Brian Metzler reviews the ASICS GT 2000 9, the classic stability shoe from the brand. The 2020 edition has a new look and an easy performance update. The previous version of the GT 2000 was a good shoe, but the new upper and the lighter weight make the ninth edition an exceptional shoe.
One of the enduring legacy shoes in the ASICS’s line, the GT-2000 is a reliable stability shoe with an energetic vibe and it showcases a clean new look.
Our wear-testers love the fit, the feel, the easy-striding performance and consider this one of the best updates of the year.
The ninth edition of this shoe has been redesigned with a one-piece mesh upper to create an improved fit. It also features added support as the foot rolls through the gait cycle.
A lighter, softer and more resilient Flytefoam midsole in the GT 2000 9 pairs well with GEL cushioning packets in the lateral side of the heel and forefoot.
And best of all? It’s a half ounce lighter than last year’s model.
The traction-enhancing, durable rubber outsole sections are broken up and separated by grooves. This allows decoupling at the heel and easy flexing in the forefoot.
FIT, FEEL, RIDE
With the classic fit ASICS is known for, the GT-2000 9 fits true to size with a medium-volume in the heel and midfoot (with slightly more room under the arch). It has just enough room in the toe box for the toes to wiggle and spread.
A stiff, internal heel counter helps keep the heel locked down throughout the gait cycle. This helps ensure the foot is in the optimal situation.
The step-in feel is moderately soft under the foot with a comfortable but not extravagantly padded tongue and heel collar. Out on the run, the shoe straddles the line between being moderately soft and moderately firm. What’s more important is the subtle stability the GT 2000 9 provides along the medial side of the foot.
The FlyteFoam midsole compound provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness no matter the distance or pace. It utilizes organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that traditionally happens with softer, low-density foams. These three layers of cushioning help reduce impact shock and create a smooth, rolling sensation as the foot transitions from heel strike to the toe-off phase.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
Runners who appreciate a comfortable, energetic shoe that provides a little bit of stride-stabilizing structure will love the ASICS GT 2000 9.
It’s workhorse of a training shoe, capable of high-mileage weeks, long weekend runs, moderate tempo runs and fartlek workouts. For runners who need stability in a longer race, it could be a smart choice for a half marathon or marathon.
The ASICS GT 2000 9 also performs as a great shoe for beginner and middle-of-the-pack runners who want a comfortable, reliable, do-everything shoe to wear every day of the week.
Our wear-testers liked it for long runs but appreciated it as a go-to shoe for other workouts and recovery efforts.
The new, one-piece upper offers a combination of smooth, pliable comfort and reinforcing structure. It holds the foot in place through the saddle but gives plenty of room for the toes to wiggle and splay as the foot flexes.
This shoe is nicely light and nimble for the amount of stability, cushion and comfort it provides, thanks to the lightweight midsole package that helps the shoe maintain a high cushion-to-weight ratio.
The stability and structure the GT 2000 provides comes from the slightly flexible plastic Trusstic frame under the arch and the firmer layer of Dynamic Duomax foam in the heel and along the medial edge of the foot. It’s a system that still allows the foot to flex naturally, but it inhibits the inward rolling motion caused by over-pronation.
Cons: ASICS GT 2000 9
There aren’t many drawbacks to this shoe, but one thing that was slightly annoying was how tiny pebbles had a tendency to get caught in the grooves of the plastic Trusstic frame under the middle of the shoe.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He 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. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.
As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “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.”