Despite all that change it’s probably not surprising that we (like most running stores) still sell far more “traditional” shoes than anything else. The Asics 2000 series and Brooks Adrenaline continue to lead the way despite the fact that other shoes are chipping away and gaining on them. Our goal is to get people in the shoes that will work for them, keep them free of injury, and help them meet their goals. Regarding this task we’re realists more than idealists. We know that runners, first and foremost, want to run, and they certainly don’t want their shoes to hold them back.
|Asics GT-2000 Trail|
Regardless, this is the shoe that replaces the 2170 and it seems like a winner. It continues to be a mild to moderate stability shoe. Like any change in a running shoe, there are people who will be disappointed but our general feedback has been very positive. The fit is relatively low volume and secure, much like that of the 2170 (which was one of our best fitting shoes in 2012). The two biggest changes will go un-noticed by many but they are at least notable. First of all, the heights on the shoe have come down a tiny bit. Asics removed 2mm of foam in the heel and forefoot bringing it ever so slightly closer to the ground (now 21/11mm vs. 23/13mm). As a result, (and the 2nd big change) they were able to de-emphasis their midfoot support piece (Guidance Trussic System) to make the shoe quite a bit more flexible which ultimately results in a smoother ride.