162 users: 4.3 / 5
1 experts: 85 / 100
Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.8oz / Women 8.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Stability

Verdict from 8.4 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • Many runners felt comfortable in the most rugged conditions while running in the FujiTrabuco 5
  • The grip is as good as can be expected from several fans of the FujiTrabuco series.
  • The Gel cushioning system in the heel and forefoot continue to work as intended, noted a handful of reviewers.
  • Some runners mentioned that the upper is not as restrictive as before.
  • There is much better locked down feel in the heel, as observed by several runners.
  • The Rock Protection Plate provides decent foot protection without sacrificing ground feel.
  • A good number of reviews mentioned that it is more breathable than the previous model.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The $200 price is ultra-expensive for a large number of runners.
  • It is clearly stiffer than earlier models, according to a handful.
  • A few mentioned that it needs respectable mileage as a break-in period.

Bottom line

The 5th version of the FujiTrabuco remains to be a handy and reliable trail fiend that tackles the most rugged conditions. With excellent comfort and traction, running on the most adverse conditions in the trail can be easily handled by this blue-collar trail shoe. As long as runners can get past the hefty price tag, they should have a winner on the trail in the FujiTrabuco 5.

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  • Asics unveils several changes in the Gel FujiTrabuco 5. As always, the upper gets the majority of the modifications. In this version, the upper is a little more forgiving than before to accommodate runners with different foot dimensions.
  • Asics also removed most of the stitched overlays, particularly on the forefoot and replaced them with welded versions. Besides reducing the risks of blisters, the forefoot now has more volume.
  • Going towards the rear of the shoe, there are a couple of changes as well. One is the presence of a heel loop, which makes shoe entry more convenient. Another change is the use of a more pliable heel counter. While it is not as stiff as before, the pliability gives the heel a more snug foot in the process.
  • Finally, the outsole lugs that featured x-shaped and arrows now uses hexagonal and trapezoid configurations. Asics introduces the changes to add even more traction in the shoe.

The fit of the Asics FujiTrabuco 5 is very similar to the earlier model. It still has excellent midfoot security with an increased heel locked down feel. The forefoot has just enough room for the toes to wiggle. This usually caters to the needs of those with narrow to medium feet. The sizing is also standard in this shoe.

Asics uses its own Wet Grip Rubber compound to enhance the traction of the 5th model of the FujiTrabuco on wet conditions. Same as with the popular Asics Patriot 10, the heel and other hard-wearing areas use the AHAR rubber while most of the forefoot is made of soft blown rubber for improved grip. In this model, the lugs now feature trapezoid and hexagonal patterns for better leverage on different outdoor surfaces.

Covering the full-length of the midsole is Asics’ premium midsole foam, the Solyte. It is significantly more durable and responsive than standard EVA. Beneath this foam in the heel and forefoot is the silicon-based Gel cushioning system for added shock-absorption. The FujiTrabuco 5, same as with its latest version the FujiTrabuco 7, is designed or mild to moderate overpronators, the shoe uses a dual-density foam called the Dynamic Duomax that extends from the heel to the midfoot on the medial side. It is a bit softer in the heel and gradually becomes denser as it moves to the midfoot to hold off overpronation.

An engineered mesh continues to provide support and structure despite the overlays being thinner and no longer stitched on. A lace pocket for safety and convenience is provided. In the heel, Asics uses a slightly more pliable heel counter to provide support and stability that is not restrictive.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 8.

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How Gel FujiTrabuco 5 compares

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This shoe: $200
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This shoe: 10.8oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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