Asics Trabuco 12 Review

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The Asics Trabuco 12 is an very stable all terrain trainer that can handle anything from smooth roads to tough trails. In this Asics Trabuco 12 review I will go over my experience with this shoe and we will find out how this shoe compares the previous models.


A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.


Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.


I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.


Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.


Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.


Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.


Weight: 315g

Stack height: 36mm

Usage: Trail


  • Exceptionally stable
  • Reliable traction
  • Comfortable
  • Good for technical trails


  • Heavier than competitors
  • Energy return: 9/10
  • Durability: 9/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 10/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • Speed: 8/10
  • Versitility: 8/10
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Upper breathability: 9/10
  • Comfort: 9/10
  • Width: 10/10
  • Overall Rating: 98/100

Asics Trabuco 12 First Impressions

The first thing I noticed when putting these shoes on was that they were heavy for a non-maximalist trainer. They had sacrificed the weight for stability, reliability and comfort which I think is worth it.

My first run in these shoes was a mid tempo 10km run. They did their best work on milder, wilder trails and hard packed surfaces where you could open up your stride and increase the pace. For narrow single track and more technical terrain they are less agile however apart from that issue they are great on all kinds of trails.

The traction on these shoes were also very good. It was reliable on all surfaces which meant trail steepness was not a limiting factor in these shoes. These shoes were also bouncy and responsive which made this shoe excellent for speedwork and logging miles.

I loved the protection this shoe offered. I would consider these for a longer race where terrain is varied especially if I had concerns about stability or protection.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

For a road to trail runner looking for maximum stability and versatility on longer runs then this is an excellent choice for you, especially if the terrain varies throughout your runs or races. This shoe also offers excellent speed assistance so if you are looking to pick up the pace on trail runs then this shoe will not disappoint.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are a trail runner looking for a lightweight, maximalist shoe then i would recommend looking at either the Adidas Terrex Agravic 3 or the Hoka Speedgoat 6.

Upper of the shoe

This model has an engineered mesh upper which was breathable in all conditions. When these shoes got wet they drained and dried out very quickly.

I usually go a half size up in all Asics shoes and this model was no exception. I did have to pull the laces tight in this shoe to get sufficient heel lockdown. The length of the shoe is why I had to go a half size up to ensure the toe box has enough space for longer runs.

Foam of the shoe

The midsole of this shoe contained FFBlast technology which was responsive and bouncy, counteracting the weight of the shoe. While I wouldn’t recommend these shoes for speedwork you can go fast in them and they are quicker than most trail shoes.

When running down hills they carry momentum and are easy to run quickly but the wide baseness make uphill efforts feel like more of a slog. Additionally, the wider basenets feel less agile when in off-camber terrain.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole of this model contains AsicsGrip Technology rubber which is exceptionally grippy on all terrain. The only issue I had was in very muddy conditions where the outsole accumulated mud.

Conclusions to the Asics Trabuco 12

Overall, this is an amazing trail shoe that offers great stability, speed and comfort. I use this shoe myself for trail runs when I am going over technical trails or want to pick up the pace on more basic terrain. If only this model was a little bit lighter then it would be very close to perfect but overall this is am amazing trail shoe for everyday running and hiking.

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