- I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) Technology: ASICS design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
- ComforDry Sockliner: Removable sockliner that provides cushioning performance and moisture wicking for a cooler, dryer, healthier environment.
- SpEVA Midsole Material: Improves bounce back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown.
- Guidance Trusstic System Technology: This Trusstic System integrates Guidance Line construction for enhanced gait efficiency while providing midfoot structural integrity.
- Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
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So I'm coming from the GT-2000 series, version 4. My toes have always tended to wear little holes in the sides of the shoes, so I've gone to a 2E size and that has worked well. Sometimes it felt like the toe box was too big, but maybe my foot is just a little wierd. After going through 5 pairs of GT-2000 V4s, apparently Asics no longer has any of my size remaining, so I have to step up to something newer (rant: I wish they would just stick with one design for many years, but I won't get off on that tangent). I could not find any shoes online that fit that were under $120, so I decided to try out the GT-1000 series V6 which happens to be available for me (11.5 2E). I have used GT-1000s in the past with great success, but got hooked on the excellent GT-2000s. By the way, I DO sometimes get or discounted items to review, but I absolutely had ZERO discount on these.
After unboxing and seeing the bottom of the shoe I immediately thought it looked REALLY familiar. Sure enough, when compared next to my GT-2000 V4s, the bottom is virtually identical. As in they did a copy / paste when doing the design. Not a problem as I LOVE the design, but you probably aren't getting anything groundbreakingly new. After more comparison, I realized that despite the sizes being identical on paper, the toe box is at least 1/4" narrower on my new GT-1000s versus my old shoes. So beware; you probably should consider going up a size width if you are used to running with Asics.
The actual fit and function is excellent. Honestly it feels VERY similar to the GT-2000s, but maybe is an ounce or two lighter. There is a "stability" insert in heal so it still works well for me (I have some mild pronation issues). It cushions well and feels great. The upper part of the shoe feels like they shed some of the support that was built into the GT-2000s, but so far that has not bothered me (in fact I prefer the new feel; feels like I am almost just running in socks that have soles). The only question I have is whether these will hold up; I have had good luck overall with the brand, so I assume I will get 6 months or so of use from them (500+ miles). But if not you can be sure I will provide an update to my review.
Bottom line, these are similar to the GT-2000s (just a bit narrower, but has a VERY similar bottom sole; see photos for old versus new). For the price, so far I think I have managed to still find great shoes for under $100. Not cheap, but I would not consider going to any "lesser" level of shoe if you are a serious runner and want to avoid injuries.
Thanks for reading - now step away from the computer and go run some miles!
Don't recommend this product to anyone.
Speaking only for the 4E, these are far more narrow than the version 5 I linked above. I would suspect the D and 2E will also run narrow, so I would recommend people with normal feet start with 2E or 4E and see if they need something more narrow. For people with bunions, look for something with a wider toe box or the version 5 GT-1000 which are basically the best shoes ever.
These run the same length as version 5, but about a half size larger than version 4 and earlier (which is to say these run on-size, those ran small).
I am very impressed with the design of the ankle padding. It closes around the ankle like trail running shoes, but is soft enough for everyday wear. So if you're interested in outdoor sports these might be a great option.
I've had the 2, 3, 4 and now 6th generations (3rd generation being my favorite), that being said, I bought this 6th generation in the same size than the previous generations, and expected to be able to unwrap them and go running (at least a short training), however, as soon as I took them out of the box and tried them, I felt that they were a little bit narrower.
I loosed the strings, and went for a short run. Bruised right pinky and markings of too much pressure in the bridge. I've tried them a couple more time, with similar results. This never happened with the other models.
Fitment aside, they look good, durable, and built right.