Asics Gel FuzeX: Where Will It Take You?

When Asics releases a new shoe, I get excited, especially because they usually have some pretty innovative technology. The latest in their line up, the Gel FuzeX, doesn’t disappoint! This is a lightweight, versatile trainer that has recently joined my collection of shoes.

Totally spelled it wrong here- oh well haha!
Totally spelled it wrong here- oh well haha!

{This post is not sponsored by Asics. I purchased the shoes with my own money and all opinions are my own.}

For the past few years, I’ve been wanting to get back into an Asics shoe, yet every time I tried on the Nimbus (my favorite neutral shoe in their line up) it felt heavy. I’m used to a more responsive ride, so I was never able to run very far in the Asics Gel Nimbus. However, this new addition is lightweight and responsive- the very things I look for in a shoe. Asics created a new technology that fused their ever popular gel cushioning with foam for a more responsive ride with a quick turnover. I really enjoy how bouncy they feel.

My first run with them!
My first run with them!

The lower drop is also a plus for me- ever since I’ve started transitioning to a more mid-foot strike I’ve been trying to get into shoes with a lower drop. Because shoes with higher drops have such a differential between heel and toe, they tend to encourage heel striking. Now that I’m working on being a mid-foot striker, the lower 8mm drop of this shoe works well for me. It’s a smooth transition from the higher drops that I’m used to. The first time I took this shoe out for some mileage I only did a short run, but it felt like it had quick turnover and a bouncy underfoot feel while allowing full ground contact. I also never felt like it was uncomfortable like I have previously with shoes that advertise full ground contact. Rather, the gel infused foam absorbed the shock of the pavement nicely, allowing me to have pretty fast mile splits! I can definitely see this becoming my go-to speedwork shoe.

This was a good recovery run from the Princess Half! Shoes felt great!
This was a good recovery run from the Princess Half! Shoes felt great!

Asics had a campaign going when they first released the shoe: Where will it take you? The objective was to visit a running store, take a picture of yourself in the Gel FuzeX and post it on social media with the hashtags #fuzeXplore and a caption detailing where it would take you. I wasn’t eligible to win because I work for a running retailer, but I still enjoyed participating for fun!

Asics Gel FuzeX will take me to...Australia? Yeah, I'd like to go there!
Asics Gel FuzeX will take me to…Australia? Yeah, I’d like to go there!

After two runs in these beauties, I think they will be a winner! I’m planning on running my 10k next weekend in them- they’ve been comfortable and felt great on every run! I might even get a second pair so I have a back up when the first pair gets worn out- if I did, it would probably be in this color below! The price point is great- only $110. This is definitely a favorite item in my running closet right now! I just have to find some outfits to go with the colors (coral/pink/orange/grey) in my new shoes!

If I got a second pair...
If I got a second pair…

What shoes do you currently run in? Are you brand loyal or are you open to trying new shoes?

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8 thoughts on “Asics Gel FuzeX: Where Will It Take You?”

  1. How does the cushion compare to their other shoes? I found the Asics GTs a little less cushiony than I like, but I’ve only ever tried those and my sole-mates, the Kayanos. Would you call the Fuzes VERY cushioned or above-average, or normal?

    1. Normal. For someone like you who is used to the extreme gel cushioning of the Kayano’s- you may have an issue running in these. Asics GT are probably similar in cushioning to these except instead of the gel pockets it’s a combo of solyte (their new midsole) and the gel together in one midsole.

    1. I typically don’t mind switching between neutral and light support. I over pronate in one foot but not the other so I could go either way. I would suggest wearing inserts with these to make them more comfortable, but it definitely works as a light speedy shoe!

    1. I used to be brand loyal to Mizuno but the updates didn’t work well for me so I’m back to the drawing board!

    1. Mizuno are great! I used to be in Mizuno but had to switch with the updates. So far so good with these!

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