One of the time-tested models in the ASICS line, the ASICS GT-2000 is an everyday trainer that offers sublime softness and moderate support in stylish package that’s comfortable, durable and reliable.
It’s a light stability shoe capable of running easy miles at moderate paces or comfortably covering high-mileage volume while training for a marathon.
A new, single-layer upper, more gender-specific features, a lower heel-toe offset and an updated midsole platform combine to offer a softer, smoother ride while still providing ample support.
The GT-2000 10 is enhanced by a full-length layer of lightweight and responsive Flytefoam Propel cushioning, which adds a bit of high-energy pop into every stride. The primary midsole compound is a generously thick layer of Flytefoam, a unique compound that utilizes organic fibers to offer extreme resiliency and durability.
The GT-2000 utilizes 3D Space Construction technology in the heel to create an individualized midsole deformation in every stride to give men and women runners the best possible gender-specific ride and support for their gait pattern. It’s essentially a strategically designed 3D honeycomb feature that’s cut out from the top of the midsole that allows a runner to compress and flex the shoe appropriately based precisely how their foot rolls from heel to toe.
The lowered heel-toe ramp angle — from 10mm of the previous edition to 8mm in this shoe — has reduced the heel prominence and really adds to the smoothness and efficiency of the ride.
The GT-2000 10 has the same classic fit most ASICS sheos are known for, only slightly improved over last year’s version because of the new upper.
It fits true-to-size with a snug hold in the heel and slightly more roomy volume in the midfoot and forefoot. (It’s only available in a B width.)
There is a noticeably soft feeling as soon as you step into it and lace it up, thanks to the molded EVA sockliner, generously padded tongue and the wrap-like sensation of the new upper.
The ride is smooth and consistent, providing a feeling of shock absorption and semi-firm control in the rear and midfoot and an easy-flexing consistency in the forefoot.
It’s not an overly energetic ride — and not meant to be — but instead it excels with a great combination of cushioning, comfort and durability.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
Runners who need or appreciate plenty of cushioning and a moderate amount of support will love this shoe. It can be a reliable, do-everything shoe, a long-run training shoe or even a race-day shoe for someone interested in finishing a half marathon or marathon comfortably.
It’s not light and snappy enough for short-interval speed workouts or all-out racing, but it can definitely execute tempo runs, fartleks and longer interval sessions if called up. Bottom line: it’s comfortable, durable and consistent.
ASICS GT-2000 10 PROS
Gone are the rigid plastic Trusstic system on the outsole and the dynamic Duomax system built into the medial sidewall to offer medial structure. Instead stability is provided by the LiteTruss, a system in which the outsole wraps slightly upward under the medial side of the arch. Coupled with the gender-specific 3D Space Construction, it allows runners to engage as much of the stability as they need without using all of the plastic components or denser midsole sidewall.
The new, single-layer, one-piece knit upper provides lightweight breathability, comfortably wrapping the forefoot while accommodating for a wide variety of foot shapes. It provides solid foot hold and comfort as it tightens and loosens in key areas to allow the foot to move naturally.
For what it offers in comfort and durability, the GT-2000 10 provides good bang for the buck. On a relative scale of shoe prices and features, it offers great value at a relatively low price point.
ASICS GT-2000 10 CONS
The GT-2000 10 isn’t as light, flashy or energetic as a lot of other shoes out there. But it’s still a real well-built shoe that scores high marks for cushioning, comfort and consistency and ideal to be a workhorse trainer in your quiver of shoes.
GT-2000 10 TECH SPECS
SHOP GT-2000 10
MEN’S ASICS GT-2000 10
WOMEN’S ASICS GT-2000 10