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Our team were very enthusiastic about the Asics Fujitrabuco Lyte’s qualities. We really appreciated the overall cushioning when running on rough ground. On road sections, despite the big lugs they were still comfortable. On the other hand, they don’t filter the bigger stones. But vibrations, and technical terrain are a simple formality.
Aided by the fact that they are light (weighing 250g size 42.5) and have a very fluid shape, you run with precise foot placement unlike with a clumpy shoe. They are quite narrow, but also fine for medium width feet is also suitable for a width of feet that can be described as “medium”: their mesh gives you some adaptability.
Runners who aren’t looking for pronounced cushioning will find they are slightly lacking in spring (especially on easy paths). Everyone else will be won over by their softness and relative reactivity.
They have low torsional rigidity and good proprioception. But over longer distances, foot support is somewhat lacking because of their lateral deformation. Those with heavier builds will quickly see the foam squish down under the foot’s arch and in the heel (tendency to pronate). We would need to check the durability of the foam and the very soft sole. The latter grips well on slabs, rocks and never clogs up with mud.
Despite “minimalist” manufacturing to save on weight, they are comfortable, which quite frankly, we didn’t expect. The overall foot envelopment is good, especially around the heel. The foot slides easily into the Asics Fujitrabuco Lyte. A well-proportioned heel strap is easy to grab to help you get the shoes on. Lacing is more difficult, it’s not very easy to make sure they are tight at the front, you need to pull the flat laces eyelet-by-eyelet. Once adjusted, the lace gives good support.
The tongue has a tiny overlap on each side: why? It doesn’t really matter but if you have wider feet you will see part of your socks. Another strange thing is the massive size of the huge storage pocket at the top of the tongue for the laces, it’s not very aesthetic.
So there’s just the question of aesthetics and manufacturing quality. We noticed that there are very few seams, a few tiny glue marks and quality materials. At a time when trail running shoes are starting to look like indoor slippers, these are pure and fun, the Asics Fujitrabuco Lyte colors are refreshing to the eye. We naturally keep the “Japanese” feel to the brand.
At 130 euros, the Asics Fujitrabuco Lyte are very good lightweight shoes, with cushioning but not a spongy sensation. Versatile and very pleasant, they are comfortable for training sessions and low-technical terrain. They won the Hot Deal Award for their quality/price ratio.
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