2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

ASICS GT-2170 Trail, $110

www.asicsamerica.com

Weight — M: 12.0 oz.; W: 10.3 oz.

FIT: This shoe mimics the fit of the GT-2170 road shoe: a locked-down heel, snug at the midfoot and rather compact in the forefoot.

FEEL: Although there are plush interior features, it feels firm. That’s largely because it has a traditional medial post construction—a firm wedge of foam inserted under the arch to stiffen the otherwise soft and resilient midsole foam—and a hard plastic support bridge to stabilize runners who tend to overpronate. It also has a traditionally built-up dual-density heel (and a 10mm heel-toe drop), which contributes to the heavy weight of the shoe.

RIDE: Given this shoe is a road/trail crossover, it’s not surprising this GT-2170 rides just like the GT-2170 road model—consistently firm and supportive. It’s considerably less flexible and agile than most other trail models and doesn’t offer great traction on more rugged terrain, but it does provide protection against stubbed toes, sidewall abrasions and pointy trail obstacles.

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