ASICS GT-2000 8 Review

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ASICS GT-2000 8 Review Review Facts

The GT-2000 7 was a functional, but stiff and choppy sneaker. And what the predecessor lacked, the newest version has improved! The welcome changes in ASICS GT-2000 8 will blow you away – the smooth inner, the softer but more responsive midsole, the improved weight, and much more. ASICS managed to shave off almost one ounce from these sneakers! Scroll down to discover what the exciting new changes are and whether this pair is right for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Runs true to size

Engineered mesh upper

AHARPLUS outsoles

FlyteFoam and Gel midsoles

EVA molded insoles

Breathable

Very supportive

Cons

Still feels heavy

Some users reported that the forefoot doesn't feel so soft

Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the GT-2000 8 is made out of engineered mesh. The mesh is multi-directional, wrapping around the feet to create an optimal fit. The upper has varying width throughout the construction - the midfoot is narrow, securing and stabilizing the feet, while the forefoot is wide to allow the toes to splay naturally. The wider forefoot allows more air to enter, enhancing breathability. A Heel Clutching system grabs the heels and forces them into one stable position. This way, your feet won't wobble, and your joints won't suffer from stress. Attached to the upper is a traditional lacing system, with some extra tweaks to make it comfier. The invisible eyelets are individually placed, and that serves to disperse the tension often felt when we try to make the shoes tight. The inner lining is plush, while the collar and tongue are sufficiently padded to deliver a comfortable fit.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsoles of this model are very similar to the midsoles seen in most ASICS running sneakers, simply because they do an excellent job. The rearfoot has the Gel cushioning system. The gel absorbs shock, disperses the force when you land and gives a smooth transition from toe-off to heel strikes. The gel is present in the forefoot as well, doing the same job, saving your heels and toes from shock. The gel is wrapped in FlyteFoam. This foam is composed of EVA, with organic fibers that are environmentally friendly. The foam helps the midsoles maintain their padding for a long time. The foam runs throughout the length of the midsoles, delivering responsiveness and padding. The DynamicDuoMax system returns with less weight, constructed out of a firm sponge that cushions feet and reduces pressure. The sponge stabilizes the heels and ankles, preventing sprains and strains. The Trusstic system stabilizes the sneakers, stopping them from twisting around. The forefoot has a gender-specific design. The top layer is injected with Solyte for additional padding. A molded EVA sock liner hugs the feet gently and helps secure them in place. The sock liner has antimicrobial properties, preventing fungus and bacteria growth.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsoles were changed as well, and the heels feature extra protective layers in the form of AHARPLUS. AHAR stands for ASICS high abrasion rubber, and the plus means it has extra reinforcements. The rubber used for the outsoles is the very same type of rubber used to create car tires. The compound is not as heavy, thanks to the carbon fiber construction. This should tell you that ASICS did a really good job of creating a durable outsole. The abrasion resistance properties are three times better than what is seen in regular rubber! The forefoot is also guarded by AHAR. This is a blown rubber compound that is not as strong as AHARPLUs, but it's still two times as resistant as regular rubber is. The rubber is responsive and comfortable, cushioning the toes and mitigating stress. The rubber outsoles are very flexible, allowing the feet to move naturally. They are flexible thanks to horizontal flex grooves, creating easy and effortless transitions.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Lightweight running sneakers are desirable, as the lowered weight helps the wearer perform better, saving energy and preventing pain. Heavy sneakers feel like shackles, and if you're competing for distance or speed, that weight can become crucial. The GT 2000 7 was a heavy shoe, weighing about 11 oz. But ASICS figured out a way to shave the weight down, and the new and improved model weighs only 10.4 oz for men, and 8.5 oz for women, which is almost one oz less than the previous model! Still, this is quite heavy for a running sneaker, although you will feel the difference. Some users reported that the sneakers still feel heavy, and that long-distance running is not something these sneakers excel at. You will feel tired and your feet will be angry if you decide to wear these to a marathon, so use them for daily running and short-distance running!
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is a very important aspect of any type of shoe. If a sneaker is not breathable, chances are that you will sweat and feel too hot. That sweat can create friction, and wet socks moving around cause blisters, which are the last things you need when you're running! Plus, sweaty socks do not smell good. Luckily, the GT 2000 8 is a very breathable sneaker. The engineered mesh upper is very porous, allowing air to escape freely. The cool air will circulate in and out constantly, powered by your movements, so you'll never feel wet when wearing these shoes. The sock liner also has anti-odor and anti-bacterial properties, so you'll be extra safe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The GT 2000 8 was created to uphold the comfort of its predecessor, and it did a very good job. The mesh upper feels soft and comfortable, but it still hugs the feet tightly and locks them into place. The tongue and laces are built very well, eliminating friction and hot spots. The collar and tongue are padded as well, softly securing the ankles. The midsoles feature multiple layers of specialized foam, and the insoles are molded EVA, so comfort is something that these shoes are excellent at. Even the outsoles are softer at the forefoot to protect the balls of the feet. The shoes run true to their size, so you don't have to waste a lot of time figuring out which size you need.
Style
Style

