|Type of support||Pronator (stability)|
|Inclination of the sole||10mm|
|Sole thickness (heel)||29mm|
|Sole thickness (forefoot)||19mm|
|Weight (men’s model)||281g|
|Weight (female model)||221g|
|Great comfort||Tongue too thick|
|Effective support||Low dynamic cushioning|
|Stable shoe suitable for everyone|
The years pass and look alike for the Asics GT 2000 9, the (relatively) light shoe for pronation from the Japanese brand. This new model stays the course with an efficient configuration without much change that offers comfort and stability.
Little sister of the Asics Gel Kayano 27, the GT 2000 9 offers a more “light” configuration to avoid overpronation. The sole is 29mm thick under the heel with a 10mm drop. The cushioning absorbs shocks well, especially since the sole combines foam (FlyteFoam) and GEL pads. Not everyone necessarily likes the technicality of Asics shoes with their convoluted configuration, but we have to admit that the result is there: the testers praise very pleasant cushioning for daily training with stability that does the job but without force. Thus, the shoe is suitable for both (moderate) pronators and runners with a neutral stride. Of course, the rebound is weak but this is not the goal of this shoe which also offers good flexibility.
Support is also very effective thanks to a well-adjusted upper, especially in the midfoot. The jacquard mesh is dense and thick but provides good foot ventilation overall. The only real weak point of this shoe, pointed out by several runners, is the thick tongue, decidedly too long and bulky to be pleasant or practical.
Finally, the well-supplied rubber (AHAR) outsole is ultra-durable and shows no signs of wear even after many rides, according to testers. This is a characteristic to be appreciated at the time of “rubberized foams”, certainly softer but much less solid.
In summary, the Asics GT 2000 9 continues to establish itself as a very good light and comfortable pronator shoe. An interesting alternative for people who find the Kayano too restrictive.
- First of all, we find AHAR+ on the outer part of the sole of the Asics GT 2000 9. It is a protective layer of carbon rubber that allows the shoe to resist the abrasion of the asphalt. . It therefore extends the life of the shoe. The part under the heel is particularly susceptible to damage quickly. Indeed, this is where most runners cushion their foot. In addition, the athlete can run serenely on the asphalt even when the weather is bad thanks to the breathtaking traction of the shoe.
- In addition to AHAR+, AHAR technology also equips the outsole under the forefoot. This one has a lightly padded texture to provide extra padding and ensure greater flexibility, especially when the foot pushes the ground.
- The midsole flaunts FlyteFoam cushioning technology . This energetic and lightweight elastomer-based foam from Asics is said to provide excellent energy return. It also uses super organic fibers which should reduce the risk of sole sagging as can be the case with low density foams. FlyteFoam aims to provide maximum impact absorption throughout the run for optimal comfort.
- On the other hand, we find the famous GEL technology . It consists of two pieces of gel made of silicone: one under the heel and one under the forefoot. This configuration should offer better shock absorption.
- Then there’s also Dynamic DuoMax , a stability aid that takes the form of a dense foam piece. This balances the stroke to prevent excessive pronation of the foot.
- Guidance Trusstic System is a TPU unit positioned in the midsole under the arch of the foot that improves structure to the platform. Like Dynamic DuoMax, its purpose is to prevent the foot from deflecting excessively outwards (pronation).
- On the other hand, note that the cushioning under the forefoot is different for men and for women in order to offer greater comfort and padding more suited to different morphologies.
- Finally, the molded EVA foam insole adapts to the shape of the foot and complements the cushioning of the platform.
Upper part (upper)
- The upper of the Asics GT 2000 9 uses Twin Layer technology , a breathable mesh with two light layers that provide a good balance between comfort and foot support.
- In addition, the seamless construction provides exceptional comfort by avoiding chafing and promoting flexibility of the upper.
- On the other hand, Heel Clutching System is a uniquely shaped resin-based buttress located at the heel. Its purpose is to adapt as optimally as possible to the anatomy of the foot for more effective support.
- Finally, the discreet eyelets are intended to better balance the pressure of the laces around the foot.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How big is the Asics GT 2000 9?
This road shoe follows a classic sizing system. Thus, she must prune normally. At this time, we haven’t seen any rider reviews that suggest otherwise. So you can order your regular size for sports shoes. That said, if you have the opportunity, it’s always better to try your shoes on in the store so you don’t have any surprises.
Is this model suitable for pronator runners?
The Asics GT 2000 9 aims to stabilize the stride and prevent foot pronation while running. Thus, it is aimed at pronator runners who wish to modify their stride. Nevertheless, it should be noted that for the moment there is no scientific evidence proving the superiority of shoes for pronators compared to universal shoes in reducing the risk of injury (and this regardless of the type of stride of the runner). We therefore recommend choosing comfortable shoes above all else.
Is this road shoe suitable for heavy runners (80 kg or more)?
To our knowledge, only one study to date has looked at the link between athlete weight, injury risk, and shoe sole thickness. According to the results of this one, minimalist shoes can increase the risk of injury for athletes over 71 kilos. The GT 2000 9 has a moderately thick sole, so it should suit whatever size you are.
Can you run a marathon or a half-marathon with this model?
This Asics model is quite suitable for different types of distances and training. You can therefore use it for your daily training, whether they work on distance or speed. As for the marathon, it depends above all on your preferences. If you find this shoe comfortable on your long rides, then there should be no worries.