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Blending racing and trail performance, the Asics Gel Fuji Racer is a solid off-road shoe featuring moderate cushioning and a firm ride.

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Asics joins the world of lightweight trail shoes with the Asics Gel Fuji Racer. This shoe is springy, nimble and super flexible in the forefoot, giving your feet a great connection with the trail. It has a breathable mesh upper with minimal overlays and a simple low-profile platform, making the Fuji Racer Asics' lightest trail shoe yet.

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Weight: 8.8 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (22mm), Forefoot (16mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Mid-foot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved

INTRODUCTION

The Fuji Racer is a moderate featured, minimum neutral trail shoe designed for daily training or racing.

CUSHIONING

  • Rearfoot Gel cushioning system is a large silicone based gel that attenuates shock during impact.

MIDSOLE

  • Solyte is an ultra light, top-of-the-line midsole that delivers durable and responsive cushioning.
  • Magic Sole uses a vented midsole to minimize weight and increase breathability.
  • Trusstic System utilizes a thermal plastic midfoot unit to reduce weight and increase torsional rigidity.

UPPER

  • Open mesh on the upper provides breathable coverage.
  • Asics logo is located on both sides of the upper to keep the shoe snug to the foot.
  • Anti Gravel Tongue is gussetted to prevent debris from entering the shoe.
  • Lace Pocket at the top of the tongue enables laces to be tucked out of the way.
  • Perforated Sockliner provides breathability and adds underfoot comfort.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

OUTSOLE

  • Rock Plate in the forefoot protects against stone bruising.
  • Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the heel is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.
  • Drainage Holes in outsole allow excess water to drain out of the shoe.

Comments: I agree with Ron, the racer 1 had really bad traction and the drainage holes are nuisance on semi-wet conditions where you could otherwise run with dry feet. At least with this trail model the holes are not as easily filled with small sharp stones when running on gravel as the other racing models. Otherwise I like the idea of light weight trail shoe and just ordered the Fuji racer 3 where the drainage holes are no longer at the bottom and the outsole is all new. Hopefully this solves these issues of otherwise nice shoe.
From: PK, Finland. 1/30/14

Comments: This is a great stability shoe on TRAILS. I run on a lot of gravel, dirt, rocks and grass. This shoe is perfect for those conditions. It is NOT a street shoe. It is very slick if there is any moisture on the pavement or shoe. I have almost 300 miles on these and had no issues on the trails. The shoe is great when you hit a rock with the stability plate. It has saved me from several spills. The shoe is durable and fits my foot extremely well. I have high arches and it is very supportive. I will buy another pair for my trails but need a different shoe for the streets.
From: Katy, College Station, TX USA

Comments: So far, so good after the first 10k on the shoes today. Seemed to handle mtn bike trails pretty well with a decent mix of soft sand areas, dry trail, and rocky terrain. I was worried after reading some reviews but the Asics Fuji Racers worked well for my purposes. The advise on buying a half size up is spot on - Thanks all! Again, for my purposes the shoes had plenty of grip and support. The heel was decently cushioned for the descents but I can see how the lugs on the heel may not be adequate for some conditions. I'm not sure about the drainage holes in the sole and might fill them in with shoe goo or something.
From: Todd, Lake Forest, CA, USA

Comments: I typically don't write negative reviews as I feel enough people will cover that off, but I have to add my part to the Fuji Racers. I loved the Asics Gel-Scouts so much I figured all Asics must be great so I went ahead and purchased the Gel-Racers. They run a 1/2 size small I discovered so had to exchange them. Running Warehouse is the best and as usual my experience with them was flawless. Where to start, they are comfortable, and do have a touch of cushioning. The drainage wholes are gimmicky at best, and annoying at worst. Step on wet grass, or a 1mm deep bit of water and you get wet feet. That said it's the traction that bothers me the most. Asics should be ashamed to call them trail runners. Unless it is very dry and no chance of rain I will not wear them. They are the slippiest shoes I have ever owned. I'd compare then to a pair of Crocs on wet tile...yes they are that bad. I will not wear them in my own kitchen if the floor is wet. Asics should be returning all of these and addressing what I can only say is a dangerous sole. Living in Eastern Canada we get lots of rain, and have technical/rocky/rooty/wet trails to contend with. These shoes are just to dangerous for that mixture of trails. Too bad as they are comfy.
From: Ron, Ottawa, Canada

Comments: I've put a couple hundred miles on a pair and I've run a 50k in wet, sloppy mud and snow and been high above Leadville in dry, rocky conditions in them.  The good: they're light, fit well and are just protective enough to bomb down steep rocky hills if you're pretty light on your feet.  The drainage holes are great for very wet conditions. The bad: traction on wet rocks is terrible (though not many shoes are great, these seem especially bad) and traction in mud isn't great. Running on damp grass that normally wouldn't get your feet wet isn't so great because of the drainage holes.  If you like lots of cushion these aren't for you as they feel pretty firm underfoot. I'd consider buying another pair, but I'm more likely to try something else out.
From: Will, Dubuque, IA

