Written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
The New Balance 860 is a moderately-priced stability trainer in its 10th incarnation; the GT 2000 is Asics’ answer to a mid-priced stability trainer and is now in its 8th iteration. Here we will be comparing these two shoes.

The 860v10 is part of a dying breed of daily trainers with a medial post to provide stability. The 860v10 has been updated with a TruFuse midsole and a streamlined upper which has a 3D Ultra Heel. It costs $130 and weighs 11 oz.

The GT 2000 (8) is a staple daily trainer which also has a DuoMax medial posting for stability. The GT 2000 has a brand new double-layer upper, a softer ride and a lighter weight. It costs $120 and weighs 10 oz.

Which of these mid-tier stability options is the right choice for you?

Similarity and differences: 860 v10 vs GT 2000 8

Expert score
Expert score
8/10
Expert score
6/10
Weight
11 oz
10 oz
Heel Drop
10 mm
10 mm
Verdict
The New Balance 860 V10 belongs in the toolbox of a runner needing some stability in their running. It is versatile, light and comfortable giving the runner a responsive ride. Perfect for long runs and recovery days.
The Asics GT 2000 8 is a staple everyday trainer. It has moderate support, is moderately priced, and offers a moderately stable ride. It's not a bad shoe, but it's also not a breakthrough one either.
Who is it for
This is a shoe made for an overpronator plain and simple. It is ideal for someone training for longer distances 10K and up.
I like to think of this as a gateway shoe for runners that are starting to get serious about their running.

It works great for those who are looking for a medium amount of cushion and support. It's the text book every day trainer.
Recommended for
Daily training, long distance racing
Daily training
Cushioning type
responsive
responsive/balanced
Cushioning amount
Highly cushioned
Medium cushioning
Flexibility
medium
rigid
Stability
some stability
some stability
Sizing
true to size
true to size
Retail price
US$129.95
US$120

Sole unit: 860 v10 vs GT 2000 8

The 860v10 has an EVA foam midsole called TruFuse which is one of the rare New Balance shoes to feature it. On the medial side of the 860v10 is a long, firm medial wedge which stretches from the heel all the way to the midfoot.

The GT 2000 (8) has a midsole made from FlyteFoam which has organic fibres embedded into it to provide lightweight structure and durability. The GT 2000 (8) also has rearfoot and forefoot gel in its midsole for extra cushioning and shock absorption. There is a firmer medial post in the GT 2000 (8) which is about the same length as the one in the 860v10.

The GT 2000 (8) with its gel and FlyteFoam cushioning rides softer than the 860v10. The GT 2000 (8) is better suited to short runs due to its lighter weight and snug-fitting upper. The 860v10 has a heavier weight and more accommodating upper, making it better for longer runs.

The outsole of the 860v10 is full contact and made from blown rubber. It has a small cutout under the centre of the heel which is not covered by rubber to allow the heel to compress when loaded.

The outsole of the GT 2000 (8) is made of durable AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber). Under the midfoot, you find a Guidance Trusstic System which is a plastic shank that provides midfoot support and structure. This plastic shank makes the GT 2000 (8) more rigid than the 860v10.

Transitions in the 860v10 feel smoother than in the GT 2000 (8) because of the full contact outsole on the 860v10. When running in the GT 2000, the midfoot shank floats above the ground so only the forefoot and rearfoot make ground contact.

Stability is better in the 860v10 as a result of its firmer midsole. There is no gel in it and no lean bias.

Overall durability of the GT 2000 (8) is better than the 860v10 because of its more durable outsole and its FlyteFoam midsole which loses less cushioning over time than regular EVA.

Upper unit: 860 v10 vs GT 2000 8

The upper of the 860v10 is made of engineered mesh in the forefoot and midfoot which is very breathable thanks to the many holes punched into its upper. It has a generously padded tongue which isn’t gusseted. The 860v10 features an Ultra Heel which is 3D printed. The Ultra Heel doesn’t provide a great foot lockdown and it can feel like your heel is slipping out the shoe at times. The 860v10 comes with laces that are stretchy and a tad too long. The 860v10 has an accommodating fit with a toe box that has plenty of room. It comes in standard, narrow, wide and extra wide versions.

The GT 2000 (8) is made from a light engineered mesh which isn’t as breathable as the upper of the 860v10. It has a narrow fit so you need to go up a half size or get the wide version if you don’t have very narrow feet. The GT 2000 (8) doesn’t have a heel clutch but it does exceptionally well at holding the heel in place. You get a padded heel counter and tongue which is also not gusseted. The GT 2000 (8) comes in regular, wide (2E) and extra wide (4E) versions.

Which one to buy: 860 v10 vs GT 2000 8

If you’re a runner looking for a stability shoe with a snug fit better suited to shorter distances, get the GT 2000 (8). The GT 2000 (8) has an upper with great foot lockdown and no heel slippage. It has a softer midsole with gel inserts for extra cushioning. The outsole of the GT 2000 is exceptionally durable and the Guidance Trusstic System provides superior midfoot support.

If you want a stability shoe for longer distances and don’t mind the extra weight, get the 860v10. The 860v10 has a more breathable upper than the GT 2000 (8) and it has smoother ride transitions thanks to its full contact outsole. It costs $10 more than the GT 2000 but is the more stable shoe and has a more accommodating fit.

This expert review is written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Brandon is a South African who lives and trains in Singapore. He is a marathon runner who eats, sleeps and dreams running shoes. While most people wear shoes to run, he runs to wear shoes.

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