Asics Gel-Fuji Trabuco 2 Trail Running Shoes

He participated to the diagonal of fools and the Treg.  Jean-Marc Delorme took the opportunity to test a pair of shoes: Asics Trabuco Fuji 2.

The tester

Jean-Marc Delorme
40 years

Size: 1 m 87
Weight: 86 kg
Practice of running 15 years
5 to 6 workouts a week

Marathon: 3:07
Half-marathon: 1 h 20
Trails: 15 h 45 CCC, 39 h diagonal of fools, Marathon des Sables, Transalp Run, Ultra Indian Race, UTMB, raid 73 etc…

The test conditions

To perform this test, I traveled about 600 km with majority of training in the mountains, on paths very technical (but also very varied as sand and mud terrains) and competing on the diagonal of fools and the Treg.

About the weather, it has been variable, ranging from the dry weather at the time wet and muddy.

The test

My first reaction: the look of the shoe is quite nice!

In practice, like the previous sports shoes, the Trabuco Fuji 2 is very stable and reassuring in all technical ways, thanks to its technology DuoMax present on several models of the brand.
These shoes are very comfortable and breathable, even on very long with a high temperature. They behave perfectly well in the more technical descents, they are accurate and not too wide which allows rather quick adaptation. Note that the lacing is very nice. On phases of rise, there is really a very good performance with crampons arranged at 90 °. The grip on rock or scree is reasonable even if my taste it deserves to be a little further. Finally on the muddy surface, she don’t “stuff not too”, the evacuation of mud has been done properly.
The cushioning is perfect and well distributed on the shoe.When dynamism, it is OK, but this isn’t the most dynamic model in the range!

Now we come to the problem! After having trained with three different pairs, I had to pick up some spikes of the sole as well as the stone barrier several times. Certainly a collage at the factory default…

That said, this is my only downside for a shoe that is and remains, for me, a reference no doubt in trail and ultra-trail.


I would advise these Trabuco Fuji 2 both training for the competition. A focus on: outputs on way, forest and mountain. This model seems to me suitable for all profiles: from beginner to the experienced rider, and for any type of stride.

The record of the Asics Trabuco Fuji 2

Brand: ASICS
Model: Trabuco Fuji 2
Weight: 360 gr in 42.5
Usage type: trail, training and competition
Type of stride: universal
Price: €120
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Technologies used:
Cushioning Gel: on the heel and the forefoot. For comfort and protection. 
Construction Monosock: on the upper part, to prevent dirt and debris from entering the shoe. 
External Heel Counter: for a fit custom.
DuoMax: for maximum stability.