Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The FujiRacer 3 is a light shoe.
  • Reviewers noted that the shoe has ample support despite being lightweight.
  • A majority of runners nodded in approval to the Gel FujiRacer 3’s exceptional traction.
  • The low profile design allows freedom and flexibility of movement.
  • Most runners valued the ideal ground feedback delivered by this shoe.
  • Good price considering its performance and quality as noted by several users.
  • Most users were impressed by the comfort of the Gel FujiRacer 3.
  • More than sufficient trail-specific protection features.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The sizing runs a bit small.
  • The Asics FujiRacer 3’s 8mm heel offset is not the best feature for those who are looking for transition shoes with lower drops.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel FujiRacer 3 is so good that runners find it very hard to find a knock against this shoe. It works as designed and performs so much more than its price tag. Neutral runners on the trail will get the ideal arch support out of this shoe.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.7oz | Women: 7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 15mm | Women: 14mm
Forefoot height: Men: 7mm | Women: 6mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Low drop | Minimalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Purple, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    For lightweight runners who zip over trails.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Magazine | Level 3 expert

    These shoes felt fast and nimble without sacrificing traction or protection.

  • First look | Running Warehouse | | Level 2 expert

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  • The structural changes in the 3rd version of the Gel FujiRacer are immediately apparent when initially viewed. It has a lower-cut design than the FujiRacer 2. Even the platform has been lowered. This new design scheme encourages more natural movement for a smoother and more responsive running performance.
  • This Asics trail running shoe doesn’t use a lot of stitching. The previous version had overlays that were stitched onto the surface of the mesh material. Now, the overlay system is bonded onto the surface, reducing weight and giving the upper unit more efficacy in giving a precise and customizable fit.
  • The mesh material for the Gel FujiRacer 3 has a more open construction, thus making it more capable of giving a breathable and comfortable coverage. The addition of a Perforated Sock Liner improves breathability and underfoot comfort. The inner environment stays cool and dry.
  • A water drainage system is placed in the forefoot area of this running shoe. It keeps water off the inner platform of the shoe by acting as a sluice gate that pushes water out, thus improving confidence when running in puddles and wet conditions.

The Gel FujiRacer 3 comes in a variety of sizes that follow the regular sizing schemes. The standard width is able to accommodate those with narrow or wide feet. The upper is not restrictive and it is able to stretch to accommodate the foot well without being too snug.


The outsole unit of the Asics Gel FujiRacer 3 uses a trail-specific design. The heel and forefoot areas feature gripping lugs that face multiple directions. They provide traction over many types of surfaces, from soft terrain to rocky paths.

The tip of the forefoot area has a Rock Protection Plate. This hard unit protects the foot from injury or discomfort when tackling the trails. Debris and other hazards might come in contact with the shoe, so it’s helpful to have a plate that shields the foot from any danger.

The AHAR or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a high-quality rubber layer that delivers exceptional durability for long-lasting performance on the trails.  This is also the same midsole material found in the popular Asics Gel Contend 4. It protects the shoe from wear, tearing and abrasion, essentially shielding the shoe from the effects of use.


The Solyte is a one of the mid-sole foam technologies that offers lightweight cushioning and durability. It is responsive and it doesn’t make the platform stiff or hard. It runs the entire length of the mid-sole, so it delivers versatile cushioning for the entire foot.

The Gel Cushioning System is placed in the heel area of this running shoe. It’s made from a silicone-based gel. It is able to attenuate shock when it comes to the impact phase of the running cycle.

The F.A.S.T. Drop is a mid-sole construction that utilizes a low drop from the heel to the toe. It reduces the overall weight of the platform while delivering a well-balanced ride for the entire length of the foot.

The Trusstic System is made from a thermal plastic material. It’s located in the mid-foot and it gives torsional rigidity to the foot for a better transition and it reduces the overall weight of the shoe’s platform.

Holes are places between the sole unit and the upper. These are passageways that lead water out of the shoe when it’s used in wet conditions. This drainage system maintains a dry interior that’s free from the pooling of water that’s mostly hard to get rid of.


The Open Mesh material covers the entire upper unit of the Gel FujiRacer 3. It has a more open construction, allowing air to enter the shoe and keep the foot well-ventilated. The Seamless Construction of the fabrics and inner lining helps when it comes to allowing the runner to experience sock-less and irritation-free wearing.

The Anti-Gravel Tongue was designed to deter the invasion of debris when running on the trails. Small rocks, dust and other small objects are kept away from the interior environment of this shoe. A Lace Pocket secures the shoelaces and keeps them away during activity.

A Perforated Sock Liner is located on top of the mid-sole unit. It adds more cushioning to the foot and it offers more breathability because of its perforated nature. The air is kept circulating because of the upper fabrics and the insole.

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