The GT 2000 series is now in its 6th iteration. Asics have modified and replaced some technologies from the older version to provide runners a more satisfying experience.
The improvements have resulted to a much lighter design. However, compared to the other running shoes that I have, I consider the Asics GT 2000 6 as an average-performing stability shoe.
Updates of the Asics GT 2000 6
The midsole of the Asics GT 2000 6 has been modified. The new single-piece FlyteFoam replaces the FluidRide midsole found in the Asics GT 2000 5. The FlyteFoam delivers adaptive and resilient cushioning. It is also much lighter compared to the FluidRide technology.
Another update of the shoe can be seen in its upper. The Asics GT 2000 6 features a new one-piece mesh upper that provides an exceptional foot breathability. The seamless design of the upper gives the foot a smoother environment for an irritation-free running experience.
Lastly, Asics have removed the external heel counter of the shoe. The GT 2000 6 now has an Exoskeletal heel counter that still provides heel stability and enhanced fit.
Technical Construction of the Asics GT 2000 6
The upper of the Asics GT 2000 6 has a seamless design. It utilizes a breathable mesh material that is also flexible.
It wraps the foot securely and provides unmatched comfort for all-day wear. Along with the mesh material are the perforations on the side of the shoe. It keeps the foot cool and dry all throughout the run.
The tongue and heel collar of the shoe is generously padded. The foam is just right, not too firm and too soft. It provides added foot security and comfort.
The shoe features a traditional lacing system that can easily be adjusted to suit the individual preference of the user. The laces are semi-round, slightly flexible and durable.
The discrete eyelets provide a more customized fitting while the lace loops give a more secure midfoot lockdown. Small details on the upper, such as the logo and shoe model name, give the shoe a more eye-catching design.
In the midsole of the Asics GT 2000 6, is the lightweight FlyteFoam midsole. It provides durable underfoot cushioning and responsive ride for long-mile runs.
Along with the FlyteFoam cushioning is the Dynamic DuoMax technology.
It provides the necessary support for a more stable performance. It works perfectly with the Impact Guidance System that is specifically designed for a balanced and smoother heel-to-toe transition.
Lastly, the shoe comes with a removable Ortholite sock liner that is made of light and soft material. It provides added support and cushioning.
In the outsole of the shoe is the durable Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) material.
It is specifically placed in the high-wear areas to give the sole unit the necessary protection. This rubber material is tough enough to endure the damaging elements of the road.
Along with the AHAR material is the DuraSponge material that provides added cushioning, flexibility, and traction on paved surfaces.
The Asics GT 2000 6 has a light tread pattern. This outsole configuration is reliable enough to provide traction on both dry and slightly wet surfaces.
Lastly, on the outsole is the Guidance Line technology. It is specifically designed to provide flexibility.
All my stability running shoes are size 8, and I have no issues with the overall fit of the GT 2000 6. The fit was just right – from the heel to the forefoot.
The toe box is roomy as well. My toes are not squeezing. However, I have noticed that the shoe may feel tight when paired with thick socks. I usually use thin socks when running so this is not an issue for me.
Comfort & Breathability
I am very particular when it comes to breathability because my foot sweats easily.
I like the mesh upper and the seamless design of the GT 2000 6. It provides a smoother environment for my foot. The ventilation on the sides made the shoe even more breathable.
One thing that annoys me is the tongue of the shoe. It keeps on sliding inwards.
I need to stop running and pull it up because it gives me discomfort when ignored. Though there is a loop in the tongue, it is not efficient enough to keep the tongue in place while running.
I have been using the Asics GT 2000 6 for short and long-distance runs. I feel that the shoe is not as supportive as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and Adrenaline GTS 18.
The overall responsiveness of the shoe and the stability level is just average. Compared to the older version, the GT 2000 6 shows no significant improvement in its support and ride quality.
Another thing that is less impressive is the forefoot flexibility. The forefoot of the GT 2000 6 is not as flexible as the Asics GT 2000 5. It is flexible but not as flexible as I expected it to be.
Just like the other Asics running shoes, the Asics GT 2000 6 is made from high-quality materials.
The shoe is durable - from the upper to the sole unit. There are no signs of significant wear even after using them on several miles.
- Breathable upper coverage
- Lightweight design
- Durable and high-quality construction
- Smoother in-shoe feel compared to its predecessor
- Tongue keeps on sliding inside
- Less forefoot flexibility
Overall Impression of the Asics GT 2000 6
The Asics GT 2000 6 is a running shoe that features durability and lightweight design. Performance and stability wise, the shoe is not as impressive as the other stability shoes from Asics and Brooks.
Based on my test, I found some aspects of the shoe to be less satisfying. However, I would still recommend this shoe especially to those who give more importance to durability and comfort over performance.