Updates to Asics GT 1000 8

  • The GT 1000 8 is an update to a well-known series of stability shoes from Asics. This line is known for doling out underfoot support and the prevention of underfoot fatigue. Version 8 continues the legacy of its predecessors, but with updates to the breathability and durability of its upper, as well as the efficacy of the midsole unit’s stability mechanics.
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of a multitude of proprietary technologies, including the FlyteFoam® base, SpEVA™ topsole, and rearfoot GEL® impact-attenuating accouterment. The Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR®) serves as the external pad.


AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Rubber is the compound that is used for the outsole unit of the Asics GT 1000 8. This layer is designed to protect the base of the cushioning system from the abrasive nature of the ground. It is also responsible for providing traction, a trait that is essential for every running shoe.

Flex grooves in the forefoot area make the rest of the sole unit as flexible as possible. It allows the tendons and joints of the foot to bend naturally and effortlessly go through the stride. These trenches also shave off weight from the product.

The heel part has been decoupled to isolate the impact energy generated by striking the foot on the ground. Such a mechanic aims to dampen any potential discomfort or error in the step caused by force. A smooth and unfettered motion results in speedy and well-rounded heel-to-toe transitions.


SpEVA™ serves as the topsole of the Asics GT 1000 8. This layer is the area that receives the foot. It is soft, springy, and lightweight. It prevents the feeling of fatigue by being reactive to movements.

FlyteFoam® is the bottom layer of the midsole, and it is mostly concentrated near the heel part, partially covering the midfoot, as well. This technology bolsters the structure of the platform without sacrificing weight or softness.

The DuoMax® Support System is a piece situated in the medial midfoot side. This feature is designed to stabilize the arch, preventing it from bucking or losing positional steadiness during the run or when standing idly.

GEL® is a silicon-based piece that is placed in the rear part of the midsole. This accouterment has the job of attenuating the impact shock during the striking phase, thus resulting in smooth transitions through the gait cycle.


The upper of the Asics GT 1000 8 is made using engineered mesh. This cloth-like exterior has the goal of delivering a feeling of being wrapped in a sock. It is lightweight, stretchy, and breathable. It also conforms to the shape and motion of the foot that is right against it. Many brands use engineered mesh for their rosters of shoes.

Printed overlays are found on the sides, the heel, and the toe box. These add-ons reinforce the structure of the upper unit. They also help the lacing system when it comes to securing the foot and keeping it in place.

The padded tongue and collar protect and cushion the topmost areas of the foot while also preventing accidental shoe removals.


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