The GT-2000 is ASICS’ classic stability shoe, offering moderate support and stable cushioning at a slightly cheaper price to my favoured Gel-Kayano.
Both models are designed for over-pronating runners and are available in multiple colourways, so you’re bound to find the perfect match for your feet. The GT-2000 is clearly a popular choice among runners as it recently won 'silver' in the best support shoe category at the Running Awards.
So now for the comparison...
There is no doubt the GT-2000 is a good-looking shoe, the black and rose gold colourway is super stylish. I prefer darker coloured shoes in winter weather as they seem to hide dirt better!
Taking them out of the box they feel light. Weighing in at 265g they're a little lighter than the Gel-Kayano. The toe box is much roomier than previous versions of this shoe which is great news for my wide feet. They do look quite narrow, but I think this is just the dark colour/pattern playing tricks with my eyes.
On the run
On first wear, they feel slightly stiffer than the Gel-Kayano, but they are comfortable and responsive and they soon soften up after a few short runs. They hug your feet in all the right places - especially around the heel where they've added a softer section of foam for extra shock absorption. I'm all for improved comfort - so this was a huge plus point for me!
There is plenty of support in the midsole section with the FLYTEFOAM™ technology which gives you a super soft landing. The engineered mesh upper allows better air circulation so your feet don't overheat. They mould to your feet well and they don't pinch or rub. As always, I sized up a whole size from my regular shoe size.
I like a supportive shoe for anything over 10km distance, so I was really impressed with these. They are a great performance shoe for those big mile runs. The GT-2000 8 may not be quite as plush as the Gel-Kayano but don't let that put you off. They have all the support and protection you need at an affordable price.
- A great everyday shoe
- Available in half sizes
- Take a couple of runs to break-in
- If you're used to light fast shoes like the DS you may find these a little heavy
Promoting a lightweight ride, the GT-2000™ 8 running shoe from ASICS is designed to provide appropriate comfort and protection for runners in seeking a performance stability shoe. The GT-2000™ 8 road running shoe features a...SHOP NOW
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