ASICS GT-1000 2 vs. ASICS GT-2000 2 review

ASICS GT-1000 2 and ASICS GT-2000 2 are very similar with the latter using premium cushioning and comfort materials. But there are more differences between the two...

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The ASICS GT-2000 2 can be seen as the big brother or sister of the ASICS GT-1000 2. They both fall in the stability category of running shoes.

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Both the ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GT-2000 2 deliver a lot of stability and a good mix of cushioning. And both shoes are much softer than average.

The big difference lies in the materials used. The ASICS GT-2000 2 has more premium materials. The feel should be softer on the foot, especially around the collar and inside.

The uppers of both the ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GT-2000 2 consist of a combination of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays, and the overlays are positioned almost exactly the same way on both running shoes.

However, the overlays and the mesh on the ASICS GT-2000 2 are all a little bit more premium than those in the ASICS GT-1000 2. In addition, the bunion window is quite open on the ASICS GT-2000 2 compared to the ASICS GT-1000 2, so the ASICS GT-2000 2 should feel a bit roomier in the toe box.

Moving down to the midsole, you can see that again both shoes are very similar. They both have a medial post through the arch that extends pretty far forward. So as you roll inward, you're going to roll into this firmer foam, and it is going to prevent you from rolling in too far.

The cushioning in the ASICS GT-2000 2 should also be noticeably softer. That's because the ASICS GT-2000 2 has a second layer of softer foam that is closest to the foot.

The ASICS GT-1000 2 has a little bit of a second layer of foam just under the heel, kind of like a little crash pad that provides stability but not enough cushioning to make it feel as soft as the ASICS GT-2000 2.

So while the ASICS GT-1000 2 will get the job done of controling overpronation and protecting you from impact on the road, it will not feel as plush as the ASICS GT-2000 2, because the latter just has more heel and forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GT-1000 2.

However, the softer layer of foam also impedes the medial post in the ASICS GT-2000 2 to extend till under the foot like it does in the ASICS GT-1000 2. So you can expect the ASICS GT-1000 2 to provide a bit more stability and support than the ASICS GT-2000 2.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 2 and the ASICS GT-1000 2 have a midfoot shank to provide structural integrity between the forefoot and the heel.

The layout of the outsole is pretty similar under the heel where the rubber lugs are concerned. But the layout of the forefoot differs a bit. The forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 2 has a bit larger lugs and less deep flex grooves.

While both running shoes are pretty flexible on average, the ASICS GT-1000 2 should feel a little bit more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 2.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-1000 2 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 2 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.0 oz (312 grams), respectively.

The ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GT-2000 2 are very similar running shoes that provide stability and cushioning. The ASICS GT-1000 2 is pretty basic, but provides above average cushioning, good stability, and a lot of flexibility. The ASICS GT-2000 2 is a little bit more plush than the ASICS GT-1000 2 both inside the shoe as well as how it feels on impact.

If you are looking for value, the ASICS GT-1000 2 will give you that. And if you have a bit more money to spend, the ASICS GT-2000 2 can be a nice upgrade to get additional softness and comfort.

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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