ASICS GT-2000 v8 Review

The ASICS GT-2000 v8!

With no big changes in the 2000 v7, the v8 brings a huge change with upper, midsole, and outsole changes. Let’s see how the new one fits, feels, and functions!

The new GT-2000 v8 has been completely overhauled. With a new upper, midsole, and outsole – the 2000 v8 feels like a completely different shoe.

  • The step-in feel is pretty similar, but once you stand up you notice an immediate difference in the v8
  • It is lighter and softer than the v7 – while the weight is only slightly lighter on the scale, it feels much lighter on-foot
  • ASICS has changed the blend of FlyteFoam in the midsole, creating a really nice lightweight, soft ride that’s much more flexible and bouncy than the past few 2000s (and most current ASICS shoes generally)
  • The upper has changed slightly, but the overall concept is similar – it’s a engineered mesh that still has a decent amount of structure and printed overlays
  • Width is pretty much unchanged – the new v8 might be slightly wider, but it’s still a pretty traditional fit
  • It’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed by this update to ASICS’ classic guidance shoe

Fit

With an engineered upper without too many overlays, the fit of the GT-2000 v8 is pretty standard. Length is pretty middle of the road in overall width and length. The toebox is on the tighter side, and the mesh isn’t the most flexible material, so those who like a wide and spacious toebox might need to look elsewhere. Length is pretty true-to-size (for a running shoe) and comparable to the v7. It’s not the plushest shoe, but the upper is comfortable and the sock liner is soft enough to lock the foot in.

Feel

In the GT-2000 v8, ASICS has drastically improved the overall feel of the shoe. The new FlyteFoam is noticeably softer than the old composition, yet still feels fast and light. The transition is greatly improved, giving the 2000 a pretty good mix of lightness, softness, and guidance. Overall, the 2000 v8 feels like a lighter-weight guidance shoe that has a pretty good amount of cushion. Lighter and more playful than many of its guidance competitors, the new 2000 v8 adds some softness to make it a well-rounded stability option. There’s a really nice consistency of plushness and flexibility throughout the shoe which really sets it apart from previous 2000s as well as other moderate-stability shoes.

Function

Even with a softer platform overall, the GT-2000 v8 retains an impressive amount of guidance, making them a solid choice for those needing a moderate to high level of support. It’s still pretty versatile, though, and can be used by runners who have combination feet (who have different functions with each foot).

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Comparisons:

ASICS GT-2000 vs Brooks Adrenaline:

In their newest versions (GT-2000 v8 vs Adrenaline GTS 19), the two shoes feel pretty similar. The 2000 v8 is a little softer than the Adrenaline, but it doesn’t have quite the plush step-in feel than the Adrenaline has. On the scale, the Adrenaline is a little heavier than the 2000, but you don’t feel that difference on-foot. Width is about the same, with the 2000 maybe giving you a little more room in the forefoot width-wise. Length is about the same, with both running right around true-to-size. With the ability to evaluate a couple versions of the Adrenaline since Brooks went to their new Guide Rails technology and it proving no less stable than previous versions, the two are pretty similar in terms of guidance.

ASICS GT-2000 vs GT-1000

ASICS’ numbered series is designed to provide three levels of support and structure, with the least amount of guidance coming in the GT-1000 with the most in the GT-4000 (which replaces the outgoing GT-3000). With that in mind, the 2000 is the middle child in that lineup, with the 1000 being the lightest and having the lowest amount of guidance. The 2000 is now softer than the 1000, although the 1000 feels lighter and is similarly really consistent with its flexibility and softness throughout the shoe. The 1000, while designed to provide some amount of guidance, should really be considered a versatile neutral shoe. Both feature standard sizing. While on the scale the 1000 is a little lighter, you really don’t feel any difference on-foot.

ASICS GT-2000 vs GT-3000

Following the discussion of the GT-1000 and GT-2000, the GT-3000 (now the GT-4000) is the “big brother/sister” to the 2000. We don’t have a ton of experience with the 3000 in-store (there’s simply too much crossover between it, the 2000, and the Kayano to have all 3). The 4000 is a little heavier, provides a little more support, and is a little wider.

ASICS GT 2000 vs Kayano

The concept of the Kayano is that it provides the ultimate in luxurious support from ASICS. That concept is betrayed, however, by the existence of the new GT-2000 v8. While the step-in feel of the Kayano is a little plusher than the 2000, everything else about the shoe is just a little “less.” Heel cushion is a little firmer, forefoot cushion is much firmer, and stability is about the same. You have a little more width in the Kayano, but it’s a little shorter than industry standard.

 

Come in and try the new GT-2000 v8 on for yourself!

 

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