Asics Gel Fuji Trainer 2

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Let’s start by discussing how Asics’s has a shoe for every possible need a runner could have. Whether you are looking for a racing shoe, a shoe with added stability, a shoe for those long grueling runs, or anything in between, Asics can deliver. The Asics Gel Fuji Trainer 2 is for the trail runner looking for a quality off road adventure shoe. Previously only available for purchase overseas, this shoe is hopping the pond and landing right on your feet!

Some days we’re sick of the roads, and we want to leave civilization behind and head to the trails. On the days where you are selecting the trail over the pavement, you need a light-weight, highly adaptable shoe with optimal traction and cushioning to carry you through the twists and turns of the trail. A shoe that will bring you confidently up and down slippery, uneven terrain and let’s not forget, a shoe that will look stylish and be as comfortable as they come! The Asics Gel Fuji Trainer 2 is a shoe that will give you all of these features and still comes in under one hundred dollars. Good for the trail and the wallet!

Pros
  • Lightweight  - Even though this shoe packs in some serious midsole technology and has a lugged out underfoot, the shoe still weighs less than ten ounces. It feels lightweight and flexible.
  • Underfoot - The underfoot of this shoe is lined with rugged lugs for maximum grip. You can feel safe in these shoes even on an uneven or slippery terrain.
  • Comfort - It is not easy to find a trail shoe that offers the same level of cushioning and comfort as some road shoes, but this one is able to do it due to the added technologies in the midsole.
Cons
  • I'm hesitant to say this, but I haven't found any glaring cons in this shoe. Runners love it, the price is good, and the style is fierce.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of these trail shoes will keep you feeling protected and secure even on uneven and rough terrain. The underfoot of the outsole come equipped with rugged lugs to keep you standing upright even on slippery terrain. Downhill or uphill is no match these shoes.

Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of these shoes is where you'll find most of the cutting edge technology these shoes provide. These shoes are made using a patented SPEVA midsole. This technology adds spring to each step. The energy return provided by the SPEVA technology helps reduce fatigue and the added shock absorption helps reduce the potential for injury.. While this midsole helps to add more cushioning and protection to the runner's feet and joints, it does not do so at the cost of losing its responsiveness. Runners love how they still feel connected and in tune to the ground below them on each run. The cushioning in this is brought to you by the patented Asics Gel foam. This is a firm yet cushioned foam. This cushioning come int the rear of the foot which helps reduce pain by absorbing the shock from each heel strike. Finally, you can expect to feel added stability and arch support from the Trusstic System.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The trail is full of obstacles, and Asics knows how to safe guard you against them. One such obstacle in running, and especially trail running is moisture control. On road runs, the primary concern is how to keep your feet dry and cool on your longer, warmer runs. Runners know that moisture leads to friction which leads to blisters which leads to a run that needs to be cut short. This is also a very real concern to the trail runner, but it comes with an added element as well. Puddles and streams are a part of life on many trails. We try to avoid them whenever possible, but it's good to know you can count on your shoes to give you maximum breathability to allow your feet to dry quickly and stay dry. The upper of the Gel Fuji Trainer 2 is made of an open and breathable mesh that is sure to keep your feel cool, dry, and comfortable. Not only do these shoes help to quickly dry a wet foot, they are also made of a material that is water resistant. Rainy weather? No problem! Finally, this shoe is constructed with a hidden pocket in the tongue to tuck your laces into. This is a clutch added detail because it keeps your laces out of your way.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This is certainly one of the most light weight trail shoes out there. The Gel Fuji Trainer 2 comes in under ten ounces (9.6 ounces to be exact). Not only is it physically light, this shoe has a very light feel to it. Often times, with the added durability and underfoot hardware added to a shoe, trail shoes can lose their lightness, but this one is able to include the fancy hardware and keep the feather light, flexible feel of a lightweight shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This shoe doesn't mess around when it comes to breathability. The upper is constructed using a breathable mesh with significant openings to allow for plentiful airflow. This keeps your feet dry and also allows your feet to dry quickly in case they run through a puddle or stream on your adventure.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

One of the common complaints of high quality trail shoes is that they often have to sacrifice the comfort of a road shoe, but not in this model. The midsole of this shoe offers the SPEVA technology that adds spring to each step and comfort that isn't too cushy.
Style
Style

