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This is a tough shoe, one that'll last the course. It is slightly heavier than most asics shoes, but it offers a really solid blend of cushioning and stability and might be perfect for the heavier runner.

  • Positive
  • Tough workhorse
  • Plenty of cushioning
  • Stability
  • Negative
  • A little heavy
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

The Asics GT2000 5 is for the higher mileage runner looking for structured cushioning and support. It features a FluidRide midsole for bounce-back and cushioning. An added stitch-down toecap enhances durability and forefoot support. Take a look at the Nike Zoom Structure 20 as an alternative.

First Impressions? True, it does feel a little heavier than many Asics shoes, but it also promises plenty in terms of cushioning and stabilty. The flexibility is good, the midsole looks more than adequate, which has you interested if you’re a high mileage runner looking for comfort and support.


There’s plenty going on under your feet, but in an unobtrusive sort of way. The thing that really stands out is the support provided; there’s a great stable fit around your heel and the shoe does as it promises in turns of controlling pronation. It’s not a solid unforgiving environment, more a cushioned performance world thanks to the FluidRide construction, a midsole that is extremely shock absorbing. An important addition is the fact Asics have put SpEVA on top of its Solyte foam for cushioning that doesn’t just sink under your stride. This works well with Asics Gel which is under the forefoot and heel. Early days suggest the durability is good as is the 10mm heel to toe drop which is a number easy to get on with for just about every runner.


A comfortable breathable environment that holds your feet in place – as it should in a stability shoe.



There are all sorts of stability shoes out there some more suited to today’s expectations than others; this checks plenty of boxes as a good high mileage, supportive shoe that will last the rounds.

The GT 2000-5 won Best Buy 2017 Runner's World shoe awards.

Technical info


Rearfoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.

Forefoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.

FluidRide provides responsive cushioning with reduced weight and increased durability.

Impact Guidance System (IGS) design creates a smooth and balanced heel-to-toe transition.

Dynamic DuoMax reduces over pronation by controlling the movement of the foot, leading to a smoother heel to toe transition.

Guidance Trusstic System is a lightweight support system that provides additional torsional rigidity.

Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove in the forefoot for improved gait efficiency.

Gender Specific Forefoot cushioning uses an injected top layer of Solyte cushioning for additional comfort.


ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the heel is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.

DuraSponge in the forefoot is made from a blown AHAR compound, for responsive cushioning and flexibility.


Open mesh on the upper provides breathable coverage.

Seamless construction is new to provide an irritant-free wrap.

Heel Clutching System uses an exoskeletal structure that wraps the heel for an improved secure fit.

Discrete Eyelets are independently placed to disperse lace tension and enhance comfort.

ComforDry Sockliner is made with anti-bacterial material to reduce odor and moisture and provide additional cushioning.

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