Verdict from 9 hours of research from the internet

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324 users: 4.4 / 5
7 experts: 87 / 100

6 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7 performed excellently on wet surfaces, according to several users. One person, in particular, said it had better grip than its previous version.
  • One buyer described the design of the shoe as “phenomenal,” while another said it looked “like a boss.”
  • Many runners agreed that the FujiTrabuco 7 fit perfectly on their foot.
  • A couple of reviewers liked that the shoe is lightweight.
  • The upper material kept the foot well-ventilated, a user described.
  • One customer mentioned that the shoe fared well in road-to-trail transitions.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The toe cap was too rigid, according to a couple of wearers.

Bottom line

Majority of those who bought the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7 described the shoe as worth their money, and some even surmised that everyone who is on their feet all day would enjoy wearing the shoe. Based on reviews regarding comfort level, features, and design, it is safe to say that most are happy with their purchase.

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76
/100 by Niall Jordan, posted on .

As befits a shoe sitting at the top of Asics' trail range, the Gel FujiTrabuco 7 showcases the full repertoire of Asics’ cutting edge technology.

There’s more of everything: cushioning, stability and comfort along with a new outsole featuring, you’ve guessed it, more grip.

 

 

If this sounds like a top of the line plush road trainer, well that’s not wide of the mark. Asics certainly seem to be taking attributes that will work well on the road and replicating them in the FujiTrabuco 7.

Everything is topped off by a highly protective upper and the FujiTrabuco 7 gets a new aggressive outsole. On paper at least, a bit more of everything appears to be the formula for the perfect trail shoe, but is it? 

Upper

The upper has been designed with durability and stability as a priority. Any mesh is kept to a minimum and confined to the toe box. The midfoot is constructed entirely from synthetic overlays.

 

 

As a result, the upper is very supportive but heavy and not especially breathable. The lack of mesh also means that once the shoe gets wet, it takes longer than average to dry out. 

 

 

Pretty much everything is well padded. The tongue is thick and extends adequately above the laces. It offers good protection and has a handy little lace garage at the top to store away excess laces.

The FujiTrabuco 7 has a slightly unusual variation on a gusseted tongue: there’s a stretchy layer of mesh which lies over the top of the tongue rather than either side.

It’s a decent solution to stopping grit entering the shoe. However, it’s the only part of the upper that isn’t particularly robust and I suspect this may rip over time. 

 

 

The ankle cuff is thick and cushioned and sits just below the ankle.

The Achilles support is especially good with a perfect mix of comfort and support and sitting at the ideal height. The heel is heavily reinforced with a thick internal and firm external heel counter.  

Fit

The FujiTrabuco 7 fits true to size, so order as normal. It is fairly wide through to the MTP joints with a squarish toe box which has got a bit of wiggle room laterally.

Things are a little snug vertically, but not uncomfortable. It’s the sort of fit that will suit most people and is good for an everyday trainer and longer distance running.

 

 

The lacing is conventional but quite widely spaced and because the laces tend to slip back a little through the eyelets, it can be tricky to cinch the midfoot down for a locked-in fit. 

The midfoot is well wrapped by the extensive overlays and the heel fit is good and kept stable on impact by the reinforced heel counter.

The end result is that the foot is encased in a very protective upper, but one which is stiff and rather restrictive: think more hiking shoe than a slipper.

Midsole

The ‘more is more’ theme continues with extra cushioning provided by both an EVA insole and SpEVA lasting.

These combine to provide the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco with comfortable and plush step-in and gives that extra softness to the initial foot landing which many runners will enjoy.

 

 

Asics have utilized their ‘Gel’ insert in the heel only, the forefoot is solely reliant on the EVA Flytefoam Lyte, more on this later. The stack height is stated at 20mm at the heel and 12mm at the toe, I assume this refers to the midsole only; once the insole, lasting and outsole are taken into account it seems considerably more cushioned than on paper.

The 8mm drop feels about right and along with the bias towards heel cushioning the FujiTrabuco 7 accommodates heel strikers best. The broad base distributes the force on impact improving the cushioning.

