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Asics GT 1000 10 Review Analysis (2021)

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Asics GT 1000 10 review

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The Asics GT 1000 10 is an affordable daily trainer built for stability.

The Consensus

8.9Overall score
An affordable, entry-level trainer that provides stability and a smooth ride
Asics offers another option that runners (and their wallets) looking for a stable ride are sure to appreciate: enter the GT 1000 10. Technically an “entry-level” shoe with its 1000 delineation (connoting a basic stability trainer), this model still packs a punch performance-wise.

Like most Asics models, the GT 1000 10 is responsive and peppy while maintaining enough firmness for adequate support. It’s primarily due to the FlyteFoam midsole, one of the flagship cushioning technologies of the Japanese brand that we find on many of its shoes, including the high-end ones. While FlyteFoam works well for many runners, some have reported excessive rigidity from this midsole technology, making long rides uncomfortable. However, this model is packed with GEL cushioning under the heel, improving the GT-1000 10’s energy return and shock absorption. The upper of the shoe is pretty standard, with mesh material and no overlays to enhance foot breathability. The outsole uses Asics High Abrasion Rubber—a carbon rubber that handles both wet and dry road conditions.

Since it’s a stability model, it comes with a dense foam unit to guide the foot and center it while running. According to testers, it’s not too intrusive and doesn’t make the shoe too heavy: with 281 g/9.9 oz (men’s version), it’s relatively lightweight for a support model.

Those who tried the GT 1000 10 were happy with it, though they noted that this is not the shoe for full or half-marathons. This shoe provides an excellent ride for runners who participate in 5 or 10k races or enjoy shorter-distance runs. It’s even a great pick for new runners who are just getting their feet wet (no pun intended)! The only other notable comment was that this model tends to run on the wider side. Those with unusually narrow feet will need to tighten the laces for adequate stability or look for other options. In summation, the GT-1000 10 is available at an unbeatable price for the quality and stability it provides. It performs well for what it was designed to do, and we recommend it for casual, new, or short-distance runners.
Value for money
  • Good comfort
  • Nice cushioning
  • Discreet and lightweight stability feature
  • Sturdy and affordable
  • Fits a bit wide according to some runners



  • AHAR: a sturdy rubber that ensures great traction on urban terrains. It has a sponge-like texture to give a softer ride, especially under the forefoot.


  • The midsole uses FlyteFoam: a lightweight and energetic foam compound that disperses shocks on the road and increases the energy return for a comfortable and snappy ride. It combines a unique elastomer and super organic nanofibers to keep it sharp even after numerous runs.
  • The midsole consists of Rearfoot GEL, a silicon-based cushioning pad inserted under the heel that dampens the impact when the foot hits the ground.
  • DuoMax Support System: a stability feature that consists of a dense piece of foam to prevent excessive pronation.


  • The upper of the Asics GT 1000 10 is an engineered mesh that gives a secure and comfortable foot lockdown while letting the foot breathe, especially when you go faster.
  • The Integrated Support System gives a fitted and pleasant foot support.


Asics GT 1000 10 rubber outsole

Technical Specs

Pronation typeOverpronation
Drop10 mm
Heel stack height33 mm
Forefoot stack height23 mm
Weight (men)281 g/9.9 oz
Weight (women)238 g/8.4 oz
FitWide feet
Release year2021


Softness (1-5)2 – Firm
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate


MidsoleFlyteFoam, Rearfoot GEL, DuoMax Support System
UpperEngineered mesh, Integrated Support System


SpeedSlow, moderate
DistanceShort, mid, 5k, 10k
WorkoutDaily runs

Comparisons – Asics GT 1000 10 vs.:

Asics GT 2000

See the side-by-side comparison.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does this running model fit true to size?

Yes, this model fits regularly length-wise. However, reviewers noted that the fit is wide and could be tricky for runners with narrow feet.

Is the Asics GT 1000 10 good for overpronators?

Yes, this shoe is a stability shoe, so its objective is to prevent overpronation. In any case, let’s note that stability running shoes are not necessarily a better choice than neutral shoes to avoid injury. Consequently, we recommend choosing your shoes according to their comfort, as it’s the most crucial criterion.

Is this shoe recommended if I’m a heavy runner (198 lbs/90 kg or more)?

Yes, this model is suitable even if you’re a heavyweight runner. Indeed, The Asics GT 1000 10 has a 33 mm heel height, which is enough to support most people, so it should be safe to run with it regardless of your weight.

Is this model adapted to run a marathon?

In theory, there should be no concern. Indeed, the shoe is comfortable and comes with high-stack cushioning suitable for long distances. However, despite the extensive cushioning, a few testers found it unsuitable over long distances and recommended the shoe mainly for shorter runs.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

2 thoughts on “Asics GT 1000 10”

  1. Overall, this is a great shoe for the price. Just got to get used to the feel of its support. It’s been a while since I’ve worn ASICS.

    Durable, secure, can feel the support throughout mid foot Hoping to get knee pain relief with these shoes
    Feet feel slightly suffocating after a 4-mile easy run
    Slight knee pain, will probably need to break in more

  2. Been using GT series 1000
    for more than 10 years now and never been disappointed. I don’t know why but I feel more secure and comfortable than GT 2000 which I frequent pair with the GT 1000. They are a great option for 5K, 10K but no more than that.


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