Asics FuzeX

Men’s 295 g (10.4 oz.); Women’s 238 g (8.4 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 8 mm $140

Canadian Running - - SHOE-IN -

For over 20 years, Asics has leaned heav­ily on its pop­u­lar (and su­per soft) Gel tech­nol­ogy in its run­ning shoes. With the FuzeX, a to­tally new model, the brand in­tro­duces FuzeGel. This new mid­sole ma­te­rial, you guessed it, fuses to­gether their patented gel and EVA foam. The re­sult is sup­posed to be a snappy re­turn im­me­di­ately af­ter ground con­tact, mak­ing for a su­per re­spon­sive ride that is nev­er­the­less soft and bouncy.

The FuzeX is a no­tice­ably dif­fer­ent look­ing shoe than what we’re used to from Asics. It’s a lower pro­file, more stripped-down es­thetic, with strong sin­gle-tone colour­way op­tions in men’s and women’s. The up­per is con­structed of mostly heav­ier glued com­po­nents, which make it some­what in­flex­i­ble, re­quir­ing a few runs to break in.

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