Review | Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 2

2014 Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 2 Trail Running Shoe

After suffering an injury in 2013 from training in neutral running shoes, I decided to start the 2014 ProNutro AfricanX in a brand new pair of 2014 Fuji Trabuco Trail Shoes, which is an anti-pronation shoe. I bought the shoes a week before the start of the race for R1 600 and did two short runs with them before the race.

First of all I must say this is a very attractive looking shoe, with the grey upper, red Asics branding and contrasting bright yellow sole.

The shoe has a full ground contact midsole with DUOMAX support to create a very stable run with an aggressive outsole featuring 90 degree lugs to provide optimal traction on rough and steep terrain. The Rock Protection Plate is a rugged plate in the sole which protects the foot from sharp objects such as rocks and branches, while a rear- and forefoot GEL cushioning system ensures good cushioning on the hard surfaces.

The shoe features a Monosock Construction on the upper, designed to keep dirt and debris out of the shoe.

Although I enjoyed the feel and stability of the shoes, I experienced too much movement of my feet inside the shoes causing minor blisters on stage one – probably because the shoes were just half a size too big for my feet – although they were the same size as my Asics Trainer 2 trail shoes, which I ran the AfricanX in in 2013 – with no blister problems whatsoever.

Stage two and three I was back in my trusted Asics Trainer 2’s, in which I feel much more comfortable at the moment. Although I decided not to continue my 2014 AfricanX in my Trabuco’s, I will definitely use them in my training over the next few months and I trust that I will get to enjoy them more-and-more as I run them in.

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Paiter Botha

About Paiter Botha

Paiter’s running career started when he was 8. On most weekends you will find Paiter in the mountains around his hometown of Paarl.

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3 thoughts on “Review | Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 2

  1. Although they are super comfortable to run in my soles are tearing apart after less than 300km in them. Very disappointed. I have to glue the studs back on my sole after every run now. Poor durability.

    • Dear Marco,

      Thank you for your mail. We only have Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco 2 available in EU 38 (UK5) for women.

      Have a great day!

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