Style

I have to admit, Asics knows how to make a bold, stylish, shoe. Whether it's a trail shoe, like this model, or a road running shoe, the Asics brand is not afraid to push the limits with style and color. Like in all Asics shoes, except to see the Asics insignia along the sides and bright colors throughout.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The underfoot of these shoes makes them a very reliable and durable option. The outsole is made of durable rubber is is lines with rugged lugs. The upper is made of a strong, synthetic mesh that helps it hold up against the elements. The price of these shoes is also an important element to consider. Coming in below one hundred dollars, the low cost and the added durability make these trail shoes a very smart purchase.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Trail runners know that the constant movement of the foot inside the shoe that is needed to respond to the changes in elevation, terrain, and trail conditions can lead to painful foot ailments.The Gel Fuji Trainer 2 works hard to alleviate the pain commonly associated with trail running. They created the shoe with a noticeably roomier toe box and added cushioning to protect against chafing, bunions, and irritations. Another added layer of protection in these shoes is the thoughtful addition of a pocket in the tongue. This pocket is designed to keep your laces securely out of your way while you run through the trails. Plus, the tongue of the shoe is specifically designed to keep gravel out of your shoe. Let's say it together now: Thank you Asics!
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Trail shoes can be tricky in this area. Trail runners need a shoe that provides them with enough protection and support in the outsole and underfoot construction to keep them safe and stable on their runs, but they still want to be able to feel the trail below them. If trail runners can not feel the trail, they'll struggle to respond to changes in terrain. This shoe is able to find that elusive balance of support, durability, and a high level of responsiveness. Staying connected to the land below and around you is one fo the most important elements of the trail run. We don't just do it for the exercise, it is also such an amazing way to unwind and reconnect with nature. For those reasons, a responsive trail shoe is so important, and this one really delivers that.
Support
Support

Support

The various elements of the midsole give the shoe added support and cushioning. There is even a light weight bridge that is found in the arch of the shoe to provided added stability and support for runners who are looking for extra arch support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Say it with me now: Trail, trail, trail, and more trail. These shoes are made for the off road adventurer. The outsole is lugged out with rugged, traction adding lug technology that will keep you upright even while running down slippery terrain. The durable lugs found underfoot ensure the runner a protected and supportive ride.
Price
Price

Price

Overall, this is a great price for the amount of shoe you're getting. True, you can certainly find a shoe for cheaper if the price tag is your most important feature, but it will be difficult to find a trail shoe that is of a high overall quality at a lower cost. In addition, this shoe received high marks for durability, so at under one hundred dollars, this shoe is a no brainer.
Traction
Traction

Traction

This shoe has some of the most powerful gripping element underfoot that I've seen on trail shoes. Runners reported that they felt confident running up or down hill on uneven or slippery terrain. In addition to this, these shoes are able to maintain flexibility regardless of the high level of cushioning and durability offered through the midsole and outsole.
Flexibiliy
Flexibiliy

Flexibiliy

Usually, in running shoes or trail shoes, you can find a sturdy, stable shoe, or you can have a light weight flexible shoe. However, this shoe is able to do both. Although it offers great cushioning and support throughout the midsole and outsole, it doesn't sacrifice flexibility or responsiveness.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Runners were pleasantly surprised by the amount of stability provided by these babies. Trail runners know that added stability in a trail shoe can make all the difference in terms of injury. While these shoes may not look as if they offer added stability, runner after runner reported this shoes did just that.If you are a runner who is looking for added arch support, this is a good option for you. These shoes use a patented Asics technology called the Trusstic System. This system is a plastic, bridge-like support found in the midsole of the shoe. It gives the shoes an extra level of stability, but the light weight design doesn't keep the shoe from feeling flexible.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel drop on this shoe is 7.4 millimeters. This puts in right in the middle of the pack in terms of having a natural feel. Runners responded positively to the design of this shoe. They said that the heel drop enabled them to feel the terrain below them, but they still felt protected from the elements and dangerous terrain of trail running.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- The patented SPEVA midsole adds spring to each step to help reduce fatigue and reduce injury via shock absorption.
- Asics Gel foam of the midsole gives the shoe a cushioned ride without being overly cushy.
- The Trussic System is a lightweight arch support that gives added stability to the runner.
- This shoe comes equipped with a pocket in the tongue to keep your laces tucked in and out of your way. This might sounds like a frivilous feature, but it is actually a safety feature that really comes in handy.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

I don't say this lightly, but this is one of my favorite shoes (trail or road!) It offers great cushioning and enough arch support to keep me stable and secure. The fashion and price tag are perfect. The outsole is rugged and dependable, and the upper is breathable and durable. Great overall shoe!