Asics GT 1000 vs. 2000 (2021)
The GT 1000 and GT 2000 are popular stability shoes for overpronation in the Asics series. The GT 1000 is the entry-level series, and the GT 2000 is the next in the lineup. Thus, the 2000 is slightly more expensive, but that may change during promotional periods.
First of all, the GT 1000 offers a more basic configuration. For example, it does not have AHAR+ (high-end carbon rubber) to improve durability by better protecting the heel from abrasion.
If you compare the GT 2000 10 to the 2000 9, the support is less pronounced on the former because it relies solely on a high-density foam (Dynamic DuoMax) instead of a combination of high-density foam + TPU unit (Guidance Trusstic System).
That changes in 2021: the GT 2000 10 now uses LiteTruss (more discreet than Trusstic) and got rid of DuoMax. Thus, the level of support is now equivalent on both shoes, that is, low/moderate.
Then, in terms of cushioning, the stack of the GT 2000 10 (2021) is much thinner than the previous model (GT 2000 9) with 22 mm against 29 mm before. With a 33 mm heel stack height, the GT 1000 10 is clearly more cushioned. However, the feeling is softer on the GT 2000 than on the 1000. So it’s mainly a matter of personal preference.
Finally, let’s note that the 1000 10 and the 2000 10 have a wide fit while the 2000 9 has a classic fit.
GT 1000 or 2000: which one to choose?
In summary, both shoes are comfortable and of good quality with a similar level of support. The main difference is in the cushioning: the GT 1000 is more cushioned. However, the GT 2000 is more durable with its AHAR+ carbon rubber under the heel.
Cushioning that disperses shock well
Discreet and lightweight stability features
Robust and affordable shoe
Soft cushioning with a slight bounce
Discreet foot support for pronation
Still a bit heavy, especially looking at the stack height
Asics GT 1000 10
Asics GT 2000 10
|Drop||10 mm||8 mm|
|Heel stack height||33 mm||22 mm|
|Forefoot stack height||23 mm||14 mm|
|Weight (men)||281 g/9.9 oz||280 g/9.9 oz|
|Weight (women)||238 g/8.4 oz||238 g/8.4 oz|
|Midsole||FlyteFoam, Dynamic DuoMax, GEL||FlyteFoam Propel, LiteTruss, Rearfoot GEL|
|Upper||Engineered mesh||Engineered knit|
|Softness (1-5)||2 – Firm||4 – Soft|
|Bounce (1-5)||3 – Moderate||3 – Moderate|
|Speed||Slow, moderate||Slow, moderate|
|Distance||Short, mid, 5k, 10k||Short, mid, long, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon|
|Workout||Daily running||Daily running|
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.