ASICS GT-2000 5 vs. 6 review

ASICS GT-2000 5 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs. ASICS GT-2000 6 is lighter and provides more comfort and responsiveness.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 is the updated version of the ASICS GT-2000 5, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators.


The first thing you notice when you look at the ASICS GT-2000 6 is that it looks different from the ASICS GT-2000 5.

This is mainly because there have been quite a few changes made to the ASICS GT-2000 5 to create the ASICS GT-2000 6. It is a completely remodeled running shoe.

The upper of the ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to differs from that of the ASICS GT-2000 5 in that it has somewhat less overlays.

Whereas the ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to has stitched-on overlays around the heel and at the front of the running shoe, the ASICS GT-2000 6 comes mostly with no-sew overlays, except for a stitched-on piece behind the heel.

The ASICS logo can be found on both the medial and lateral sides of the ASICS GT-2000 5, but in the ASICS GT-2000 6 it has been removed from the medial side to open up the bunion window.

Instead, it comes with no-sew overlays that connect the saddle to the midsole and also straps that you can pull tight through the laces.

The no-sew overlays that run on the toe box of the ASICS GT-2000 5 have been repositioned in the ASICS GT-2000 6 to not run towards the midsole.

This should decrease the amount of pressure put on the big and little toes and improve the comfort in the toe box.

Another change can be found at the back of the running shoe, where the sturdy external heel counter that can be found on the ASICS GT-2000 5 has been removed from the ASICS GT-2000 6 to make way for a different type of external support at the back.

All in all, the reduction of stitched-on and no-sew overlays in the upper and the changes around the heel should not only benefit the weight of the ASICS GT-2000 6 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 5 but also make the upper feel a bit looser and more comfortable, especially in the front part.

On the other hand, the ASICS GT-2000 5 can be seen as having a more supportive and durable upper than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with two layers of foam in its midsole. This has not changed in the ASICS GT-2000 6.


What has changed, however, is the type of material used in the bottom layer of the midsole. This material is a bit more responsive in the ASICS GT-2000 6, but more responsive also means a bit firmer.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 delivers an above average amount of cushioning in the forefoot, but the heel can feel a bit firm to men.

The placement and amount of the GEL in the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 6 has changed a bit, which could affect the softness of your landing if you are a heel-striker.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 make use of the same type of support system on the medial side of the midsole, but the midfoot shank has changed in the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The midfoot shanks in both running shoes connect the lateral and medial sides and should provide midfoot integrity and support in their own way.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes consist of large slabs of rubber and a good amount of flex grooves.

Both come with a vertical flex groove that is meant to improve gait efficiency.

The frontmost horizontal flex groove is a bit longer in the outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 6 than it is in the outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5.

There is also a small vertical flex groove present in the second horizontal flex groove under the ASICS GT-2000 6 that is not present in the ASICS GT-2000 5.

All these minor differences should benefit the flexibility of the ASICS GT-2000 6 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 5, which has been found to provide a below average amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 6 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 5 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 6 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support but also a relatively soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GT-2000 5 or the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has undergone enough changes to make the running shoe feel different on your feet if you are used to running in the ASICS GT-2000 5.

Whether these changes are positive or negative will be up to the individual runner to decide, but one thing is for sure, the ASICS GT-2000 6 should feel lighter, more comfortable, and a bit more responsive on your 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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