The ASICS GT-2160 is stable without being clunky and provides cushioning that is neither too soft or too firm. Learn which running shoes come close to the ASICS GT-2160.
However, because the ASICS GT line of running shoes has improved tremendously, you would have to trim back a bit on stability to find a similar running shoe that has the same feel and cushioning as the ASICS GT-2160.
If you cannot get the ASICS GT-2160 anymore and do not want to switch from ASICS running shoes, your best bet would be to try the ASICS GT-1000 or any upgrade thereof, for example the ASICS GT-1000 2.
The ASICS GT-1000 2 is the little brother or sister of the ASICS GT-2000 2 with a little bit less luxurious features to make it fall in the same price range as the ASICS GT-2160.
However, because ASICS has worked on improving the stability of its running shoes without adding more rigidity to the medial post in stability shoes, you should expect the ASICS GT-1000 2 to deliver more stability than the ASICS GT-2160.
The heel cushioning should feel similar in both running shoes, but the ASICS GT-1000 2 may feel less cushy in the forefoot than the ASICS GT-2160.
For a similar amount of forefoot cushioning as in the ASICS GT-2160, you can look into the ASICS GT-2000 2, which provides just a bit more cushioning than the ASICS GT-1000 2.
One big gain in choosing either an ASICS GT-1000 2 or ASICS GT-2000 2 to replace the ASICS GT-2160 is that you will get a more flexible and more stable running shoe in the ASICS GT-1000 2 or the ASICS GT-2000 2.
The Saucony Guide is a moderate stability running shoe from Saucony, which comes closest to what the ASICS GT-2160 offers.
Both the ASICS GT-2160 and the Saucony Guide 7 have a similar amount of heel cushioning, forefoot cushioning, and flexibility.
The big difference between the two running shoes lies in the fact that the Saucony Guide is a much more stable running shoe than the ASICS GT-2160.
The Saucony Guide 7 and ASICS GT-2160 also have a similar height, but the Saucony Guide 7 is about 1.7 oz (48 grams) lighter than the ASICS GT-2160 in the women's model.
What is also very similar in these two stability shoes is the upper. Both have traditional stitched-on overlays and the overlays are placed similarly, except for on the toe box, where the Saucony Guide 7 might feel a bit tighter than the ASICS GT-2160.
Probably the biggest difference – apart from the amount of stability provided by the Saucony Guide 7 – is the layout of the outsole, where the forefoot and the heel of the Saucony Guide 7 are joined at the midfoot on the lateral side of the shoe.
This not only benefits the stability of the shoe, but also provides you with smoother transitions from heel to toe.
All in all, if you disregard the amount of stability, the Saucony Guide 7 should come closest to feeling the same way the ASICS GT-2160 feels on your foot.
The Brooks Ravenna is a mild stability running shoe from Brooks. The Brooks Ravenna 5 is about 1 oz (28 grams) lighter than the ASICS GT-2160 and offers a similar amount of heel cushioning.
Just like the ASICS GT-1000 2 and ASICS GT-2000 2, the Brooks Ravenna 5 offers much more stability than the ASICS GT-2160.
The Brooks Ravenna is a little bit more flexible than the ASICS GT-2160 and sits lower to the ground so should feel faster and more responsive than the ASICS GT-2160.
And if you compare Brooks Ravenna 5 with ASICS GT-2160, you will find the biggest differences in the uppers and in the outsole where Brooks Ravenna's midfoot is almost completely closed and touches the ground whereas that of the ASICS GT-2160 has a midfoot shank.
The main differences in the upper are in the overlays used – they are much lighter on the Brooks Ravenna – and in the extra adjustable band to lock down the foot to the platform of the Brooks Ravenna 5.
So while the Brooks Ravenna should deliver a similar amount of heel cushioning as the ASICS GT-2160, it might feel different on your foot due to the increased stability and its responsiveness.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire is a moderate stability running shoe from Mizuno. It is a very light running shoe in its class, so not surprisingly, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is lighter than the ASICS GT-2160 by 2.5 oz (71 grams) in the women's running shoe.
What the ASICS GT-2160 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 have in common is the amount of heel cushioning that both provide, and the amount of stability.
The forefoot cushioning is better in the ASICS GT-2160, but you've got a low profile, very flexible, and very responsive running shoe in the Mizuno Wave Inspire, since the Mizuno Wave Inspire is less thick in the forefoot and sits lower to the ground than the ASICS GT-2160.
So just like the Brooks Ravenna, the Mizuno Wave Inspire will highly likely feel different on your foot, despite sharing similarities with the ASICS GT-2160.
But unlike the Brooks Ravenna, the midsole construction of the Mizuno Wave Inspire does not differ a whole lot from that of the ASICS GT-2160.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire is simply a much lighter and more responsive running shoe than the ASICS GT-2160.
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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