The outsole

The outsole has been newly designed for the FujiTrabuco 7 using the ‘Asics Grip’: a chunky multidirectional grip with 4-6mm deep lugs. There is full outsole coverage with a firm rubber which is ever so slightly sticky.

 

 

The three dark T shaped lines visible in the forefoot are unfortunately not there to improve flexibility but are instead glimpses of the rock plate.

The FujiTrabuco 7 is in fact very stiff, the only flex point is about the MTP joint, and there is virtually no torsional flexibility. 

Performance

If you were picking the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco out in your local running store so far so good: lots of cushioning, support, great grip and tough enough to kick your way through a dry stone wall. There has to be a downside doesn’t there?

 

 

Well, there’s no denying the FujiTrabuco 7 is a supportive shoe. The Asics Duomax technology in the midsole is a denser wedge of midsole ‘sponge’ set at a 35-degree angle which helps control inward rolling. In my book, this makes it a medial post in all but name.

The Duomax isn’t particularly obtrusive but will add some extra weight. The foot is securely held by the upper and the hefty construction to the rear reduces rotation of the heel on landing. 

 

 

If you’re new to trail running, you may be glad to see familiar support features from your road shoes: stiff heel cup, wide base, medial posting. It is worth at this point reflecting that on a trail, your foot is repeatedly landing on a much more varied surface than flat pavement.

Features that might ‘stabilise’ your gait on an even surface can be problematic off road, especially the more uneven or soft the ground is.

Instead of a shoe that provides the consistent platform, you want a shoe that adapts to the uneven terrain. In my opinion, any form of medial posting has no place in general-purpose trail shoes.

The exception might include running on exclusively flat, hard terrain: of course this is a moot point as the Fuji Trabuco’s outsole is intended for varied terrain. 

 

 

The cushioning is soft in the heel. If you have already been running in the Asics Gel range, this will be a familiar ride. This set up works well to reduce the impact as the heel strikes, especially with the secure heel support.

If your foot strikes further forward, then sadly you miss out on this cushioning altogether. The mid and forefoot strike relies on the Flytefoam Lyte which is much less inspiring. In fact, it’s rather solid and unresponsive.

Again, it’s worth taking a moment to think about this: even the most inveterate heel strikers are going to land further forward on their foot a good proportion of the time on the trail, therefore, bypassing the gel in the heel.

Over longer distances you’ll be relying more and more on the forefoot midsole, the result is the FujiTrabuco 7 feels heavy and clunky.

 

 

Fair enough, this isn’t a lightweight speedy shoe, and the emphasis is towards cushioning the landing rather than picking up the pace, but the lack of responsiveness is frustrating.

Added to this, there is very little ground feel at all. While some will appreciate this protective feeling, the loss of proprioceptive feedback is dismaying. 

 

 

It’s difficult to construct an outsole configuration that will cope with everything, but this is something the versatile Fujitrabuco does well. The broad-based lugs excel on most trail surfaces, particularly softer terrain. It’s decent on uneven, rocky surfaces - thanks to the fairly sticky rubber.

The only surface I found the Fujitrabuco 7 struggled on was gritty loose trails where it was prone to skidding. The deeper lugs aren’t ideal on tarmac, but adequate for short distances road to trail and do tend to clog up easily with mud.

Conclusion

Is the Fuji Trabuco 7 going to set the world alight? Well no, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco 7 is that solid workhorse of a shoe which is going to suit a lot of people most of the time and you can trample over just about anything in your way providing you’re happy not to feel it under your feet. 

 

 

All the extra technology packed into the Fuji Trabuco 7 does indeed provide the promised ‘maximum protection, comfort, and grip’.

Nevertheless, seasoned trail runners will find the concessions required for these additional features, namely sensitivity, weight, pace and agility, a hard pill to swallow. Next time a little less of everything will create a more accomplished shoe.

