Saucony Guide 9 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 3 delivers a very soft and stable ride...

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate and look very much alike in what they provide to runners.

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Both the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 3 have sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side of their uppers to provide overpronators with the kind of support they require.

Then on the lateral side, they both come with no-sew overlays to keep things in place yet avoid pressure points.

One difference between the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 3 and that of the Saucony Guide 9 is that the ASICS GT-2000 3 has an external heel counter for a large amount of added support behind the heel.

The Saucony Guide 9, on the other hand, just comes with normal stitched-on overlays behind that heel. They get the job done too but less so than the external heel counter in the ASICS GT-2000 3.

Another difference is that the bunion window of the ASICS GT-2000 3 is much more open and free than that of the Saucony Guide 9. So if you are someone who has large bunions, you may want to look into the ASICS GT-2000 3 more than the Saucony Guide 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 should both be able to provide overpronators with the kind of support they require from an upper.

While the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Saucony Guide 9 are not cushioning running shoes, they turn out to be quite cushy according to running shoe lab tests.

This cushiness is achieved through two layers of midsole foam in the ASICS GT-2000 3 with GEL cushioning added between those two layers.

The Saucony Guide 9 has one main layer of midsole foam but comes with an additional softer layer just under the sockliner. It also comes with a crash pad under the heel.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Saucony Guide 9 are at the top end of cushioning for both men and women.

For women, the Saucony Guide 9 turns out to have a slightly more cushy forefoot than the ASICS GT-2000 3, and the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a slightly more cushy heel than the Saucony Guide 9.

For men, the Saucony Guide 9 is overall slightly more cushy than the ASICS GT-2000 3 in both the heel and the forefoot.

Another similarity in the midsole is the fact that both running shoes come with a support system on the medial to control overpronation.

This support system covers a large area in both running shoes but runs higher in the Saucony Guide 9 than in the ASICS GT-2000 3.

So you can expect to get a slightly stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Guide 9 than from the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The Saucony Guide 9 also provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 3, which increases its potential of providing you with a smoother ride.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 comes with a midfoot shank that prevents it from touching the ground under the midfoot but that adds stability to the running shoe. The Saucony Guide 9 does not have a midfoot shank.

The latter also causes the outsoles of the two running shoes to look quite different.

The Saucony Guide 9 displays a larger degree of separation between its rubber compartments, which should help dissipate shock and add smoothness to your ride.

However, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Guide 9 as being slightly stiffer than the ASICS GT-2000 3. This is probably due to the fact that the Saucony Guide 9 provides so much forefoot cushioning.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 9 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.0 oz (283 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very stable and soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 9 or the ASICS GT-2000 3.

If you are looking for something lighter on your feet, you may prefer the Saucony Guide 9 over the ASICS GT-2000 3.

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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