Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The 4th version of the GT 3000 is extremely comfortable for most of the reviewers.
  • It is much lighter than the earlier model.
  • It is well worth the price compared to other Asics stability shoes, according to several runners.
  • Some runners with varying concerns like shin splints and bunions have had really good runs without problems in the GT 3000 4.
  • It is stylish, based on a handful of comments.
  • Durability is really good, as noted by more than a couple of runners.
  • A few runners have run in them right out of the box without any problems.
  • It is excellent for gym workouts as well because of the adequate cushioning and great support.

3 reasons not to buy

  • More than a few were disappointed that the colors are not exactly what they appear in pictures.
  • A handful noted that the cushioning is a bit stiff.
  • It is a tad narrower than the previous version, according to a small number of users.

Bottom line

The 3000 4 is the top dog of the GT series. It provides the most structure, support, and cushioning than any other shoe in this collection. The shoe has a rather firm ride compared to other top-of-the-line stability shoes from Asics. Runners will notice the responsiveness of their runs because of this midsole characteristic. It is a great shoe for those with moderate to slightly above average overpronation.

Facts

Update: Asics GT 3000 5
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.8oz | Women: 8.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 22mm | Women: 21mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm | Women: 11mm
Release date: Oct 2016
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue, Multi, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April
Better rated than the previous version Asics GT 3000 3

Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Second Sole Reviews | Level 1 expert

    It felt supportive. It felt really soft. For someone who likes a lot of cushion and stability, I would recommend the 3000.

  • 83 / 100 | Running Stats | | Level 2 expert

    Asics built it to be lightweight and spacious for breathability, which gives you opportunity to go that extra mile.

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  • 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.

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