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.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 8.7ozWomen: 7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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 heightMen: 15mmWomen: 14mm
Forefoot heightMen: 7mmWomen: 6mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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For lightweight runners who zip over trails.
These shoes felt fast and nimble without sacrificing traction or protection.
- 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.