Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The GORE-TEX membrane is the upper cover in this running shoe.
  • The Gel Cushioning System is a silicone-based gel layer for absorbing the shock from landing the foot on the ground.
  • Runners appreciated the DuoMax Support System, a dual-density component that controls the over-pronation of the foot.
  • The Guidance Line and Guidance Trusstic System ensures structural integrity and efficacy in terms of the runner’s gait.
  • Reviewers welcomed the AHAR or the Asics High Abrasion Rubber that makes sure the outsole remains durable and dependable all the time.
  • Traction over dry and wet surfaces is at full work in the GT 1000 4 GTX.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that this 4th version was too narrow for their feet.
  • It has a moderately expensive price.

Bottom line

The Asics GT 1000 4 GTX is a daily running shoe that features robust supportive mechanisms for the underside of the foot. It has waterproof capabilities and an appealing design that anyone can appreciate. Some were unhappy because the shoe is bit tight and pricey, but the majority found the shoe very reliable and comfortable.

Facts

Base model: Asics GT 1000 4
Update: Asics GT 1000 8 GTX
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 12.1oz | Women: 10.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Heel height: Men: 22mm | Women: 21mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm | Women: 11mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Pink
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • Small changes in the upper characterizes the unveiling of the GT 1000 4 GTX. Clearly, the most obvious modification is the elimination of several synthetic overlays. Asics’ optimizes the use of what’s left of those overlays for a supportive and adaptive fit that does not translate to more weight on the scale. It really helps in making the shoe a tad lighter than the past version. Breathability gets a boost as well with this change.
  • The change in mesh does not change much when it comes to ventilation. Asics’ promises a more durable upper mesh, though, in the latest version of the GT 1000 GTX.

Same with its base version the GT 1000 4, this shoe's fit is medium to narrow in the heel, snug in the midfoot, and enough toe room in the forefoot just like the past edition. This is the natural comfort zone of those with normal foot widths. Asics offers the regular D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Sizing is a bit off, unlike the previous model. Runners are advised to get half a size larger than normal. Available sizes are 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Just like in the popular Asics GT 1000 7, this shoe's outsole uses Asics’ own version of a carbon rubber that fights wear and tear called the AHAR. Another company-exclusive tech is the Snow Rubber technology, which helps with the durability and makes traction superb. The treads on the shoe are sufficient for multiple road surfaces and light trail. A decoupled heel helps with the cushioning and adds flexibility.


Manning the heel and the forefoot areas is Asics’ award-winning and most famous technology-the Gel Cushioning System. This silicon-based technology is recognized for its superb ability to attenuate shock and use the impact for superb responsiveness. Running the entire length of the GT 1000 GTX 4 is the SpEVA midsole that helps with the responsive cushioning and shock absorbing features. In the heart of the shoe is Asics’ patented Duomax Support System or a two-layer foam that helps hold up the arch as it takes the brunt of excessive inward rolling of the foot.


A Gore-Tex upper lining makes the shoe an all-weather road warrior. The mesh upper enables a very breathable interior for cool and sweat-free runs. Asics maximizes the logo on both sides of the shoe for added support and in getting a more personalized fit. An industry-grade sockliner adds comfort and snug fit in the shoe.

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