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  • The upper of the 5th iteration of the GT 2000 Trail gets the most attention where updates go. Easily the most obvious change is the significant increase in the number of overlays on both the medial and lateral side. The change delivers the right support without giving up on weight.
  • Also, the thick and stitched overlays are shelved for the same construction as the lateral side, which are seamless and a lot thinner. So while using lighter materials for weight reduction, the support and security are not compromised.
  • Another modification that brought the weight loss is a slightly less padded ankle collar. The heel section is still very plush, as the fabric lining the interior is very smooth and easy to the touch.
  • The heel gets a bit more help in this version as the external counter is just a tad bigger than the previous version while the same stitched overlays at the back are still utilized to really hold the heel down.

The fit and sizing of the Asics GT 2000 5 Trail are trademarks of this series. It has good volume and length in the toe box while the midfoot and heel have added locked down features. This fit should be able to accommodate different runners with varying foot shapes and dimensions. It generally runs true to size.

Asics trusts its reliable technologies as the main components in the outsole design and structure of the 2000 5 Trail. There is the ever-present Guidance Line that travels from the heel to the forefoot for the smoothness of every stride. There are flex grooves in the forefoot to keep the ride flexible. Asics’ true and tested AHAR+ rubber covers the areas that are largely prone to durability issues. The forefoot rubber is another established technology in the DuraSponge or a “grippier” rubber for traction on the trails. The underfoot utilizes Trail Specific treading to keep the runner from slipping on the off-road surfaces.

In this shoe, the main cushioning duties fall upon the FluidRide, which is mostly used for its lightweight responsiveness and durability. Under the arch on the medial side is a firmer EVA for moderate stability. This EVA is encased with the FluidRide foam to prevent any jarring effects of the rather stiff EVA under the arch. For more shock-absorbing features the iconic Gel cushioning units are placed in the heel and the forefoot. Finally, a lightweight TPU known as the Guidance Trusstic system is utilized in the midfoot to provide shoe structure and integrity.

The most eye-catching part of the upper is the network of overlays that almost form a midfoot cage. These are seamless and thin, which keeps the support and security very good without surrendering weight. A woven mesh covers the rest of the shoe. It is very breathable and nicely conforms to the foot. Asics adds a ComforDry Sockliner in the GT 2000 5 Trail for anti-microbial and anti-odor properties.


How Asics GT 2000 5 Trail ranks compared to all other shoes
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Bottom 8% Asics running shoes
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