Asics GT 2000 (2013)
The GT 2000 runner is the latest model of neutral to guidance performance running shoes produced by ASICS. The performance GT running line of shoes by ASICS in 2013 has been completely overhauled, the GT 2000 being the replacement for the GT 2170.
Before you read on, If you are after a supportive shoe for controlling your excessive pronation (rolling in), this may not be the shoe for you. While providing supportive features the GT line of shoes are by no means aimed at preventing pronation. I believe that the GT line of shoes are more suitable for efficient and strong runners who are after some guidance from a cushioned and lightweight shoe.
The GT 2000 has had big changes in 2013 with the addition of seam fee uppers and Discreet Eyestay system for lacing. The new Eyelet system allows for independent lacing across the foot and a more even pressure distribution across the lacing system. This feature ensures that no local irritation occurs on the top of the foot. The ComforDry Sockliner provides a soft, cushioned and cool upper for your feet. After kilometers and kilometers of marathon training at no stage did my runners need an air-out.
The Personal Heel Fit or (PHF) allows for a soft customised fit around the heel without any irritation on any bony prominences.
The midsole of the GT 2000 contains both forefoot and rear foot gel units for cushioning. The GT2000 midsole is comprised of a Solyte (SpEVA) midsole which is lighter than ASICS standard EVA used in previous models. The Sp EVA in the midsole is excellent as it provides improved cushioning and durability. Further the midsole is combined with a Solyte last within the shoe. This feature provides that little bit of extra cushioning for added comfort.
In 2013 the GT 2000 also receives the new Dynamic Duo Max system which is a dual density midsole positioned to provide the support and resistance to rolling of the foot expected in a support shoe. This support is further enhanced through the Guidance Trusstic system. The Guidance Trusstic system is a molded plastic compound which is visible under the midfoot area of the foot. This system reduces the amount of twist or torsion within the shoe while also increasing arch support.
The outsole of the GT 2000 features ASICS high abrasion resistant rubber. This feature helps reduce wear on the outsole and improves longevity of the shoe. The discreet sole on the GT 2000 shoe provides a more flexible and natural feel to the sole unit. This is most noticeable around the ball of the foot.
The GT 2000 certainly provides the intended control while not compromising on the comfort and cushioning expected in a high mileage shoe.
The increased forefoot flexibility in conjunction with the supportive midsole mean the shoe is very smooth from heel strike to toe off.
The new features of the GT 2000 will I’m sure make ASICS GT devotees very happy. The shoe is designed for the Neutral to slight pronator. In no means is it a shoe for a heavy pronator or inefficient runner.
My pair of GT 2000’s served me very well. Being a relatively efficient runner with reasonable foot function, the GT 2000’s survived a full marathon training load and some, without showing excessive wear in the upper or outsole and minimal midsole compression.
If pronation control is what you’re after the GT line of shoes may not be the best for you. Consider the new GEL series instead.
8/10 - does what it is intended to do very well.