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.
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-Forte.
If you are considering replacing the ASICS GEL-Evolution and are not keen on switching to the ASICS GEL-Forte, I've compiled and analysed some data to give you a few options below and tell you what you would gain or lose with each option.
The running shoe data shown in the charts below is based on lab tests that Runner's World regularly runs on running shoes to access their suitability. They don't test all shoes; only the ones they think might appeal to the general public.
So here are a few ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 replacements...
The ASICS GT-2000 3 is one of ASICS newest stability running shoes – not motion control – that is very affordable and has many of the properties of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.
If you look at the chart on the right, you will see that the ASICS GT-2000 3 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 3 is that it weighs much less than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, has much more heel cushioning, and a tad more forefoot cushioning at a lower height.
So the ASICS GT-2000 3 is a shoe that should make you feel faster than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, give you softer landings (good for heel-strikers), yet still provide a similar amount of support as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.
However, the ASICS GT-2000 3 is NOT a motion control running shoe, but a running shoe that is geared towards moderate overpronators, just like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, but it is much cheaper than the Kayano.
Note that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is not the same as the ASICS GT-2000 2. It is much more stable and stiffer than the ASICS GT-2000 2.
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 the Saucony Stabil CS3 comes close to providing what the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 offers.
As you can see from the chart, the Saucony Stabil CS3 has almost as many stability features as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, is almost as stiff, and comes close to having the same weight.
However, it has much more forefoot cushioning and a tad more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 at a lower height.
Unlike the ASICS GT-2000 3, the Saucony Stabil CS3 should feel similar as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 did on your foot, except for perhaps being a bit more cushy, especially in the forefoot.
If you find the Saucony Stabil CS3 too heavy and bulky, you could try the Saucony Omni 13, which is much lighter and will make you feel faster, while still providing you with support and cushioning.
As you can see from the chart, the Saucony Omni 13 has as many stability features as the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, but at a drastically reduced weight.
The Saucony Omni 13 also sits lower to 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 way much more forefoot cushioning. Heel cushioning in the Saucony Omni 13 is about the same as it is in the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 if not a tad less.
So the Saucony Omni 13 comes close to the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, but should feel lighter on your foot and more cushy during your take-offs.
The Saucony Omni 13 is NOT a motion control running shoe, but sits on the border between stability and motion control, so you can see it as a stability running shoe that has motion-controlling features.
While there is no lab test data available for the Brooks Beast for men and the Brooks Ariel for women, they are said to be the counterparts of the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6.
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.