Style

Although ASICS does create excellent running sneakers, their style somehow seems to be lacking every time. We're not saying that the GT 2000 8 looks bad, but we wish there were more colorways to choose from. The upper looks busy, and there are a lot of elements clashing with one another, although the colors complement each other, so the design is still streamlined. The outsoles seem chunky, but they have to be because of the soft, thick midsoles. The gel pockets are visible, telling you exactly where the cushions are. Compared to its predecessor, the GT 2000 8 looks much better, and we're willing to forget the clunky design because the sneakers are excellent!
Durability
Durability

Durability

The GT 2000 8 is an extremely durable shoe. The very first aspect that makes them so durable is the outsole. The outsoles are made out of AHAR and AHARPLUS. This rubber compound is very responsive and soft, but it survives a lot of wear and tears, saving the outsoles from cuts and abrasions. The heels have AHARPLUS, so they are able to withstand even more pressure. The FlyteFoam layer retains its shape mile after mile, while the engineered upper may seem flimsy, but it's able to survive rogue debris like a champ!
Protection
Protection

Protection

The midsoles have a lot of layers that act as protection against shock and pressure. The midsoles will evenly distribute that pressure and weight to keep the feet well-rested. The outsoles are soft, padding the feet and preventing pain, but their strength keeps the feet safe from shard edges and rough terrain. The mesh upper and the EVA insoles secure the feet in place, while the padded tongue and collar stabilize the ankles and heels to keep your feet free from any kind of ailments!
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The FLyteFoam and Duomax midsoles are extremely responsive. The soles are springy and durable, cushioning you while returning all the energy you expended. The outsoles are soft and springy as well, propelling you to go even faster. With that being said, some users reported that the extra soft foam still didn't feel soft enough. You can fix this by breaking in the sneakers properly, although the problem may still persist.
Support
Support

Support

The GT 2000 8 is made for runners who need proper arch support. They stabilize neutral runners with slight overpronation issues. Since this pair is a stability one, they do look chunky and not so graceful, but they do a good job of supporting the feet. The engineered mesh upper supports the top of the feel, while the padded heel and collar stabilize the ankles. The lacing system improves that support, while the Heel lock-in system leaves no room for your feet to twist and wiggle!
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The GT 2000 8 has amazing outsoles with high-abrasive rubber that creates excellent traction. The grooves not only improve flexibility, but they also create suction that improves the grip these sneakers have, even on wet ground. With that being said, the GT 2000 8 is not made for the trail, so you need to make sure you keep them on the road and pavement!
Value
Value

Value

Surprisingly enough, the GT 2000 8 is not such an expensive shoe. You can find it on Amazon for about 120$, which is almost the same price as its predecessor. And this is their newest model! It's still a bit pricey, and some people may think twice about spending that much on just a pair of shoes, but the GT 2000 8 is very durable and it has a lot of value to offer!
The Final Word
The Final Word

The Final Word

The GT 2000 8 is a great stability sneaker. The engineered mesh upper is sure to keep you stable and supported, while the lacing system and padded tongue and collar help stabilize the feet even further. The specialized midsoles are super springy and comfortable, although some runners said that the sneakers don't feel soft enough. The outsoles are extremely sturdy, while the forefoot is spongy and comfortable. The sneakers weigh much less than their predecessors, although some people still feel that they are too heavy. If you can handle the price, we suggest you go with the GT 2000 8!