ASICS GT-1000 6 vs. ASICS GT-1000 7 review

ASICS GT-1000 6 is a good entry-level running shoe that provides a good amount of support and stability. ASICS GT-1000 7 increases comfort and now serves neutral runners too...

The ASICS GT-1000 7 is the updated version of the ASICS GT-1000 6, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators.

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The ASICS GT-1000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is or was listed by ASICS as being for overpronators, while ASICS lists the ASICS GT-1000 7 as being for neutral runners, overpronators, and runners of all levels.

Basically, the ASICS GT-1000 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com targets the general public.

There have been many changes on the ASICS GT-1000 7 to make it feel different than the ASICS GT-1000 6.

For starters, ASICS got rid of the many stitched-on overlays on the ASICS GT-1000 6 that deliver durable support around the midfoot and the heel, and replaced those on the ASICS GT-1000 7 with no-sew overlays around the collar and along the saddle, and with underlays around the midfoot.

Therefore, the amount of support that the ASICS GT-1000 7 delivers through its upper is less than that delivered by the ASICS GT-1000 6.

The mesh in both running shoes is quite open and has some structure that reduces the need for overlays, but overall, the upper of the ASICS GT-1000 7 seems to be a bit more open than that of the ASICS GT-1000 6.

The lack of overlays on the toe box of both running shoes should make the toe box feel comfortable, although the ASICS GT-1000 7 increases comfort more than the ASICS GT-1000 6 by having no overlays on the medial side close to the bunion window.

However, some of its underlays may run on or across the bunion window.

The upper of the ASICS GT-1000 7 is clearly geared towards delivering lots of comfort, while that of the ASICS GT-1000 6 is geared towards delivering support, which is perhaps also why the ASICS GT-1000 7 is now also listed as being for neutral runners.

There have also been changes made to the midsole of the ASICS GT-1000 7, including a change in the midsole material used.

The ASICS GT-1000 7 now uses a newer and more responsive type of midsole material under the heel that was already being used in other ASICS running shoes.

While both running shoes have two layers of foam under the heel on the lateral side and are listed as making use of rearfoot GEL technology, the GEL cushioning is only visible in the ASICS GT-1000 6 and not in the ASICS GT-1000 7.

In addition, because FlyteFoam, which is used under the heel of the ASICS GT-1000 7 is a somewhat firmer and more responsive type of foam, the ASICS GT-1000 6 is expected to deliver somewhat more heel cushioning than the ASICS GT-1000 7, although the ASICS GT-1000 is not known to deliver a lot of heel cushioning.

Both the ASICS GT-1000 6 and the ASICS GT-1000 7 make use of the same support system on the medial side of the midsole, but the change here includes the removal of the midfoot shank on the ASICS GT-1000 7.

The ASICS GT-1000 7 now comes with a small midfoot shank in the center under the midfoot, but this midfoot shank does not connect the two sides of the midsole like the one under the ASICS GT-1000 6.

However, rubber does come up into the midsole on the medial side, and the ASICS GT-1000 7 provides a bit more ground contact than the ASICS GT-1000 6, so the ASICS GT-1000 7 does deliver stability, but it is somewhat less than what the ASICS GT-1000 6 would deliver, which is enough stability and support for moderate overpronators.

However, your ride might be smoother in the ASICS GT-1000 7 due to the increased amount of ground contact compared to the ASICS GT-1000 6.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display similarities in the vertical flex groove they both have for enhancing gait efficiency.

The amount of flex grooves is about the same in the two running shoes but run differently and have varying lengths, and those under the ASICS GT-1000 7 seem to be a bit broader, but in the end, the two running shoes might have a similar flexibility, with perhaps the ASICS GT-1000 7 being somewhat more flexible.

Note that the ASICS GT-1000 is not generally a very flexible running shoe.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-1000 6 weighs about 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the ASICS GT-1000 7 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GT-1000 6 weighs approximately 10.2 oz (289 grams), and the ASICS GT-1000 7 for men also weighs about 10.2 oz (289 grams).

The ASICS GT-1000 7 delivers somewhat less support through its upper but increases comfort.

It also delivers somewhat less support through its midsole but would still be suitable for mild to moderate overpronators due to the support system on the medial side of its midsole.

The change in listing from being for overpronators to being for neutral runners and overpronators is understandable when you look at the changes that ASICS has implemented in the ASICS GT-1000 7.

If you are a moderate overpronator who needs somewhat more stability and support, you may want to look into the ASICS GT-1000 6 first.

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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