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ASICS GT-2000 10 REVIEW

ASICS GT-2000 10 Review

THE BUZZ

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.

WHAT’S NEW

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. 

FIT-FEEL-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

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

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

ASICS GT-2000 10 Tech Specs

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ASICS RUNNING: THE HISTORY OF “ANIMA SANA IN CORPORE SANO”

Asics Anima Sana In Corpore Sano

ASICS RUNNING: GLOBAL RUNNING PERFORMANCE

Take a step back to Japan in 1949 when Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan.

He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano”, which when translated expresses the ancient ideal of “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.”Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.

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WELCOME TO THE US, ASICS

ASICS products were introduced to the United States in 1977 and brought with them an incredible story of athletic performance and technical advancements, a philosophy which still holds true today.

ASICS: ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD

Committed to new technology, ASICS opened up an entire research center in Kobe, Japan in 1990.  The Research Institute of Sports Science is a unique spot where scientist, athletes and coaches work together in a location that can only be described as heaven for any athlete.Imagine a 45,000 research facility with a all weather 350m running track, basketball and volleyball halls, test rooms and the technology to study and analyze human kinetics.  The goal is to create the best gear to enable both professional and regular athletes perform to the best of their abilities.

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The Classic ASICS Cortez, a running shoe developed for the US market.

ASICS RUNNING SHOES: THE CLASSICS AND THE NEW

ASICS is now one of the top performance running footwear brands  in the industry, and not without merit. For the past two decades the key ASICS runnings shoes have firmly planted their feet (pun intended!) in the US runner’s market.Awards for ASICS shoes come fast and furious.  Their GEL system has pioneered a whole family of shoes that reduce shock making every step for a runner a comfortable and supported one.

Fast forward to the 2020s and ASICS introduced extreme performance shoes the Metaride and the Metaracer designed for efficiency and saving energy and this summer the Metaspeed sky coming soon.

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ASICS GEL KAYANO & KAYANO LITE

Now 28, the GEL Kayano has been the go-to shoe for a generation of runners and today’s modern version offers stability and comfort with a heel-clutch making it one of the most stable high-mileage shoes available. Think of the GEL Kayano as a luxury SUV; that’s a good thing for any runner. A bevy of awards reiterates that the Kayano is a classic shoe that continues to stand the test of time.

The ASICS Gel-Kayano Lite is a dreamy, maximally cushioned version of the Kayano that’s lighter, more energetic, faster and more eco-friendly than the original.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

ASICS GEL CUMULUS

The GEL Cumulus has a strong 10mm drop and the classic GEL system.  Add to that now, the ASICS proprietary Flyte Foam makes this a light and reliable shoe. Remember Goldilocks looking for her perfect bowl of porridge?

The Cumulus has cushion, but not too much cushion that you feel you’re losing energy.  A perfect combo for a runner looking for both mileage and comfort

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ASICS GEL NIMBUS & NIMBUS LITE

A quintessential cushioned shoe with an updated roomier forefoot. With such a loyal fan base, the GEL Nimbus has been a solid part of the running market for over twenty years. Soft but stiff enough to support the mileage and the legs of the runners who wear them.

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ASICS GT 2000

For runners needing moderate support and cushioning in an everyday running shoe with a solid price point, the GT 2000 is a no-nonsense shoe that delivers what it promises at great value. But, don’t let the dependability fool you!

The GT 2000 is packed with technology and will keep you running mile after mile.

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ASICS NOVABLAST 2 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The ASICS Novablast 2 is a neutral-oriented everyday training shoe that offers a comfortable fit and a soft, well-cushioned, lively ride.

It incorporates subtle but significant changes in the stability, fit, ride and look that build on the success of the original Novablast last year.

ASICS Novablast 2 Review

WHAT’S NEW

ASICS updated its next-generation FlyteFoam Blast cushioning material (now called FF Blast) found the original model to be slightly softer and more deformable to allow runners to experience a more bouncy and responsive sensation in every stride.

A new TPU heel stabilizer was added along both sides of the heel to help support the foot and create more stable, balanced strides, while additional foam under the forefoot improve the stability and responsive feeling of the new edition.

The double-jacquard woven mesh upper has been updated slightly from the original version, offering increased breathability and enhanced stretchiness in the forefoot. The trampoline-style responsiveness is created by open channel in the FF Blast midsole foam under the heel.

It creates a lateral decoupling effect that creates a secondary bounce effect that energizes the stride as the foot proceeds toward the toe-off phase.

The moderately wide footprint of the Novablast 2 creates a bit of inherent stability for runners who have a neutral gait, though it’s not a shoe recommended for overpronators.

