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