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ASICS GT 2000 8 REVIEW

The ASICS GT 2000 been known as a very reliable and durable shoe for high-mileage training and the 8th edition is all of that and more!

 

ASICS GT 2000 8 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 2019

THE BUZZ

One of ASICS’ legacy shoes, the GT 2000 is a comfortably appointed stability shoe that offers an ideal blend of cushioning and support. It’s always been known as a very reliable and durable shoe for high-mileage training and this version is all of that and more!

 

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GT 2000 8

The new and improved GT 2000 8 has undergone a complete redesign. It maintains a lot of what loyal customers have loved about this shoe, plus it’s noticeably softer and lighter.

The GT 2000 8 also features a new engineered, two-layer mesh upper that’s more pliable and more breathable than the previous edition. 

Asics GT 2000 8 - Bounce power

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The new GT 2000 fits like previous editions, with a reliable snug feel in the heel and the midfoot and ample room in the forefoot for toes to wiggle and splay. It also has the classic step-in feel of premium ASICS shoes — soft, well-cushioned and comfortable.

When it comes to fit the ASICS GT 2000 8 has a nicely padded heel collar and thick, wide, cushy tongue that combine to wrap and cradle the foot once its laced up. The ride is consistently smooth, moderately soft and very stable, both on long slow runs and shorter, slightly faster runs. While the GT 2000 has never been known for an energetic, go-fast demeanor, it is a bit more peppy than previous editions, thanks to the softer, springier Flytefoam and updated rearfoot and forefoot silicone-based GEL cushioning pads. 

The two layers of the engineered mesh upper in the GT 2000 are designed to tighten and loosen as the foot flexes and move, allowing it instantaneously maximize breathability, elasticity and support based on the specific shape and movement patterns of a runner’s foot.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who like a go-to shoe for day-after-day training will appreciate the comfort and reliability of the ASICS GT 2000 8.

This classic show could be a good choice for the majority of a race training plan, with the notion that it wouldn’t be ideal for up-tempo workouts or as race-day shoe.

PROS AND CONS: ASICS GT 2000 8

Asics GT 2000 8 - Pros

Pros: Asics GT 2000 8

The GT-2000 8 is more than a half an ounce lighter than the previous edition. That’s a significant reduction and, almost always, lighter is definitely better when it comes to running shoes.

As with many ASICS shoes the GT 2000 8 features a cushy, moisture-wicking sockliner made with an anti-bacterial material to reduce odor, boost the level of cushioning and increase durability.

Exceptional stability and support are made possible by a dynamic three-layer midsole construction that slows pronation and guides the foot forward. It includes a soft springy layer of foam just below the foot, a squishy wedge of GEL on the later side and a dual-density bottom layer of foam that is firmer on the medial side and softer in the heel and lateral side.

Runners who have narrow heels will appreciate how the heel counter rearfoot design combine to really clutch the foot and hold it securely to the footbed, no matter what its size, shape or volume.

Asics GT 2000 8 - Cons

Cons: Asics GT 2000 8

The GT 2000 8 is a luxury sedan of running shoes, not a sports car. It looks good, it feels good and it performs pretty well, but it’s never going to be an all-out speed merchant.

ASICS GT 2000 8 SPECS

Asics GT 2000 8 - Specs

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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.”