New Shoe Review: GEL-Kayano 24 from ASICS

ASICS Footwear Launch

How do you spend your time? Work, sleep, friends and family? There are only 24 hours in the day and if you use some of your time to walk or run, you might be interested in the newest shoe update from ASICS: the GEL-Kayano 24! This is a tried-and-true supportive model that offers plenty of stability as well as some newer features for the 2017 version. 

Tech

Plenty of technology in this shoe! The biggest change is the sleek FluidFit upper material coupled with the continuation of what ASICS calls FlyteFoam that serves as the cushion in the shoe. The Kayano is also known for the use of rearfoot and forefoot gel pods to absorb shock and provide cushion. The addition of ASICS High Abrasion Rubber means you'll have a durable shoe as well. The heel to toe offset is 10mm for the men's edition while the women's is 13mm.

 

Fit

The Kayano fits firmly around your heel to provide support from the get-go. The upper material is thin, smooth, and breathable. The midfoot area isn't too tight which allows for your foot to feel like it moves naturally. And while the previous version of this shoe ran a little short on many people, the Kayano 24 fits true to size.

Similar Shoes

Other options similar to the Kayano in the support category would be the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, Mizuno Wave Horizon, or New Balance 860. These shoes all offer that feeling of comfort and security you crave.
 

Feel

It is always a good thing to slip on a shoe and say, "Wow." The Kayano 24 surprised me with this upgrade. ASICS running shoes are supportive and well cushioned, but some people think that the gel pods that ASICS uses for the cushioning make the shoes feel a bit heavy. However, this edition of the GEL-Kayano is sleek and snappy while still giving the feeling of support directly underneath your arch. I am very impressed with the updates to this shoe.
If you're looking to start training for a summer race or have a fall half marathon or marathon in your sights, the GEL-Kayano 24 would make a great shoe for longer runs this summer.

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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.


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