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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.

  • Use

    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
    $60
  • Weight
    Men: 7.8oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.

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Expert Reviews

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Updates to Nike Dual Fusion Trail 2

  • 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.

Nike Dual Fusion Trail 2 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.