New to the market is the Asics FuzeX. It’s both exciting and refreshing to see a company like Asics, that already has two very popular and successful running shoes, continue to innovate and experiment with new materials. The FuzeGEL has runners talking about the new and game-changing material. As the name implies, Asics is fusing together gel and foam to bring a new experience to the runner. Let’s explore this neutral running shoe that uses a new mid-sole technology.
The outsole of the Asics FuzeX is composed of an AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) rubber heel and a solid horse shoe shaped rubber section around the forefoot with softer rubber lugs in the center outsole. Runners found it to provide great grip without leaving anything to be desired. Another welcomed quality is its natural wear resistant properties, and example of smart material use. Runners reported no noticeable slip while running. The use of AHAR was not done without thought, it’s placed along critical areas of the outsole that gives the shoes exceptional durability and a much more secure feel.
Are you ready for the fuse? I hope so, it's pretty much the reason that Asics developed this shoe in the first place. The midsole boasts their new dual density blend of foam and GEL from heel to midfoot. Asics call it FuzeGEL, and runners are comparing it to technology found in much more expensive shoes. For the center core of the shoe, Asics went with a firmer SOLYTE foam cradle around the heel which gives runners incredible stability to the rear of the stride. Asics pushes the envelope and packs more technology in the FuzeX by adding their Comfordry sockliner. It’s not your typical sockliner, it gives the runner higher rebound properties while providing a high tech layer of moisture management. If you are worried about how this will affect the breathability, don’t be. Runners reported that this premium sockliner sacrificed nothing in terms of airflow to bring in its additional features
The upper doesn't just look snug, it delivers a very supportive snug fit, really an invaluable aspect of a trail worthy upper. Runners enjoyed impressive stability on both the open road and non technical trail running
. The upper features a dual density mesh thats perfectly supported by welded on overlays. The heel cup is solid, especially for a lightweight shoe. Runners found the tongue and heel collar to be well padded and comfortable. Rearfoot shock absorption transfers to the forefoot during take off, so having an upper that you can really trust is essential for a number a reasons.
This is a lightweight trail and road shoe at its finest. Coming in at 10.4 ounces (Male US 11) it's surprising that Asics was able to keep the weight as low as they did. Seasoned runners
will note the size of the spaces on the sole as one trick to keep the weight down and they would be right. Other than that, there really aren't any cut corners as far as features or support on the Asics FuzeX. The AHAR Rubber gives the rugged build quality that you come to expect, yet this proprietary technology does not add the same amount of weight that you would expect with a simular material.
While runners reported no hot spots of any sort on the Asics FuzeX, they also found them to leave a little to be desired in the breathability department. If you have had experience with light trail worthy
running shoes however, you would understand that build quality sometimes comes at the cost of the breathability of the shoe. The upper has to withstand certain conditions, and it's a necessary trade-off. However, it’s important to note that runners complimented the comfordry sockliner and it’s ability to deliver a moisture managment system that does not give the interior of the shoe “hot spots” or decrease its breathability in any way. It would seem that Asics was really up for the task on this area of shoe design.
Runners are gushing over the cushioning softness and the stable ride of the Asics FuzeX. It would seem that the company's research into blending gel and foam technology has paid off. Comfort levels on the runners heels are extraordinary on the upward spring and the comfort levels remain consistent through the landing as well. Toe box fit is always a personal preference, however it felt well padded to most runners. As running shoe companies develop newer technologies, consumers are at times left questioning just how valid all of these new additions are and just how much they bring to the table. Well, worry no more, the Asics FuzeX have been awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). A certification that not many running shoes can claim, as it requires working very closly with the APMA.
Asics delivers in the style department. It's apparent that the company wanted to make sure that their FuzeX running shoes looked different in comparison to their other well known runners. Sleek lines and awesome color schemes add to the beauty of these shoes. They come in eight different color ways to suit every runners personal taste. The way that the two color tones blend on the shoes is almost mesmerizing, yet doesn't create an overly dramatic shoe. Runners appreciated how Fuzegel badging was kept small and discreet, anyone who has been behind a hybrid car in traffic and notices a three foot wide reflective emblem showing off to the world that the car is a hybrid would understand that although the new technology is welcomed, it’s not required to telegraph to the entire world. Very well done.
