'Good control and cushioning, feel stable. Cheaper replacement for the Asics Kayano '
Strengths: They feel lighter than my Kayanos that I have stuck to for a few years. My foot feels stable but I do have orthotics in them. Good toe room which is unusual as I have found Adidas to be too narrow in the past. Def feels like a spring in my step when running. Have yet to do a longer run in them but I don't feel like there will be a problem at all.
Weaknesses: They do look quite clumpy but they don't feel like it. I would use a racer for 10k's but for longer training runs would def use these. Hate the colour of the laces..... can't find anything else wrong with them to be honest.
Overall: I was looking for a cheaper alternative to the Asics Kayanos and they are cheaper but I also feel a lot more stable in them. They are not as clumpy as they look. It says here that they are for the larger runner which I am not, I just need the support.
'The usual Kayanos. Great straight from the box but hefty price tag'
Strengths: I have run in Kayanos for the last 2 years and am on my 4th pair. The 16's I think feel marginally lighter than the 15's and as like every other pair you can do a normal run straight from the box with no problems. Good support and reasonable cushioning and nice wide toe box which I need. Good breathability. My feet sweat an asul lot and these keep them reasonably dry. Reasonable grip for occasional trail runs to.
Weaknesses: The cons have to be the hefty price tag,although if you shop around you can get them for approx £40 cheaper. I cannot understand why they are so expensive. I find the heel section wears away a bit too quick for my liking but that could just be the way I run..Colour, would be nice if the black version were more easily available.
Overall: I like the Kayanos, they do everything that I need them to do. Unfortunatley I cannot see that there is a vast difference between the 16's and the 15's. Where as you could really notice the difference between the 14's and the 15's. When I need to replace my 15's I wanted to try the 16's but now I have I would say that if you find the 15's at a good price then go for them as there really seems to be little difference.
Weaknesses: Needs a bit more cushioning in the forefoot and are a bit to expensive.
Overall: This was my first experience of an Asics as I was having problems with the narrowness of the toe box on my old trainers and was advised to try these. They felt really comfortable from the start and noticeably lighter than my previous trainers. This does not seem to effect the stability of the trainer although it feels like it does, as I am so used to having such a heavy trainer. I was worried about the feel of not having enough cushioning under the forefoot but have had no adverse effects from that but feel they could benefit from just a little more. I tend to wear the heel away pretty quickly normally but the Asics are definatley more generous with the outersole than most. On the whole would definately go for an Asics again. The only negative is the price. They were the most expensive option but I had such problems with my others I would have paid anything to keep running. That said, these days we could do with all the help financialy that we can get and they are definatley pricing the local shops out of the market by forcing consumers to shop around on the internet for bargains.