DiscontinuedUpdate: Asics GT 2000 7 Lite-Show
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WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateOct 2016
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This shoe feels very similar to the older style Gel-Kayanos, however with a lower drop height and less weight than those previous models from ASICS.
- Asics brings back the Lite Show in the GT series, but with even more weather-resistant capability in the GT 2000 4 PlasmaGuard. As the name of the newest GT 2000 model shows, it comes with a water and mud protective upper for fall and winter running. The new feature works hand in hand with the more comprehensive reflective details for safety during low-light conditions.
- The new mesh offers a more form-fitting fit, but it also quite breathable. It allows Asics to mix weather protection and breathability partly because of the new mesh material.
- Asics reduced the padding in the tongue, which could be one way of saving weight. It should be noted that the tongue is lined with very plush fabric for continued comfort.
Runners who are familiar with the fit of the previous model just like the shoe's base model, the GT 2000 4, will find the GT 2000 4 Lite Show PlasmaGuard very much to their liking. It offers almost the same hold in the heel and the midfoot while the forefoot continues to receive ample space for the toes to splay. As the shoe is geared towards daily training or recovery runs, it delivers on comfort where sizing goes. It runs true to size as well.
Same as in the popular Asics GT 2000 7, the outsole performance of the 4th version of the GT 2000 Lite Show PlasmaGuard is quite identifiable as truly one from Asics. It uses the tried and tested AHAR rubber, which is very durable, and is placed in areas susceptible to wear and tear, particularly the heel. There is also a proprietary blown rubber in the forefoot that is a bit softer and adds a little more to the cushioning. Asics calls this the DuraSponge. Runners continue to get the trademark vertical groove that stretches from the heel to the forefoot in this shoe. This groove coincides with the horizontal grooves in the forefoot for flexibility.
Holding court in the midsole from the heel to the forefoot is the FluidRide foam, which is a mixture of soft EVA on top of a firmer foam. It gives the midsole of the GT 2000 4 Lite Show PlasmaGuard a nice balance between cushioning and bounce back features. On the medial side of the midfoot is a denser foam that provides support for those who slightly overpronate. A TPU-made shank is found in the midfoot as well to deliver structural integrity and support. The silicon-based Gel cushioning technology is placed in the heel and forefoot to absorb shock and to add cushioning.
The upper of the GT 2000 4 Lite Show PlasmaGuard is primarily the biggest influence in this shoe as far as naming is concerned. 360° of superb reflectivity is provided by the Lite Show technology, especially in less than preferred running conditions. Asics pairs this technology with the PlasmaGuard, a technology that coats the upper to protect it from light rains and mud. An open mesh serves as the perfect counterbalance to provide breathability and a very nice upper fit. The heel lock down comes in the form of an exoskeletal heel counter. For more cushioning, support, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial properties, a ComforDry Sockliner is placed in the shoe’s interior.