Asics Gel Fujitrabuco 7 GTX
335g (UK 10) Verdict: A solid, reliable sort of partner to accompany you 7/10
If protection rather than pace is what your next muddy, off-road adventure is all about then this is a shoe to take a look at. Definitely it's on the heavier side and the lightweight gazelles among us will shy away from the bulky feel, but in reality that protection is superb. There's heel to toe stability and as ever Asics' gel – so amazingly popular on the road – provides superb cushioning. We loved the waterproofing as well as the breathability, and we're also impressed with the small detail – reflectivity for the dark nights we are about to enjoy! It sits on an 8mm drop which means it's easy to get on with straight out of the box.