Asics GEL Trabuco IX WR

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Asics GEL Trabuco IX WR

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Neutral off-road shoe that combines Asics' cushioning and support technology with an emphasis on flexibility, traction and durability.

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3 user reviews of Asics GEL Trabuco IX WR See all

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Good shoe, good cushioning though reasonably neutral. Note that the outer has many surfaces (the coloured bits) that can easily be wiped clean after a run, but this does not mean it is water-resistant. Continue reading...
These were sold to me as I required a shoe for 50% road and 50% trail running. I was a bit reluctant to try these as I wasn't entirely happy with my last Asics (GT2110). But as soon as I put them on I could fee Continue reading...

Highly recommended Off Road Shoes. Plenty of traction on Trails and cushioning for a longer runs off road. Waterproof uppers keep your feet dry in the main. The uppers can be washed under the tap and the muddy Continue reading...


I am in a dilemma, I use Asics GT2110's and the nearest trail equivalent is the Asics Gel Trabuco. I have herd great things about them apart from their grip in the wet. I have also been recommended the Saucony Omni Trails. As much as they sound good I have never been a big fan of Saucony shoes, but of course if they do the trick I am happy to be swayed, just wondered what other poeple made of the two shoes and if they own them or know about them. thanks.

Posted: 01/05/2007 at 14:05

Well, I have both shoes and have swayed between Asics and Saucony for years...

The Trabucos are not the lightest of shoes but have a reasonable grip for what is essentially a converted road shoes. The Omni 5 TR is the same - a converted road shoe - but seems a lot stiffer and less compliant than the Omni 5 road shoes that I have. It does have a much grippier sole but is, to my mind, a bit too "tall" for a proper trail shoe. Both have some kind of water-repellant upper which is fine in wet grass but also means they are a bit hotter than an ordinary road shoe. At the end of the day, I'm probably more inclined to the Omnis - they seem somehow lighter and faster than the Trabucos, which are sturdy and solid by comparison.

Of course, for real off road stuff I can't be prised from my Flyrocs and Roclites...

Posted: 01/05/2007 at 20:56

(Just noticed the top of your thread - mine are the Trabuco VIIIWR - not sure how much difference there is with the current model)

Posted: 01/05/2007 at 21:01

Trabuco = 400g
Omni TR = 337g

No wonder I feel slower wearing the Asics ;-)

Posted: 01/05/2007 at 21:06

Thanks greyhound, I have heard good things about the inov8 ranges, do they offer different levels of cushioning and support like standard road shoes?

Posted: 02/05/2007 at 07:53

They do not have any stability features but on real rough terrain that is more a hinderance than a help. Cushioning is generally also fairly rudimentary - they are primarily designed for fells and hills. That said, the less rugged versions have a bit more cushioning than the out and out fell shoes - so you might want to check out the Rocklite, Flyroc and Terroc.

Posted: 02/05/2007 at 18:38

thanks, it sounds like they aren't to my needs anyway, I am doing xc but nothing like fells and hills, just tracks, forest paths etc.

Posted: 02/05/2007 at 18:59

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