Saucony Omni 14 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

Saucony Omni 14 has a cushy forefoot and provides tons of stability in a surprisingly lightweight package. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable, soft, and comfortable ride.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are both running shoes that provide stability and support to overpronators, but the Saucony Omni 14 is considered to be at the higher end of the stability category than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are similar in that they provide quite a bit of support on the medial side of the upper through the use of stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot and the back parts of the shoes.

On the lateral side, they mostly have no-sew overlays.

No-sew overlays are also implemented in the front part of the shoes although the sturdier overlays on the Saucony Omni 14 have been pulled back more than on the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com to really open up the forefoot for comfort.

The bunion window is quite open in both running shoes but probably more so in the ASICS GT-2000 4 than in the Saucony Omni 14.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Omni 14 come with external pieces at the back to give you a good amount of support behind the heel.

So all in all, both the Saucony Omni 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have quite supportive uppers.

The Saucony Omni 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

The Saucony Omni 14 comes with one main layer of foam and a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings, while the ASICS GT-2000 4 comes with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning to add softness to your landing and toe-off stages.

Running shoe lab tests show that the cushioning profiles displayed by these two running shoes come close to each other.

For women, both have a very cushy forefoot, but the Saucony Omni 14 is just a tad more cushy in the forefoot than the ASICS GT-2000 4. In the heel cushioning department, it is the other way around with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being just a tad more cushy than the Saucony Omni 14, which has an average amount of cushioning in the heel.

For men, both have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning with both being very cushy in the forefoot. However, the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides more heel cushioning than the Saucony Omni 14, which has heel cushioning that is not too soft or too firm.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Omni 14 come with a medial post to control overpronation. The area covered by this post is long in both running shoes but longer in the Saucony Omni 14 than in the ASICS GT-2000 4.

The post goes higher in the Saucony Omni 14 than it does in the ASICS GT-2000 4, which allows the Saucony Omni 14 to provide a slightly stronger degree of pronation control than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

The Saucony Omni 14 also provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 4, especially under the midfoot, where the ASICS GT-2000 4 comes with a midfoot shank that prevents full ground contact but adds stability to the running shoe.

More ground contact means more stability but also a smoother heel-to-toe transition. In addition, the running platform of the Saucony Omni 14 is wider than that of the ASICS GT-2000 4, which again adds to the stability of the Saucony Omni 14.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the Saucony Omni 14 display a good amount of separation in their outsoles. This is good for shock absorption and dissipation.

The large amount of cushioning in the forefoot of both running shoes might affect the flexibility of the running shoes, though.

This is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which rate especially the ASICS GT-2000 4 as being quite stiff for both men and women. And while the Saucony Omni 14 is also stiff for women, it is somewhat more flexible for men.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 4 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the Saucony Omni 14 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GT-2000 4 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Saucony Omni 14 for men weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for a running shoe that not only provides a comfortable ride with a good amount of cushioning but also a large amount of stability and support, you could go with either the ASICS GT-2000 4 or the Saucony Omni 14 because both are very stable running shoes.

However, if you want to up the amount of stability a bit and also run in something that feels lighter on your feet, you may want to look into the Saucony Omni 14 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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