Saucony Guide ISO 2 vs. ASICS GT-2000 7 review

Saucony Guide ISO 2 provides a custom fit and a responsive ride to overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 7 provides a supportive and responsive ride to overpronators and neutral runners...

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 and the ASICS GT-2000 7 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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Because the ASICS GT-2000 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has been listed as also being suitable for neutral, one would assume that it provides light stability, which is exactly what the Saucony Guide ISO 2 typically also provides, so the two running shoes would be comparable.

The uppers of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 7 are similar in that they have a toe box that should be able to provide lots of room and comfort to runners who have wide feet or big bunions.

They are also similar in that they expose mesh and have some light no-sew overlays around the midfoot, and they are quite closed around the heel to increase the amount of support in that area.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 seems to connect the saddle to the midsole around the midfoot better than the Saucony Guide ISO 2, though.

While the Saucony Guide ISO 2 has more in terms of customization around the midfoot in its individual eyelets, the ASICS GT-2000 7 comes with two straps that can be pulled tighter near the top of the saddle so also offers some degree of customization.

One noticeable difference is that the heel of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 seems to provide a "cup" for your heel to sit in, while the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 7 runs a bit higher up the Achilles than that of the Saucony Guide ISO 2.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, but the ASICS GT-2000 7 might deliver more in terms of support on the medial side of the midfoot, while the Saucony Guide ISO 2 might provide an overall better and more custom fit.

Neither the ASICS GT-2000 7 nor the Saucony Guide ISO 2 is meant to deliver a very cushy ride, but they are meant to deliver enough cushioning to keep your ride comfortable yet responsive.

They have a different midsole setup, with the ASICS GT-2000 7 coming with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning, and the Saucony Guide ISO 2 having one main layer of foam with a topsole construction that enhances energy return.

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 has been found to deliver an overall moderate amount of cushioning, with women getting a bit more forefoot cushioning than men.

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Women also get a cushy forefoot from the ASICS GT-2000 7 with a moderate amount of heel cushioning, so for women, the ride would probably feel equally overall soft in the two running shoes.

The difference between cushioning is bigger for men, because they get an overall moderately soft ride from the two running shoes, with the ASICS GT-2000 7 delivering a bit less heel cushioning, which could feel firm to some runners.

The conclusion is that there is little difference in cushioning between the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the Saucony Guide ISO 2 for women, but men would get an overall softer ride in the Saucony Guide ISO 2.

The two running shoes differ in the amount of ground contact they provide, with the Saucony Guide ISO 2 providing more, so your ride is likely to feel smoother in the Saucony Guide ISO 2 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 7.

Both running shoes come with a support system on the medial side of the midsole that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

However, the ASICS GT-2000 7 also comes with a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole under the midfoot to deliver a good amount support in that area.

The amount of stability and support delivered by the two running shoes is not over the top.

Because the support system of the ASICS GT-2000 7 does not run all the way up to the foot like the medial post of the Saucony Guide ISO 2 does, it is more likely that the support system of the ASICS GT-2000 7 would not be felt by neutral runners who do not turn their feet inward during the gait cycle, because there is a softer layer of foam that they would bump into first before they reach the area of support.

This is not the case in the Saucony Guide ISO 2, because the medial post runs all the way up to the foot. Therefore, the Saucony Guide ISO 2 is likely to deliver a slightly higher degree of pronation control.

The outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the Saucony Guide ISO 2 look quite different in layout.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 seems to carry overall more rubber, but there is more in terms of separation under the Saucony Guide ISO 2.

The good amount of separation under the Saucony Guide ISO 2 should help you get a much smoother ride, and the good amount of rubber under the ASICS GT-2000 7 should increase the durability of the running shoe.

The Saucony Guide ISO 2 has more deep flex grooves than the ASICS GT-2000 7 in the forefoot, but these do not help much in terms of flexibility, because both running shoes have been found to be on the stiff side for both men and women.

Manufacturer's data lists the Saucony Guide ISO 2 as being slightly lighter than the ASICS GT-2000 7 for men but slightly heavier than the ASICS GT-2000 7 for women. Lab tests have indicated that there is no difference in weight between the two running shoes for men and women.

In any case, if there are any differences, data from both sides indicate that the difference in weight between the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the Saucony Guide ISO 2 would be very small, and both running shoes are considered to be relatively heavy running shoes.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride that is responsive and not too cushy, you could turn to either the ASICS GT-2000 7 or the Saucony Guide ISO 2.

The good things about the Saucony Guide ISO 2 is that it provides more in terms of a custom fit and that your ride might feel a bit smoother in it compared to the ASICS GT-2000 7.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 delivers everything an overpronator would need in terms of support in the upper and in the midsole, and its support system might be more gentle on neutral runners.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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