ASICS GT 2000 - SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | NOV 1, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What's New: Asics GT 2000 7
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Asics GT 2000 7
- About the Author
A perennial bestseller, the Asics GT 2000 7 has a solid runner fan base for those needing some mild stability to their running shoes. Asics has proven with the GT 2000 that a stability shoe can have the same soft ride as many neutral shoes.
The brand new version of the GT 2000 7 is all about breathability and fit. Read on to learn what JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler and his running pals have to say about the new edition of the Asics GT 2000 7.
The GT 2000 is popular model in the ASICS line, the seventh edition is a trustworthy and durable moderate stability shoe that offers a great blend of resilient cushioning and smartly engineered support.
Our wear-testers appreciated the fit, functionality and no-frills aspects of this shoe.
WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GT 2000 7
The most significant change to this edition of the Asics GT 2000 7 is the new seamless jacquard mesh upper with minimalistic overlays for added support.
The engineered, two-layer multi-directional stretch mesh plays a big role the shoe’s improved fit by adding comfort and security over the top of the foot. The changes to the upper have resulted in this shoe being a tad lighter than last year’s edition. It feels like one of the lighter moderate stability trainers on the market.
The Asics GT 2000 7 has a premium Ortholite sockliner that adds to the overall cushioning of the shoe while also providing a moisture-wicking platform to keep feet cool, dry and healthy.
In addition to the GEL cushioning, there are two types of lightweight foam in the midsole of the Asics GT 2000 7 that provide impact-absorbing cushioning and energy return.
A wide padded tongue, firm heel counter, seamless interior and new upper have improved the fit of this shoe. It’s reliably secure in the heel and midfoot but the forefoot and stretchy upper offer a little bit of extra room for the toes to wiggle and splay.
The interior of the Asics GT 2000 7 isn’t overly plush like some premium cushioned shoes, but it has enough padding to make it a very comfortable everyday trainer. The ride is consistent, smooth and energetic, starting with a mildly soft sensation at foot strike before giving way to a semi-firm feeling as the foot rolls through the gait cycle to a bit of a snappy, energetic feeling at the toe-off phase.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
The Asics GT 2000 7 is an ideal everyday trainer for a runner who needs or wants a stable, mildly controlling shoe. While many models have changed drastically in recent years, the GT 2000 7 has maintained the classic ASICS fit, feel and ride runners have known it to have for years.
Our wear-testers reported it feeling comfortable and effective in the first mile or a recovery run as it does in the 20th mile of a long run.
PROS AND CONS OF THE ASICS GT 2000 7
PROS: ASICS GT 2000 7
It's mostly hidden in the midsole, but this shoe has both rearfoot and forefoot GEL cushioning inserts to absorb shock and help a runner’s foot to make minor adjustments during the gait cycle. Nicely done!
Plus, the underfoot chassis is built with tooling to subtly and specifically guide a runner’s feet efficiently and effectively through the gait cycle from foot strike to toe off.
CONS: ASICS GT 2000 7
Although the GT 2000 7 is a shoe that could be worn for races from 10K to the marathon, it’s not a shoe that will inspire your top-end speed.
Our wear-testers found it to be right at home doing tempo runs, but not a shoe for shorter intervals like 6x800 or miles repeats or 5K racing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."