversed Lugs perfect for all types of terrain

• Rock protection plate

• Rearfoot and forefoot Gel Cushioning systems
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Asics Gel line never seems to leave us disappointed. The Gel FujiTrabuco 4 is a good, traditional trail running shoe. Despite being a neutral shoe, runners will love the stability and arch support. Weight is definitely a concern. Many runners have mixed feelings. Some seem to consider them to be heavy, while others hardly notice the weight of the shoe. The Gel FujiTrabuco are a bit large in the mid-foot, so runners with wider feet will love these neutral running shoes. Keep in mind that this shoe is not built for speed. It is more of a protective trail running shoe than a racing shoe. If you are looking for a neutral running shoe that is durable, very comfortable, good on protection, and has just the right amount of stability, then definitely check out the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 4.