When updating a popular line of running shoes, companies like Asics run the risk of changing, well, too much or not enough. Colorado Springs running shoe expert Shannon Payne explains the difference between Asics GT-2000 and GT-2000 2.
RUNNING SHOE: Asics GT-2000 2
Best for: Training and racing
Weight: 11 oz. (men’s size 10)
Heel-to-toe drop: 9 mm
Fans of the Asics GT-2000, no need to fear: the newest upgrade to your favorite running shoes doesn’t dish out any surprises. The GT-2000 2 is as good as the previous models in the 2000, but with some minor improvements.
Asics kept the great stability of the 2000 — perfectly suited to mild to moderate overpronators —but tinkered with the upper just a little. Asics also added in their new FluidRide cushioning system to give the shoe just a touch more plushness than its predecessor.
The GT 2000 2 feels as though it has a slightly less constricting upper than the 2000, which will be a big plus for those with a wider forefoot who don’t quite need to go up an entire width. On top of that, the mesh feels much more breathable in comparison to the 2000.
With the incorporation of FluidRide into the 2000 2’s midsole, this update definitely has a bit more softness, especially beneath the forefoot. It also has a much smoother transition overall from heel-to-toe. For those who take an interest in shoe-geek terminology who may be unfamiliar with FluidRide, Asics has designed a midsole with 2 layers rather than one: one comprised of their Solyte foam paired with one layer of SpEVA foam. The combination of both of these cushioning systems makes for an incredibly plush feel underfoot while still maintaining its lightweight.
Overall, this is a great update: no changes that re-vamp the entire feel of the shoe, but just enough tweaks to improve upon the 2000. Give this one a whirl if you like the Brooks Adrenaline, the Saucony Guide, or the Nike Structure.