Who should buy the ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 GTX

Definitely get the ASICS Sonoma 6 GTX if you want:

  • an affordable waterproof trail shoe
  • a trail runner for short to mid-distance runs
  • a shoe that can double as your hiking and walking shoe

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ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 GTX: Trail-ready on a budget 

Waterproof shoes, in general, are typically more expensive than regular running shoes. That said, the ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 GTX makes a turn by being a sub $100 waterproof trail runner. 

Don't fret, it doesn't cut corners on trail-specific features. It has a solid rubber outsole that digs into various surfaces to keep surefootedness at peak.

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On stones, mud, wet grass, and loose gravel, many find the trail shoe confidence-inspiring. The outsole bites so well, there are zero reports of slipping. 

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Working together, the Amplifoam cushioning supplies comfort while the Gel tech absorbs impact. And to further the shoe's cushiness, an Ortholite sockliner is embedded to provide a soft feel underfoot. 

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Shielded yet breathable

Thanks to Sonoma's Gore-Tex upper, runners find it "perfect" for wet conditions. According to them, no water penetrated their shoe, and their feet remained "wonderfully dry." 

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Although it has a waterproof upper, which is often warm, multiple testers commend its ventilation. 

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Narrow-footed runners claim that it's "very roomy" in the front. There's ample volume and width in the forefoot for a comfortable wiggle space. 

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Comfy and light

"Like walking on clouds," this is how reviewers describe the shoe's cushion. It has very soft padding inside and doesn't need any break-ins. Even after 35 km, they had no blisters. 

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It's not clunky like other trail shoes. It doesn't drag the feet down. There are even those who state that it's "lighter" than walking shoes

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ASICS Gel Sonoma 6 GTX vs. 5 GTX

For the sixth version of the Sonoma GTX, the main focus has become the fit. This time around, it's snugger in the heel and midfoot while roomier in the forefoot for a comfortable wrap. Overlays are also added to keep the foot locked in place while upping sturdiness. 

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 315g / Women 255g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: ASICS Gel Sonoma 6
Collection: ASICS Gel
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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