ASICS Gel Kayano Running Shoe Review

Ratings by Runner's Choice
  • Stability - 9.5/10
  • Comfort - 9.4/10
  • Design - 9.0/10
  • Cushioning - 9.4/10
User Rating 4.5 (2 votes)

We Like

- The ASICS GEL-Kayano is cost effective.

- With its flexible upper, internal cushions, and ergonomic design that fits many types of feet well, the GEL-Kayano is a very comfortable running shoe.

- It does not irritate the feet or worsen medical problems such as pronation, even when used as an everyday running shoe.

We Don't Like

- Compared to many ASICS stability running shoes in the market, the ASICS GEL-Kayano has few support features needed to prevent over pronation.

Bottom Line

- The ASICS GEL-Kayano is a very comfortable running shoe, flexible upper, internal cushions, and ergonomic design that fits many types of feet well.

- If you are looking for the best running shoes but only have a few dollars to spend, order your pair now.

- You get all-weather running shoes that are well built, comfortable, and importantly, durable.

Product Description

The ASICS GEL Kayano is a premium feature running shoe available for both men and women. It is well padded, comfortable, and has several stability features engineered to correct moderate to high-level pronation and arch flexibility.

For instance, its responsive vertical Guidance line and Impact Guidance System coordinate heel and toe movements for natural striding. It’s Heel Clutching System and soft DuraSponge outsole also enhances comfort and stability further.

Other modifications that people find interesting is its redesigned mid foot shank, revised upper, and a series of underfoot tweaks that eliminate injurious hot spots.

Even with its array of features, this shoe is light, flexible, and considered one of the best running shoes because of its durability. You will not regret buying a pair today.


Like other ASICS stability running shoes, ASICS has overhauled the design of this running shoe, to improve comfort and stability. Instead of the DuoMax foam sole fitted in ASICS previous models, for instance, the company has fitted a Dynamic DuoMax medial post and three Gel pads on this model’s forefoot. This system not only cushions the feet well when a user is in full flight, but also lowers the risk of overpronation, side-to-side flexing, and metatarsal injuries. The rest of the shoe’s midsole is made of SoLyte foam and a single layer of Gel pads that cushion the foot further.

In the midfoot, ASICS has replaced the traditional Trusstic Shank with a newly redesigned one that is simpler, lighter, and more effective. It supports the arch well. It also improves torsional stability for a smoother and safer striding experience. The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano retains its predecessors Guidance Line channels. However, it has wider flex grooves and a crosshatched tread pattern that improves its stability and durability. The heel counter is flexible.

Finally, thus running shoe has an ASICS High Abrasion Resistant (AHAR) carbon rubber and a stretchable and breathable mesh covers framed with aesthetic glossy cobalt overlays.


Like the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 15, the GEL-Kayano is a high-performance model, suitable for both novice and professional runners. For instance, because of its light ergonomic design, soft interior, and multi-layer Gel and foam-padded midsole, the feet stay comfortable. You can exercise or run for long without them weighing you down. Finally, if you are uncoordinated or over pronate when running, ASICS GEL-Kayano has a Dynamic DuoMax medial post, an Impact Guidance System, and a crosshatched tread pattern that improve gait, for natural striding. Its quality and durable build also make it an all-weather running shoe.


Like many ASICS stability running shoes, the Gel Kayano is very comfortable. Its upper, for instance, is flexible and made using a breathable mesh that wicks heat and sweat. Its padded interior is also soft while its redesigned Gel and foam midsoles cushion the feet well. Finally, the GEL Kayano’s toe box is wide and deep, while its flexible heel counter design enhances comfort further.

Product Features

Impact Guidance System
Apart from its high performance and comfort levels, a primary feature that has earned the ASICS Gel Kayano a spot among best-running shoes its responsive Impact Guidance System. It regulates movement off and on the ground, normalizes gait, improves the shoe’s flexibility, and finally, acts as a shock absorber.

Space Trusstic System
The Space Trusstic shank fitted in this shoe’s midsole is a newly designed model that is stable and highly efficient. It is also light and made of dual-density DuoMax foam, SoLyte foam, and ASICS’s High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) DuraSponge outsole for cushioning and durability.

Biomorphic Fit Upper
The biomorphic fit upper of this shoe is comfortable. Its stretchable mesh fabric is also breathable. It is non-irritant, keeps the shoe cool, and eliminates bad odor.

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