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.
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 usesFlyteFoam: 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.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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.