These GT shoes from ASICS’ line are really appealing! Now that I’ve run in the 1000, 2000, and 3000 as well as the brand’s Gel-Kayano, which gets the most attention and innovation-as well as costs more.
I’m able to help you know what will best suit your foot. Kayano has the brand’s newest foam, most plush fit, and is bulked out in support features.
GT-3000 offers a similar fit but in a little more streamlined manner (less plush) with a focus on holding the foot secure in midstance into toe-off, particularly for those with hypermobility in this area of the foot.
The GT-2000 offers more toebox room than the 3000 but similar cushion and stability, and GT-1000 is pared down from the 2000 in upper cushion around the heel and midsole technology while still offering a cushioned and stable ride.
Asics GT-1000 6 General Info
The GT-1000 is now on its 6th version that drafted off of the brand’s 1100 line, and it continues to deliver excellent cushion and stability, now with a more secure upper fit and as a slightly lighter-weight shoe from last year’s model.
Unfortunately that lighter weight is likely due to the GT-1000 6 no longer sporting gel in the forefoot. The SPEVAFOAM™ cushion holds up really well, but I do wonder if some durability will be lost due to this change.
In addition to competing with ASICS’ own higher priced shoes, the GT-1000 6 competes with Nike Lunarglide 9 and Brooks Ravenna 8 for cushion and stability, the latter two being a bit softer in feel but coming with a higher price tag as well.
Asics GT-1000 6 Sole Unit
The 1000’s SPEVAFOAM™ midsole material with DuoMax Support (a dual-density midsole system positioned to increase support and stability) is lightweight and holds up well with good responsiveness.
Rearfoot GEL® technology uses a silicone based gel to add cushion and durability to the lateral heel.
There is less gel in the heel than in the more expensive ASICS models (and none under the forefoot), but there’s enough to add benefit to this shoe.
The outsole heel is made up of AHAR® PLUS, ASICS rubber which is 50% more durable than the brand’s standard High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR).
Which after the midfoot Trusstic system (plastic added to enhance structural integrity under the midfoot) transitions to their DuraSponge blown rubber AHAR in the forefoot to provide responsive cushioning and flexibility where it’s needed.
ASICS’ standard Guidance Line® technology runs through the sole unit and midfoot Trusstic to help guide an efficient gait. All together this sole has super durability, support and cushion.
Asics GT-1000 6 Upper Info
The 1000’s upper consists of breathable mesh material with supportive overlays as the logo provides structure to the shoe in addition to decoration.
There is a decent internal heel counter built into the upper to control heel motion as the foot moves into a supportive, secure fit midfoot through the ball of the foot and into the toe box where the shallow-fitting mesh provides moderate support as well.
ASICS has managed to create a snug fit without the extra material of the “plush” upper we see in Kayano and to a lesser degree in GT-2000 and GT-3000;
I think that a medium-width foot all throughout would find the fit to be superb. My more narrow heel and toes prefer the 3000’s fit, but the upper still overall has a secure feel throughout.
ASICS’ ComforDry sockliner adds to the cushion and moisture management of this shoe.
I love this bright blue shade, but it also comes in a few black and dark blue options for women and black, gray, and peacoat blue color choices for the men’s shoe.
Asics GT-1000 6 Conclusions
The ASICS GT 1000 6 is a moderate support trainer with plenty of cushioning, and it holds up well for all types of training.
The fit is comfortable and functional without being plush; it gets the job done, no bells and whistles attached, while being quietly durable and stable…”quiet,” right, because of its low price and older technology;
It slides under the radar for those looking at the latest marketing from the brands. Don’t let that fool you, though.
This shoe is one of those surprises where quality really can be found at a lower cost, however if you have a narrow foot throughout, you’ll probably want to look at ASICS GT-3000 instead.
Have you tried this shoe against other ASICS models or another brand? What do you think of how they compare? Let us know in the comments!
We thank purchased a pair of GT-1000 6 to test from runningwarehouse. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.