Asics Gecko XT

Women’s 244 g (8.6 oz.) Men’s 295 g (10.4 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 6 mm $150

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

The Gecko is an all-new model from Asics. The Ja­panese com­pany has al­ways of­fered a strong, light­weight op­tion for the trails, and the Gecko is per­haps their best ef­fort yet. It also fea­tures some newer tech­nolo­gies by Asics, start­ing with their Geck­o­trac out­sole, which pro­vides the most grip of any Asics trail shoe. It’s built upon their won­der­ful Flyte­foam mid­sole, which is soft and even more gel-like than their leg­endary Gel cush­ion­ing, as one of our tester’s put it.

The Gecko XT also fea­tures a rock plate in the fore­foot to pro­tect from rough ter­rain, as well as a smooth and light mesh up­per to fin­ish off a rather re­fined de­sign. For a first-gen­er­a­tion shoe, the Gecko XT is sur­pris­ingly well re­solved, and will be pleas­ing for those look­ing to get af­ter it on some fast yet gritty sin­gle­track.

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