Comments: I bought this shoe basically for the looks. I am a male with shoe size 9 1/2 and even though the online fit tool suggested to buy them in a 10 (half size bigger) I was advised by a phone representative to go for my normal size 9 1/2. It clearly didn't work. The shoes are way too tight and I don't see how you could be trailing for hours with that kind of discomfort. Not to mention the normal swelling of the feet after hours of work out. I am returning them for an exchange for a pair in size 10. Hope that works. I strongly suggest that running warehouse listen to these comments (the shoes running small issue has been addressed in blogs and other websites as well) and decides to post it on their website as it is annoying to have to be sending shoes back and forth just because the retail site doesn't know their product.
From: Luis, Fall River, MA, USA

Comments: Have about 50 miles on these shoes. So far - they are great! Upper is breathable. Wraps the foot very well. The tongue pouch for the laces is nice to stow away. Really good traction on gravel, dirt, rocks. If running in heavy sand for a good stretch, sand will come in through the "vents" on the outsole. Shoe is very light. Great flexibility. Shoe has just the right amount of cushion and is also firm. Great combination. Shoe seems very durable. Overall a very good, versatile shoe for trail or roads.
From: Steve, Texas

Comments: I found this to be a great light weight protective trail shoe! I have a neutral, D width foot and train almost exclusively on technical trails. I run 60 to 80 miles per week and race distance from 10 to 50 miles.
From: Korey, Tucson, AZ, USA

Comments: I've been running in these shoes off and on road for about 2 months for a total of about 200 miles. I've also completed an off road 50k.  These shoes have been fantastic. Like other runners have commented, my feet took some time to get use to them, but now I have no issues. The traction is adequate on wet rocks and roots, though it could be slightly better. The fit is near perfect. Large toe box and no hotspots from seams, etc. I'd highly recommend this shoe and will likely buy another pair.
From: Matt, Galena, OH, USA

Comments: I really like these shoes and use them for my trail runs.  Most of the trails I run are packed dirt and gravel, so I haven't experienced any slippage on wet rocks yet.
I'm still trying to understand what Asics is thinking with these "drainage holes".  My road shoe is the Hyperspeed 5, which also have the "drainage holes".  First, the holes pickup small rocks that I need to either kick out or stop to pluck out.  Second, the holes let water in (damp grass?) far more often than I need them to let water out, so this design "feature" is really a design "flaw", in my opinion.  However, I've solved that problem by filling the holes with silicon caulking that I had left over from a recent kitchen project. Now I REALLY like the shoes.  :)

From: Scot, CA, USA

Comments: got this shoe to work with my saucony peregrines.  Liked the look of the shoe since they had more mesh than the saucony and a little greater heel toe drop.  I have ran both on the road and on trails.  Does well on the road and with the tread on the forefoot almost feels like you are being propelled forward.  Nice shoe on the trail As well.  Good traction over all surfaces including wooden bridges.  Would like a little more protection on rocky surfaces.  Also I think it runs about a 1/2 size small.  You will start to notice that on longer runs and on recents.  Overall really nice shoe.
From: Nathan, Greenville NC

Comments: I've been running in these for about two months now--wear them for about half or 2/3 of my runs.  I like them quite a bit.  Plenty of cushioning, but not so much as to make them uncontrollable or feeling 'soft.'  They work well on the trails and on the roads for some distance, too.  I would buy a second pair--which is rare for me with any shoe.  Not much pronation control, but there is a bit of support due to the softness of the shoe. (I usually need a little more pronation control, but these work for me.)  They aren't overbuilt like many Asics shoes or sort of flat and goofy like the new ASICS shoes feel like to me.  They are just a good, well designed shoe.  I would highly recommend them.  I think that they are one of the better shoes out there for all sorts of surfaces combined.
From: Ron, IN, USA

Comments: There is a lot to love about these shoes.  Fit is awesome - snug and secure but night binding.  Low profile, light weight and flexibility make it feel almost like a road racing flat, but there is still enough stability and protection.  Just finished a trail marathon on a course covered in large sharp rocks with no problems.  Two areas it can be improved are wet traction and the drainage holes that go through the outsoles.  I slipped several times on wet rocks, and every time I stepped in even the shallowest puddle, ice cold water flooded up into the shoe.  Compared to the overall great characteristics of this shoe, those two negatives were minor.  I will definitely buy these shoes again.   
From: Anonymous

Comments: Had no idea what to expect from these shoes. I have always been a loyal Adidas customer.  I was looking for a light trail shoe with high performance. From the moment I put these shoes on I knew that I had made a good choice.  So far I have completed 3 trail runs in the Fuji Racer. 2 easy runs and 1 speed work.  My 3 best trail runs ever. I love these shoes, they are light and I am able to feel the ground with every step.
From: Tim, Wilson, NC, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+