The Asics GT-2000 3 tested more like a cushioned trainer than a pronation/stability shoe. The cushioning did not sacrifice energy efficiency and was among the softest shoes tested. Aficionados of the previous versions of the GT-2000 will love the latest model’s softer cushioning and updates to the upper. Asics was able to cram tons of trademark technology into a shoe while keeping a reasonable price tag.
The Asics GT-2000 3is a neutral to mild pronation control/comfort trainer with 10mm drop and high durability.
The Asics GT-2000 3 introduces a slightly lighter weight shoe through changes in the upper and an update Fluid Ride midsole that features more ‘bounce’ and less weight. The dual density midsole with gel crash pad felt soft but not squishy. A Dynamic DuoMax support system was added medially to blend stability and support without added weight. The midfoot shank was unchanged but a new exoskeletal heel cup looked near identical to the Asics Gel Kayano.
Comfort The mesh upper was soft, flexible and kept a firm grasp thanks to independent eyelets. The tongue freely floated over the foot and dampened lace tension. The toe box did feel a bit tight although this was not a problem for most testers (the shoe is available in widths to 2E). The plush heel collar cradled the rear foot without hotspots. Synthetic overlays created a solid lock over the lateral forefoot.
Speed At 10.7 ounces the Asics GT-2000 3 was on the lighter side for those attempting to control pronation. Do not expect fast turn over or overt speed in this shoe.
Responsiveness The widened rear foot crash pad felt stable and the transition was natural to toe off. Heeluxe lab data revealed only 5mm of drop, which explains why this shoe felt smooth and close to the ground. The midsole provided stability without robbing energy efficiency. Testers ranked the GT-2000 3 “among the best shoes in responsiveness”.
Heeluxe, our shoe testing laboratory partner, tests the responsiveness of a shoe by measuring how thick a running shoe is and multiplying it by how much pressure the forefoot foot feels while running. The softer or thicker the midsole, the less responsive a shoe will feel, but the more comfortable the shoe will generally feel. The thinner or firmer a midsole is, the more power you’ll feel at toe-off.
Durability The outsole proved durable with carbon rubber in the heel and blown rubber throughout the forefoot.
Value Asics was able to cram a whole bunch of technology (traditional and new) into a well-designed and functional shoe. This shoe meets all objectives and does so at a reasonable price.