Our verdict


If you’re not planning to spend a lot of money on a pair of trail shoes, then the Gel Sonoma from ASICS may fit the bill just right. Simple yet functional, this model provides all the trail shoe essentials under $100. Not to mention that it can also double as a hiking shoe for moderate adventures.


  • Works for all-day wear
  • Great off-road traction
  • Can do for light hiking
  • No break-in period
  • Feels light
  • Affordable
  • VIsually appealing


  • Visible glue
  • No reflective elements
  • Firm cushioning

Who should buy ASICS Gel Sonoma 6

Sonoma is a budget-friendly, basic trail shoe from ASICS that serves best for the following:

  • running or hiking on hard-packed trails
  • daily running of any distance

A waterproof Gore-Tex version of the Sonoma 6 is also available for those rainy days.

Who should NOT buy the shoe

The Gel Sonoma 6 is not the best choice if you expect super comfortable plush cushioning. For a softer underfoot experience, consider the ASICS Fuji Lite 2 or the New Balance Nitrel V4.

Also, this is a neutral running shoe so it has no arch support. So, if you have flat feet or overpronation, have a look at the ASICS GT 2000 9 Trail instead.

Sonoma 6: what’s new?

The 6th iteration remains consistent with its predecessor. It carries over some of the key components like the AmpliFoam and Gel cushioning. You will also recognize a similar breathable mesh with wide pores. But here is what received an update:

  • new last design gives a better heel and midfoot hold and more space in the toebox
  • improved lug design and spacing that lead to a more efficient grip

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 outsole

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 brings A-game traction

Runners and hikers are highly satisfied with the gripping capacity of the Sonoma 6. They are especially happy with its performance up and downhill. Those who have tested it in Monterey (CA) and Tortugas (NM) report that they didn't slip once.

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 heel outsole

Cushioning does the job

Despite being on the firmer side, the cushioning unit on the Sonoma 6 pleased the majority of wearers. Some of them take the shoe on 6-10-mile runs and hikes regularly and are happy with the underfoot support.

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 amplifoam

Well-fitting upper

The shoe is reported to fit well straight from the box. It doesn't seem to require a break-in period. Also, someone with a bunion found the fit accommodating too.

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 midfoot

The pull tab at the back helps with an easy on-and-off action.

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 collar

Style is an important aspect of the Sonoma 6

A great number of reviewers have commented on the visual aspect of this ASICS shoe. They found it to be really good-looking and loved the mix of color options. Some even ended up receiving many compliments from people they didn't even know.

ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 ASICS

Unfortunately, more than a few people were taken aback by the visible glue marks all over the shoe. It does not take away from the shoe's durability but definitely reveals its budget-friendly price point.