New this year, Asolo has invigorated their trail running lineup with two new designs: the Dominator and Predator. I first reported on these shoes last year at Outdoor Retailer and saw them as a great improvement over previous designs. The proof would come on the trail as I took these out for a little dirt time.

Asolo Dominator Features:

  • Microfiber upper with nylon mesh for breathability.
  • Velveteen lining for added comfort.
  • Propulsion anatomic footbed.
  • Propulsion Plus™ technology offers controled flexibility, support and shock absorption.
  • TPU dual-density sole support.
  • Propulsion 1000 outsole.
  • 13.00 oz
  • MSRP: $124

Asolo Dominator Trail Running Shoes Review

With a slew of trail running shoes in the hopper this Summer, I was glad to add the Asolo Dominator’s into the mix. Having tested two previous Asolo trail running shoes, I was interested to see how the new Propulsion system improved their performance. Looking it over, Propulsion Plus looks very similar to Salomon’s AC Skeleton design with a supportive skeleton-style system that’s the hub of the midsole.

Slipping these on, the uppers wrap comfortably around my feet for a snug fit. With my narrow feet, however, the lacing nearly maxes out when used with my typical ultralight socks. With a more midweight sock, this is mitigated. The overall profile is anatomically-correct for improved feel. I appreciate the non-overbuilt uppers that are supportive, but not bulky and thick to impede breathability. I do wish that the shoes had either gusseted tongues or a scree guard as trail debris made its way inside fairly regularly.

On the trail, the traction provided by the Propulsion 1000 outsole is superb both up and downhill. I do wish they had a little better toe-off traction for a tad better forward motion, but I do run on loose and rock trails that give fits to even the best shoes.  Trail protection is good, but might be a little numb as trail feel is a bit compromised. I think the culprit is the extra-firm midsole which does deliver a fairly firm ride. If you need a more cushioned ride, you might want to look elsewhere, but if you are keen on support and traction, these shoes should fit the bill.

At 13 oz, the Dominator’s are a tad on the heavy side for racing, but should be OK as trainers or even light hikers.

Good Dominator

  • Smooth, even lacing pull
  • Comfortable out of the box
  • Maintains great breathability
  • Very supportive design overall
  • Excels as a light hiker

Bad Dominator

  • Fairly firm cushioning
  • Toe-off traction is lacking
  • Needs a scree guard or gusseted tongue

Bottom Line: Asolo Dominator Trail Running Shoes

These are definitely the best trail runners I’ve tested from Asolo, but they do have a fair amount of improvements that should be made before I’m completely stoked. The Dominator’s offer a firm, but supportive ride with comfortable uppers that breathe well, so slip them on and give them a whirl for yourself and decide.

Buy Now: Asolo Dominator Trail Runners at Zappos.com

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 –sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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