Asics GT 2000 9

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The Asics GT 2000 9 is a relatively lightweight stability running shoe with comfortable cushioning.

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9.1Overall score
A very good lightweight stability running shoe that combines comfort and support
There's no shame in overpronating. Many runners do. And while science has never been able to prove that support shoes can reduce the risk of injury, there are still around, and many like them. Unfortunately, most of them are overbuilt and bulky and a little difficult to ignore on the feet due to their heavyweight. Luckily, technological progress has been able to reduce the weight of support features tremendously. With its 281 g/9.9 oz, the Asics GT 2000 9 is a great example of this evolution.

Little sister of the Asics Gel Kayano 27, the GT 2000 9 offers a lighter configuration to avoid overpronation. The sole is 29 mm thick under the heel with an offset of 10 mm. The cushioning comfortably absorbs shocks, especially with the combination of foam (FlyteFoam) and GEL pads. The technical nature of Asics running shoes is not to everyone's liking with their convoluted configuration. Still, the result is there: testers praise the cushioning for daily training with stability support that does the job, but without being too intrusive. This makes the shoe suitable for (moderate) overpronators and neutral runners alike. Of course, the rebound is mild, to say the least, but this is not the purpose of this shoe, which offers good flexibility otherwise.

The lockdown is also very effective thanks to a well-fitting upper, especially in the midfoot section. The jacquard mesh is dense and thick but offers good ventilation of the foot overall. The only real critique of this shoe, pointed out by several runners, is the thick tongue, which is definitely too long and bulky to be pleasant or practical.

Finally, the carbon rubber (AHAR) that generously covers the outsole is very sturdy and shows no signs of wear and tear even after many runs, according to testers. It's a quality to be appreciated in the age of "rubberized foams," which are softer but much less durable.

All in all, the Asics GT 2000 9 continues to impress as a very good and reliable lightweight support shoe for overpronation. An interesting alternative for those who find the Kayano too restrictive and overbuilt.
Comfort
9
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9
Design
9
PROS
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Precise foot lockdown
  • A stable shoe suitable for everyone
  • Lightweight stability model
CONS
  • The tongue is too thick
  • The cushioning is not really responsive

Model: Asics GT 2000 9

Facts
Terrain

Road

Heel to toe drop

10 mm

Heel stack height

29 mm

Forefoot stack height

19 mm

Pronation

Weight (men)

281 g/9.9 oz

Weight (women)

221 g/7.8 oz

Release year

2020

Cushioning
Bounce (1-5)

2 – Low

Softness (1-5)

3 – Moderate

Use
Distance

10K, Half marathon, Mid distance, Marathon, Long distance

Speed

Slow, Moderate

Workout

Daily running, Recovery

-

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Technologies

Outsole

  • The outsole of the Asics GT 2000 9 uses AHAR+, a robust carbon rubber made to withstand wear on the roads to enhance the durability of the shoe under the heel. It also offers a good grip for better traction, especially on slippery surfaces.
  • AHAR is located under the forefoot and has a foam-like texture for more flexibility.

Midsole

  • The midsole is made of FlyteFoam: a lightweight and energetic compound that absorbs impacts on the road and optimizes the energy return for a more comfortable and lively ride. It’s made with a unique elastomer and superorganic nanofibers to keep it effective even after numerous kilometers.
  • Also, GEL are silicon-based units that enhance shock dispersion for plush landings.
  • The Dynamic DuoMax stability feature translates into a firm piece of foam to correct the overpronation of the foot while running.
  • Guidance Trusstic System is a TPU shank located in the midsole under the arch of the foot that stabilizes the foot to prevent overpronation
  • The gender-specific forefoot cushioning is based on data collected by the brand for better fitted cushioning.
  • Finally, the molded EVA sockliner adapts to the shape of the foot and adds padding to the shoe.

Upper

  • The Asics GT 2000 9’s upper features a Twin Layer mesh that comfortably and effectively locks in the foot in the shoe. The mesh is dense but naturally well-ventilated.
  • The seamless design increases step-incomfort by reducing chaffing and irritation during your runs. It also gives a stretch quality to the upper.
  • The Heel Clutching System is a special heel counter in resin that molds comfortably to the foot to provide a secure lockdown.
  • Also, the discrete eyelets enable you to equalize the pressure of the laces around the foot for more comfort.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Does this road running model fit true to size?

Yes, this shoe fits true to size. Indeed, until now, we haven’t seen comments from athletes mentioning that it is large or tight. Therefore, you can purchase your usual size for running shoes. Having said that, if this your very first pair of Asics, it would be a good idea to test them in-store to avoid disappointments.

I overpronate. Is the Asics GT 2000 9 good for me?

Yes, this model is a stability shoe, so its objective is to prevent overpronation. Nonetheless, it’s important to remind that running shoes for overpronation are not more effective than neutral shoes to avoid injury.

I weigh 198 lbs/90 kg or more. Is this shoe good for me?

Yes, this shoe should be fine even if you’re a heavyweight runner. Indeed, the GT 2000 9 features a 29-mm heel stack height, which is considered medium to high cushioning.

Is the Asics GT 2000 9 adapted to run a marathon?

First of all, let’s note that the most critical factor in determining what shoes to wear during your marathon competition should be your personal experience. If you can run comfortably at your race pace over mid to long distances with your shoes, then it should be fine. This model is actually quite popular among runners (overpronators or not) for marathon racing.

Comparisons – Asics GT 2000 9 vs:

Asics Gel Kayano 28

These two flagship stability running shoes have been designed to complement each other. The Kayano offers more support for runners who heavily overpronate, while the GT 2000 9 is lighter and doesn’t correct the foot motion to the same extent. See the side-by-side comparison.

Asics GT 1000 10

See the side-by-side comparison.


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    A very good lightweight stability running shoe that combines comfort and support.

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