Some of you may recall my video review of the Asics GT2000-2 where I gave it a 9 out of 10, so understandably, I was keen to see what was new in this already great silo.
The first thing you notice about the GT2000-3 is that it looks radically different to any of the previous iterations of the hugely popular 2000 series. The logos have been moved back and reduced in size, and the stitched on overlays are a thing of the past. The heel counter is now external, a first for the series. All of these seemingly cosmetic updates make the shoe not only lighter, but more comfortable.
The midsole has stayed with a Fluidride and Dynamic Duomax system, however it is markedly different from the GT2000-2. The pillars have been removed, and replaced by a triangular system, that improves both stability and smoothness in terms of transitioning through the gait cycle. The Gel remains, however is only visible at the back (more of a cosmetic issues). Functionally, it serves the same purpose as it has always done; offer the best in impact protection. The midsole support also now combines with an extended guidance line, and a firmer, extended wrap-around Guidance Trustic to provide better torsional stability.
What may be deemed just a cosmetic upgrade serves the biggest purpose, and solves a major problem Asics have had in recent years. Moving and resizing the logos means that they no longer present a potential blister issue, and removing the stitching from the overlays saves weight and reduces any friction zones. The heel counter also manages to save weight by becoming more like a cage around your heel, with all of the comfort coming from inside the shoe. The external counter also combines with the midsole support to hold your heel in places, meaning support from the instant your foot hits the floor to the moment you take off.
As I have already mentioned, the Guidance line has been extended to provide a better 'optimal' gait cycle. Combining this with the Guidance Trustic and Dynamic Duomax system, and you get a smooth and stable ride. The outsole still uses Asics' AHAR+ blown rubber to provide excellent flexibility, durability and grip, whilst also adding to the shock absorption. Again, as with most shoes, this is more of a cosmetic update.
The Asics GT2000-3 offers an excellent run, albeit slightly slower tempo than I'm used to going lately. It is a hugely reliable shoe, and offers excellent support and cushioning, with little to no irritation thanks to the updated upper. The cushioning is once again spot on, and offers just the right amount of impact protection, whilst still allowing you to feel the road. Having been doing shorter runs lately in my Mizuno Wave Hitogami's (review coming soon), these did feel heavy, and a little slow, but that is more due to me not being used to the pace. However, for the right usage, they are very comfortable, and very reliable, building upon what was already a fantastic base. Once again, I give the Asics GT2000-3 a 9.5 out of 10.