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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.7oz
    Women: 10.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Nov 2016
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Several runners consider the GT 1000 5 GTX as, by far, the best in this series.
  • A handful of reviewers mentioned that the price is worth the shoe’s performance.
  • The shoe continues to be breathable despite the water proofing feature.
  • It is a bit flexible.
  • It is quite light and and lighter by 14 grams over the previous model.
  • It is available in different widths.
  • More than a few large-framed runners loved the support and cushioning of this shoe.
  • The traction, on wet areas, is superb, based on the comments of some runners.
  • It holds up well for gym workouts.
  • The support is noticeable in a good way, according to a few users.

6 reasons not to buy

  • It runs half a size smaller, according to a few reviewers.
  • The shoe is a little narrower than past models.
  • More colorways would have been better.
  • It rides a little firmer than the past version, which a handful of runners did not really like.
  • There were some runners who complained that the upper rubs on the big toe.
  • It lacks the responsiveness of some Asics shoes sporting the Gel cushioning units, according to a small number of users.

Bottom line

The Asics GT 1000 5 GTX continues its trademark support for neutrals to moderate overpronators with the added waterproof protection of the Gore-Tex upper. Loyal fans of the GT 1000 line should be very familiar with the well-cushioned, firm, but comfortable midsole. It brings superior support and stability in a lightweight ride. Running on wet areas is a cinch as well with the kind of traction this shoe offers.

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Updates to Asics GT 1000 5 GTX

  • The Asics GT 1000 5 GTX is the waterproof version of the GT 1000’s 5th iteration. It makes use of high-quality components, which ensure comfort and security. The addition of the GORE-TEX® membrane ensures protection from water infiltration.
  • The upper unit makes use a of a breathable mesh material. It accommodates airflow into the foot-chamber, ensuring coolness and dryness for the foot. Stitched overlays add more structure to the shoe’s façade. They also make the coverage more snug and secure. Reflective detailing enhances visibility, especially during nighttime runs.
  • The underfoot platform of the Asics GT 1000 5 GTX features top-tier cushioning systems, which are capable of carrying the foot responsibly and surely. The primary foam unit is springy and responsive. It doesn’t break down easily, too. A special dual-density compound stabilizes the mid-foot, preventing discrepancies in pronation.
  • Anti-abrasive rubber covers the platform and shields it from damage. It’s used liberally in this shoe, so runners won’t worry too much about the outsole rubbing out too fast or too easily. This section has also been optimized to deliver more traction on surfaces that are covered in snow. It doesn’t trap snow in its grooves, but sloughs it off quickly.
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Asics GT 1000 5 GTX size and fit

The Asics GT 1000 5 GTX has a standard running shoe length. The sizing schemes follow what runners are used to. The available width is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres nicely to the natural shape of the human foot.

Outsole

AHAR+ or Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber provides protection against the potentially damaging nature of the asphalt. It doesn’t rub off easily, as well, so it stays efficient even after many uses. It is also responsible for surface traction. The snow compound rubber is a special add-on to the outsole unit. It heightens traction in snowy conditions, basically enhancing the grip when it comes to traversing snow. It also makes sure to shed snow easily, therefore preventing any added weight or bulkiness due to the presence of snow.

Midsole

The SpEVA® is a responsive mid-sole material that cushions the foot throughout the running session. It has a bouncy disposition, which means that it is able to launch the foot forward with energy and sureness. The Gel® Cushioning System is made from a silicon-based material. Placed in the rear and front sections of the mid-sole, it attenuates impact shock whenever the foot strikes the ground. It basically staves off any feeling of discomfort when taking each step. The DuoMax® Support System is a component that delivers stability to the mid-foot area. It’s made from a dual-density foam. Having this add-on prevents over-pronated motion of the foot. Gait efficiency is enhanced by the Guidance Line® and the Impact Guidance System. They work with the foot in achieving a smooth, natural and well-rounded running gait.

Upper

A breathable mesh is used for the upper unit of the Asics GT 1000 5 GTX. It allows environmental air to go inside the foot-chamber, thus providing ventilation for the foot. The GORE-TEX® upper technology makes use of a waterproof membrane, which prevents water infiltration. Having such a feature in the shoe allows the runner to gain more confidence when running under wet conditions. Stitched overlays are connected to the lacing system. They adapt to the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces, therefore making the fit more suitably snug or agreeably loose. The 3M Reflective coating makes the shoe more visible. It’s a means to run safely in low lighting conditions.