ASICS GT2000 Trail, $120
Category: Cushioned Cruisers
Weights: 11.2 oz. (men’s), 9.3 (women’s)
Heights: 27mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)
Fit: Like other ASICS road and trail shoes, the fit of the GT2000 is lusciously snug in the heel and midfoot with a smidge of extra room in the toe box.
Feel: This pair feels comfy, snug and soft the moment you step in and lace them up. The upper is breathable and flexible, while the interior is silky smooth. But all of that comfort tends to hide the stable and sturdy sensation you feel while running on all types of terrain.
Ride: As expected, this model runs just as smoothly as the ASICS 2000-series roads shoes. It has a similar construction with some added trail tooling (a trail-oriented outsole with low-profile lugs and a slightly reinforce toe box), which makes it an ideal road-to-trail hybrid shoe. Our wear-testers found that it excels on gravel roads, paved roads, dirt paths and semi-technical terrain. It runs pretty well on more rugged terrain for, too, but our testers thought the protection and traction were designed for milder types of terrain.