Asics GT-2000 7
The Asics 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.
- Durable AHAR outsole
- Ultra-light FlyteFoam Technology
- Very responsive
- Supportive and stable
- Great traction
- Very comfortable
- Without any performance-related cons; style-wise, it can only be worn with sporty outfits, which can be limiting
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.
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.
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.
However, this difference won’t make any real significance in real-life situations; this shoe retains 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 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 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.
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 Asics GT-2000 7 in a whole other category compared to the tear-prone upper of the GT-2000 6.
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.
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 high-quality, responsive stability running shoe definitely won’t be disappointed by the Asics GT-2000 7.
There are two technologies built into the Asics 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.
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.
That being said, the vertical flex grooves on the outsole do provide some flexibility and encourage swift (but guided) heel-to-toe transition.
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.
● 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
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.