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Niall Jordan | Level 3 expert Verified
Having been the living embodiment of a couch potato, I started running in my mid-forties and haven’t looked back at the sofa since. The majority of my running is on the roads and trails of Wales over distances of 10-40 km through rain and mud. I make up for a lack of speed and natural ability with enthusiasm and consequently have chalked up several moral victories. I hate treadmills.

90
/100 by John Matney, posted on .

ASICS, formally Onitsuka Tiger, is a company primarily known for its road running training and racing shoes. I wore my first pair of Tiger shoes in 1969, the Onitsuka Tiger Cortez, designed by Bill Bowerman, the great Track and Cross Country coach at the University of Oregon.

Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7 trail shoe from a company most known for their road running shoes was a pleasant surprise!

 

 

The traction was incredible in all conditions. The cushioning is very good, and the rock protection plate works very well.

At $130.00, it’s not an overly expensive shoe. This is a great overall trail shoe suitable for all-terrain. This is the kind of reliable, well-made shoe for which ASICS is well known.

At 12.7 ounces for men, this isn’t the lightest of shoes, approximately 1 ounce heavier than the Salomon Speedcross 5 I have been wearing this winter.

The Fujitrabuco 7 does not feel heavier. In fact, it felt very nimble going over rock gardens and down the steps on my favourite Mt. Diablo trails.

The 8mm heel drop is 2mm less than the Speedcross 5, but it felt very good going up steep terrain. Personally, I want a medium to large heel drop for my trail shoes because it helps with climbing.

Although this is a neutral shoe, the upper of the shoe is supportive enough, in my opinion, for people who need support for overpronation. ASICS utilizes the DUOMAX SUPPORT SYSTEM to enhance support and stability.

Specs

    Weight       12.7 oz (men's), 9.8 oz (women's)
    Heel to toe drop      8mm
    Pronation      neutral shoe

Cushioning

The midsole for this shoe is the ASICS Flytefoam Lytetechnology, which ASICS claims provide high energy return as well as superior cushioning.

ASICS placed their SPEVAFOAM 45 degree (the blue section) down the length of the shoe to improve cushioning and comfort. In the rear of the shoe, ASICS used what they call REARFOOT GEL technology.

 

 

No surprise that ASICS put some Gel cushioning in the shoe after it’s an ASICS shoe. My experience was that on smooth fire roads or smooth singletrack, it felt like I was wearing a road shoe.

It was also very comfortable on rocky terrain. The gel in the rear of the shoe provided excellent cushioning when I was going down steep terrain and reduced the jarring effect of landing of my heels dramatically from other shoes I have worn, for example, the Nike Wildhorse 5.

Traction

This is where this shoe shines and why I will continue to wear it for most of my runs. The lugs which ASICS calls Asicsgrip Technology are large with a asymmetrical pattern suitable for going up or down the trails.

 

 

These shoes climbed exceptionally well with virtually no slippage, even on the loosest of trails. This is also a great mudder shoe because the large lugs shed mud very quickly.

Where this shoe shines is going down steep and technical trails. On trails that I had gingerly tread on other shoes, I was so confident of the traction that I was bombing down trails.

Comfort

With one exception, this is a comfortable shoe, and that exception is an important one. The toe box was narrow, similar to what I felt wearing the Salomon Speedcross 5.

If you require a wide toe box, this is not the shoe for you. The cushioning is very good, and I have been able to wear these for long runs on varied terrain.

 

 

When I get blisters on my feet, it’s always on the heel. The ortholite sockliner was very comfortable, and the padding in the heel was soft, and I’ve never had a blister.

One thing I noticed and really appreciated was that this shoe drains very well. On one of my earlier runs wearing this shoe, I had to run through a creek, and within a couple of minutes, the shoe didn’t feel wet.

I am confident enough that I would use this shoe for a 50K or 50-mile race. The flat shoelaces stayed tied even without double knotting, which is a big plus for me.

Strength 

First, the strengths of the Fujitrabuco 7. This is a comfortable trail shoe with excellent traction and cushioning. The shoe works very well on steep and technical terrain.

