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The FuzeGel mid­sole isn’t quite as soft as Asics’s straight-up Gel ap­proach, mak­ing the FuzeX a more per­for­mance-ori­ented shoe. The fit is also dif­fer­ent than most Asics train­ers, run­ning nar­row and about a half-size big. As with the up­per, the FuzeX is a firmer ride, re­quir­ing a break-in pe­riod. Over­all, our testers de­scribed the feel­ing un­der­foot as “poppy” and that it had a “snap”, par­tic­u­larly for heel-strik­ers as they landed and then toed-off.

The FuzeX is not quite light enough to be con­sid­ered a rac­ing flat, but it does have the styling and firmer ride of a more ag­gres­sive shoe. It’s an odd ve­hi­cle for in­tro­duc­ing the FuzeGel tech­nol­ogy but a fun shoe for those who love a firm ride. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing FuzeGel used in other mod­els to re­ally get a feel for what it’s like.– CR

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