Duel Review: Asics GT-2000 5 vs. NB 860v7

Photos courtesy of Asics and New Balance

The GT-2000 5 is a great improvement over the 4. The ride feels much smoother and the shoe feels like it knows what it wants to be. That said, it wasn’t my cup of tea. The shoe felt wide nearly everywhere, especially in the heel, where I experienced slippage, even with special lacing. The tongue was also on the shorter side, although not terrible. Asics’ trademark pillowy sock liner was noticeable, but didn’t hinder the shoe one bit. On the other hand, if you have wide, flat feet, this shoe is awesome.

If you DON’T have wide, flat feet, the New Balance 860v7 may strike your fancy. My right foot (which is more flat than my left) definitely felt the arch a little, but I’ve felt worse. The shoe is more responsive the than GT-2000, and the upper is more fitted (but still breathable). Nothing really stands out about the shoe, so that makes it a good jumping off point, and even all-around training shoe.

Both shoes are quality models, it really just comes down to your foot width, here. They’ll both get the job done, it just depends on your foot.


ASICS Men’s GT-2000 5
ASICS Women’s GT-2000 5 Running Shoe

New Balance W860v7
New Balance Men’s Running Shoes 860V6

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