Facts

Terrain

Road

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

Trail

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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
$240
Weight
Men: 11.9oz
Women: 9.9oz
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Road

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

Trail

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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The 6mm sockliner and the soft fabric lining deliver the kind of comfort runners look for in any shoe.
  • The FujiEndurance’s durability is simply incredible, based on most comments.
  • A good number of reviews consider the price tag is decent enough for a shoe of its kind.
  • The traction of the FujiEndurance is very sticky and designed for wet conditions on mud, rocks, and technical trail.
  • Asics designed the lugs that allow runners to take this shoe for a ride on the road.
  • The flexibility and ground feedback of the shoe are moderate enough, despite the lugs and the rock protection plate.
  • The Plasmaguard technology repels water and mud without sacrificing breathability.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners found the heel counter as too stiff.
  • The external heel counter and slightly firmer sole is a bit much on flat surfaces, according to some testers.
  • A handful of testers considered the fit a bit too narrow.

Bottom line

Asics adds a new line to its fairly limited trail shoes in the FujiEndurance. The shoe is moderately cushioned with average lugs that enable runners to transition from the road to the trail. Runners will really like it responsive ride with very noticeable ground feedback and water-repelling properties.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 31 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
13%
3 star
13%
2 star
3%
1 star
6%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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77 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Running Competitor • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    The FujiEndurance is by far the most rugged trail shoe ASICS has ever made but it still retains the fit and feel of a road running shoe.

  • 63 / 100 by Gear Institute • nevergiveup • Level 2 expert

    Like I mentioned previously, the Fuji Endurance runs more like a road shoe. It didn't inspire me at all on technical terrain.

  • 84 / 100 by Men's Fitness • Brittany Smith • Level 1 expert

    Talk about an outdoor explorer and trailblazer's dream, the GEL-Fuji Endurance strikes a balance between rugged durability and breathable flexibility.

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Updates to Asics Gel FujiEndurance

  • Asics introduces what is technically called a trail shoe, but offers enough softness and spacing in the lugs of the FujiEndurance that runners can enjoy their run on the road as well. This is the shoe that comes closest to being a hybrid\trail version in Asics’ line up of trail shoes.
  • In the FujiEndurance, Asics comes up with a new water-repellant design that effectively keeps off mud and water in a breathable package. While this is not a full-blown waterproofing membrane, runners can expect a dry run during slight drizzles, a bit of snow, or wading through a shallow puddle.
  • The shoe is filled with numerous trail-specific features that should amply protect and support the runner on the rugged trail. There is a rock protection plate and a burly toe bumper, a lace pocket, and the water-repellant upper.
  • Covering the outsole is a very sticky rubber that is designed for serious traction on the slickest surfaces. The moderately sized lugs help deliver the optimal bite on the trail as well.

Asics Gel FujiEndurance size and fit

The bootie-style construction and the pointed last gives it a snug fit that others who want more wiggle room may have to go half or a full size up. This medium fit is essentially on the narrower side of the spectrum. The right size will give an exceptional fit that wraps the foot in comfort and security. The available width of this shoe is medium. Sizes are fairly regular with options from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole is moderately rugged for the trails, but with enough softness for smooth runs on the road. There are reversed lugs for uphill or downhills runs. This trail-specific outsole is covered in AHAR+ blown rubber for optimal durability, traction, and a little cushioning. A rock protection plate between the outsole and the midsole protect the foot against sharp objects on the trail.


Midsole

Giving the shoe excellent responsiveness in a lightweight material is the Solyte midsole. This is lighter than the highly-regarded SpEVA, but has more cushioning and durability. It runs the whole length of the shoe for better transition in the gait cycle. The Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System absorbs shock and helps the Solyte with the rear to forefoot movement.


Upper

The tough upper features a very breathable mesh that keeps the run very cool. Asics incorporates a hydrophobic membrane in the Plasmaguard. It keeps off water without doing away the FujiEndurance’s breathability. An exoskeletal heel counter cups the heel in place, which greatly helps when running on uneven surfaces on the trail. Providing added cushioning with moisture-wicking features is the ComforDry X-40 sockliner. The same moisture-wicking features are found in the fabric lining the interior of the shoe. Asics uses an aggressive rubber construction to give maximum toe protection. Lastly, a lace pocket prevents accidental snagging.