It’s a great all-around shoe that would work well for longer runs as well as longer trail races. The rock plate provides good protection on technical trails.

Weaknesses

As for the weaknesses, for some people, the toe box is too narrow and uncomfortable.

In addition, the weight at 12.7 ounces for men may be too heavy for people looking to races less than 50k.

Score

I give this shoe 90/100. I loved this shoe and only took 10% off because of the narrow toe box, which in all honesty, did not affect me but could be a weakness for other runners.

Conclusion

This is a shoe that hasn’t been on many reviewers radar in 2019. There is a market for trail shoes that aren’t light as a feather or aren’t worn by the likes of Kílian Jornet.

If you need superior traction on technical terrain, then this is the shoe for you. After running in this shoe, you won’t feel beat up because the cushioning is excellent, and the upper knit material is flexible.

In all honesty, I wouldn’t recommend this shoe if you require a wide toe box or you need a light shoe. This is just the sort of trail shoe I would expect from ASICS-tough, reliable and yes, a little heavy.

However, the confidence I gained wearing this shoe made bombing down technical downhills so much fun that I know I will be wearing this shoe for a lot of runs this spring and summer. This shoe is worth a look by almost all trail runners.

John Matney | Level 3 expert Verified
I was born in Eugene, Oregon and thus, was preordained to be a runner. I have been a competitive runner for almost 50 years. I've also worked at a running store and been a member of the Oregon Track Club and other clubs and have done some coaching. I've been asked, "Who makes the perfect shoe?" My response is always the same: "There is no such thing as the perfect shoe; there is only the perfect shoe for you."

88
/100 by David Wieland, posted on .

The new version of the Asics Fujitrabuco series aims for long trail runs.

They improved the cushioning and support construction to make it a bit lighter and more supportive. With the Asics grip outsole equipped with multidirectional cleats and a built-in stone impact plate, you can run in every type of trail section.

The Duomax construction provides additional support and make it useable for neutral and overpronation runners. To secure that the shoelaces are not stuck at any roots or shrubs, you can store them inside a little pocket at the flap.

All in all, Asics offers with the Fujitrabuco 7 everyday trainer for runners focusing on trails.

 

Key facts

The shoe weighs 364g in US size 11.5 which is for me kind of heavy compared to the other running shoes I’m typically using. The offset is 8mm, which proactively pushing you to move forward.

Like the other Asics models released around this timeframe, the Fujitrabuco comes with the FlyteFoam Lyte cushioning material, which should be lighter than the predecessor while still providing a soft touch.

Additional support is given by the Duomax construction already built-in for a long time.

 

My main usage

I was able to test the shoe on several short and two long runs. Of course, my focus was running in the woods and on some trails.

The grip during downhill or uphill is good and reliable. I did not feel that any roots or stones penetrating to my feet. When running uphill, I can feel the difference in terms of weight compared to my road racing shoes.

 

 

Before running inside the woods, I need to get there by taking some road or pavement sections, and on this hard ground, the shoe does not feel comfortable for me. The package of 5mm spikes and thicker Flytefoam results in a swampy feeling there.

Of course, the focus should not be on using them on the road, but I know trail shoes which perform better there.

Fitting

I like the fitting of the shoe and did not experience any blisters so far. The toe box is wide enough, and the shoe sticks to the feet at any time, even at higher paces running downhill.

For hot summer days, I would prefer shoes with a lighter upper mesh as it can get quite warm in them. But all in all, I must admit that Asics built a very comfortable shoe here.

Cushioning & outsole

The cushioning is quite soft, but you still have enough stability while running. Asics found a good balance here and with the Duomax section and stone impact plate at least myself was not afraid of suffering ankle twist or similar things along technical sections.

During dry and light muddy conditions, the grip of the Asics sole is very good. Even at steep downhill or uphill, I could rely on fixed ground contact. As there was no very muddy condition in my testing phase, I cannot speak for this scenario but I'm pretty sure the shoe will do his job there too.

