The Asics GEL Trabuco is the company’s best selling trail shoe, mostly in part to its versatility. Now in the 13th update, the Asics GEL Trabuco 13, the shoe allows runners to get off the beaten path, and explore some trails.
Designed for neutral to moderate overpronators, the shoe is equipped with Asics’ patented DUOMAX support system in the medial arch. This supports the arch, providing motion control for the runner.
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The Asics Trabuco has an aggressive outsole design, providing grip and traction on the slickest of surfaces. The lug shaped pattern is made from Asics’ wet grip technology making it perfect for those icy mornings.
The shoe designers also take measures to protect your foot from rocky surfaces. The forefoot contains a rock protection plate that defends the foot when jogging down rugged paths.
The Asics Trabuco 13 improves upon its predecessor by taking measures to reduce the weight of the shoe.
Numerous materials were improved upon, all making the shoe lighter. The most notable change is the Solyte midsole. The sole is designed with differing densities to ease cushioning, while also making the shoe feel less bulky.
Is Asics GEL Trabuco 13 The Best Running Shoe For Me?
Many testers found the Asics Trabuco 13 allowed them to take on rugged trails. The shoe provides GEL cushioning technology, allowing the shoe to successfully absorb shock and providing stable footing.
As with previous models, the shoe’s water resistant properties make it perfect for days you feel like running in the rain. The front of the shoe contains a lace protection pocket that helps keep the laces out of harms way.
The main complaint about the Asics Trabuco 13 was that the designers made it too narrow. The shoe box felt tight and the fit was overly snug.
Many runners bought a shoe that was ½ size larger than normal. This adjustment accounted for the tighter feel and provided a more comfortable and pleasing fit. Prospective buyers may wish to try out both sizes and see which fit is preferred.
The Trabuco line has continuously improved over the years, adding technologies to make it smoother and lighter, while providing the ruggedness and durability required for trail running.
This shoe is best suited for the neutral to moderate overpronators who workout and train on unpaved surfaces. Runners find the tread pattern is great for slick surfaces, making the shoe functional whether at work or cross training at the gym.
If looking for a versatile trainer that performs on a number of surfaces, then you should definitely consider the Asics Trabuco. There is a good reason the shoe is Asics’ best selling trail shoe, so keep it on your short list.
You may also want to check out another of our favorite Asics trail running shoes, the Asics GT 2160 Trail, and feel how the two models compare.
RunPals Rated: Asics GEL Trabuco 13
(4.0 out of 5)