This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
Evaluation The Rolls Royce of the Asics range – and some would argue running shoes in general – has reached the grand old age of 10. And for its birthday it has had its annual upgrade by Asics's designers.
Firstly the upper has been tweaked nicely. Asics has added what it calls Biomorphic Fit panels to the traditional mesh of the Kayano. These are two sections of a thin, open stretch mesh positioned in areas where many runners are prone to blisters. One sits medially in the midfoot and the other laterally in the forefoot). Testers mainly noted that the mesh panels added to the upper's support rather than cured blisters and hotspots.
In the midsole, Asics has packed in even more Gel. A channel of the cushioning material now runs from the medial to the lateral side of the forefoot along the flex groove to enhance forefoot cushioning.
In short As ever, Asics has done little to the Kayano - and that suits us. It's still a top shoe. Well cushioned, superbly stable and with a great fit, the Kayano looks set to run and run.
Try it on if you liked Asics Gel Kayano £105; Mizuno Wave Creation £90; Nike Air Kantara £90