Alright folks, here's the deal:
Asics has re-launched all of the numbered series: the 1000, 2000, and 3000 are all replacements for the 1170, 2170, and 3030, respectively.
The main complaints with the GT-series over the past few years were, as follows:
So, what'd they do to everyone's shoes?
- Weight heavier than that of the competition
- Less underfoot feel underfoot (aka "too much cushioning")
- Heel slip
- Medial posting feeling too aggressive
The last time they made this big of a change to everything is when it went from the 2110 to the 2120 (the year they switched from SpEVA to SoLyte foam). The following year, they revised the fit on the upper, and all is well.
- Took 2 mm of foam off the forefoot and heel, leaving a 21mm/11mm stack height (keep in mind, I'm using the published numbers. I didn't bust out a tool to measure it.)
- This allowed them to use less plastic in the midfoot, lightening the shoe
- Bit narrower fit throughout (this might be the big error, IMO: we're pretty much selling more wides than regulars)
- Brought the "Dynamic DuoMax" liner down from the Kayano. Basically, it's a layer of SoLyte between the medial post and the footbed. Same support as before, just doesn't feel as aggressive.
- More flexible, particularly in the forefoot
I'm not an Asics guy by any stretch of the imagination, and this shoe didn't change my opinion of it. But the rest of the category was catching up (Saucony Guide, NB 870, Brooks Ravenna), so Asics went in that direction.
If you try on a 2000 and hate it, my money is on the Saucony Guide picking up where you left off. Fit is similar to a classic 2100 series shoe with a little more responsiveness, but a pretty well cushioned ride characteristic.
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