ASICS GT-2000 6 vs. ASICS GT-3000 5 review

ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs. ASICS GT-3000 5 delivers a soft ride and also caters to late-stage and midfoot overpronators...

The ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GT-3000 5 are stability running shoes for overpronators.

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The ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-3000 5 have a lot in common, but there are still some subtle differences, which we will hightlight in this article.

The uppers of the ASICS GT-3000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 6 look very much alike, but whereas the ASICS GT-2000 6 has an upper that is mostly seamless, the ASICS GT-3000 5 has some stitches in its upper around the heel and in the toecap.

The ASICS GT-3000 5 has broad overlays around the midfoot and on both sides of the upper, while the ASICS GT-2000 6 has the ASICS logo on the lateral side to keep things together and a broader overlay on the medial side.

In addition, the ASICS GT-2000 6 also comes with straps that can be pulled tight through the laces in the saddle.

The overlays on the ASICS GT-2000 6 are lighter than those on the ASICS GT-3000 5, so the ASICS GT-2000 6 delivers lightweight support when you compare it to the ASICS GT-3000 5.

The forefoot of both running shoes make room for big bunions and any overlays that run on the toe box have been placed more on the top to open up room at the sides of the toe box, so you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the toe box of either running shoe.

The area around the heel of both running shoes is fairly closed and they offer a good amount of support around the heel that should be able to lock your heel in and/or provide a better heel fit.

However, the ASICS GT-3000 5 also comes with a stitched-on overlay that wraps the top part of the heel and that connects well to the broad overlays around the midfoot.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the uppers of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GT-3000 5, but the ASICS GT-3000 5 is the one that delivers a bit more support through its upper compared to the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The general makeup of the midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GT-3000 5 is largely the same.

Both running shoes comes with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning between the two layers in the heel.

ASICS lists both the ASICS GT-3000 5 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 as also having forefoot GEL cushioning, but this is not visible in either running shoe.

The GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GT-3000 5 seems to be a bit longer on the lateral side and thicker at the back, so the ASICS GT-3000 5 seems to implement a bit more GEL cushioning in the heel than the ASICS GT-2000 6, which means that it might also deliver more shock absorption at heel-strike.

Another difference can be found in the type of midsole material used. The bottom layer of foam in the midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 6 is a bit more responsive and thus also a bit firmer than the top layer of foam.

The ASICS GT-3000 5 is not listed as using the same type of midsole material in its bottom layer as the ASICS GT-2000 6 does, which means that the ASICS GT-3000 5 is meant to deliver a much softer ride than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

Because both the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GT-3000 5 are meant to deliver support to overpronators, they come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

This support system is aided by a midfoot shank that hooks up into the midsole foam, that connects the both sides of the running shoe to deliver midfoot integrity and support, and that looks more or less the same in both running shoes.

The main difference between the midfoot shanks is that the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-3000 5 has three bars that connect the lateral side to the medial side, while the ASICS GT-2000 6 only has two.

Another difference is that the support area of the ASICS GT-3000 5 is much longer and extends into the forefoot compared to that of the ASICS GT-2000 6, which stops a little past the midfoot.

Therefore, while both running shoes can give support to runners who turn their feet inward between their heels and their midfoot, the ASICS GT-3000 5 is meant to also give support to runners who turn their feet in at a much later stage during the gait cycle so between their midfoot and forefoot.

While the degree of pronation control might be close to similar in both running shoes, the ASICS GT-3000 5 offers a bit more support by adding additional support in the forefoot.

The outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GT-3000 5 look largely same by having similar-sized rubber compartments, a similar amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, and a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The ASICS GT-3000 5 has less flex grooves that run all the way from side to side, but that is because it might want to provide some extra stiffness on the medial side right past the midfoot to offer that forefoot support.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 is a bit different in that respect and only has its frontmost flex groove not running from side to side.

Nonetheless, neither the ASICS GT-3000 5 nor the ASICS GT-2000 6 is expected to be a very flexible running shoe.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 is just a tad lighter than the ASICS GT-3000 5 for men. While no data is available for women, the same is expected for women, that is, the ASICS GT-2000 6 is expected to be lighter than the ASICS GT-3000 5 for women.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride with a good amount of stability and support, you could turn to either the ASICS GT-2000 6 or the ASICS GT-3000 5.

The ASICS GT-3000 5 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 offer much of the same to runners, but the ASICS GT-3000 5 can be seen as being overall more supportive in addition to offering support to late-stage and midfoot 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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