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ASICS GEL-Fuji Trainer2, $100
9.2 oz.; 7.9 oz.
Fit: These provide a medium fit throughout, with a wider heel pocket, but can be cinched down for a fairly secure fit on everyone except for runners with very narrow feet.
Feel: The ride on these was light, yet semi-firm. A softer heel counter and mesh upper combine with subtle overlays for added support and an overall feeling of non-restrictive structure. The 6mm heel-toe drop platform seems to be a midpoint between traditional and modern and contributes to the easy flex and feeling of having just enough cushion and protection.
Ride: The Fuji Trainer 2 gripped well in the grime thanks to widely spaced, multi-directional treads that held the trail, but not mud. One tester, a long-time ASICS wearer, appreciated the stable, yet nimble ride. However, the paired down design did leave some wondering, “How did they get so much shoe in such a lightweight package?”