ASICS GT-2000 4 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

ASICS GT-2000 3 provides an overall soft and stable ride for long runs. ASICS GT-2000 4 increases the amount of comfort already provided by the ASICS GT-2000 3...

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The ASICS GT-2000 4 is the updated version of the ASICS GT-2000 3, which is a running shoe that falls in the stability category but can also be worn by neutral runners.

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The look of the ASICS GT has changed a bit when going from the ASICS GT-2000 3 to the ASICS GT-2000 4.

ASICS has kept the lateral side of the ASICS GT-2000 4 seamless like the ASICS GT-2000 3 with no-sew overlays, while the medial side still has good supportive stitched-on overlays.

The overlays on the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have been laid out the same way they are laid out on the medial side of the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The main differences are that the stitched-on overlay that runs over the toe box in the ASICS GT-2000 3 has been replaced by a light welded-on overlay in the ASICS GT-2000 4, and the overlays on the lateral side are broader on the ASICS GT-2000 4 to increase midfoot hold.

However, the ASICS GT-2000 4 offers the same space to large bunions as the ASICS GT-2000 3, and the overlays wrapping the midfoot remain quite pulled-back.

What has also not changed is the presence of an external heel counter at the back of the shoe. While this heel counter has been updated in the ASICS GT-2000 4, it should still provide you with a similar lockdown at the back of the shoe as in the ASICS GT-2000 3.

And finally, the no-sew overlay that runs on the lateral side of the ASICS GT-2000 3 in the forefoot over the little toe, has been removed in the ASICS GT-2000 4 to provide a more comfortable fit.

All in all, you can expect to get a similar amount of support from the upper of both running shoes, with the ASICS GT-2000 4 increasing comfort in the toe box and adding more support around the midfoot.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

They both also have two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between those two layers in both the heel and the forefoot.

ASICS has changed the angle of the GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 4. This GEL is more uniformly spread on the lateral side of the ASICS GT-2000 3 than it is in the ASICS GT-2000 4.

In the ASICS GT-2000 4, the GEL starts out in a large amount at the back and then gradually diminishes as it goes toward the midfoot; foam has replaced some of the GEL.

The GEL in the ASICS GT-2000 3 starts out in a large amount at the back and remains that way as it goes toward the midfoot. This change in GEL cushioning in the heel may have an impact on the cushiness of the ASICS GT-2000 4.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a more cushy heel than the ASICS GT-2000 4. The difference in cushioning is not big for men, but women might feel the difference.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 have a very cushy forefoot with very small differences to be noted between the two running shoes.

What has more or less remained the same is the post on the medial side that controls overpronation and helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

However, there has been a slight change in the midfoot shank. While the midfoot shank is still connected under the midfoot, it hooks into the medial post at a different angle in the ASICS GT-2000 4 than it does in the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The midfoot shank in the ASICS GT-2000 3 hooks up a little higher at the back, therefore providing a bit more reinforcement than the one in the ASICS GT-2000 4.

In addition, some of the more responsive foam at the back of the ASICS GT-2000 4 has been replaced by softer foam closest to the heel.

This should allow the ASICS GT-2000 4 to give you a more gradual effect than the ASICS GT-2000 3 when going from heel-strike to pronation control to toe-off.

All in all, the ASICS GT-2000 3 might deliver a slightly stronger degree of pronation control, and the ASICS GT-2000 4, a softer and more gradual one.

The layout of the rubber compartments in the outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 has not changed much.

The only thing that has changed are the minor cuts in the rubber compartments, but this should not have an impact on flexibility.

Speaking of flexibility, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is quite stiff for both and women. And while the ASICS GT-2000 3 is not a super flexible running shoe, it is noticeably more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 4 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of support and stability, you could go with either the ASICS GT-2000 3 or the ASICS GT-2000 4.

However, heel-strikers may want to favor the ASICS GT-2000 3 above the ASICS GT-2000 4.

And if you are looking for forefoot comfort, the ASICS GT-2000 4 might be able to deliver that slightly better than the ASICS GT-2000 3.

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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