More foam in the forefoot and the wider outsole, along with the new TPU support overlays at the rear of the shoe, have definitely made it more stable than the original version.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Novablast has a classic ASICS fit, true to size length-wise with a medium volume interior. It serves up a secure, locked-down sensation in the heel and midfoot and has just enough space in the forefoot for toes to wiggle and splay.

It’s not excessively cushioned on the interior, but it provides plenty of softness from the padded tongue and heel and the premium footbed. The new upper material and gusseted tongue have improved the fit and feel from the original version.

The ride is very soft, bouncy and resilient, providing a noticeable amount of responsive “pop” in every stride. ASICS has built the shoe to allow the foot go through a “trampoline effect” and there is certainly a sensation of bouncy propulsion after the initial impact.

ASICS Novablast 2 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who run with a heavy to moderate heel-striking gait and those who like cushy, shock-absorbing shoes will really appreciate the Novablast 2.

The maximal cushioning in the extended heel design engages the ground and start the process of absorbing the impact with the ground while helping the foot transition into the midstance phase of the stride.

It’s a great training shoe for slow, moderate and up-tempo running and short to long runs. Our wear-testers believe it it could serve as a fast trainer or a race-day shoe for mid-packers.

ASICS Novablast 2 Review

PROS: ASICS NOVABLAST 2

The Novablast 2 has a good cushioning to weight ratio, thanks to the featherweight and airy feeling of the FF Blast midsole foam. It is soft and compresses easily, but it’s not mushy or sloppy.

It’s responsive and rebounds quickly, delivering an energetic bounciness as the foot approaches the toe-off phase.  The outsole is almost identical to the original version of the shoe with sections of high-traction rubber around the perimeter of the shoe and another segment under the middle of the forefoot.

There are more extensive segmented flex grooves in the forefoot as well as new cuts through the front pads on the lateral and medial sides for improved grip. Overall, our wear-testers found the Novablast 2 to be a fun, energetic shoe to run in, one helped keep our legs feeling fresh during and after long training runs.

ASICS Novablast 2 Review

CONS: ASICS NOVABLAST 2

The Novablast 2 isn’t as light as some of its contemporaries and it actually gained about a half ounce from the first edition. It’s not a deal-breaker for most training runs, but it’s just not as light as some runners might prefer.

TECH SPECS

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ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 23 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

One of the classic legacy shoes in the ASICS line, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 is a neutral everyday trainer with sufficient cushioning, a comfortable ride and a versatile, do-everything vibe. It’s been updated slightly from the previous edition, with a slightly softer feel and a more forgiving ride.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The previous edition of this shoe was pretty good, so ASICS smartly didn’t change it too much. The biggest changes are that there is little bit more Flytefoam cushioning in the midsole and a new gender-specific construction. The gender-specific construction allows the shoe to more optimally flex and adapt to men’s and women’s footstrike patterns.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 has a classic ASICS fit. It is perfectly true to size length-wise and not too narrow and not too wide. The step-in feel is comfortable and moderately cushy, but not overly plush.

It has an easy-flexing demeanor in the forefoot, but the slightly lower-to-the-ground forefoot provides good feel for the ground. The shoe feels slightly firm as you transition to the toe-off phase of a stride. That allows it to run at moderately fast speeds, although it isn’t quite as plushy and comfortable as a result.

The ride is smooth, semi-soft, natural and consistent, but not exceptionally energetic or bouncy — especially compared to other shoes out there with more advanced foam midsoles. 

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

This is a great entry-level shoe for new or novice runners, but it can also be a reliable everyday trainer for experienced runners who log modest mileage every week. It’s one of those shoes that does everything pretty well without having one exceptional feature, and that’s a good thing.

Its wheelhouse is slow and moderate paces, but it’s versatile enough to handle faster paces for shorter distances, though not quite peppy enough for speed workouts or racing.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

PROS: ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 23

The new, one-piece engineered mesh upper is smooth, soft and comfortable, wrapping the forefoot while accommodating for a wide variety of foot shapes. It really helps dial in a connective, comfortable fit and makes up for the lack of a gusseted tongue. 

The rear of the shoe is comfortable, secure and supportive. This is thanks to a rigid internal heel counter and copious amounts of padding around the heel and ankle collar. Also, it has a slightly softer, and more shock-absorbing GEL component.

The outsole has been reconfigured with more segmented narrower bands or soft rubber in the forefoot and a lateral decoupling groove pattern of firmer, more durable rubber in the rearfoot. The new configuration contributes to the softer more accommodating ride without giving up traction or sturdiness in every stride.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review

CONS: ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 23

This shoe actually got slightly heavier — by about a half ounce — compared to the Cumulus 22. That might not seem like a lot, but it was enough to put at the higher end of the everyday trainer category. It’s not heavy, just heavier than last year’s edition.

TECH SPECS

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 Review | Tech Specs

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