Updates to Asics GT 2000 6 Trail

  • The Asics GT 2000 shoe series upholds its reputation with their alternate version of the sixth release, a running shoe that is not only exclusively for the trails but also excels in seamless transitions to and from the road.
  • This edition retains many of the features that consumers have come to love about the GT 2000 series, such as the high-mileage durability, the rugged-proof outsole, and the various midsole technologies that offer a protective and supportive cushioning. The most notable updates in the GT 2000 6 Trail are the addition of the Flytefoam® and AHAR® technologies.

Size and fit

The Asics GT 2000 6 Trail has a standard running shoe length, and it is available in a variety of sizes. Like the previous versions, this shoe has a full toe box and a snug midfoot construction, catering to runners with a narrow to moderate foot volume. The GT 2000 6 Trail comes in men’s widths of D – Medium and 4E – Extra Wide, and women’s width of B – Medium.

Outsole

The Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR®) is well-known for its ultimate durability, and the GT 2000 6 Trail is no exception from this feature. Its thick, long-lasting material is guaranteed to guard the midsole against abrasions and punctures. More importantly, the material ensures an effortless grip no matter the trail surface. The more recent GT 2000 7 also utilizes the AHAR® outsole.

Midsole

Like its base shoe, the GT 2000 6 Trail also employs Flytefoam®, a midsole material that is created from organic “super fibers.” What makes the Flytefoam® exceptional is its weight that is 55% lighter than standard foams. The construction of this detail allows it to return to its original shape after each stride, thus making it an adaptive cushioning.

Complimenting Flytefoam® is the FluidRide™ technology, which is a twin-layer structure created by the combination of Solyte™, a lightweight shock absorber, and SpEVA™, a high-rebound movement enhancer.

Meanwhile, the heel and toe areas are reinforced with Gel®. These details work by reducing shock during impact and toe-off for a smoother gait cycle.

Because the GT 2000 6 Trail is a stability running shoe, it utilizes the DuoMax® system, a firm sponge installed in the medial side of the midsole. DuoMax® controls overpronation, therefore reducing fatigue and backing the foot for a more stable ride.

The midfoot area is armored with a resin material called the TRUSSTIC™, and it gives the shoe additional stability by preventing unnecessary twisting during movement. It works together with the Guidance Line®, a vertical flex groove that runs across the length of the shoe. The Guidance Line® controls balance by enabling pressure to stay at the center of the shoe.

As the insole, the ComforDry sock liner augments a level of cushioning to the shoe. It also evaporates moisture quickly to keep the foot dry and healthy.

The GT 2000 6 Trail would not be complete without the Impact Guidance System (IGS®), which is the term for the midsole’s design. IGS encourages a natural foot motion by having the shoe move with the foot instead of controlling it.

Upper

The woven mesh upper of the GT 2000 6 Trail provides a tight coverage to prevent debris, but not at the expense of breathability.

A heel clutching system is also present in this shoe. It comes in the form of a resin unit inserted into the rearfoot. Unlike regular heel counters that are a solid block, the heel clutching system has a unique shape that follows the foot, thus reducing displacement.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 315g / Women 249g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Base model: Asics GT 2000 6
Update: Asics GT 2000 9 Trail
Forefoot height: Men 12mm / Women 11mm

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