Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Stability
Use
Daily running
Price
$120
Weight
M: 332g | W: 278g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 21mm
Forefoot height
M: 12mm | W: 11mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The comfort of the 5th version of the GT 2000 Trail was greatly appreciated by a moderate number of runners.

  • It is a versatile trail shoe that can also handle the roads.

  • The shoe is lighter than its predecessor.

  • More than a handful were very satisfied with the GT 2000 5 Trail’s style.

  • The use of seamless overlays on both sides of the shoe should lessen the risk of blisters.

  • It is quite supportive, based on the comments of some runners.

  • More than a handful were happy with this shoe’s traction on the trail and the road.

  • A few reviewers commended the breathability of the latest version of the Asics GT 2000 5 Trail.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners noted that it is definitely at least ½ size smaller.

  • It feels a little stiffer compared to the prior model, according to a few runners.

  • A handful deemed the price tag to be above its value.

Bottom line

The GT 2000 5 Trail is the off-road version of the regular model. With a trail-specific lug and tackier rubber in the outsole, it provides enough traction for less technical, rocky, or muddy trails. The shoe handles middle distance runs and daily training without trouble. It has superior comfort, good arch support, and a very breathable upper for those moderately fast or easy days on the trail.



World wide, GT 2000 5 Trail is in the bottom 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 1010 shoes


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 6 ratings

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Updates to GT 2000 5 Trail

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 significantly more 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.

GT 2000 5 Trail size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.


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