ASICS GT-2000 4 vs. 5 review

ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable and comfortable ride with a secure fit and cushy forefoot. ASICS GT-2000 5 continues the legacy of the ASICS GT-2000 and sports a fresh look...

The ASICS GT-2000 5 is the updated version of the ASICS GT-2000 4, which is a stability running shoe that, according to ASICS, is for high mileage runners looking for structured cushioning and support.

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Whereas ASICS used to list the ASICS GT-2000 4 as a running shoe that could be worn by neutral runners as well as overpronators, they list the ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com as a running shoe that should be worn only by overpronators.

The biggest change between the ASICS GT-2000 5 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has taken place in the upper.

The upper of the ASICS GT-2000 5 does not have the stitched-on overlays that the ASICS GT-2000 4 has on the medial side of the upper where runners tend to need the most support.

Instead, the ASICS GT-2000 5 now comes with no-sew overlays on that side, but these no-sew overlays cover a large area of the midfoot so should give you a good hold.

In addition, these overlays are more or less symmetrical across both sides of the ASICS GT-2000 5, unlike the ASICS GT-2000 4, which has stitched-on overlays on one side and partly no-sew on the other.

What has also changed in the overlay that runs over the toe box. It is now located lower on the ASICS GT-2000 5 than it is on the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Therefore, depending on the amount of tightness it provides, it could prevent runners who have large bunions or wide forefeet from getting lots of space to move around in the toe box.

So in that respect, the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides more room to big bunions because the main overlays around the midfoot are quite pulled back and the welded-on overlay on the toe box lies high on the toe box.

Last but not least, the ASICS GT-2000 5 uses a different type of mesh, which could turn out to feel a bit softer on the foot.

Other than that, both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel through the use of a sturdy external heel counter.

This heel counter has not changed much in the way it looks or sits, and the ASICS GT-2000 5 still comes with stitched-on overlays that wrap the heel just like the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Both running shoes also have a stitched-on toecap. Just remember that stitched-on overlays are more durable than no-sew overlays, so the ASICS GT-2000 4 might be overall a bit more durable than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The technologies used in the midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 have not changed much.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 5 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 come with two layers of foam that have GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot between them.

The layer closest to the foot is the softer layer and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one.

What has also not changed is the support system on the medial side of the midsole that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The midfoot shank that provides midfoot integrity and support has also not changed and looks similar under the two running shoes.

The ASICS GT-2000 is known as a running shoe that provides quite a bit of cushioning in addition to stability, which is why ASICS lists it as a high mileage running shoe for runners who need support.

With the minimal changes that ASICS has made to the midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5, one can assume to get a similar running experience from the ASICS GT-2000 5 as one got from the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this for women, who will get almost the same amount of heel and forefoot cushioning from the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GT-2000 5.

However, men might feel a difference in cushioning, because the ASICS GT-2000 5 provides a bit less cushioning than the ASICS GT-2000 4. In fact, the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 5 could feel a bit firm to some male runners.

With the minimal changes in the midsole also come minimal changes in the outsole.

Both running shoes come with a vertical flex groove to help you achieve a more efficient gait. This has not changed in the two running shoes, neither have the amount of flex grooves and the minor cuts in the rubber.

The outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5 looks exactly the same as the outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Note that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is not a very flexible running shoe (according to running shoe lab tests). The ASICS GT-2000 5 is not very flexible either but turns out to be a tad 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 5 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 5 being the lighter one.

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride that provides a good amount of cushioning and moderate amount of stability, you could choose either the ASICS GT-2000 5 or the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Just keep in mind that the layout and construction of the ASICS GT-2000 4 might provide a bit more comfort in the toe box and durable support around the midfoot.

Also note that some runners who have worn the ASICS GT-2000 4 in the past have had to choose a slightly larger size for the ASICS GT-2000 5 to fit well on their feet.

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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