Saucony Guide 9 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable and comfortable ride with a secure fit.

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The Saucony Guide 9 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are similar in the amount of support they provide on the medial side.

Both running shoes have sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side to provide overpronators with support where they need it most.

And then on the lateral side, they both have no-sew overlays to provide structure. However, the overlays of the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are broader than those of the Saucony Guide 9.

Both running shoes also share the feature of providing you with a very open toe box that has a minimum of overlays running over it.

The forefoot area should feel comfortable in both running shoes, although the ASICS GT-2000 4 is the one that gives your bunion and little toe the room they need.

At the back of the shoes, the ASICS GT-2000 4 has an external heel counter that keeps your heel firmly in place. The Saucony Guide 9 does not have such a heel counter, but the sturdy overlays at the back should get the job done as well.

After everything has been considered, one could say that the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides just a tad more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide 9 and also more comfort in the forefoot area.

Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 sits a bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Guide 9, especially under the heel.

But this does not automatically make the ASICS GT-2000 4 have a more cushy heel than the Saucony Guide 9, because running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Guide 9 is the overall more cushy running shoe of the two for women.

For men, both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Guide 9 display almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning, but again, the Saucony Guide wins in the heel cushioning department.

So all in all, if you are a heel-striker, you may want to favor the Saucony Guide 9 over the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Because the Saucony Guide 9 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are meant to provide support, they come with a post on the medial side of the midsole that helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This post runs higher in the Saucony Guide 9 than in the ASICS GT-2000 4, since the latter has a layer of softer foam closest to the foot, which prevents the post from making it all the way to the top.

What this does, though, is provide you with more gradual pronation control, since you will hit the softer foam at the back first, then the more repsonsive midsole foam, and then the medial post as your foot rolls inward.

However, since the medial post of the Saucony Guide 9 runs higher, it is expected to provide a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control.

And also, because the midsole of the Saucony Guide 9 touches the ground under the arch, and the ASICS GT-2000 4 does not do this, the Saucony Guide 9 is expected to be the more stable running shoe of the two.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look very different. This is mainly because of the amount of ground contact provided by the Saucony Guide 9.

It has an all-in-one outsole with a good connection between the rearfoot and the forefoot, which increases its potential of providing you with a smoother ride.

The ASICS GT-2000 4, on the other hand, has a more traditional outsole with a forefoot and rearfoot area with a midfoot shank in between those two areas.

Its outsole is well-separated, though, just like that of the Saucony Guide 9, to dissipate and absorb shock.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is quite stiff. The Saucony Guide 9 is also stiff for men, but slightly more flexible for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 9 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.0 oz (283 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support, you could go with either the ASICS GT-2000 4 or the Saucony Guide 9.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 provides lots of support through its upper and the Saucony Guide lots of support through its midsole.

However, if you also want an overall softer and smoother ride from a somewhat lighter running shoe, you may want to look into the Saucony Guide 9 more than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

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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