Asics GT-2000 7 Review Facts
GT-2000 7 is the new model in the already popular GT-2000 stability line. It will provide you with great support, stability, durability, and comfort, at a very reasonable price. Not flashy or too good-looking, this stability running shoe will charm you with its features, not its looks.
The outsole of the Asics GT-2000 7 features the well-known Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR
) compound that was seen in the previous model as well. The blown carbon rubber gives the outsole great durability while also protecting the midsole from early wear and tear. There are two types of AHAR rubber used in the build of the GT-2000 7’s outsole. One is the standard AHAR positioned in the forefoot to increase responsiveness and flexibility while the other is the AHAR+ rubber that is more resilient and hence positioned under the heel, which is usually first to suffer some wear and tear.
The midsole of the Asics GT-2000 7 is the brand’s lightest midsole compound – the FlyteFoam Lyte Technology, comprised of organic nanofibers. The FlyteFoam goes throughout the entire length of this running shoe, with silicone-based gel pockets providing additional cushioning and shock-absorption in the heel and forefoot. Compared to the traditional EVA midsole seen in the majority of running shoes nowadays, the FlyteFoam is a staggering 55% lighter, which is an impressive number, given the fact that the EVA foam is pretty lightweight, to begin with. The technology-packed midsole also features the Impact Guidance System (IGS) technology that is devised to link all the different midsole components together and deliver a natural and supported gait cycle. The Trusstic System is positioned in the midfoot area of this stability shoe
, offering some rigidity and structure to the shoe, preventing the foot from twisting.
Compared to the previous versions, the GT-2000 7’s upper has been improved by the use of engineered Jacquard mesh patches that offer a glove-like fit and support of the foot, while also providing ventilation. This type of mesh is more resilient to tearing and loosening up over time than your regular running shoe engineered mesh seen in most running shoes on the market. The medial sides and the rearfoot of the shoe feature supportive and stabilizing overlays that are connected to the traditional lacing system, further increasing the snug fit and support in all the right places. The heel counter has remained unchanged from the previous model (don’t fix what’s not broken), and there’s slightly less padding on the collar. In order to up the comfort and cushioning, even more, the brand opted to put an antibacterial molded EVA sockliner inside the shoe. This sockliner is meant to reduce odor, absorb sweat and create a healthy shoebox environment.
At 10.69oz for a half-pair, the Asics GT 2000-7 is 0.2oz heavier than the 6, which isn’t something that a runner used to the GT-2000 6 would feel. If this were a neutral running shoe, it would be considered to be heavy, but given the fact that this is a stability shoe, 10oz is the average ballpark weight that almost all shoes of this type have. That being said, this isn’t a shoe that will drag your feet down and make them tired before the rest of your body ties from running as well. For those who are switching from an ultra-lightweight racing shoe, this weight might come as a shock, but with all the midsole technologies and the upper support, it’s virtually impossible for a stability shoe to ever be as light as a neutral running shoe
The engineered Jacquard mesh that is featured in the upper is tightly woven and provides a little less airflow and breathability
than the previous model did. However, this difference won’t make any real significance in real-life situations; this shoe retains the moderate breathability and ventilation. But while some runners have complained about the upper ripping on the previous version of the GT-2000 series, there isn’t that kind of danger with the durable Jacquard mesh, which is worth sacrificing a little airflow for, in our books.
The forefoot of the Asics GT-2000 7 feels slightly roomier than the 6’s did – this is because it’s wider and higher by a few millimeters that make a significant difference in the overall comfort of the shoe. The improvements on the upper of the GT-2000 7 make this one of the most comfortable stability running shoes out there, with a glove-like, medium narrow fit that doesn’t create any pressure, unlike some other narrow shoes. The tightly-woven mesh maintains structure where it needs to, but adjusts to the shape of your foot and loosens up over time in specific places, without losing the glove-like fit.
The Asics GT-2000 7 looks similar to other shoes from the 2000 line
, which doesn’t come as a big surprise. The recognizable brand design complements the sturdy build of the upper, while the silicone-based gel pockets on the heel are visible above the white midsole. The lacing system and the mesh feature brighter, accent colors, while the colorways skew towards more classic, back-to-basics colors. Compared to its predecessor, the GT-2000 7 has a more elegant and sleek build, although this will only be noticeable to die-hard Asics fans.
The AHAR and AHAR+ outsole compounds are made to withstand a considerable amount of wear and tear – given that you’re running on adequate terrain. You will be able to log some serious miles before noticing that the outsole has started to wear down. Thanks to the materials used in the outsole, the FlyteFoam midsole of the Asics GT-2000 7 will start to break down much later than it would when paired with some less resilient outsole. As far as the upper goes, the mesh is tightly woven, especially in places where added pressure is expected, which increases the longevity of the upper and puts the GT-2000 7 in a whole other category compared to the tear-prone upper of the GT-2000 6.
