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8 reasons to buy

  • The Kahana 7 is not as heavy or as bulky as the previous model.
  • It has the 3M reflectivity as a safety precaution in low-visibility areas.
  • A large majority of runners really liked the Gel Kahana 7’s comfortable fit.
  • Some runners appreciated the Asics Kahana 7’s superior breathability as it still manages to keep most trail debris off.
  • A few testers noted that it passed with flying colors when used as a trail/road combo shoe.
  • It is very affordable.
  • The cushioning is plush, according to many runners.
  • Runners with wide feet can avail of the wide or double wide options.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners were bogged down by the shoe’s weight.
  • Some runners did not like the narrow fit of the Gel Kahana 7.
  • Many runners felt let down by the lack of ground feedback.
  • A few runners also noted durability issues in different parts of the shoe.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Kahana 7 is built as a superbly reliable training partner with lots of arch support, tons of comfort, and great traction. It seamlessly moves the runner from his doorsteps to the trail. Finally, the very affordable price makes it automatically a very attractive option for countless runners.


Update: Asics Gel Kahana 8
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 11.9oz | Women: 9.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 17mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $85
Colorways: Black, Green, Silver
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  • The 7th version of the Gel Kanaha gives runners a solid and stable running shoe that can function well on urban pathways and off-road trails. The trail-specific outsole gives reliable traction on a variety of surfaces and its mid-sole is supportive enough for over-pronated foot motion.
  • The upper unit uses tried-and-true materials that wrap around the foot in a comfortable, but secure way. The mesh is breathable yet it protects the interior from dust and small debris; the stitched-on overlay system hugs the foot snugs the foot and keeps the upper structure intact; and the interior sleeve is smooth and padded for a comfortable next-to-skin feel.
  • High quality mid-sole cushioning system are at play in the Gel Kahana 7. A plush, but durable SpEVA® foam gives bounce-back qualities & durability; a mid-foot stability unit cradles the arch; and a Trusstic System® maintains the structure of the shoe.
  • A trail-specific design has been employed in this shoe. The outsole features gripping lugs that hold onto the surface well. A high quality rubber covers the sole unit and protects it from wear and abrasion.

The Asics Gel Kahana 7 is true to its size. It comes in sizes that directly follow the measurements for men and women. It’s available in the medium width version. Its heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections are also true to the medium-width design, so it accommodates those with medium-sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe allows it to welcome the natural shape of the foot.

Same as with the popular Asics stability shoe, the Gel DS Trainer 24, the outsole unit of the Gel Kahana 7 uses AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber. It’s one of the most reliable components when it comes to running shoes. It doesn’t peel off easily, it gives reliable protection and it delivers traction over the surfaces.

The trail-specific outsole design uses gripping lugs to enhance the grip of the shoe when it comes to multiple types of surfaces. With this, the runner receives better control over flat surfaces, uphill climbs and downhill traversals.

The SpeEVA® is a lightweight mid-sole foam that runs along the entire length of this running shoe. It gives a plush underfoot feel that’s constantly comfortable. It doesn’t break down easily, so the runner still feels well-supported, even after many uses. It also provides springiness to each step.  This midsole technology is continuously used in the shoe's latest version, the Gel Kahana 8.

The DuoMax® Support System is a dual-density foam that’s focused on the medial mid-foot section of the Gel Kahana 7. It carries the arch and gives it form, effectively guiding the foot in assuming a more neutral and stable stance when running and when standing idly.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based unit that’s placed in the heel section. It handles the impact shock when landing the foot on the ground, so every heel strike is much more comfortable and easier.

The Trusstic System® is a unit that maintains the structure of the shoe. It doesn’t let the components sag or lose structural integrity. It also reduces the weight of the shoe because it doesn’t have a substantial weight.

The upper unit of the Asics Gel Kahana 7 uses a breathable open mesh that gives a breathable and comfortable coverage. It dependably covers the foot, protects it from dust, and keeps it well-ventilated at all times. It’s durable, yet pliable so natural movement isn’t restricted.

Synthetic Overlays have been stitched onto the upper unit. Directly connected to the lacing system, these overlays help in wrapping the foot in a customizable way by reacting to the adjustments made with the shoelaces.

The tongue and collar are padded. They help in locking the foot in place and preventing accidental shoe-removal. The added cushioning is comfortable to the skin.

The inner sleeve features a fabric that is soft and smooth. It allows the foot to slip into the shoe easily and stay free from irritation, even after long activities.

A removable foam insole adds a bit more cushioning to the platform. Placed just above the main mid-sole unit, it keeps the underfoot comfortable and supported throughout the adventures.


Jens Jakob Andersen

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