Asics GT-2000 2 Review
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Shoe Type: Stability
Retail Price: $120.00
ASICS speaks loudly and proudly about the goal of its GT-2000 2 stability running shoe, for hoofers with average arches and medium pronation. Not with words, though. The company’s commitment to dreamy cushioning and top-of-the-line stride performance shine through in every finely tuned feature.
Built for high-end comfort, performance
It won’t win any beauty contests, but who needs glamour when there’s so much substance? Two oversized GEL units – one in front and in back – welcome the foot with underlying softness. One of the few things that sets this shoe apart from the GT-2000, its less expensive relative, is a second layer of midsole foam. This newer material also is one reason the shoe is lighter than the previous version: 11 ounces for men and 8.8 for women, compared to 11.4 and 9.3, respectively.
Also, all parts of the ASICS GT-2000 2 structure work in unison for maximum efficiency. ASICS employs the Impact Guidance System design, which offers features such as vertical flex grooves for above-average flexibility, strong midfoot support and the DuoMax System for important movement control.
Problems can be overlooked
Many users complain about the laces being way too short. Then again, why not buy longer laces? Others note the unattractive color combinations and overall look of the shoe. It kind of resembles a wrestling shoe. You can’t fix that, but you can overlook it if the fit and performance are just right.
One encouraging improvement: More than a few runners enjoy the widened toebox – something that had been an issue in previous installments. (NOTE: The GT-2000 series is a continuation of the old GT- 2170 series.)
Good buy, but not the best
For $20 more, the ASICS GT 2000 series provides deeper cushioning and better-quality mesh and overlays than the GT 1000. Both are excellent stability shoes, so it’s really a matter of whether you think these minor differences warrant the $120 suggested retail price.
To learn more about the previous version, the GT-2000, see our Asics GT-2000 review.