Saucony Guide 7 vs. ASICS GT-2000 2 review

Saucony Guide 7 provides stability and a soft ride in a lightweight package. ASICS GT-2000 2 is a cushy running shoe with good stability for moderate overpronators. Learn more...

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The Saucony Guide 7 and the ASICS GT-2000 2 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

Both the Saucony Guide 7 and the ASICS GT-2000 2 have a combination of mesh with synthetic overlays in their uppers. Their overlays tend to wrap the midfoot and heel well.

Because the Saucony Guide 7 has more overlays than the ASICS GT-2000 2 that run over the toe box, the ASICS GT-2000 2 might provide a more comfortable feeling in the toe box, especially if you have big bunions.

Other than that, both shoes stack up well against each other when it comes to providing a supportive upper.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 2 and the Saucony Guide 7 are very similar in composition in that both running shoes have a medial post to control overpronation and provide stability and support when your foot rolls in.

The difference is that this firmer piece of foam runs till under the foot in the Saucony Guide 7 and till it hits a softer layer of foam in the ASICS GT-2000 2, meaning that the Saucony Guide 7 should provide a bit stronger pronation control than the ASICS GT-2000 2.

But because the ASICS GT-2000 2 has this softer layer of foam right under the foot that runs along the entire length of the shoe, the cushioning is more uniformly distributed, so the ASICS GT-2000 2 should feel overall softer under your foot than the Saucony Guide 7, especially in the heel.

To initiate stabilizing the foot after heel-strike, the Saucony Guide 7 has a beveled crash pad under the heel that is segmented to absorb shock and soften the landing.

The ASICS GT-2000 2 on the other hand has GEL cushioning in the heel to soften the landing and also well-segmented rubber lugs under the heel to absorb and dissipate shock. So both shoes stack up well against each other.

However, because the Saucony Guide 7 provides almost full ground contact on the lateral side of the shoe whereas the ASICS GT-2000 2 has a midfoot shank separating the heel from the forefoot, you can expect to get a much more stable and smooth ride from the Saucony Guide 7.

This is not to say that the ASICS GT-2000 2 would not provide a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off, since it has Impact Guidance System components in place to achieve this.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably in layout, especially in the forefoot where the ASICS GT-2000 2 has large compartments of rubber that are well-cut horizontally and vertically in addition to two main flex grooves running from side to side. Such a configuration promotes flexibility, making the ASICS GT-2000 2 a pretty flexible shoe.

The rubber configuration in the forefoot of the Saucony Guide 7 is less favorable for flexibility, but due to the blown rubber it implements, which tends to add to flexibility and the flex grooves on the lateral side of the shoe, it does not turn out to be super stiff, but definitely less flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 2.

Where the Saucony Guide 7 definitely wins is in the weight department.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 2 for women weighs 9.2 oz (255 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.0 oz (312 grams), respectively.

If you are a heel-striker looking for a cushy stability running shoe for novice runners, then the ASICS GT-2000 2 might be able to deliver what you need.

If you are looking for a running shoe that has a very cushy forefoot and provides a little bit more stability and support than the ASICS GT-2000 2, then the Saucony Guide 7 might be worth a try.

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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