Asics Trabuco 14 Review
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The Asics Trabuco has been a staple in the Asics trail running line for a number of years now. And while Asics is not the first brand that comes to mind when many runners think of trail running, I feel they DO make a solid trail running shoe. The Asics Trabuco 14 doesn’t belong in the category for hardcore technical trail running, but I have found this shoe to handle pretty much any trail obstacle I came across in the Rocky Mountains.
While taking this shoe on longer trail runs ranging from 12-18 miles, I found the shoe to have plenty of cushion and support. Sometimes the stiffer more technical trail running shoes become a little less comfortable as you increase in mileage. The soft EVA used is the Asics Trabuco absorbs rocks and roots with the best of them. As the trails is Colorado are often filled with rocks and roots, your often feet start to feel the rocks and roots over time. To add to the comfort of this shoe, Asics uses an Ortholite footbed which is comfortable and foot forming.
The outsole of the Asics Trabuco 14 gets an 8 out of 10 from me. I found the outsole to hold up very well as far as durability and wear goes. For the majority of trail runners, the lug pattern will be able to handle the terrain you run in. For the elite trail runner that needs maximum traction and wants to stay light on their toes, I suggest trying another trail running shoe. If you don’t find yourself in the elite trail runner category, I think this shoe will do you just fine as far as traction goes.
The fit of the upper in the Asics Trabuco 14 is somewhat generous for a trail running shoe. I found the Trabuco 14 to fit a little looser than other trail running shoes on the market. This is not a deal breaker for me, but if you have narrow and/or small volume feet, this might not be the shoe for you. If you have normal to higher volume feet, this might be just the trick. The Trabuco 14 upper has held up very well as far as durability goes. I tend to be pretty rough on my trail shoes and there are no visible tears in the fabric. A nice feature that you will find in the Asics Trabuco 14 is the shoe lace garage. This is a pocket in the tongue to place your laces so you don’t trip over them and they don’t get snagged on anything.
Overall, I found the Asics Gel Trabuco 14 to be a solid option for the trail runner that runs in mild to moderate trail conditions and is looking for a plush ride.
For more info on the Trabuco 14 and other Asics footwear, visit www.ascis.com.