ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 replacement

If you are looking to replace the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, there are a couple of running shoes available as replacements within the ASICS brand as well as other brands. Learn which...

The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 used to be the top-of-the-line ASICS motion control running shoe.

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With the advent of running shoes categories being blurred and running shoe manufacturers ditching motion control running shoes or stripping away layers to make running shoes lighter, what used to be the traditional bulky motion control running shoe is slowly being decomposed and its parts integrated into other categories of running shoes.

Therefore today you have neutral running shoes with stability features and stability running shoes with motion-controlling features.

ASICS did not continue its line of ASICS GEL-Evolution running shoes after the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6. Whether the ASICS GEL-Evolution will return is unclear – but I think it won't.

The last maximum support running shoe that ASICS released was the ASICS GEL-Fortify, and the ASICS GEL-Foundation is also still around.

The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 was a running shoe that delivered tons of stability and support, was relatively heavy, sat high on the road, felt somewhat stiff, and delivered a moderate amount of heel cushioning with a somewhat cushy forefoot.

Therefore, any replacement of the ASICS GEL-Evoluion 6 would have to have the aforementioned properties or deliver something better.

If you are considering replacing the ASICS GEL-Evolution and are not keen on switching to the ASICS GEL-Fortify or the ASICS GEL-Foundation, I've compiled and analyzed some data to give you a few options below and tell you what you would gain or lose with each option.

So here are a few ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 replacements...

ASICS GT-2000

If you do not want to switch brands, the ASICS GT-2000 would be one of the first running shoes to look into.

The ASICS GT-2000 is one of ASICS stability running shoes – not a motion control running shoe – that is very affordable and has many of the properties of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

The ASICS GT-2000 has almost as many stability features as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and is almost as stiff as it.

The positive points about the ASICS GT-2000 is that it weighs much less than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, has a moderate amount of heel cushioning like the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 with a tad more forefoot cushioning at a lower height.

So the ASICS GT-2000 is a running shoe that should make you feel faster than and provide almost as much stability and support as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

However, the ASICS GT-2000 is not a motion control running shoe but a running shoe that is geared towards moderate overpronators, just like the ASICS GEL-Kayano, but it is much cheaper than the Kayano.

Saucony Redeemer

If you are looking for a real motion control running shoe to replace the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 with, you must look into switching running shoe brands, and one such running shoe manufacturer that still makes motion control running shoes is Saucony.

The Saucony Redeemer comes close to providing what the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 offered.

The Saucony Redeemer is a running shoe that delivers a plush ride and much more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 offered in both the heel and the forefoot.

It is also a very stable running shoe that exceeds the stability features of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

The Saucony Redeemer is not one of the heaviest motion control running shoes around either, so you will find it to be much lighter on your feet than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 was.

The Saucony Redeemer is not a very flexible running shoe, so you may find it to be a bit stiffer than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

Unlike the ASICS GT-2000, the Saucony Redeemer should feel similar as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 did on your feet, except for perhaps being overall much cushier.

The Saucony Redeemer is also a good running shoe for bigger runners and runners who have flat feet due to the broad shape of the running platform.

Saucony Omni

If you find the Saucony Redeemer too heavy and bulky, the next running shoe down would be the Saucony Omni, which is much lighter and will make you feel faster, while still providing you with support and cushioning.

The Saucony Omni is not a motion control running shoe, but it lies as the top of the stability category, very close to motion control.

The Saucony Omni delivers tons of stability and support like the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 at a drastically reduced weight.

The Saucony Omni also sits lower on the ground than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 so should give you a responsive feel along with its lightness.

It is almost as stiff as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, which is what heavier runners need and can handle but offers much more forefoot cushioning.

The amount of heel cushioning in the Saucony Omni is about the same as it was in the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

The Saucony Omni comes very close to what the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 offered but should feel much lighter on your foot.

The Saucony Omni also offers much more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 did, so you should be able to get smoother heel-to-toe transitions from the Saucony Omni than you would have ever gotten from the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

Brooks Beast / Brooks Ariel

Another running shoe manufacturer that still produces motion control running shoes is Brooks.

Brooks has two motion control running shoes (the Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast and the Brooks Addiction) and a couple of other stability running shoes that could replace the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, but the Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast comes closest to providing what the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 provided.

For starters, the Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast is a bit heavier than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 but not by much.

The Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast delivers a maximum amount of stabilty and support, which can be seen to be just a tiny bit more than what the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 delivered.

The Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast aims at delivering a cushy ride so would feel a bit cushier than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, especially under the heel.

The running platform of the Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast is broad and flat so suitable for runners with flat feet. This is unlike the running platform of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, which used to look like a normal runner's foot.

The Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast is also suitable for heavier runners who can handle its weight and its stiffness just like runners would have had to handle the weight and stiffness of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.

Because the Brooks Ariel / Brooks Beast delivers more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 did, it is more capable of giving you smooth ride.

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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