Summary

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

6 reasons to buy

  • The Sonoma 2 GTX offers an extremely comfortable ride, noted several runners.
  • Most runners ranked the shoe’s durability as very good.
  • It is an excellent investment for trail runners.
  • The numerous flex grooves provide indispensable flexibility in a well-cushioned shoe.
  • The 2nd version of the Sonoma GTX is versatile enough to take the runner from road to trail, according to some reviews.
  • Running from 10Ks to ultra-long distances is doable in this shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The elevated stack height may disappoint more than several runners.
  • Some runners were not able to enjoy their technical runs in this shoe.

Bottom line

The Gel Sonoma 2 GTX is a muscled trainer that can still take on ultra-long miles. With this in mind, Asics provides more than adequate arch support that still allows neutral runners to pile on the miles. The shoe is made for recreational or novice runners but remains to be a good option for seasoned ones who are looking for a reliable and no-fuss training partner.

Facts

Base model: Asics Gel Sonoma 2
Update: Asics Gel Sonoma 3 GTX
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.1oz | Women: 9.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
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: 33mm | Women: 33mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
A top rated Asics running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April

  • The Sonoma 2 GTX comes up with a new upper that is more breathable and durable. Asics maximizes its own logo to act as the main midfoot overlay in this version. Additionally, a leather-like material provides support in the heel and protection in the forefoot.
  • Asics also redefines the rubber configuration in the upper. While the lugs remain moderately aggressive, they ring the perimeter of the shoe for quick turns and effortless transition to road running. The introduction of the AHAR+ rubber guarantees enhanced durability in this shoe.

The signature fit of Asics trainers is significant in the Sonoma 2 GTX. There is generous spacing in the heel to the forefoot that is not sloppy. Runners who love volume and width in the toe box can get their wishes in the fit provided by this shoe. Asics offers the standard D for men’s and B for women’s as the width. Sizes are accurate in options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Horizontal and vertical Flex grooves, as well as moderately-sized lugs, characterize the outsole. These lugs also dot the perimeter for an exceptional bite during quick turns or a change in directions. Providing cover for the Trail Specific Outsole is the AHAR+ blown rubber, which is designed for enhanced durability and a little more cushioning. The AHAR+ technology is one of the most preferred choices for the outsoles of Asics running shoes; the Gel Kayano 25 is one other example.


Running from the heel to the forefoot is the SpEVA midsole, this is an upgrade over the standard EVA and provides decent responsiveness and cushioning in really durable foam. The full-length set up helps with the transition from the heel to the forefoot.


The upper is very basic, consisting largely of more durable and breathable mesh. Another evident part of the upper is the synthetic overlays that provide structure and support. Protection for the toes is provided by a synthetic toe cap. The padded tongue and collar make the run plush and cozy while the removable and cushioned insole can be replaced with custom orthotics. Present below the mesh is the GTX membrane. This is a waterproofing technology that provides all-encompassing upper protection from wetness. Night running is safely enhanced by the presence of 3M reflective materials.

Comparison

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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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