We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The GORE-TEX waterproof upper material is utilized in this running shoe.
  • Many testers greatly appreciated the inclusion of protective elements, such as the Rock Protection Plate, that shields the foot from debris & the harsh surfaces.
  • The Solyte® Midsole material is a durable and a responsive layer that effectively carries the foot.
  • Many runners felt the Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning System’s shock-absorbing features.
  • Reviewers received the trail-specific outsole design of the FujiSetsu GTX pretty well as it helps them traverse the environment with much ease.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that the Gel FujiSetsu GTX was a bit too stiff that it limited the motion of their feet.
  • Some thought that it had a narrow fit.
  • This one is a very heavy shoe for both the men and women’s versions.

Bottom line

The Gel FujiSetsu GTX from Asics is a great offering for trail runners who want to experience more protection and security on the trails. Though some are complaining about the shoe's weight and narrow fit, others still consider the FujiSetsu GTX  a dependable running companion. The shoe a neutral shoe that takes adventurers forward with confidence.


Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.1oz | Women: 10oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $135
Colorways: Black
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  • Asics introduces an awesome trail shoe that can also handle ice or snow. The FujiSetsu GTX features super aggressive lugs with more than a couple of spikes in them. With substantial and multi-directional lugs working with the spikes and the Gore-Tex waterproofing membrane, runners can do their runs regardless of the weather or the terrain.
  • The midsole utilizes nothing less than the iconic Gel cushioning system that effectively disperses shock. Providing superb responsiveness is Asics’ top of the line midsole-the Solyte foam.

The Gel FujiSetsu GTX has a medium fit that should work well for most runners. It has decent real estate in the heel and forefoot while the midfoot is exceptionally snug, without being uncomfortable. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizing is standard with options for the men’s from 6 to 14 while the women’s are from 5 to 12.

The outsole on this Asics trail running shoe uses extremely aggressive lugs all over the outsole with spikes in the center of some of these lugs. Asics designed the lugs with a good spacing for the lugs to shake off mud. All kinds of quick and sudden changes in direction are also easily achieved through this kind of outsole. The Solid Rubber in the outsole offers reasonable durability. A rock protection plate just above the outsole shields the foot from pointed objects and the brutal trail.

The lightweight and responsive midsole foam called the Solyte is Asics’ answer to the need of runners who want a really dynamic run without adding weight to the shoe. This midsole material is also used in the shoe's updated version, the Gel FujiSetsu GTX 2.  It is lighter than standard EVA or the company exclusive SpEVA with the same durability and resiliency. The silicon-based gel is an award-winning technology that is renowned for its ability to effectively absorb and then disperse shock.

The breathable mesh in the upper is also abrasion-resistant. It is flexible enough to hug the runner’s foot with still enough support. Doing the majority of the support are the synthetic overlays, which also give the shoe a very smooth and sophisticated look. Just below the mesh is the Gore-Tex waterproofing membrane that fights off water, snow, and slush. An anti-gravel tongue helps keep trail debris off.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.