Light, Fast & Free: 2014 Summer Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

ASICS Fuji Trainer 3

ASICS Fuji Trainer 3, $100

9.6 oz. (men’s), 7.0 oz. (women’s)

26 mm (heel), 18 mm forefoot (men’s)


Fit: The Fuji Trainer 3 fits like all of ASICS’ road and trail shoes: snug in the heel, secure in the midfoot and snug but not tight in the forefoot.

Feel: The Fuji Trainer 3 feels pretty light and nimble when you first put it on and on most types of terrain. The easy-flexing demeanor, enhanced-fitting upper and protective toe box are a sublime combination—no matter how fast or slow you want to run.

Ride: With equal parts soft cushioning and trail-specific features, the neutral-oriented Fuji Trainer 3 is great example of a trail-road hybrid shoe that can cover a lot of terrain with long-wearing road-shoe comfort. It’s most at home on moderate to smooth trails, but it can hold its own on more rugged terrain too, although our wear-testers found it doesn’t have enough sidewall or toe box protection for the gnarliest of routes. Still, our wear-testers raved about this shoe for its versatility, its comfort and its agility. “This is my go-to shoe for my twice-a-week trail runs,” said one wear-tester.

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