Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2

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Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 Review Facts

The designers of Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 focused on designing a running shoe that would be able to handle any terrain. The shoe has been improved thanks to the plethora of upgrades it has received. The Solyte technology by Asics is a lightweight, durable and responsive foam that absorbs much of the impact and allows for better propulsion as you run. This offers not only a greater running experience but also helps to take away from muscle soreness.

However, the hallmark feature of this shoe has to go to the opposite facing lugs of the outsole which provide excellent grip. With the insertion of this feature in this model – it has made running on any terrain less challenging and much more enjoyable.

The Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 thrives in many of the harshest of environments – whether you are traversing through deep mud, climbing up hills, traveling downhill or simply going for a nice jog at the local park. With features such as the PlasmaGuard, the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 is able to protect against dirt and mud. So say goodbye to the days of dirty running shoes and hello to Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 your socks will thank you!

Pros
  • Running shoe features a water-repellent upper - PlasmaGuard design
  • Great for uphill climbs and downhill traversal
  • Praised for its strong grip of different environments
  • Great for outdoors activities
  • Better propulsion due to the ASICs Solyte technology.
Cons
  • Absorbs water to easily
  • Major issues with this model is that it has a narrow heel, which causes many people to get blisters.
  • For some individuals, the size was much smaller than anticipated.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The design for the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 has been greatly improved from the previous model. The outsole of the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 has been designed with opposite facing lugs, which have been praised by many runners. The incorporation of this design allows for the lugs to have a much better grip on different terrains as well as climbing uphill or traversing downhill.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Solyte Midsole is made of a lighter weight compound than Asics standard EVA and SpEVA midsoles. The Solyte midsole material also features a Gel Cushioning System that absorbs a significant amount of impact upon landing. The silicon-based material compresses to absorb the shock of the impact and allows for better propulsion. The majority of the midsole is made of Asics Solyte technology, which is a very durable, lightweight and responsive foam.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Trail shoes teeter on a thin line between protection and weight; however thanks to the Asics Soylte technology this isn't an issue. The closed mesh gives sufficient amount of breathability that is needed with each run. The bootie construction prevents dirt and debris from entering the shoe. This design also makes it especially comfortable and adds for better protection. Dirt and debris stay out thanks to the Anti-gravel tongue. Along with the Anti-gravel tongue is Asics PlasmaGuard design, which keeps water off the shoe just as long as the person doesn't walk or run through water. However, it should be acknowledged that a major con of this shoe is that it doesn't have a very high level of water resistance despite the PlasmaGuard design.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The design of Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 is much lighter than the previous version. However, the smaller size came as a shock to many buyers. The reduced weight (8.8 oz) is unsurprising as the Asics Solyte technology allows for a better and stronger wear but does not add any additional weight. It is very well known by many runners the heavier a shoe is the more difficult it is to not only run.

With the inclusion of Asics Solyte technology, the lightweight foam not only adds any weight to the shoe but also makes running, sprinting, climbing and traversing much easier, adding to the over all light feel.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Having any form of running shoe that doesn't allow for some air circulation to occur, not only slows down the runner but also makes running uncomfortable. Thanks to the perforate sock-liners, it allows for a better method for draining moisture, along with improving the breathability. The mesh upper also does a good job at providing adequate ventilation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

In the previous model, there were complaints of the size of the shoe and how big it looked. One of the highest compliments of the shoes is how it fits on an individual. It allows for a nice snug fit that at the same time allows for levels of breathability.

However, the comfortability of the model wasn’t praised as much. In this latest model of the shoe, a major issue was how much smaller the shoe was as compared to the previous version. This smaller model has had many complaints, and rightly so, for many individuals have sustained blister as a result of the narrow heels.
Style
Style