 

Durability

As I did not use them for a very long time by now, I cannot provide detailed feedback in terms of durability. However, after 100 miles, the feeling regarding cushioning and grip are still great like it was in the beginning and I cannot observe any wear out marks at the upper material or at the outsole so far.

Summary

Let's start with the pros and cons of the Asics Fujitrabuco 7 from my perspective:

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Good grip on trails
  • Good stability and robustness

Cons

  • Swamy feeling on road
  • Weight a bit too heavy

With this shoe, you get a solid everyday trainer for trail running. When participating in a trail running compensation, I would definitely switch to lighter shoe variant of course then likely having less cushioning and stability but with improved dynamic performance which is more important for me in this scenario.

David Wieland | Level 2 expert Verified
I'm an ambitious runner from Germany. In the past, I played soccer and basketball and started running seven years ago. My average distance per week is about 70km throughout the year (when not stopped by injuries). My main focus is road races from 5km up to half-marathon distance but I also like trail running and triathlon. I've participated in big events like the Regensburg half-marathon and sprint triathlon together with a bunch of smaller races around this city.

95
/100 by Michael Plendl, posted on .

I signed up for the local Arber Ultratrail run that will happen this year. It features a 1500 meter of altitude change during a 41-kilometer competition.

I tested some trail running shoes during the preparation period. Aside from the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7, I also run with the New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v3 and the Asics Fujirado.

But among those shoe models, I chose the Trabuco 7 as my competition shoe. In this review, I will share with you why I chose it.

Appearance

Yep, the appearance is really a plus in my point of view. Its white-red laces remind me of shoes that I can wear with the famous Bavarian lederhosen. It would be an excellent fit.

 

 

Great work, Asics. Well done!

Run and Feel

For a trail running shoe, it is all about traction, stability, and comfort. These features are essential because I will wear the shoes for more than 5 hours on the said run.

Traction

To be straightforward, I found no terrain where traction was not efficient enoughgravel roads, steep inclines, downhillyou name it. I have nothing negative to mention in this section at all.

 

 

The lugs on the rubber outsole are multidirectional and don't pick up small stones, which is a great plus. This occurrence is one downside of other shoes like some of the On Cloud brand.

Stability and Protection

Now, stability and protection are the most important specifications for a trail running shoe. Without proper protection and stability, it is simply way too dangerous to run under challenging trails.

Let's begin with protection. The most crucial feature is the rock plate protection that enables you to run over very rocky surfaces unharmed.

Asics left nothing unanswered with the Trabuco 7. It has very solid protection, and you won't feel the sharp stones at all.

That brings us to stability. Trail running shoes have to be very stable to protect the runner from twisting their ankles that cause ligament injuries.

The Trabuco is doing an outstanding job here as well. I was never worried about twisting my ankle during my runs.

Weight/Drop

As indicated on the Asics website, the shoe has a weight of roughly 360 grams and a drop of 8 millimeters. The good thing is I didn't feel the weight as disturbing.

The Asics Fujirado is roughly the same weight. The 8 millimeter is also quite average in my opinion.

Fit/Size

I ordered the shoes in the same size as all my other running shoes, and it fits just fine. They seem to be true to size.

Summary

There are not many negative points that I can say about this shoe. They feature everything that a trail runner needs and even more.

The only question is if there will be a lot of buyers due to the lack of trail runners in the running section and the highly competitive market.

But, be aware that these shoes are not designed for running on tarmac. Maybe use a car or a bike if you don't have direct access to some gravel roads or trails.

Running on the tarmac with these shoes is no fun at all.

Recommendation:

Are you a hardcore trail runner? I am not talking about an occasional run on a gravel road, but the real stuff.

If your answer is yes and you want to buy a new trail running shoe, my recommendation is to go with the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 7. I am convinced by what the Asics guys delivered here.

In fact, I am not sure how they can even improve the next iteration. Good job, Asics!

