Asics FuzeX Shoe Review

In the running specialty world, Spring brings several updates of running shoes.  I have a few reviews in March and April. For the most part, I’ve been happy with the shoes I’ve tried, but then again I don’t buy things I think I won’t like…

The FuzeX is a new shoe from Asics. We brought it to our local running store.  With all of the information I knew about the shoe, it seemed like one I might like.  I am particular with my running shoes.  I run well in cushioned neutral shoes so for the most part; that is what I’ll review but feel free to ask me about most shoes.

Asics FuzeX shoe review

Remember what works for me might now work for you.  

Asics is not paying me to review their shoes.  I prefer not being compensated for shoe reviews because I can take my time as well as write about the positive and negative aspects. 

It’s hard to break into considering a new running shoe.  Where do you begin?  What do you compare it too?

Fit:

The upper is unique.  It’s thicker than traditional mesh but still breathable.

Is it waterproof?  No, but it is thicker and seamless.  If you recall, I loved the feeling of the Asics Nimbus. However, the upper didn’t fit my foot well and caused my feet to bleed.  With the seamless fit, that issue is not there for the Asics FuzeX.

Asics generally run on the narrow side.  I wear between a size 9.5 wide and size 10 in traditional running shoes.  I fit comfortably into a size 10 of the FuzeX.

FuzeX Review

Ride:

Compared to other Asics shoes, the FuzeX is much lighter. Since the technology combines both gel and foam, it weighs less.  Gel is the heaviest cushioning technology, so removing part of the gel removes part of the weight.  So far I’ve run over 100 miles in the shoes, and I like how responsive and lightweight the shoes are.  I like the FuzeX to run faster-paced runs.

Another important aspect of the shoe is it’s an 8mm drop.  Most Asics shoes are between 11-12, so it will affect the workload on your calves.

If you currently run in any Asics gel shoe (and there are a lot: Cumulus, Nimbus, 2000 and Kayano…to name a few), it’s a different feeling.  The foam makes the shoe much lighter and more responsive.  So far I’ve run over 100 miles in the shoes, and I like how responsive the shoes are. I’ve run in both the Asics Cumulus and the Asics Nimbus.  The FuzeX almost feels like it would be a racing shoe comparatively.  I like the FuzeX to run faster-paced runs as well as daily runs.  To be honest, I was surprised with how much I like them.  I alternate them in my lightweight training shoes.

To be honest, I was surprised with how much I like them.  I alternate them in my lightweight training shoe rotations.

Asics FuzeX Review

Other Interesting Points:

  • It’s one of the cheapest neutral trainers on the market right now at $110.
  • It looks more like a stability shoe than neutral.

Similar models:
Asics Cumulus and Asics Nimbus
Nike Pegasus
Saucony Zealot and Ride
Brooks Ghost
Mizuno Wave Rider

Don’t forget about the benefits of alternating running shoes too! 

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Questions for you:
What are your current staple running shoes?
Have you ever tried a new running shoe?