New in name but not in feel, the Asics GT 1000 delivers a supportive ride with a blend of responsiveness and cushioning familiar to runners who like the Gel 1100 series.
- New Name: Along with a numbering restart, GT replaces the Gel prefix in the moniker of the shoe, tying it more closely to the popular GT 2000 series.
- Refined Fit: A snugger fitting midfoot gives the upper a slightly more secure fit.
- Unaltered Ride: The SpEVA midsole, along with Gel units and a traditional medial post, give the GT 1000 a ride almost identical to the Gel 1170.
Asics brings a new name to its Gel 1100 stability series, tying it in more closely with the incredibly popular 2100 and newly released 2000 series under the GT prefix. Fans of the 1170 can rest easy with this update - apart from the name change, the GT 1000 does not digress far from its predecessor. It remains a solid option for runners looking for a simple, supportive daily trainer to rack up plenty of miles.
The GT 1000 features Gel units in both the forefoot and heel. You definitely get that classic Asics Gel feel, but the cushioning felt a bit firmer than many other Asics models we’ve run in, especially in the forefoot. On the flip side, this makes it feel a bit more responsive while still offering plenty of impact protection.
The fit of the GT 1000 is typical of an Asics shoe: moderate volume in the forefoot and narrower towards the rear. Our testers noted that the midfoot was a bit tighter than in the Gel 1170, though this is a minor change and the shoe should still feel like home for Gel 1170 fans along with runners new to the model.
Aside from a snugger midfoot fit and nicer, more flexible overlays around the toebox, the GT 1000 feels identical to the 1170.
The GT 1000 may be less plush than other Asics models, but I liked the firmer and more responsive feel of the shoe - particularly the smaller Gel unit in the forefoot.
The GT 1000 felt around a quarter size long to me. If you like your shoes to fit on the closer side or you’re right in between sizes, you might want to consider sizing down.