Pros:

- Nice coloring
- Excellent protection
- Very durable – even after some difficult terrain runs you can't see any wear or tear on the shoe
- Agile for a trail running shoe

Cons:

- If you have to cover some tarmac to get to your trail, keep the distance as minimal as possible.
- The rebound feature that Asics claims as part of the shoes could not be spotted

Michael Plendl | Level 2 expert Verified
Hi, I'm Michael and I started in running competitions 20 years ago. Currently, I am into triathlon, competing at all distances with PB's of 42 mins (10k) and 1:34 over half a marathon. My run volume per year varies between 1000 and 1500 kilometers, depending on the event I am training for.

88
/100 by Sébastien Bouchet, posted on .

Spoiler: I starting buying Trabucos in 2009, so I feel I earned the right to be critical. Overall, I’ve covered so many miles and completed so many ultras with them on my feet that they’re an integral part of my trail running history.

 

Figure 1: Trabuco 7 before shower, after 280 miles and 120K+ feet of elevation

 

Good’ole Trabuco is the trail running equivalent of the Porsche 911 or Rolex Oyster. Every season brings a new evolution, generally true to the DNA of the shoe and only differentiated by small details.

Every now and then comes a generation that changes in bigger ways. For the 911, it would be the 996 and its weirdly-shaped optics or the 991 and its turbos. Is the new Trabuco 7 the weirdo of the family?

Trabuco 2019 unboxed

Gone are the boring color schemes of the previous generation. The Trabuco 2019 comes in multiple flashy colors, with an outsole that contrasts with the rest of the shoe and makes it immediately recognizable.

There’s no shortage of colors, so there’s one matching any outfit. Let’s face it: it is a very desirable shoe.

The upper is noticeably different than generation 6. It has nice-looking, soft-feeling suede-like pieces and a new tongue with an additional layer of mesh meant to prevent dirt from entering the inside.

The mesh looks more breathable while being tighter than generation 5 who was very weak in that respect (the mesh would tear off rapidly where the forefoot bends).

Laces look well-sized (we’ll come back to it), unlike the ridiculously long laces of their predecessors. The finish is exceptional, the colors are even more beautiful than on the picture, and the perceived construction quality is excellent.

The midsole is made aggressive in its appearance by a 2-color zig-zag, which visually suggests that some kind of magic is going to happen at the outsole level. From a specs perspective, nothing but Asics proven classics: DuoMax, SpEva and GEL.

Where the Trabuco 7 stands out is the new outsole and its striking design, made even more intriguing by the flashy colors, and the apparent height of the studs.

Gone are the days when the Trabuco was a mere trail-adapted version of a road running shoe (a kind of “4x4 Kayano”): it is evident, by looking at it, that this shoe is going to suck on asphalt, but excel on muddy trails.

On the feet and on the trails

I’ve already covered design; they are some of the best-looking trail running shoes I ever owned, and they look great on my feet as well. They certainly feel heavy—but hey, we’re not going for a speedwork session on the track, are we?

When it comes to fit, I feel that Asics fixed a number of weaknesses with the previous generation. The toe box is noticeably wider.

I normally buy 12.5 US Trabucos and almost hesitated to return the 2019 and get myself a pair of US 12. That would have been a risky move, so I decided to optimize lacing and chose thicker socks to wear with them.

Speaking of lacing, it seems that Asics has always been struggling with it, as demonstrated by the many changes in length, material as well as shape/pattern of the holes it implemented over time.

The 2019 edition is one of the best. Laces are made of a fairly traditional fabric, which offers a predictable behavior. Its length is about right and fit for both single & double knot lovers.

I also found it easy to narrow the shoe at the front, lock it for downhills, while keeping some space at the top to not sacrifice comfort.

Worth knowing: The fabric of the laces changes in length as they become wet. And, once wet, it can become challenging to untie them if they were very tightly tied and if you have short nails.

In other words, it takes a couple of kilometers before I come up with the right adjustment. I will usually start with a single knot, then re-tie them with a double before the first big downhill.

