Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Gel cushioning provided comfort and support during uphill runs, a runner said.
  • Some buyers found the Gel FujiTrabuco 6 to be an affordable shoe.
  • An average-weight shoe that enabled a laidback and smooth ride on technical trails, an impressed user wrote.
  • Many users liked the Lace Garage™ feature of the Gel FujiTrabuco 6.
  • Several consumers praised the shoe’s roomy toe box.
  • A runner reported a steady run with the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 6, even on the toughest

5 reasons not to buy

  • The toe box offered little protection on rugged hills, according to a reviewer.
  • One user observed poor traction from the outsole while running on muddy paths.
  • The traction was not as good as the shoe’s previous versions, some runners compared.
  • A runner mentioned that the shoe rubbed on the heels and caused blisters.
  • Although a comfortable shoe, the mesh upper started to tear after just one month of use, stated a disappointed runner.

Bottom line

Already on its sixth release, but it seems Asics has not yet captured the best version of the Gel FujiTrabuco, as it received mixed reviews from its wearers. While the Asics trail running shoe was able to amaze runners with its performance and comfort, many others have found significant flaws in the structure. However, despite the negative feedback, most users even look forward to the next version of the Gel FujiTrabuco to check for improvements.

Facts

Update: Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 8
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.4oz | Women: 9.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 18mm | Women: 17mm
Forefoot height: Men: 10mm | Women: 9mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Orange, Purple, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
A popular pick
Better rated than the previous version Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 5

Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Shoeguide | Level 3 expert

    We really liked the Trabuco in that it can cope with what most of us average trail runners will encounter - relatively kind conditions.

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  • Asics brings to the market the sixth iteration of the Gel FujiTrabuco, which is a consistent favorite of trail runners. As the shoe presents a reliable cushioning and versatile traction, it is sure to provide an excellent performance on off-road runs.
  • The upper now uses a welded, no-sew material made of mesh that aims to reduce friction that is more frequent when running on rugged trails. There are also updated minimal synthetic overlays at the midfoot area to provide the necessary support.
  • The brand’s signature Solyte midsole allows a combination of cushioning and protection for long distances. It is accompanied by a trail-specific outsole that is supported by a rock protection plate for injury prevention. The outsole’s multidirectional lugs are now made deeper compared to the previous version, resulting in a more effective traction that excels on mountains, open fields, and forests.
  • The sole unit makes use of the Trusstic System® Technology, which means the weight of the shoe is kept at a minimum without sacrificing the structural integrity.

The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 6 has a standard running shoe length that comes in a variety of size options. The available width is in Medium for both the men’s and women’s versions.

Asics uses a trail-specific outsole for the Gel FujiTrabuco 6. The outsole includes multidirectional lugs with an average count – not too much – to provide traction on the trails, especially on sloped paths.

There is a rock protection plate covering the forefoot area that prevents underfoot and toe bruises that are usually caused by stones.

Same as the popular Asics Patriot 10, the shoe's heel area has Asics High-Abrasion Rubber (AHAR), which is a compound made of carbon rubber. This feature offers an exceptional durability as the heel is a high-wear zone.

The Gel FujiTrabuco 6 presents Asics’ patented midsole technology Solyte. This is a unique foam material that is even more lightweight than ordinary ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). The Solyte is made of resin and claims to deliver 20% more shock absorption than traditional foams, thus enabling a high performance that is ideal for competitive sports.

The rearfoot area is equipped with the Gel cushioning system, which is a silicone-based gel that works as a shock absorber upon impact. The Gel system ensures a responsive ride without excessive physical stress.

The midsole is built in with the Impact Guidance System (IGS). It is a brand technology that enhances the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.

On top of the midsole sits a removable Ortholite® sock liner that brings additional cushioning for the foot. Its antimicrobial property aids in moisture management to keep the foot fresh and dry.

The breathable, no-sew mesh upper of the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 6 promotes a seamless comfort that reduces chafing and skin irritation. It has a rugged construction that provides the durability needed for trail running.

With the gusseted, anti-gravel tongue, the foot is protected from debris which could potentially enter the shoe. In front of it is the Lace Garage™ feature, which is a pocket for tucking the laces in, moving it out of the way for an undistracted run.

The toe area has a PGuard Toe Protector. This is a synthetic-made installation that shields the shoe from stones, thus preventing toe injuries.

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