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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 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.

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
$200
Weight
Men: 10.8oz
Women: 8.7oz
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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 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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 shoe. As long as runners can get past the hefty price tag, they should have a winner on the trail in the FujiTrabuco 5.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 50 ratings

5 star
52%
4 star
24%
3 star
10%
2 star
8%
1 star
6%

My Rating


Updates to Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 5

  • 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.

Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 5 size and fit

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.


Outsole

Asics uses its own Wet Grip Rubber compound to enhance the traction of the 5th model of the FujiTrabuco on wet conditions. The heel and other hard-wearing areas uses 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.


Midsole

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. As the FujiTrabuco 5 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.


Upper

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.