When training or on an ultra, it won’t be problematic. But, on a shorter race with not enough time to warm up, it could force a runner to stop and waste time.

Running with the Trabuco 7 is a “What You See is What You Get” experience. Traction is mindblowing, on a par with a Salomon Speedcross but with better stability.

In muddy conditions, the Trabuco reigns supreme. Besides, mud comes off fairly rapidly.

More surprisingly, adherence on wet rocks is excellent. I found myself running multiple long sessions in the Chamonix area under heavy rain, and where the Trabuco 6 would have made for a slippery experience, the 7 felt extremely safe.

Evidently, this new behavior comes at a cost. First of all, grip is so good that it can become dangerous. I heavily fell three times during my first week with the Trabuco 7.

All 3 times running downhill as one of the feet would come back from the rear, it would catch a stone or root on the way. This is attributable to the thickness/height of the outsole. I had to consciously adjust my stride to be safe again when running fast downhill.

Second, the shoe lost flexibility and dynamism compared to the Trabuco 6, and has some of the “soccer shoe” feeling when running on asphalt. Its responsiveness is quite good when running on the forefoot on the trails, especially uphill.

But when tired and/or running with a heel strike on flat surfaces, you’ll be getting very little help from the shoe to transfer energy to the front.

Add to it that the Trabuco retains quite a lot of humidity in its upper, which adds weight to an already-heavy shoe.

Durability is, as expected with Trabucos, excellent. Those are “heavy duty” companions that you can depend on.

My pair had to put up with 280 miles and approx. 120’000 feet of positive elevation in tough conditions, including sessions between 50K and 90K. Until now, they still hardly show any sign of age.

The outsole looks the same as when I unboxed them, with the exception of one stud that came off entirely at the front of the shoe. This is very isolated damage.

 

Figure 2: outsole of my used pair. With the exception of one stud that came off, it is still in great shape.

 

The feel after 400+ km is different, though, Cushioning and dynamism have virtually disappeared, and the inner fabric has lost its softness in spite of my precautions (I thoroughly wash my pairs after a run involving dirt or mud).

They are not comfortable shoes anymore but are still excellent for specific use cases (I used them for a muddy vertical kilometer recently and they propelled me to a new PR!).

And, let’s put those observations into perspective. With such mileage, some models from other brands would be totally destroyed. In short, they are now ready to be re-purposed for hikes with the family or occasional winter muddy runs.

 

Figure 3: 280 miles of mountain running and still in perfect condition. Nowhere is the mesh torn. No sign of the toe protection coming off. This is superb construction quality!

Pros

  • Grip on all surfaces in all conditions
  • Heavy-duty, highly durable, superb quality
  • True to the Trabuco fundamentals: stable, OK cushioning
  • Gorgeous design

Cons

  • Relatively heavy and gets heavier when wet
  • Not very dynamic
  • Totally unfit for asphalt

Bottom line

I initially questioned Asics’ transformation of the Trabuco. Up to Gen 6, it was an all-round trail running shoe meant to be a compromise across all dimensions.

It did not excel at anything but was good enough in so many situations that it could be a trail runner’s swiss knife and could appeal to the budget runner not willing to invest in different pairs.

With Gen 7, the Trabuco has radicalized to become the master of technical trails and is at ease with mud, rocks, and slippery stones. It is excellent in steep slopes where the mere mortals walk. It is totally safe in ridiculously dangerous downhills.

In other words, it is terrific for non-elite ultra mountain runners whose priority is not running dynamics.

Now, that Asics released the Trabuco Pro, an allegedly lighter and more responsive shoe (which I have yet to try), I understand the move a little better. Maybe there is a space for those two categories, after all.

As far as I am concerned, I bought a pair of Hoka Speedgoat 3, and the two shoes complement each other perfectly.

Sébastien Bouchet | Level 1 expert Verified
Hello, Sebastien here! I am an average guy with no talent for running who became a sub-3hr marathoner and 640+ ITRA trail runner. I was able do these through passion, hard work, and an analytical/methodical/pseudo-scientific approach to everything. At 43, I've decided to give back to the running community and will do pro-bono stuff in 2020, such as pacemaking a marathon and closing an ultra trail.

