Updates to Asics GT 2000 7 Trail

  • The Asics GT 2000 7 presents to runners an alternative version, a trail running shoe of its kind. Like its base shoe, the GT 2000 7 Trail features a new woven mesh material that helps ventilate the foot and keeps it cool. The shoe is made for overpronators, guaranteeing maximum underfoot support and protection with every step.
  • The sole unit of the GT 2007 Trail promises improved stability, thanks to an updated support system and Stability Trusstic, a shoe technology that prevents the foot from moving around inside the shoe. In addition, an improved ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) sockliner provides an extra layer of breathability and more efficient moisture management, making the shoe suitable for daily running.

Size and fit

The standard shoe length of the Asics GT 2000 7 Trail allows it to meet the size expectations of most wearers, while its anatomical foot shape provides a snug fit to runners with average foot volumes. The shoe presents a structure that is a little narrow in the tiptoe area but wide enough at the toes and ball of the foot to enable a comfortable splay; it closes down to a slightly narrow midfoot and heel for a secure hold. The GT 2000 7 Trail is available in medium and wide for both the men’s and women’s versions.

Outsole

Well-known for its ultimate durability, the Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) brings to the GT 2000 7 Trail an efficient guard against abrasions and punctures. The AHAR is made from a thick and long-lasting material that ensures an effortless grip on various trail surfaces; it also aims to deliver extra traction, which results in the shoe getting more protection from damage that may be caused by long-term wear.

Midsole

At the core of the Asics GT 2000 7 Trail is the Flytefoam, which is the brand’s lightest midsole material—55% less than standard foams—that provides a steady and consistent cushioning. Made from organic nanofibers, the Flytefoam has the ability to return to its original shape after each step, making it an adaptive cushioning system.

The GT 2000 7 Trail’s midsole also works through the Guidance Trusstic System, a unique shoe technology that improves the foot’s gait efficiency. As it provides midfoot structural integrity, the Guidance Trusstic System prevents unnecessary twisting and sliding for a more consistent ride.

The Guidance Trusstic System is complemented by Asics’ Impact Guidance System (IGS) Technology. This feature is a design concept that enhances the foot’s natural gait. The IGS encourages a normalized motion by having the shoe move along with the foot. It is materialized through the GT 2000 7 Trail’s Guidance Line, which is a vertical flex groove found along the line of progression of the shoe.

Another supporting unit of the Asics GT 2000 7 Trail is the Dynamic Duomax system. This midsole component controls overpronation and reduces the fatigue caused by footstrike. The Dynamic Duomax works hand-in-hand with the Flytefoam in providing a responsive cushioning and constant adaptability during the transition phase. Its base shoe, the GT 2000 7, also utilizes this feature.

Lastly, the forefoot and rearfoot areas of the midsole are implemented with Gel cushioning. One of Asics’ most popular shoe technologies, the Gel cushioning effectively reduces shock to allow a smoother gait cycle.

Upper

The Jacquard mesh upper of the GT 2000 7 Trail helps in ventilating the foot to maintain dryness and cleanliness. The woven structure of this material provides the shoe with a close-knit coverage to prevent debris and other outside elements from entering the shoe. Compared to regular mesh, Jacquard is more durable and more elastic.

The shoe also has a heel clutching system that improves the fit and stabilizing the heel for secure mobility. This feature comes in a unique shape that hugs the foot, which reduces displacement.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.7oz / Women 8.7oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Base model: Asics GT 2000 7
Update: Asics GT 2000 9 Trail
Forefoot height: Men 12mm / Women 11mm

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