Asics’ heritage lies within track running and you immediately feel that in the construction of this shoe, with a lightweight build, racer profile and minimal protection. If you’re used to road running, the ride will be familiar – Asics claim it to be neutral; the drop is 10mm and movement natural, particularly for midfoot runners like myself. We’d recommend reserving the Fujitrabuco 5 for low-land trails such as the ones these were tested on, as the off-road specific features, like multi-directional lugs and a firm sole, are understated, despite the bulky toe-protection plate. For shoes flitting between tarmac and trails, though, these were brilliant to fly around in.
Great fun to race around gentle trails, with top road-running credentials.