Asics Gel Fuji Racer Review

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Asics Gel Fuji Racer



  • May 2012


Asics designed a lightweight race trail shoe with the Asics Gel Fuji  Racer.   This shoe felt like a spring, was super flexible in the forefoot,  giving my feet a great lower feel with the trail.   It is designed with a breathable upper mesh with minimal overlays and a simple low-profile, making the Fuji Racer the lightest trail shoe yet.

This shoe weighs only 8.8 oz and has a 5 mm heel-to-toe drop.   The shoe has good traction making it safer to run on varied terrains.   These provide a minimalist type of trail shoe but feel well cushioned too.

The Fuji Racer is a sleek speedster that combines proven fit and road-shoe expertise with a relatively firm, low-profile midsole for agility, flexibility and underfeet protection.   The shoe has an upper mesh that is breathable and quick-draining.    The shoe felt very GEL cushioned in the rear of the shoe, although it felt like there could have been a little more cushioning and protection in the front.   This shoe is equally viable option for long, easy runs on most surfaces, as well as up-tempo speed training and racing.

These shoes felt good for mid to long trail training runs. These were a good option for making a translational shoe in moving from a normal trail shoe to a more minimalist trail shoe.   Also, I have used these on a few half marathon trail races where the shoe felt lightweight and fast.



  • Weight: 8.8 oz (size 9)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 6 mm
  • Available Widths: D=Medium
  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Colors : Red-Black/Aqua-Green-Black/Light-Blue-Black




  • Open Upper Mesh on the upper provides breathability
  • Asics logo is located on both sides of the upper to keep the shoe snug to the foot



  • Solyte an ultra light, midsole that delivers durable and responsive cushioning
  • Trusstic System utilizes a thermal plastic midfoot to reduce weight and increase torsional rigidity



  • Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) the carbon rubber heel for exceptional durability
  • Drainage Holes the outsole allows excess water to drain out of the shoe




  • Lightweight: provides good cushioning in the heel area
  • Breathable: Good upper mesh design
  • Comfortable protects the toe from rock debris
  • Flexibility: Good outsole design for varied terrains
  • Good Traction: provides excellent traction and grip on various trail surfaces



  • Trail running, Trail Racing, Training



  • A lightweight neutral shoe for runners looking to go more minimal designed for daily training




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