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ASICS Gel FujiEndurance, $180
This is a big-mountain workhorse with the vibe of a more agile hybrid. The FujiEndurance is by far the most rugged trail shoe ASICS has ever made but it still retains the fit and feel of a road running shoe. The unique, water-resistant upper keeps moisture at bay without reducing breathability too much, but it’s the full-length rock plate and durable and slightly wider outsole with directional lugs that make this shoe viable for running mountains. Our testers appreciated the stable and sturdy undercarriage of this shoe for rugged terrain, but liked that it offered a flexible and nimble midsole and outsole suitable for milder terrain too.
Plus: The “lace garage” on top of the tongue helps keep laces from flopping around or getting caught on trail debris.
Minus: This shoe is a tad heavier and slightly less flexible.
Weights: 11.7 oz. (men’s), 9.6 oz. (women’s)
Heel-to-Toe Offset: 8mm; 25mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)