The underfoot of the Asics GT-2000 7 is well-cushioned and protected. The midsole foam material is a soft platform that will minimize the impact forces and reduce the strain on your feet, no matter the length of your run. Additionally, the forefoot and rearfoot silicone gel protection technology excels at providing a cushioned and pleasant experience and increases the overall comfort exactly on the main impact points. This gel cushioning is perhaps the most useful during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle and encourages the natural and effortless stride. The toe bumper on the upper will protect your toes from stray rocks that may come your way, but will also stabilize your foot so as not to slip forwards when running.
The FlyteFoam technology in the midsole is paired with the Dynamic DUOMAX system that provides the responsiveness you need while maintaining the protective cushioning layer of foam. The sole of the Asics GT-2000 7 is springy, durable and provides great energy return. Some runners prefer the Adidas Boost or the Brooks DNA sole because they’re a little bit softer than the GT-2000 7 with the same amount of responsiveness
, but this is purely a personal preference. Anyone that’s searching for a high-quality, responsive stability running shoe definitely won’t be disappointed by the GT-2000 7.
As previously mentioned, the GT-2000 7 is a stability shoe with a pedigree, made for runners who overpronate or have low arches or flat feet and need significant arch support
. There are two technologies built into the GT-2000 7 that are there specifically for support purposes – the Guidance Line and Trussic System, which are seen in the previous models as well and do a great job of guiding and correcting your stride. Asics didn’t tamper with the stuff that works well in the GT-2000 series, so the GT-2000 7 didn’t sustain changes in support systems that have made the series popular. One thing to note is that the GT-2000 7 has the APMA seal of acceptance, as an added guarantee that it really does benefit overpronators and runners with low arches, which make up to 45% of runners.
The Asics GT-2000 7 is a shoe made for road, track, pavements, and light gravel, as well as gym floors and treadmills. For those that want a slightly sturdier version of the GT-2000 7, the brand has made a trail version – Asics GT-2000 7 Trail, that will take you on a cushioned
and stable ride on all your local light trails, without missing out on all the good stuff that the road shoe boasts.
The pricing on the Asics GT-2000 7 is very good, in our opinion. At the price of a less-than-stellar regular trainer, you can get a high-quality stability shoe that checks all the right boxes. This isn’t to say that paying upwards of a C-note is cheap; but given the features, technologies and quality build that comes with the GT-2000 7, we’d venture to say that this is one of the best shoes on the market when it comes to price-quality ratio.
The durable AHAR rubber outsole will give you confidence on your every stride by providing a reliable grip on the surface. The excellent traction that the outsole offers complements the stability purpose of the shoe – you will, indeed, feel much more stable without slipping on the road.
As most stability shoes, the amount of flexibility is limited by the very purpose of the shoe. In order to provide a stable stride, the shoe must offer structure and sturdiness that can correct the gait of an overpronator
, which is the reason why neutral running shoes will always be more flexible than stability shoes. That being said, the vertical flex grooves on the outsole do provide some flexibility and encourage swift (but guided) heel-to-toe transition.
The Dynamic DUOMAX support system integrated beneath the heel and the midfoot prevents and corrects overpronation, making the whole stride that much more stable. The great stability of the GT-2000 7 is compared to the one that the GT-2000 4 had to offer, with the crucial weight difference that goes in favor of the newer model. Although it’s not easy to discern the GT-2000 6 and 7 in terms of stability, some runners have noticed that the overall stability
provided by the collar and the lacing system is greater in the 7. Additionally, one thing you’ll notice straight off the bat when looking at the shoe is the pronounced heel that protrudes far beyond the heel cup ending of the upper. This won’t make much of a difference when running, but it will definitely increase your stability while doing some static exercises like squats and lunges, preventing you from falling backward and losing balance.
The GT-2000 7 features the same 10mm drop as the models before. The heel height is 22mm, while the forefoot is at 12mm, providing a good ground feel and cushion at the same time. The 10mm drop
and the heel build clearly favor the heel-strikers and tend to reduce any impact forces that could cause injury to the rearfoot.
● Asics High Abrasion Rubber outsole
● FlyteFoam Lyte Technology midsole
● Impact Guidance System (IGS) technology
● Trusstic System for increased midfoot stability
● Engineered Jacquard mesh upper with overlays
● Moderately breathable
● Very comfortable
● Great price point
● Extremely durable
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Flex grooves in the outsole
● Good responsiveness
● Stability shoe with a lot of arch support
● Great traction
If there was a stability shoe that should be shown to someone who hasn’t had any contact with stability shoes in order to explain what makes them great, that would surely be the right job for the Asics
GT-2000 7. This is a great all-rounder shoe that doesn’t have anything lacking. The only thing that can be objected is that its style prevents it from being a discreet lifestyle shoe as well, but then again, nobody’s perfect, right? This shoe will provide you with support and stability whether you decide to train or race in it, and the materials and build won’t let you down in terms of durability. All in all, this is the kind of shoe that you won’t regret buying.