Asics GT-2090 £75

Posted: 20 October 2003

Weight 336g
Evaluation For 10 years, the GT-2000 series has been the standard by which all other stability shoes are measured. It offers a near-perfect blend of cushioning, stability and fit. So every time Asics updates this gem, we pray that it doesn’t stray from the script. So far, so good, as every new 2000 has been as good, if not better, than the last. So, does the GT-2090 follow the formula?
Of course it does. It’s at least as good as the 2080, but with some relatively minor fit and cushioning improvements. The most significant is an upgrade to a full-length SpEVA midsole (Asics’s higher-grade compound with more rubber), which results in better durability and shock absorption. There are also two changes to the 2090’s upper: more open air mesh than the 2080 for a better fit and fewer overlays to reduce the risk of blisters. One other addition is the use of memory foam in the rearfoot, which molds to the heel.
Weartesters were quick to notice the improved, snugger fit. Some felt the midsole was slightly softer than earlier 2000s, which have always had a relatively firm feel.
In short Asics has done it again with the 2090. It is still one of the best, if not the best, all-rounders on the market. No other shoe combines midsole stability, fit and durability better than the 2090.
Try it on if you liked Asics GT-2080 (£75); Avia 2050 (£75); Nike Air Structure Triax (£70)

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As I have small feet I have found recently that when I go to a running shop for new trainers they don't have my size and I have to order them, wait 2 weeks and then go back - and they won't let me order over the phone first!
My last bought trainers were the asics 2080s and have been good - are there any differences in the 2090s as I might buy them online and save myself two trips to the shop. Saying that are there other good shoes I should try that are similar to the 2080s - for moderate overpronator, cushioned. I did like the old addidas supernova control but they didn't feel right after the slight change, might try them again though.

ta, tiny
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 11:40

me again - I know RW did an article on expensive shoes, but I can't remember what they said. Is the asics kayano much more supportive and cushioned than the 2080/2090 to be worth the £110? Also does anyone wear saucony grid hurricane I think it is called - are they okay for lightish runners - or ones hoping to get lighter!

ta v much
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 12:02

If you get on well with the 2080's and are happy with the size you can buy them on-line 'cheap as' now that the 2090 has come out.

I have heard good reports about the New Balance shoe reviewed in this months RW, but I think NB sizes come up different to Asics.
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 12:28

I had 2080's until about 3 weeks ago, now I have 2090's. The only change seems to be in the colour. I have done 2 half marathons in them and no problems to report.

I would never buy Nike running shoes again- they are just rubbish in my experience (my Air Structure Triax lasted only about 120 miles before the soles were worn through.) and they were never as comfortable as my Asics.

Posted: 08/03/2004 at 12:31

Ben I've never bought any nikes for running as they always seem too soft and therefore not supportive.
Gary - I can't find any 2080's in my size on line - all gone I think! I'm gonna phone sweatshop later today and see if they can order me a few different brands again.

ta, tiny
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 12:42

how tiny is tiny? (size)
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 12:55

jethro - not that tiny really. normal shoe size is size 3 but my last trainers were size 4.5 - quite average really but average toes just doesn't have that pzazzz! :))

not very tiny
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 15:30

I'm really pleased with my 2080, 2090 & Kayano's that I'm training in at the moment :-)
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 21:09

I thought the 2090s felt completely different to the 2080s - shallower generally, and so small in the toe-box that I would have had to go up by half a size. I've now got a stockpile of 2080s.
Posted: 08/03/2004 at 23:46

Tiny toes.....

(RW lot looking e-mail link don't want to work)

If you want to know where to get 4.5 2080's
call runaround in worcester. ad in back of RW mag.

(sorry for the cheap plug)
Posted: 09/03/2004 at 09:21

The shoe laces on the 2090s are shorter than those on the 2080s - barely long enough to tie a decent knot.
Posted: 09/03/2004 at 09:37

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