One of the top qualities that runners mention about the Asics FuzeX is the durability. In an age where poorly made trail runners are manufactured to last as long as a New Year's Resolution, it's refreshing to still be able to count on a solid pair of Asics. Runners report very little wear after miles and miles of mixed trail and road use. The upper also withstands scratches and water. Another aspect to consider is how the AHAR hits the ground with full contact
yet ages and wears at a very slow pace. These running shoes are meant to go the distance, then allow you to turn around and go back without worring about you outlasting your shoes.
Are you a runner looking for protection from the elements? You have it with the FuzeX. From the tough, no nonsense AHAR rubber on the sole to the weather resistant
near seamless upper, these shoes got you covered. Literally. Don't forget about runner protection. Support from the heel and strike zone combined with a solid feeling grip will make sure you stay safe while hitting the trail. Keep in mind, runners have long trusted the American Podiatric Medical Association that awarded these shoes with their Seal of Acceptance. When it comes to protection, you can tell that Asics spent countless man hours developing the right combination of materials that will give you a unique ride while still keeping the runner protected from the first step to the last.
The final product when you blend Asics tried and true design with new technology is a responsive and accurate ride. The Asics FuzeX do an amazing job of being forgiving to most runners that don't have a perfect gait, yet give you the feeling of confidence to dig through the step. Runners found that rearfoot shock absorption was well balanced and not too intense which can lead to reduced responsiveness. When you're on the trail you can't account for every little nickel-sized stone. Don't worry, the FuzeX will make it an afterthought.
All the materials found on the FuzeX are working for the runner, not against. The lighter weight cushioning system doesn't sacrifice support because it maintains the same resiliency of gel, thanks to the new technology found in these shoes. You'll notice that the horse shoe shaped rubber under your heel accurately joins with the midsole to provide that shock absorption while making you look forward to the next step. Most runners found that the levels of support compared to running on a treadmill, Asics
has been known to keep company secrets very well guarded when it comes to the construction of thier shoes and the support levels demonstrate that they must be doing something right.
The versatility of these runners match the materials found in their construction. They are perfect for non technical trail running as well as standard day to day open road running. High abrasion rubber is made with tough landscapes in mind. Gone are the days where consistantly tough runs were the work of large and bulky shoes. With a well rounded step and forgiving give, runners are turning these into their new work horse shoes. From the gym to competitions, the FuzeX are never a bad choice.
Asics priced these shoes so that runners of every level can experience the new technology they are leveraging. As Asics makes a strong and valiant effort to enter the arena of dual material midsole usually dominated by much bigger powerhouses, the consumer wins because they know the runners have to come in at a price point that can compete. Runners found their value to be above average for this category of mixed runners. When you break down the amount of technology that is packed into these shoes, you can rest assured that you are getting more than your moneys worth.
•FuzeGEL technology - Asics new proprietary material which promises to absorb impact and give the runner extra spring.
•Seamless Upper - Not just a better looking form factor, better protection and performance from fewer overlays and welds.
•SOLYTE Cradle provides stability for the runners left/right axis while keeping the shoe light.
•Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) sole. Proprietary compound that provides the runner with a more durable shoe.
•8MM heel drop is slightly lower than other shoes in its class. Giving runners quicker transitions between strides
Asics has done something that most running shoe companies simply haven't done in the past; not rest on the laurels of their past successes. They have also been awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the APMA in the process. Bringing the FuzeX to the masses proves to be a lot more than a synergetic exercise. Technology meets runner protection and confort like never before. Asics created a strong competitor to those other shoes utilizing a dual foam and gel mixture, and the result is a lightweight trail runner that's rugged enough to take your longest of runs and supportive enough to give you confidence to strike in a less than perfect manner.