Asics GT-2170 Running Shoe Review

My very first running shoe was from the Asics GT range and ignoring the occasional dalliance with ultra minimal barefoot shoes, and condition specific trail shoes, I’ve stuck with Asics all the way. I’m afraid to say that as the years have passed my wallet has expanded and I have been persuaded to part with much more of my cash as I’ve climbed up the range in search of magic, go-faster running shoes. I do the same with cleaning products, you cant beat bicarb of soda and a bit of vinegar but you still can’t stop me wasting money on flash products and gizmos that promise to clean the house for me.

I was recently sent a pair of Asics GT-2170 running shoes to review and I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to place the GT-2000 series against the Gel-Kayano range and see if I can find an excuse to continue paying the extra £30-£40.

Both the GT-2170 and Gel Kayano are classed as stability shoes and are recommended for the moderate over-pronator. They are also both well cushioned running shoes which make them a good option for the overweight or heavy runner.

If you were in any doubt, I should inform you that the lovely clean pair of running shoes are the Asics GT-2170 and the rather muddy pair in the photos are my well worn Asics Kayano-17’s. The GT-2170’s have been restricted to fair weather and treadmill running duties for the duration of the testing.

I feel like I’m playing spot the difference with these images but they are remarkably similar shoes on a number of levels.

Both models incorporate the new guidance line feature in the sole. This is the longitudinal groove carved into the midsole that guides the foot through the most efficient stride and apparently helps reduce the weight of the shoe. On examination of the upper I was expecting to find that the Kayano was plusher and more comfortable but my suspicion is that they are actually identical – both are equally padded around the tongue and foot inlet (I’m sure it has a proper name but hopefully you’ll know the area I mean).

I’ve worked quite hard to find the differences in feel and performance between the GT-2170 and the Asics Kayano but I’m afraid I haven’t come up with anything concrete. The midsole is noticeably different between the models and I would suggest that this gives rise to a slightly more luxurious and cushioned feel to the Kayano but it is not a huge difference.

Admittedly I’ve been comparing a brand new pair of GT-2170’s to a pair of Kayano’s with 180 km on the clock. My impression is that the “new shoe feel” is more pronounced for the Kayano’s, you come out of the store feeling as though you are bouncing on air. That doesn’t seem to last very long though and after a couple of weeks I’d say the two shoes were pretty much on a par.

I think my next purchase could well be for a pair of Asics GT-2170 running shoes. So what to spend my extra £30 on?



7 thoughts on “Asics GT-2170 Running Shoe Review

  1. Design Harrogate

    I’ve recently retired a pair of Asics Gel Kayanos (not sure which number) because they were shot with age and mileage. I actually replaced them with some Nike Air Pegasus because I wanted to hide a Nike + sensor in the sole and they were around two thirds cheaper than going for the Asics again. I’m happy with the nikes but I definitely second the floating on air sensation you get from a new pair of Kayanos. I felt like every stride was a couple of inches longer when I first got them, it is hard to say how long it lasts because it’s a gradual fade. I’d say if money’s no object go for the Kayanos but if you’re skint like me don’t be scared of dropping down a price bracket.

  2. dreamwatch

    I’m very new to running, not at all experienced when it comes to shoes. I have wide feet with a high instep and when I was being fitted for shoes I tried both of these. I found the Kayano upper to not be as comfortable, perhaps more shallow for my oddly shaped hoofs. I went for the 2170’s for that reason. Hope that might help anyone with similarly odd feet. 🙂

  3. Tammy

    Great review! I just bought a pair of Asics GT 2170s today (I’m new to running) and was starting to have buyer’s remorse; but, after reading your review I feel much more confident in my purchase. I’m testing them out later tonight so wish me luck!

  4. warriorwoman Post author

    Hi Tammy – How did your run go in the new shoes? You can’t beat that new shoes feeling but I hope you are still enjoying the running.

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