Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The softly-padded interior makes trail-running enjoyable and comfortable in the 2nd version of the Dual Fusion Trail.
  • It is very affordable.
  • Some runners loved its lightweight ride.
  • A good number appreciated the smooth ride of the Dual Fusion Trail 2.
  • It is very breathable, as remarked by several.
  • There were more than a few who got compliments because of how the shoe looks.
  • Ground feedback was felt by a few.
  • Arch support is very good, based on quite a number of users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It felt a big snug for a handful.
  • The traction on wet areas left something to be desired, according to some runners.

Bottom line

The 2nd iteration of the Dual Fusion Trail is a versatile and lightweight trail runner that can do quick runs or high-mileage sessions. Designed mostly for light to moderate trail on dry conditions, the shoe breathes extremely well, moves smoothly, provides good ground perception, and with the style to turn heads. Above all, the price is unbeatable for a do-it-all trail companion.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.8oz | Women: 7.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Nike
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $60
Colorways: Beige, Black, Blue, Purple
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April

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  • The facelift of the Dual Fusion Trail 2 is very minimal and largely limited in the upper. Most apparent in the change is the bigger mesh for better durability while maintaining the same breathability.
  • Nike minimized the risk of blisters in the new Dual Fusion Trail by removing the seams around the midfoot. The seams are now located in the heel for more support and durability. Another subtle change is the addition of more eyelet support. There is a new leather-like support in the first three eyelets while the rest of the eyelets are laminated.
  • On the medial side, the leather-like overlay beneath the first eyelet gives added midfoot hold and durability. Finally, a rubberized toe protection replaces the stitched toe bumper for more room in the toe box and less chances of developing blisters.

Runners with narrow to average foot widths are suited for the kind of fit that the Dual Fusion Trail 2 offers. It is basically the same as the earlier model, but with enhanced midfoot hold due to the more substantial leather-like material on the medial side. The shoe has a standard shoe length.


Nike populates the outsole of the 2nd coming of the Dual Fusion Trail with sizeable lugs in the center of the midfoot and forefoot. The lateral side and medial side are connected by almost unbroken rubber all the way to the heel for better and more efficient transitions.


The shoe takes its name from the way the midsole is designed. It has a Dual Fusion of 3-densities of foam. Sandwiched between hard and soft foams is a standard EVA. The combination gives a very nice blend of cushioning, responsiveness, and durability in a lightweight mix.


The upper of the Dual Fusion Trail 2 is a regular fusion of very breathable mesh and synthetic overlays for support and structure. Nike’s proprietary Flywire cords that are looped through the laces and attached to the midsole provide excellent midfoot support and hold. To prevent the cords from causing blisters or hot spots, a soft inner sleeve is built inside. A removable sockliner adds cushioning and support.

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