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Our verdict

The Gel-Somona 6 is a versatile daily off-road running shoe offering most of us all we'll ever need. Comfort, grip and durability at a decent price.

  • Positive
  • Better upper
  • Durable soft midsole
  • Aggressive grip
  • Negative
  • No bells and whistles but we're ok with that
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

The Gel-Sonoma 6 is a well priced shoe offering many of us all we need to venture off-road. The changes to this model over the v5 are significant. The new Sonoma is built on a new last which has a wider toe box and the upper has been designed to fit better across the midfoot and heel. It also looks better we think.

Midsole

The Gel-Somona's midsole has not changed. It features the brand's AMPLIFOAM™ midsole, a soft riding low density compound, good for soaking up rough terrain. The foam is known for it's longevity. There's a slo a small Asics gel pad in the heel for additional shock absorbion.

While this model lacks some of the higher tech elements of the brand's most expensive models such as a rock plate found in the Gel-Fujitrabuco Sky model, the reality it, most of us need an off-roader for long weekend runs perhaps so we use them more as a good second pair or a 'handy to have'. That makes the Sonoma all we really need.

Upper

The re-worked breathable synthetic upper fits better than ever

The synthetic heel counter is snugger and holds the heel well and the upper also has a synthetic toe surround, rather than a bumper which will add to the durability, as do the moulded overlays across the saddle of the foot. 

There is also an Ortholite insole which adds a lot of comfort and will mould to your foot. It will also dry quickly if shoes get wet.

We think the shoe is not only very functional, it's also a good looking model. The shoe is tough and should stand up to the challenges of the trail well.

Sole

A no nonsense solid rubber outsole is nice and aggressive. The multi-directional lugged design is good enough to offer decent traction on a wide range of surfaces. Great for muddy paths, stony tracks and wet grass.

Conclusion

For the majority of us, just looking for an off-road shoe for those days off the concrete, the Gel-Somona 6 will tick a lot of boxes. A shoe for everyday training now comes with a better fitting upper and wider toe box. Soft riding to soak up the elements and with a good grip, the shoe is also agressively priced. Asics pitch this model as 'a versatile offering that's functional for trail runs, light hiking, and other outdoor adventures' - we'd say that's about right.

For alternatives, check out the Brooks Cascadia or the Mizuno Daichi.

Technical info

  • Breathable - Air can flow in and out for exceptional ventilation.
  • Moisture Wicking - Sweat from moisture is wicked away efficiently and effectively.
  • Overlays - Further structure provided to the midfoot for protection.
  • Toe-Guard - Protection provided to the toes, preventing injuries from occurring.
  • Traditional Lacing - A traditional lacing system will provide a personalised fit.
  • Padded Tongue - Soft padded tongue and ankle collar improve comfort and reduce rubbing and chafing.
  • AmpliFoam Midsole - Provides soft cushioning that is flexible and comfortable.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Brings rebound properties and excellent moisture management.
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning - Reduces shock during impact, allowing for a peaceful transition.
  • Solid Rubber Outsole - Tough and protective.
  • Multi-Directional Lugs - Offers superb grip and traction

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