DiscontinuedUpdate: Asics GT 3000 5
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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 8.6oz
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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Heel heightMen: 22mmWomen: 21mm
Forefoot heightMen: 12mmWomen: 11mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
Release dateOct 2016
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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
It felt supportive. It felt really soft. For someone who likes a lot of cushion and stability, I would recommend the 3000.
Asics built it to be lightweight and spacious for breathability, which gives you opportunity to go that extra mile.
- Asics carries over many of the features of the prior version in the 4th edition of the GT 3000. The changes are concentrated on the upper to save weight and to deliver excellent support. Losing some of its weight begins with the removal of many of the midfoot and rather thick overlays. These are replaced by welded and slightly thinner versions. There are lesser chances of getting hot spots or blisters without the stitching.
- The new mesh is a bit larger, which should bode well for durability and with slightly bigger and more numerous holes for optimal breathability.
- The midsole in the forefoot gets a little boost as it adds a slightly denser foam on the medial side to fight off the inward motion of late-gait overpronators. This gives the shoe more encompassing support all throughout the gait cycle. The stability greatly increased with this small tweak.
In the GT 3000 4, Asics offers largely much of the same where fit is concerned. The shoe has average room in the heel and midfoot with more than sufficient room in the forefoot for a natural splay of the toes. It is quite supportive and stable as the heel and the midfoot are securely held in place. It runs true to size.
The outsole layout of the Asics GT 3000 4 is very common among shoes from this brand. There are large rubber pods that are divided by deep flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility. Additionally, the Guidance Line, a very substantial cut from the heel to the forefoot saves weight, increases flexibility, and improves the transition from the heel to the forefoot. The heel uses tough AHAR rubber for durability while blown AHAR in the forefoot provides both cushioning and traction. The AHAR outsole is also present in the GT 3000 5, which is this shoe's successor.
The midsole of the 4th ride of the GT 3000 is heavily-packed with the best technologies from Asics. It starts with the full-length FluidRide foam that is highly responsive and durable. Starting from the heel to the midfoot is a dual-layered foam called the Dynamic Duomax Support. It is topped off by a patch of FluidRide foam to provide a gradual stability feature that does not hinder the smoothness of the transition. The forefoot gets a little dose of this technology for those who overpronate late in their strides. Finally, the heel and forefoot utilize the silicon-based and ever-reliable Gel cushioning units for shock-absorbing features and more cushioning. A comparable shoe to the GT 3000 4 is the Gel Kayano 25, which is also a stability shoe from Asics.
The upper is rather simple with standard mesh for breathability while welded overlays, mainly made up of the Asics logo, on the medial and lateral sides hold the foot in place. An exoskeletal heel counter further stabilizes the foot as it locks down the area. A plush collar and tongue make everyday running very comfortable.