Asics GT-2000 8 Shoe Review
The GT-2000 8 is finally here! I have been a huge fan of this shoe since it’s beginning due to the performance and feel of this stability shoe. The updated design looks great and feels even better. Like most running shoes these days, this continues to transition to having a one-piece knit upper that conforms to your foot. This is a great shoe for training but not one I would necessarily use to race in.
If you have read the GT-2000 7 review, then you already know that shoe saved me from injury two years ago. As I worked my way back and trying a number of different shoes, the GT-2000 was the only one that really provided the support and stability I needed. This led to a few Boston qualifiers and something I will always be thankful for.
Here is a a quote from Asics about FlyteFoam technology. “It took the ASICS Institute of Sports Science three years in development and 300 individual prototypes to engineer our lightest, most responsive cushioning system ever — and provide you the ultimate feeling of flight.”
I still have a few pairs of the GT-2000 6 and 7’s that I continue to wear on my shorter runs and around town. I am looking forward to incorporating the latest version of one of my favorite shoes.
Below are pictures of the Asics GT-2000 8 that I wore for this review. At the time of this review, there were 8 available colors for men and women. There is also a trail version of these shoes, which is great if you are looking for a trail shoe that performs the regular GT-2000 8.
Below are a few pros and cons of the Asics GT-2000 8 running shoe.
Asics GT-2000 8 Verdict
The latest version of the GT-2000 continues to perform as expected! I continue to be a fan of the Asics GT-2000 shoe model. I am happy to say that the GT-2000 8 felt lighter and more responsive than previous versions. The FlyteFoam sole and improved upper will be enough to keep this in my rotation of running shoes.
If you are looking for a light stability running shoe that is supportive and responsive, then I recommend trying the Asics GT-2000 7 running shoe. If you run in the Asics GT-2000 7, you will notice that this shoe is similar in many ways. The redesigned two-layer mesh upper improves the fit and stability of this shoe.
Similar to previous versions of this shoe, it has a wide and trail version, which is great for those who need a wider shoe. One thing to note about this is that only select colors have a wide option.
About the Asics GT-2000 8
The Asics GT-2000 8 is the latest Asics mid-level stability running shoe equipped with FlyteFoam technology. In addition to the FlyteFoam sole, the GT-2000 8 has a redesigned upper and improved sole which reduces the
The FlyteFoam sole is approximately 55% lighter than the standard EVA sole material found in other running shoes.Asics.com
The FlyteFoam sole and redesigned upper improve the comfort of the shoe. The shoe weighs similar to the previous version so don’t expect the shoe to be much lighter than the previous version. Having worn both of the previous models, I could immediately feel the difference in weight.
Asics GT-2000 8 Initial thoughts
When I first opened the box and picked up the Asics GT-2000 8 shoe, I really liked the updates to the toe box and though the minor tweaks really add to the tradition of this popular shoe. In addition to the lightweight feel, I liked the color options and improved the sole of this stability shoe.
Before I run outside in all of my running shoes, I always walk around the house and stairs to see how they feel for everyday wear. These shoes felt great from the start and looked great.
In some of the other reviews I read about this shoe, most agree that the updates to the shoe will improve the durability concerns that some other runners noticed.
My first real run was an 8 miler on a dry paved running trail. The shoe was supportive and responsive.
Asics GT-2000 8 Shoe Specifications
- Shoe Weight: Men’s: 10.3oz, Women’s: 9oz
- Sizing: Order 1/2 size up
- Foot Type: Low arches or flat feet
- Shoe Category: Stability
- Pronation: Moderate to Overpronate
- Sole Offset: 10mm
- Heel Stack Height: 29mm
- Forefoot Stack Height: 19mm
- Recommended Surface: Road (also soft trails)
- Previous Model: GT-2000 7
Asics GT-2000 8 Upper
I liked the upper in previous versions of the GT-2000, but when I put on the GT-2000 8, I noticed that it was a little different than the GT-2000 7. The redesigned upper looked more modern and felt more stable than its predecessor. The seamless material not only looks better but should perform better as wel.
According to Asics.com, the redesigned upper provides “Multi-directional mesh material improves ventilation and stability.”Asics.com
The new upper material feels like higher quality and one that will sustain the beating of daily training. I have high hopes for the durability of this shoe. The display of GT-2000 logo also changed with the latest version. You can see it in the pictures below that it is more prominent on the heel.
Lastly, the redesigned upper is lighter and has increased breathability, which is great for those longer runs during those warm summer runs or treadmill workouts.
Below are a few pictures of the GT-2000 8 shoe upper piece of the shoe.
Asics GT-2000 8 Sole
The sole of the Asics GT-2000 8 had minimal changes with the latest version of this shoe. The sole continues to be made of High Abrasion Rubber+ (AHAR), meaning it is extremely durable. As I mentioned earlier, the sole of this shoe looks very similar to previous versions.
The shoe did have a reduction in weight by .5 oz while improving the feel using FlyteFoam technology. FlyteFoam is 55% lighter than the traditional EVA sole. This means more cushion with a lightweight feel, something most runners look for in a shoe.
The Impact Guidance System (IGS) provides a natural transition with each step. The DYNAMIC DUOMAX® support system continues to help guard against overpronation. The sole of previous versions of the GT-2000 model lasted between 350-400 miles so I would expect these to be durable as well.
Below are a few pictures of the sole of the Asics GT-2000 8.
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