Asics always comes up with the goods when it comes to ride quality and the AHAR (high abrasion resistant rubber) does everything you’d hope for when it comes to tackling rocky terrain. There is also a rock protection plate for added comfort and the multi-directional lugs provide excellent grip. The mid-sole is soft and responsive, which is slightly unusual for Asics which tends to go for a firmer ride but don’t think this is a pillow-type shoe; it is more solid, responsive and pretty protective over rough ground. It weighs in at 375g.
Breathability and general comfort is also good and in fact this quickly became a favourite for longer, canal path-type runs that wandered slightly to muddier woodland terrain. You can venture further afield or stay on the road because this is a versatile running shoe.
Removable sockliner that provides cushioning performance and moisture wicking for a cooler
TRAIL SPECIFIC OUTSOLE
Reserved lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
SOLYTE MIDSOLE MATERIAL
A lighter weight midsole compound than ASICS' standard EVA and SpEVA®. Also features enhanced
ANTI GRAVEL TONGUE
Special tongue construction that prevents debris entering the shoe.
IMPACT GUIDANCE SYSTEM (I.G.S.)
ASICS design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
GEL CUSHIONING SYSTEM
Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
New blown AHAR outsole material. Delivers enhanced cushioning
durability and ride to the foot.
ROCK PROTECTION PLATE
Protects the foot against sharp objects such as rocks and branches.