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Asics Gel Sonoma 6: budget-friendly, basic trail shoe

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.

What is it best for?

  • Terrain: light, hard-packed trails
  • Activity: daily running, light hiking

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

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 is supposed to give a better heel and midfoot hold yet more space in the toebox
  • improved lug design and spacing for a more efficient grip


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