ASICS GT-1000 4 is a good entry-level running shoe that provides a good amount of support and stability. ASICS GT-2000 3 provides an overall soft and comfortable ride for long runs.
The ASICS GT-1000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are both stability running shoes that can be worn by neutral runners to moderate overpronators with the main difference being that the ASICS GT-2000 3 uses more premium materials than the ASICS GT-1000 4.
The upper of the ASICS GT-1000 4 is a bit of a revolutionary thing since it still implements sturdy traditional stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot to provide a good amount of support there, but instead of no-sew overlays elsewhere to add more structure, the structure has been implemented in the mesh itself.
The ASICS GT-1000 4 basically has two layers of mesh to add structure and support to its upper.
The ASICS GT-2000 3 also provides a good amount of support around the midfoot with traditional stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support is needed most. Most of the supportive overlays have been pulled back on the ASICS GT-2000 3 to really open up the forefoot to provide comfort.
Both running shoes should feel pretty comfortable in the forefoot area, although the ASICS GT-1000 4 may feel a bit looser than the ASICS GT-2000 3 which has a very open forefoot, but still implements a stitched-on overlay on the medial side and no-sew overlays on the lateral side of the toe box.
At the back of the shoes, the ASICS GT-2000 3 has an external heel counter to provide extra support, so all in all, you should be able to get a bit more support from the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 3 than from that of the ASICS GT-1000 4.
The midsoles of the two running differ in construction and materials used. The ASICS GT-1000 4 has an SpEVA midsole that consists of a main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel and GEL cushioning between the crash pad and the main midsole foam.
The ASICS GT-2000 3 has a FluidRide midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning and that consists of two layers with the one closest to the foot being the softest one and the one closest to the ground the more responsive one.
Between those two layers there is GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot. Although the GEL is not exposed in the forefoot, both running shoes have it.
The two layers of foam makes the ASICS GT-2000 3 an overall very cushy running shoe, meaning that it has a good balance between the amount of forefoot and rearfoot cushioning that it provides.
This is unlike the ASICS GT-1000 4, which running shoe lab tests have shown to have much less heel cushioning than the ASICS GT-2000 3 for both men and women, but more so for women than for men. The heel turns out to be quite firm for women.
Both running shoes have a very cushy forefoot and an almost equal amount of cushioning compared to each other.
Because these two running shoes are meant to provide stability and support, they have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.
The medial post goes till under the foot in the ASICS GT-1000 4, but is prevented to do so in the ASICS GT-2000 3 due to the softer layer of foam just under the foot.
Therefore, you can expect to get a similar amount of or slightly greater degree of pronation control from the ASICS GT-1000 4 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 3.
The medial post is reinforced by a midfoot shank in both running shoes that connects both sides of the shoe to each other and provide midfoot integrity.
The outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GT-1000 4 also look very similar to each other with a good amount of separation between rubber compartments so that impact does not affect your stride too much.
They both also implement the Guidance Line vertical flex groove to help you achieve a more efficient gait.
Running shoe lab tests have revealed that the ASICS GT-1000 4 is quite stiff for both men and women, and that the ASICS GT-2000 3 turns out to be more flexible than the ASICS GT-1000 4.
The women's version of the ASICS GT-1000 4 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams).
The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.8 oz (335 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 3 being the lighter one.
The ASICS GT-1000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are two running shoes that are very similar to each other with the difference that one uses more premium materials than the other.
If you do not want to spend much money, but are rather just looking for an entry-level stability running shoe that is supportive around the midfoot and provides enough pronation control to moderate overpronators, then the ASICS GT-1000 4 would be the one to look into.
And if you are looking for something a bit lighter, that has a more luxurious feel to it, and that provides you with an overall soft and comfortable ride, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be worth considering.
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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