The Asics Alpine XT recently caught my attention when I was in the market for a quality trail running shoe. The shoe is advertised as being a lightweight, multi-purpose outdoor shoe, with a sleek style. Having had a positive experience with Asics in the past, I was confident that it would be a worth while investment.
Fortunately for me, I wasn’t mistaken… Here is my full written review of the Asics Alpine XT:
Asics are notorious for being a go-to brand for runners. If you know any experienced runners, then the chances are that they’ll have a trusty old pair of Asics. And for good reason too… Asics put comfort first, they understand that when you’re in it for the long haul, the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable in your own shoes.
Although Asics may be well-known for their breathability, and comfort. They’re not so well-known for their appearance. However, I think you might agree from the unboxing above, that they haven’t done too bad this time around.
The Alpine XT’s are a seriously comfortable shoe. The shoe offers a cushioned support around the back of the ankle, in addition to a soft material across the front of the shoe allowing for plenty of movement and breathability. Not to mention a Spevafoam sole which acts as a shock absorber as well as providing additional comfort when on the move
So how did they perform? I have to admit that initially I thought the shoe was a little hard on the sole of your feet. However I did find that after a matter of hours wearing the shoe, the sole softens and almost tailors itself to the shape of your feet. As a whole I felt like the shoe offered impressive comfort, support throughout runs, and exercise sessions across various terrain.
Having only had the shoe for a matter of weeks, I can only say so much. However what I can say is that the stitching and material of the shoe, should allow them to have a significant shelf life. Especially if looked after properly. In addition, if my past Asics experiences are anything to go by, then their shoes are made to last and won’t be falling apart anytime soon. To put your faith into the durability of the shoe even further, I have had no issues in the time that I have worn them (And I have worn them a lot!).
With that being said, these shoes are not designed for marathons. Consistent long distance running may sacrifice the comfort and durability of the shoe. Meaning that if you’re looking for a shoe to regularly run long distances, then perhaps the Alpine XT isn’t what you’re looking for.
As I previously mentioned, the Asics Alpine XT brings a fashionable look along with its core purpose. Therefore these shoes could easily be used as general outdoor trainers in addition to running and exercise. I personally think that the additional plastic strip on the front of the shoe, as well as the mirage pattern on the back adds personality and character to the shoe.
Finally, if you’re someone who likes to express themselves via footwear. You can pick up a pair of Alpine XT’s in multiple different colour ways.
Quality often comes with a hefty price tag, although the Alpine XT’s are hardly unaffordable. With the shoe retailing at £85 from the Asics website I think it’s a fair price. (However, if you shop around online, you could probably pick up a pair for a bit less).
Is it worth it? In terms of value for money I can’t take anything away from Asics. For £80-£85, you really do get what you pay for. A quality, comfortable, stylish, and durable shoe. What’s not to love?
In conclusion, I highly recommend that you pick up a pair of Alpine XT’s if it’s within your means. Having been a huge fan of trial running shoes for a while now, I am happy to say that the Asics don’t disappoint. They really are a good quality, durable trainer, built for outdoor terrain. With a long list of pros, and only a couple cynical cons, the Asics come in at really good value for money.