• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11.1oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Feb 2018
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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Gear Institute | Level 3 expert

    The Alpine XT is a new trail model from Asics that strikes a balance between agility and protection, without sacrificing either.

  • 80 / 100 | Shoeguide | Level 3 expert

    If you are in the market for a good value second shoe to use along side your primary training shoes, the asics Alpine XT is a super little hybrid trail shoe that performs great in off road urban conditions. If you are in the market for a good value second shoe to use along side your primary training shoes, the asics Alpine XT is a super little hybrid trail shoe that performs great in off road urban conditions.

  • 97 / 100 | Project Trailmix | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for a trail running shoe, be sure to check out the ASICS Alpine XT... I definitely recommend this lightweight trail running shoe.

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  • The Alpine XT is an Asics trail running shoe that’s designed for the neutral pronator. It is also optimized to function well on the trails, but its outsole configuration isn’t too aggressive as to prevent the wearer from transitioning to the asphalt. The semi-prominent gripping lugs are still geared towards positive traction.
  • SpEVA is a midsole foam that’s designed to provide responsive cushioning and all-around support. It’s also designed to withstand impact shock and breakdown due to continued use.
  • The upper unit uses breathable mesh, but it’s not too open in structure. Small trail debris won’t creep into the foot-chamber. Overlays reinforce the sides, the heel, and the toe box.

The Asics Alpine XT has a standard running shoe length, so it can accommodate the regular preferences of consumers when it comes to size. The available width of the women’s version is B – Medium while the men’s iteration features the D – Medium option. The semi-curved shape of this product mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.

The outsole unit of the Asics Alpine XT makes use of a trail-optimized design to deliver traction on a variety of surfaces and conditions. Multidirectional gripping lugs allow the wearer to tackle uphill climbs and downward slopes with ease and confidence.

The medial and lateral sections of the midsole—near the heel—are slightly raised. Such a configuration adds support and steadiness.

The not-so-aggressive lug pattern allows this running shoe to transition effortlessly between the trails and the roads.

SpEVA is a full-length midsole foam that provides cushioning throughout the running session. It’s designed to be bouncy and reactive to the motion of the foot on top of it. It’s also constructed to resist early breakdown.

A cushioned footbed adds a bit more support for the underfoot. It has a textile top to give a soft sensation to the skin.

The Asics Alpine XT makes use of Airmesh, which is a breathable material that maintains a cool and dry environment for the foot. It has ventilation pores that permit the flow of air into the interior chamber.

Overlays are fused to the mesh. The purpose of these thin add-ons is to provide structure to the upper and to keep the foot secure. The toe box and heel sections have a thicker variant of the material to protect against the elements on the trails.

Stitching reinforces the eyelets and the collar. The goal of this design is to heighten the durability of the upper and to retain the integrity of the thin overlays.

The padded collar cushions the sides of the foot. It also prevents in-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe-removals.

A lightly cushioned tongue supports the instep. It also prevents the shoelaces from digging into the skin.

A pull-tab with the Asics branding is placed on the tongue. It makes wearing and removing the shoe much easier. Also, it doubles as a lace-lock mechanism to prevent tongue deviation.