Who should buy the Asics GT 2000 9 GTX

The GT 2000 9 from Asics is perfect if you're looking for: 

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX daily trainer

Updated upper: Asics GT 2000 9 GTX vs. 8

The only change made to the 9th version of the GT 2000 GTX from Asics is in the upper. Made with a new one-piece upper, it provides a more supportive wrap. What's more, is it's comprised of recycled materials. 

Reliable in wet conditions

Created with a Gore-Tex upper, the Asics GT 2000 9  GTX is effective in keeping water out. Runners find this especially true when running under light rain and on long, wet grass.

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX gore-tex

According to them, their feet have remained "warm and dry." Even when running through puddles and muddy off-road paths, moisture never seeped through. 

Reducing waste, amplifying support

Unlike its precursor, the 9th edition of the Asics GT 2000 GTX is made with recycled upper. Apart from minimizing waste, the redesign also allows a snugger fit. 

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX fit

Foot-conforming fit

From the heel to the midfoot, runners report that the shoe fits "like a glove." And in the forefoot, there's enough volume and space for the toes to play comfortably. 

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX toe box

Can't get more comfortable than this

Packed with Asics' Flyte Foam midsole, the GT 2000 9 GTX provides a plush and bouncy cushion. 

It's coupled with the brand's tried-and-true Gel tech, which eats up the impact in each step. Even those who run high mileages say that it never hurt their feet. 

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX gel

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX: As steady as a rock

Impermeability aside, the shoe's supportive midsole is what blew the runners' minds away. The shoe has excellent arch support, those with flat feet, overpronation, and bad knees say it relieved their foot ache. 

Add in the "glove-like" wrap of the shoe, wobbling, and slips are the least of the testers' worries. 

Versatile traction

On pavement, parks, and light trails, the Asics GT 2000 9 GTX latches. So much so, reviewers consider it the perfect "hybrid" for road-to-trail transitions (when the trails aren't too muddy). 

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX outsole

Does not drag the feet down

At 9.9 oz, the GT 2000 GTX is not light on paper. But when put through the paces, road runners find it "reasonably light." 

Durability in question

There have been users who shared that it only took one week for the shoe's midsole to bottom out. 

Stiff upper

This is especially true in the heel area. According to critics, it digs into the skin, wounding their Achilles. 

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX heel

Asics GT 2000 9 GTX: Can become heavy

It's good at keeping water out. But it's also a sponge when moisture enters the shoe. 

This is a common gripe among hundreds of runners, who say that the shoe becomes clunky when this happens. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 281g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Base model: Asics GT 2000 9
Collection: Asics Gt 2000, Asics Gel, Asics Flyte Foam
Pronation: Overpronation

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