Not all that long ago, we got some marketing materials sent over to us promoting the release of the New Asics GT-2000’s. Not to sound like the jaded shoe snob that some of us in the industry are, but there’s always a “wait and see” when it comes to re-inventing the wheel. The GT line has been a staple of Asics for many many years now, so it had a lot to live up to.
My past criticism with the GT-2170 and Gel-Kayano is that it was too stiff, and didn’t feel near as natural as the Nimbus or Cumulus. Given that those are both neutral runners and the Kayano and GT line are more stability based, it’s a hard balance to achieve. If you’re used to minimalist or older retro shoes, the older stability shoes feel clunky.
Full disclosure, I’ve been wearing sandals most of the summer and some Onitsuka Tiger retro shoes.
Actually, if you prefer a lighter and more responsive shoe this is a much better option. It’s light, but still dense enough and cushioned enough to by comfy. The first thing I noticed was how thick the padding is on the heel, which secures the foot and makes it hold tighter. The midsole is nice and soft. The arch support is there, and even though it’s not as flexible for some of our other options, it’s plenty comfortable.
The technology isn’t too much different than past Asics shoes, but it’s arranged in a way that seems like a major departure than the last few entries in the GT line.
It does remind me a bit of what Saucony did earlier this year by decreasing the drop from heel to forefoot. However, it seems to work a bit better in support shoes with the Asics technology.
And yes, they come in awesome colors.