The Gel Lithium 2 is a Dick’s Sporting Goods-exclusive shoe. Ordinarily, that doesn’t bode well for quality, but let’s look with an unbiased eye.
Asics’ GT-2000 line has been very well-received. So well, that it would appear that that created a “greatest hits” model that combines their last couple versions of it. The Gel Lithium 2 basically takes the sole of the GT-2000 3 and a similar upper to the GT-2000 4.
The midsole is pretty good. The heel absorbs impact well, but the forefoot isn’t greatly cushioned, even though it also has (non-visible) Gel. Transition through the footstrike is smooth, and the arch is slightly noticeable, though will be minimal if you have higher arches.
The upper is on the narrower side, but very breathable. I could feel wind between my shoe with every leg swing forward. The ankle collar is very soft, so there’s nothing really to complain about, but nothing to really write home about.
The big problem for this shoe is price. While the Gel Lithium 2 is $110, you can get last year’s GT-2000 4 for about $75 or pay an extra $10 for 2017’s GT-2000 5. In fact, when you go to Dick’s, the 5 is literally right next to the Lithium. You’re better off with something either cheaper or shelling out slightly more for a way better experience.
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