Saucony Omni 14 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

Saucony Omni 14 offers lots of stability and support in a lightweight package. ASICS GT-2000 3 delivers a very soft ride with good stability to moderate overpronators...

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The Saucony Omni 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who overpronate with the Saucony Omni 14 offering more pronation control than the ASICS GT-2000 3.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are very similar in that the supportive stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoes have been pulled back to really open up the forefoot.

However, the ASICS GT-2000 3 does have stitched-on overlays running over the toe box on the medial side of the shoe and no-sew overlays on the lateral side.

The Saucony Omni 14 on the other hand has only no-sew overlays running over its toe box to keep things light yet still providing you with enough structure.

The bunion window of the ASICS GT-2000 3 is completely open as opposed to that of the Saucony Omni 14, which has some light overlays running over it. So if you have large bunions the ASICS GT-2000 3 might suit you better.

Both the Saucony Omni 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 provide a good amount of support at the back of the shoes with a Support Frame in the Saucony Omni 14 and an external heel counter in the ASICS GT-2000 3. All in all, both running shoes provide a great deal of support in their uppers.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Saucony Omni 14 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning. But unlike the midsole of the Saucony Omni 14, the ASICS GT-2000 3 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between those two layers.

The GEL cushioning in the heel is to soften your landings. The Saucony Omni 14 implements a crash pad under the heel to do the same.

When compared in the lab, both running shoes turn out to have a very cushy forefoot with the Saucony Omni 14 being just a tad more cushy than the ASICS GT-2000 3.

But as far as heel cushioning goes, the ASICS GT-2000 3 provides almost twice as much heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni14, so would definitely suit heel-strikers well. This applies to both men and women.

Because both running shoes are stability running shoes, they provide a mechanism on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The supportive medial post is quite long in both running shoes, but does not go as high in the ASICS GT-2000 3 as it does in the Saucony Omni 14 due to the softer layer of foam that the ASICS GT-2000 3 has closest to the foot.

Therefore, you can expect to get a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control from the Saucony Omni 14 than you would from the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit with the ASICS GT-2000 3 having a midfoot shank while the Saucony Omni 14 is filled out under the midfoot and provides overall good ground contact.

The Saucony Omni 14 also has a somewhat wider base than the ASICS GT-2000 3 as an indication that it can accommodate wider feet.

The rubber compartments under both running shoes are quite large, but they still provide a good amount of separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are almost equally flexible for men, but that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is a bit more flexible than the Saucony Omni 14 for women, which turns out to be on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 14 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Omni 14 being the lighter one.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Saucony Omni 14 are both very supportive running shoes, but if you are a heel-striker looking to get an overall very cushy ride from a stability running shoe, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 may suit you better.

If on the other hand you are after tons of support and stability from a stability running shoe that is relatively light and that has a very cushy forefoot, then the Saucony Omni 14 might be the answer.

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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