Style

The style of the shoe is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and many runners have praised the color designs of the sneaker. The bright color red and yellow design for the men's version seem to invigorate in the runners to run faster. Many runners’s have in their minds “the brighter the color, the faster you run”. However, the alternative version has a much more relaxed look including the dark blue and yellow pattern. The women's version of shoe is also aesthetically pleasing. Options include pink and blue and black and pink spark.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Trail shoes need to have a high level of durability in order to handle many of the tough terrain that many trail runners run on. A great idea that the designers added to this model was the inclusion of the Asics Solyte technology. Thanks to the Asic Solyte technology the durability of the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 have greatly been improved and does a great job at protecting the shoe against wear and tear. Along with the shock absorbing foam found in the midsole, it also allows for less stress on the muscles, joints, and bones.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The PlasmaGuard design protects the outer layer of the shoe from water and moist areas - but only with minimal success. This is significant, as the shoe can easily get wet and add more weight to the shoe. Another form of protection is the Asics Solyte technology resistance foam, which allows for better impacts absorption.

Lastly, another great bit of protection this shoe offers is the Anti-Gravel Tongue. The Anti-gravel tongue offers impressive protection against muddy surfaces and dirty tracks. However, there have been some complaints of the shoe not being great on rocky terrains as it does not feature a rock plate underfoot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

When climbing uphill or traversing downhill it is extremely important to have stable footing as a wrong turn of the ankle can cause serious damage. And depending on the surface a person is running on - the injury can be much worst than a sprained ankle. Thanks to the Rearfoot Gel technology cushioning system, made exclusively by Asics, this allows for a smoother transition while running, climbing uphill or traversing downhill. You can rest assure that you will be able to tackle any terrain you will encounter.
Support
Support

Support

The praise Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 is due primarily to the Asics Solyte technology and the Rearfoot Gel technology cushioning system. Thanks to these added features the shoe is incredibly durable and able to support the runner on many types of terrains. Furthermore, the opposite facing lugs, which is a highly praised feature, give runners better grip on a variety of terrain.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 was specifically designed for all types of terrain. Thanks to the aggressive lugs underfoot, you will be able traverse off road conditions with ease. While it is great to use for hiking, running, climbing, it is important to know it may not work in especially rocky conditions as there isn't quite enough protection, such as a toe guard or rock plate.
Price
Price

Price

One of the most important quality, as it pertains to getting a reliable sneaker, is price. The model of the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 can be somewhat costly. However, the price of the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 varies from retailer to retailer. The price is mostly relative to other running shoes that are also out in the marketplace. A better option that might be less burdensome on one's wallet is to purchase the sneaker online, because there is a great chance for a better deal.
Traction
Traction

Traction

As mentioned, and quite a bit in this review is that, the hallmarks of the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 is the opposite facing lugs. With the inorporation of this feature it has allowed for a greater grip on the ground and because of this it allows for runners to have more confidence in their footing. Along with its less bulky design, the inclusion of the opposite facing lugs has truly made it superior to its predecessor.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The seamless upper construction is what contributes to the overall flexibility of the shoe. However, the aggressive lugs do take a way from some of the overall flexibility of the shoe. However, the shoe does provide enough flexibility to allow for more natural foot movement. The minor amount of flexibilty does not take away from the overall running experience though.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This is a neutral running shoe, meaning that it does not provide additional arch support or correction for runners who over or underpronate. However, it does offer some support in the way of the rearfoot gel cushioning. Furthermore, the opposite facing lugs allow runners to have better balance as they are able to grip the terrain much easier.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 features a 6mm drop. This design is catered more for runners who would be considered midfoot strikers. This drop puts it below the average drop of 10mm. For runners who are used to a higher drop, it is advisable to slowly get used to a lower drop in order to avoid injury.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Solyte Midsole material which is a lighter weight compound, that offers enhanced cushioning and durability
Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System reduces the force of impact and also for a smoother transition between stances
Anti-Gravel tongue gusseted construction prevents debris from entering the shoe
The opposite facing lugs allow for a better grip while running and hiking
PlasmaGuard design which protects the shoe against water and dirt
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

When it comes to a sneaker that is packed with so many new features, you really can look no further. The Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 is truly a huge step up from the original and has been praised by many runners. The pros that the Asics Gel FujiRunnegade 2 offer greatly outshine the cons and the cons can easily be dismissed. The inclusions of the opposite facing lugs have truly made this model stand out. Having the ability to grip the terrain with such dominance and command can offer the runner a much more enjoyable experience that they never had before.