Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

A Quick Shoe Review as I was Denied a Wildlife Encounter

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Cat and Asics Trail Shoes

Oscar and my trail running shoes

Phew, no bears today, just cold, only 4 degrees C.  I did a 40 minute run with 25 minutes of it at my tempo pace.  Tempo for me means near race pace, but not the feeling-like-puking-pace.  I save that feeling for intervals.

As I don’t have any exciting bear stories I thought I would give my two cents on a shoe review.

I love trail running and as a result have a few pairs of trail shoes that I’ve tried this season:   the Asics Fuji Trainer and the Asics Fuji Racer.  I had to get the Fuji Trainer in a men’s size as I have big feet and can’t always get my size on-line.  The Fuji Racer I did special order so it’s a woman’s shoe.

I like the Fuji Trainer the best and have never had any blisters or black toenails from them.  I also like that they have a soft sole, aggressive tread, and they’re fairly light.  I can feel everything I’m running on – awesome for trails as I feel like I can wrap my feet around obstacles versus slipping off them.  I would definitely buy a second pair of these shoes as I really like them.

I like the look of the Fuji Racer better (purple and black) and it is also super light.  This shoe is also very responsive.  It has “drain” holes on the bottom which is kind of neat and great if you’re running through a lot of deep water.  Not so great if you’re running in wet conditions as your feet just get wet from the bottom up.  I find that my baby toe gets pinched a bit on the right side, not bad enough to really hurt, but noticeable.  The Racer also gave me a bit of a toenail bruise on a longer run (20km).  I wonder if this would be the case with a men’s version of the Racer or just because I’ve lost that toenail so many times it doesn’t grow back normal anymore?

I see there is a Fuji Trainer and Racer 2 out and I’m curious to see if they are as responsive as the first models.  Let me know if anyone has tried the second editions out and what they think of them.

Next time I don’t have a wildlife adventure I’ll talk about what road shoes I like right now.

Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

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