Who should buy the Asics Gecko XT

You will love the Asics Gecko XT  if you want an appealing and lightweight trail shoe that provides efficient performance and is suitable for those who have neutral pronation.

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Durable and reliable grip with the Asics Gecko XT

GeckoTrac is the rubber compound that’s used for the outsole unit of the Asics Gecko XT. It is made out of carbon rubber, which is conventionally considered a durable material. Its purpose is to protect the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the trails. It also doles out surface traction, an essential trait for any running shoe.

Asics Gecko XT forefoot outsole

Polygonal gripping lugs give traction for the runner, particularly when it comes to traversing uneven topography. The angular nature of these protrusions makes upward and downward navigations less cumbersome.

Asics Gecko XT outsole

Responsive cushioning

The midsole unit of the Asics Gecko XT features the FlyteFoam, which is a full-length material that’s designed to deliver responsive cushioning to the foot of the wearer. Strong organic fibers are integrated into the foam to prevent it from sagging or breaking down quickly.

Asics Gecko XT flytefoam

A Rock Protection Plate rests between the outsole and midsole. This sturdy yet semi-bendable piece has the purpose of acting as a barrier against irregular surfaces and other abrasive elements on the trails.

Asics Gecko XT rockplate

A cushioned footbed provides additional comfort for the underfoot. It has a textile top to maintain a smooth in-shoe feel.

Debris-free running with the Asics Gecko XT

A breathable mesh serves as the primary material for the Asics Gecko XT’s upper unit. It has a partially closed construction to prevent debris from entering the foot-chamber. Still, it can accommodate environmental air for a ventilated experience.

Asics Gecko XT mesh upper

Thin synthetic overlays reinforce the midfoot and forefoot sections. These inconspicuous add-ons protect against abrasion while also delivering a secure fit.

Asics Gecko XT overlays

A thick heel cover helps the padded collar in keeping the foot in place and prevent it from exiting the shoe unexpectedly

.Asics Gecko XT heel cup

A soft fabric lines the interior walls if the Gecko XT. It aims to hug the foot smoothly, giving irritation-free support.

Asics Gecko XT inner collar

The gusseted tongue stays in place and prevents small pebbles and other trail rubbish from infiltrating the inside of the shoe.

Asics Gecko XT tongue

A Lace Garage hides the excess portions of the shoestrings, thus preventing them from unraveling at any point during the running session.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 289g / Women 238g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 18mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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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.