ASICS GT-2000 3 vs. New Balance 870v4 review

ASICS GT-2000 3 provides an overall soft and comfortable ride to overpronators. New Balance 870v4 offers flexibility, stability, and cushioning in a lightweight package...

The ASICS GT-2000 3 and the New Balance 870v4 are stability running shoes that are geared towards moderate overpronators.

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The upper of the ASICS GT-2000 3 differs from that of the New Balance 870v4 in that it has stitched-on overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support, while the New Balance 870v4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has only no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot.

No-sew overlays tend to reduce the chance of irritation, but generally tend to be less supportive than stitched-on overlays.

To counterbalance being less supportive, the New Balance 870v4 has extra bands under the overlays that connect the midsole to the top of the saddle to really give you a good lockdown around the midfoot.

This makes the upper of the New Balance 870v4 as supportive as that of the ASICS GT-2000 3. In addition, the New Balance 870v4 throws in another support feature with the asymmetrical heel counter that it has.

This heel counter is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side to help stop your ankle from rolling too far inward.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 does not have such a feature, but rather provides an external heel counter that really locks your heel down on the running platform.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper from either running shoe in addition to a comfortable fit.

Both the New Balance 870v4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but in different ways.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot to provide extra cushioning and shock absorption. The New Balance 870v4 has one main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

As far as cushioning goes, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is more cushy than the New Balance 870v4 both in the heel and in the forefoot and for both men and women.

So if you want an overall very cushy ride, the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be the way to go. The New Balance 870v4 matches the heel cushioning of the ASICS GT-2000 3 only for women. In all other cases, the ASICS GT-2000 3 is way more cushy than the New Balance 870v4.

The New Balance 870v4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are stability running shoes that are meant to stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

To control this overpronation, both running shoes have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of their midsoles. The length of this pronation control device is a bit longer in the ASICS GT-2000 3, but in both running shoes it is topped by softer foam.

The New Balance 870v4 adds a bit more stability to your runs by providing more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 3. This should also help the New Balance 870v4 provide you with much smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 has a midfoot shank to provide more stability and midfoot integrity. The New Balance 870v4 does not have such a midfoot shank, since the medial post fills out that space under the midfoot.

When you consider everything offered by both running shoes, they both wind up being very stable and supportive running shoes.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 3 differs a lot from that of the New Balance 870v4. The New Balance 870v4 has a hexagonal pattern going on in its outsole, while the ASICS GT-2000 3 is very linear.

However, both running shoes provide a good amount of separation between their rubber compartments for good shock absorption and dissipation.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the New Balance 870v4 is the more flexible running shoe of the two for both men and women. While the ASICS GT-2000 3 is not a stiff running shoe, it is not as flexible as the New Balance 870v4.

The women's version of the New Balance 870v4 weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.6 oz (272 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 870v4 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a very stable, supportive, and comfortable running shoe, you could go either way. The decision point will lie in the weight, flexibility, and cushiness you're after.

If you want a very cushy running shoe, the ASICS GT-2000 3 would probably suit you better than the New Balance 870v4. And if you are looking for something lighter and more flexible, the New Balance 870v4 would be the one to look into.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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