IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Building upon the success of its FujiTrail Collection, ASICS America is full steam ahead into the trail season with the introduction of new apparel, footwear and accessories to conquer an athlete's hardest terrain. Trail runners will appreciate the innovative technology and unique elements that the updated collection offers, as each product is designed with trail specific features that offer rugged protection and nimble performance for every kind of rocky, gritty environment.

This season, ASICS® introduces technological advances to its line of award-winning footwear with the GEL-FujiRacer™ 3 and GEL-FujiTrainer™ 3. The latest version of GEL-FujiRacer 3, the lightest shoe in the ASICS trail line, features an updated trail-specific outsole and rock plates for increased under foot protection and traction. The new reverse uphill and downhill lugs are spaced far apart to prevent mud and debris from collecting on the outsole. Lastly, the forefoot midsole water drainage system has been updated to improve flexibility and now lets water out while preventing water from sneaking in. The GEL-FujiRacer 3 will be available January 1 and will retail for $110.

The updated GEL-FujiTrainer 3 is the near-perfect combination of rugged protection and nimble performance. The GEL-FujiTrainer 3 boasts a full ground contact outsole, which ensures that more rubber tread hits the trail, providing excellent traction on even the most advanced terrain. The versatile construction also provides inherent stability, enabling runners to confidently negotiate uneven surfaces. In addition, the new vamp overlay increases toe box protection and durability while a closed breathable mesh and gusseted tongue team up to prevent trail debris from entering the shoe. The GEL-FujiTrainer 3 will be available January 1 and retail for $100.

To address a quickly growing consumer base, ASICS America is also unveiling new additions to its rugged apparel and accessories FujiTrail collection. Designed for the adventurous trail explorer who demands durable and sustainable clothing to match the elements, a revolutionary addition to the spring 2014 collection is the new Ecoline® fabric with Cocona®1 Technology, which uses natural active particles derived from coconuts and minerals to enhance the performance of the fabrics by increasing breathability, odor management and UV protection.

Available January 1, additional highlights from the Spring 2014 ASICS FujiTrail Collection of apparel and accessories include:

  • Fuji™ Sleeveless Top with flatlock stitch construction for enhanced comfort, chafe-free mesh panels for breathability and two holster stash pockets for securely storing your personal essentials. (MSRP $56 for both men and women)
  • Fuji™ Skort expertly combines function and fun with breathable stretch knit fabric, excellent for moisture management, hidden zipper stash pockets, reflective elements, and low-to-no chafe stitching. (MSRP $60)
  • Fuji™ 2-N-1® Short featuring lightweight, textured, quick-dry microfiber, an inner climate controlling liner for extreme breathability and mesh panels at back for ventilation. (MSRP $74 for men and $68 for women)
  • FujiTrail™ Backpack is a lightweight, ripstop running pack with external pockets for easy access, gel loops, a bladder pocket for hydration stowage and adjustable strap and chest harness allowing for an ideal fit. (MSRP $84)
  • FujiTrail™ Mini Crew Sock adds extreme comfort thanks to new ASICS' new PROfit™ technology featuring dual-density cushioning, "y" heel gore fit, water repellent, and NanoGLIDE®2 anti-friction yarn. (MSRP $17)

"We're excited to build on the increasingly popular ASICS FujiTrail collection this season, as the line was built for seasoned competitors and the off-road warriors," said Shannon Scott, Director of Marketing, ASICS America.  "These products were created to go where the pavement doesn't, and we're proud to support our athletes and consumers all over the world as they test their limits on the toughest of terrains."

For more information on the ASICS FujiTrail Collection and other ASICS collections and program, please visit asicsamerica.com

  1. Cocona® is a registered trademark of Cocona, Inc.
  2. NanoGLIDE® is a registered trademark of Next Fiber Technology, LLC

About ASICS

Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body," is an old Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of performance athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit www.asics.com

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