Verdict from 12 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Shock absorption: Many runners appreciate how protected the landings are in the GT 2000 9. It is recommended for beginner runners and those recently injured.
  • Stability: People seeking pronation control like that the shoe offers a stable ride without feeling too intrusive.
  • Weight: It is not as clunky or heavy as most stability shoes and doesn’t wear the foot down, according to most testers.
  • Comfort: There is a pleasant in-shoe feel that you would expect from an Asics upper, most wearers say.
  • Heel hold: No heel slippage has been reported by those who have used the trainer for a while.
  • Outsole: The shoe uses the AHAR/AHAR+ rubber which is known as the brand’s most durable material.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Cushioning: Many runners still find the midsole stiff and lacking energy return.
  • Tongue: One reviewer thinks that it is unnecessarily puffy.

Bottom line

The Asics GT 2000 9 is a safe choice if you need a moderate stability shoe that is lighter and cheaper than the Kayano 27. It is a reliable trainer for slower paces and shorter distances (up to 10K) that keeps the foot stable.

Those who find this shoe’s design a bit old-schoolish may want to consider Asics’ Kayano Lite. It provides stability without a traditional medial post.

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Asics GT 2000 9: The all-rounder stability shoe 

The GT 2000 series has been one of the sought-after Asics stability running shoes for almost three decades. In its 9th iteration, the Asics GT 2000 has been refined for an improved fit and performance. 

Boasting a clean and stylish design, the Asics GT 2000 9 is not only good for running but also casual walks and other fitness activities. 

What you need to know

This Asics running shoe is specifically designed for runners with moderate overpronation (when the foot rolls inward). Constructed with excellent stability features, the GT 2000 9 can prevent excessive foot movements to promote a more natural running gait. 

Providing an outstanding combination of cushioning and stability, the Asics GT 2000 9 is suitable for daily runs and regular training sessions. This road running shoe is also ideal for running on tracks, pavements, and gravel. 

Asics GT 2000 9 vs 8

The GT 2000 9 has been reconstructed to provide greater stability and comfort compared to its predecessor, the GT 2000 8. Here are some of the differences between each model:

  • the updated upper material that creates an improved fit
  • the reinforced upper in key areas for added support

The GT 2000 9 also retains the good features of the GT 2000 8 that were already proven to be functional and effective. 

  • FlyteFoam technology for an exceptional bounce back and responsiveness
  • Gel technology that attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases
  • DuoMax support system for stability
  • Trusstic system for enhanced gait efficiency

How GT 2000 9 compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 81
54 93
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £120
£40 £330
This shoe: 281g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 460g
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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