ASICS GT-1000 6 vs. ASICS GT-2000 5 review

ASICS GT-1000 6 is a good entry-level running shoe that provides a good amount of support and stability. ASICS GT-2000 5 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs.

The ASICS GT-1000 6 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 are stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate.

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The ASICS GT-1000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com can be seen as the little brother or sister of the ASICS GT-2000 5, with the latter using more premium materials and offering a more luxurious ride than the ASICS GT-1000 6, which is a basic running shoe.

Differences start in the upper, where the ASICS GT-1000 6 comes with some stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and around the heel, while the ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements mostly no-sew overlays around the midfoot and stitched-on overlays around the heel.

The connection between the overlays around the midfoot and heel is better on the ASICS GT-2000 5.

And where the ASICS GT-2000 5 lacks stitches in its overlay, it makes up for it by providing a large amount of coverage with no-sew overlays.

In addition, the ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with a stitched-on toecap, while the ASICS GT-1000 6 just implements mesh at the front.

The mesh on the ASICS GT-1000 6 is structured to reduce the need for overlays. The mesh on the ASICS GT-2000 5 is not really used to provide support like that of the ASICS GT-1000 6.

Therefore, the ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with no-sew overlays running on its toe box, while the ASICS GT-1000 6 does not.

As a consequence, the ASICS GT-1000 6 should feel a bit more comfortable and looser in the toe box than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

Another difference is that the ASICS GT-2000 5 increases the amount of support behind the heel through the implementation of a sturdy external heel counter. Such a heel counter is missing on the ASICS GT-1000 6.

All in all, the ASICS GT-2000 5 provides much more support through its upper than the ASICS GT-1000 6 and is a bit more durable at the front.

In contrast, the ASICS GT-1000 6 might feel overall more comfortable than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The ASICS GT-1000 6 makes use of more basic materials than the ASICS GT-2000 5, and its midsole has a slightly different construction than that of the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The midsole of the ASICS GT-1000 6 consists of one main layer of foam and two layers of foam under the heel with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5 consists of two layers of foam with the layer closest to the foot being the softer layer and the one closest to the ground the more responsive one, with GEL cushioning between these two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

So overall, the ASICS GT-2000 5 is expected to provide more heel-to-toe softness than the ASICS GT-1000 6.

This is largely true when you look at results from running shoe lab tests, but the amount of forefoot cushioning exceeds the amount of heel cushioning in the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The ASICS GT-1000 6 also has a cushy forefoot, but its heel could feel a bit firm to some runners.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 5 and the ASICS GT-1000 6 come with a support system on the medial side of the midsole, although the one of the ASICS GT-2000 5 is more premium.

The support area is long in both running shoes, but because the ASICS GT-1000 6 is missing a softer layer right under the foot, it gets the opportunity to provide as much support as the ASICS GT-2000 5 even though it uses less premium materials.

Both running shoes come with a midfoot shank that connects the lateral and medial sides to provide midfoot integrity and support.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GT-1000 6 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 look quite similar with a vertical flex groove for gait efficiency and an equal amount of horizontal flex grooves.

They both have a good amount of rubber in their outsoles for durability.

While their outsoles look quite similar, the amount of flexibility might still differ between the two due to the difference in materials used in the midsole.

In general, the ASICS GT-2000 5 might turn out to be somewhat more flexible than the ASICS GT-1000 6, but running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 5 is not very flexible nor very stiff. It offers a just below average amount of flexibility.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride, you could choose either the ASICS GT-1000 6 or the ASICS GT-2000 5.

While the ASICS GT-2000 5 is the more premium running shoe of the two, the ASICS GT-1000 6 seems to be as stable as the ASICS GT-2000 5.

However, ASICS recommends the ASICS GT-1000 6 to neutral runners and overpronators, while the ASICS GT-2000 5 is for overpronators.

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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