Who should buy the Asics Alpine XT 

You will love the Asics Alpine XT if you want an appealing and versatile neutral running shoe to use for all-day wear, walking, jogging, or long-distance

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Trail-optimized designed outsole of the Asics Alpine XT 

The outsole unit of the Asics Alpine XT makes use of a trail-optimized design to deliver traction on a variety of surfaces and conditions. Multidirectional gripping lugs allow the wearer to tackle uphill climbs and downward slopes with ease and confidence.

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The medial and lateral sections of the midsole—near the heel—are slightly raised. Such a configuration adds support and steadiness.

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The not-so-aggressive lug pattern allows this running shoe to transition effortlessly between the trails and the roads.

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Responsive rides with the Asics Alpine XT midsole

SpEVA is a full-length midsole foam that provides cushioning throughout the running session. It’s designed to be bouncy and reactive to the motion of the foot on top of it. It’s also constructed to resist early breakdown.

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A cushioned footbed adds a bit more support for the underfoot. It has a textile top to give a soft sensation to the skin.

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Cool and dry running with the Asics Alpine XT upper

The Asics Alpine XT makes use of Airmesh, which is a breathable material that maintains a cool and dry environment for the foot. It has ventilation pores that permit the flow of air into the interior chamber.

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Overlays are fused to the mesh. The purpose of these thin add-ons is to provide structure to the upper and to keep the foot secure. The toe box and heel sections have a thicker variant of the material to protect against the elements on the trails.

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Stitching reinforces the eyelets and the collar. The goal of this design is to heighten the durability of the upper and to retain the integrity of the thin overlays. The padded collar cushions the sides of the foot. It also prevents in-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe-removals

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. A lightly cushioned tongue supports the instep. It also prevents the shoelaces from digging into the skin. A pull-tab with the Asics branding is placed on the tongue. It makes wearing and removing the shoe much easier. Also, it doubles as a lace-lock mechanism to prevent tongue deviation.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 315g / Women 238g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 18mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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