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 waterproofing feature.
  • It is a bit flexible.
  • It is quite 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.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is a little narrower than past models.
  • 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.


Base model: Asics GT 1000 5
Update: Asics GT 1000 8 GTX
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.7oz | Women: 10.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Release date: Nov 2016
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Orange
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A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Asics GT 1000 4 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.

The Asics GT 1000 5 GTX same with its base model the GT 1000 5 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.

Just like in the popular Asics GT 1000 7, this shoe's outsole uses AHAR+ or Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber which 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.

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.

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.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.