GT-2000 6 – An Independent Guest Review

The GT-2000 6 embodies the ASICS ethos for making responsible, calculated enhancements that resonate positively with the wearer.

Many runners have relied on this shoe for over 25 years. They expect to be able to confidently update their old model each year and experience the same familiar feel, comfort level and  performance expectation – all the while looking for technical enhancement. 

The GT-2000 6 delivers with a number of developments on last year.

The most notable change is creating an internal heel counter.

Pros and cons of External vs Internal

Should the runner feel confident or concerned to see a return of internal heel counter? There is no definitive correlation between shoe distortion and injury and we also cannot easily tell whether one heel counter design is better than another at reducing internal joint pronation moments. I would comment though that the conforming it of the heel counter is more important than the heel counter being an internal or external design.

Individual comfort is the key….. hence to differentiate between the Gel-Kayano and GT-2000.

Another upper development is the use of lexi-type reinforcement placed at the talonavicular (Medial midfoot) region. It can comfortably accommodate protrusions on this joint, commonly associated with a marked medially deviated SubTalarJoint.

The firmer density midsole and trusstic lie in the corresponding area as the talonavicular upper reinforcer, continuing its goal to resupinate the foot at midstance.

The outsole is familiar in weight, traction and lex feel in the forefoot and is made of both shear resistant and cushioned rubber. It incorporates the Trusstic thermoplastic mould that runs obliquely to the Plantar fascia and provides rebound energy transfer at midstance.

The shoe feels responsive underfoot, thanks largely to the FlyteFoam midsole and EVA sockliner immediately underfoot. The top softer layer of SPEVA midsole deforms with compression but its elastic tendencies allow it to return to shape. The lower, denser layer gives qualities of greater rebound and durability. This shoe is firmly designed for the runner who needs help to resupinate the foot in midstance. It has an internal heel counter that I believe is not a return to traditional design. It looks similar to the design of old, but arguably works better. New technology ensures that it conforms the heel far more precisely and thanks to the more innovative materials used, now almost eliminates friction and sagittal shear.

A good looking, light weight, high mileage trainer – the GT-2000 6 masters the art of delicately balancing familiar feel with innovation improvement.

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