  • The latest version of the Asics Gel FujiTrabuco presents to the market a trail running shoe that is ideal for long-distance running. In this release, Asics claims it to be the more protective and comfortable than the previous FujiTrabuco. Users of the previous versions would find some familiar details in this new rendition, as well as some introductory features.
  • The Gel FujiTrabuco 7 retains the Gel cushioning system in the rearfoot of the midsole, while the upper continues to utilize the Lace Garage technology and the SPeVA® 45 Lasting to create a durable and comfortable structure. Meanwhile, the sole unit introduces the DUOMAX® Support System, which aims to enhance foot stability, and the AsicsGrip™ technology, which is a new proprietary outsole tech.

The sizing scheme of the Gel FujiTrabuco 7 follows that of a standard running shoe, which means that runners should be able to fit in their usual size preference without any problems. The shoe is designed for high arches; however, it can accommodate both high and low volume feet, as it is available in Medium and Wide.

Introducing in the Asics FujiTrabuco series is the AsicsGrip™ outsole technology. This outsole material is made from a sticky, flexible rubber that provides high-level grip on various surfaces. Although it is sticky, the AsicsGrip™ material remains durable, which ensures wearers it is able to handle rugged conditions without any problems.

The tread pattern on the outsole of the Gel FujiTrabuco 7 is also updated. The previous version features ovals and flat pentagons in the middle, and chevron-shaped stripes on the sides. In this shoe, an assortment of diamonds, triangles, and other quadrilateral shapes make up the surface of the outsole. These shallow lugs are randomly placed to guarantee multidirectional traction.

Similar to the popular Asics Gel Nimbus 21, the midsole of the Gel FujiTrabuco 7 features Flytefoam® Lyte Technology, which Asics claims to be their lightest cushioning material. The formulation of the Flytefoam® Lyte is created from organic nanofibers that are 55% lighter than the conventional midsole foam. With Flytefoam® Lyte, runners experience an improved performance, as well as a significant reduction in weight, thus resulting in a more comfortable run.

Within the midsole is a dual-density structure, called the Duomax®, which operates as a support system to enhance stability. Duomax® reduces the stress on the foot caused by the inward rolling of the heel, usually common in overpronation but could also occur with neutral pronators.

Another support feature of the Gel FujiTrabuco 7 is a rock protection plate in the forefoot area. The plate prevents underfoot and toe-related injuries that commonly happen on trails.

Lastly, the Gel cushioning system covers the rearfoot area of the midsole. This silicone-based gel works as a shock absorber, ensuring a responsive and seamless ride.

On top of the midsole is an Ortholite® sockliner, which provides an additional layer of cushioning, as well as a odor-reducing unit because of its moisture control property.

Like its previous version, the Gel FujiTrabuco 7 utilizes a no-sew mesh upper that provides the foot with adequate ventilation. It also gives a smooth and comfortable sensation as it reduces skin irritation caused by chafing. Such a construction allows the runner to wear the shoe with thin or no socks.

With the Lace Garage™ technology, a pocket in the midfoot area enables a quick and tidy way of tucking in the laces, keeping them unexposed and out of the way for a hassle-free run.

A 45-degree lasting of full-length SPeVA® provides a long-lasting and enhanced degree of comfort through a soft platform.

Size and fit

True to size based on 118 user votes
Small (39%)
True to size (60%)
Large (0%)
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Same sizing as Asics Gel FujiTrabuco 8.

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Size comments

The Fuji Trabuco 7 fits true to size....The FujiTrabuco 7 fits true to size.. - Niall Jordan, Level 3 expert
It fits just fine... They seem to be true to size. - Michael Plendl, Level 2 expert
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy

How Gel FujiTrabuco 7 compares

This shoe: 91
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This shoe: $130
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This shoe: 12.7oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
5oz 24oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.

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