Asics Gel Kayano £104.99


Posted: 15 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 392g
Evaluation
It’s hard to believe that Asics could put any more technology into the Gel Kayano. Shape-retaining SpEVA midsole foam; dual-density midfoot stability shank; pronation-slowing Impact Guidance System in the rearfoot, internal polyurethane support cradle… and now twisted Gel cushioning in the forefoot, to better absorb shearing forces.
The mind boggles, but needless to say, Kayano version eight is made for the same big-guy runner as version seven was. That is, someone who appreciates a well-cushioned, firmish ride, and needs above-average stability but not a full-blown motion control shoe.
The new shoe is in fact as much a step sideways as a step forward. It has a beefier medial post and more support in the upper, but because it’s not as low-slung as last year’s model (which was unusually so), it’s slightly less stable overall. Some good news, though: it’s available in width options.
In short
The new Kayano is no more stable than the new £75 GT-2070, but it sells to durability-oriented runners on the basis of a high-quality, protective ride, and an overall feeling of smoothness.
Try it if you liked
Asics Gel Kayano VII (£100); New Balance 1220 (£100); Nike Shox R4 (£130)


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