Canadian Running

Asics Gecko XT

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


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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