Now I am no elite athlete, a weekend warrior at best, possibly best described as an enthusiastic beginner designed for comfort rather than speed, but new to trail running I was eager to head out in the Orongorongo’s and give my Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 7’s a good go during this weekend’s Xterra event.
After a week of rain it was great to see the sunshine and head out on the trails with hundreds of other keen runners and a few K9 friends knowing the conditions of the day would be perfect, the trails would be nice and soft with great pockets of mud.
A little bit about the shoe. The Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 7 is a purpose-built trail shoe with a shock absorbing gel rearfoot and high density extreme lugs, which are specific for stability and traction, both up and down hill. The tongue of the shoe is designed to keep debris out and as with all Asics shoes, they feature the removable sock liner, which is a function ensuring these shoes are able to accommodate an orthotic.
I found the Trabuco very comfortable, especially being available in the wider width to accommodate the less than elegant splay of my forefoot. The ground feel and contact enhanced my confidence during the run and I was able to try out going a bit faster and stronger, which the shoes enabled but I’m not sure I was entirely prepared for.
Terrain that these shoes and I did not bond well with was the tar seal, hard packed trail and tree roots. I did learn to step around the tree roots though, not on them as the lugs definitely had nothing to grip to and preferred to slide.
The tongue of the shoe being designed to keep debris out is a genius feature for a trail shoe and the Trabuco did just that. No grit or stones managed to creep in, meaning I was comfortable underfoot for the whole duration of the event.
One of the new features of the Trabuco that I particularly enjoyed was the lace garage. That’s right, tie your shoes laces up and tuck them away. With arms and legs going everywhere as I’m getting sideways down the tree rooted terrain it was just one less thing to trip over and for that, I was very grateful.
I wondered during the run, was I wearing the right shoes for the job?…. Absolutely.
Review by Resonance Podiatrist Nadia Sorensen