Right about the time Spike picked up my newest recruits for the marathon training rotation I got an email from OnlineShoes asking if I'd like to review the new Asics GT-2000, the line I had coincidentally just discovered existed and was wondering how it stacked up against my tried and true GT-2100 line. (I have ran in the 2140s, 2150s, 2160s, and currently in 2170s) I of course jumped at this chance, who wouldn't, I got to test out shoes I was considering but was too scared to get in case they didn't stack up. The OnlineShoes rep was really helpful getting me in to a pair, of the five different colors to choose from, I got the "Grape/White/Hot Pink" combo:
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The ASICS® GT-2000™ has been re-engineered and revitalized, without ever abandoning the qualities that have earned it 12 Runner's World awards in 14 years.
They had a lot more to say, but it essentially just went on about how it's virtually the same as the 2100 line, and any review of it online verifies that it's the retooled, renamed version. Once these colorful kicks arrived it was time to put them to the test and see for myself. First things first, the at-a-glance comparo:
The obvious differences, given they are both size 8, is the bottom tread and the slightly thicker, and thus higher, cushioned sole/heel area; on the run I didn't really notice either of these things. In fact, I didn't really notice a difference between the two at all, except that I feel like the 2000 pair is a bit lighter than the 2170s. I've logged three runs in them so far and haven't had a single issue! Can we say excited?!?
I've done some further research about the shoes on the various running related forums I frequent and everyone else that's tried them seem to feel the same way: that there is no discernible difference between the two lines. Given the 2000 series is set to take over as the new, improved 2100 series, I'm happy I have a jump-start to the change-up. Asics, you got it right as far as I'm concerned!
Now back to OnlineShoes, since they did hook me up with this opportunity, I have to circle back and say that their website was super easy to navigate, they have a great customer service department, and live order tracking right on the site. Free shipping and exchanges make the purchase easy and they even have a 110% price guarantee in case you find the same shoes for cheaper somewhere else! (And don't worry, if you're not in the market for Asics or even running shoes they have every other kind of brand, shoe, and style you can think of for men and women.) They're always sending out email discounts if you join their mailing list, so there's no excuse not to get a new pair of shoes from them ASAP.
Disclaimer: Per FTC guidelines, I was provided this pair of Asics GT-2000 at no cost to me for my personal review, of which is entirely of my own opinion.