Who should buy the Asics Gel Kahana 8

  • Great choice for trail runners who have over-pronated foot motion and want a reliable stability trail-running shoe.
  • It’s a solid choice for anyone who enjoys trekking and is a fan of Asics technology when it comes to quality service and performance on the road.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 logo

Updates to the Asics Gel Kahana 8

  • Soft textiles line the interior provide a smooth coverage that’s non-irritating to the skin. Stitched overlays fortify the upper unit.
  • Features a full-length foam unit that provides responsive cushioning and bounce-back characteristics.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 updates

Asics High Abrasion Rubber for durability

Similar to the popular stability running shoe, the Asics Gel DS Trainer 24, the outsole unit of the Kahana 8 uses the AHAR or the Asics High Abrasion Rubber.

It protects the rest of the mid-sole from the potentially debilitating effects of surface friction and continued use. It doesn’t fray or peel off easily. It also delivers reliable traction on the unpredictable outdoor terrains.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 flex grooves

Flex grooves allow the platform to be more agreeable to the natural movements of the human foot. These indentations or small horizontal trenches give freedom to the foot as it goes through the gait cycle, especially during the toe-off.

High quality foam that’s responsive and springy

The mid-sole unit uses the SpEVA Material, which is a high quality foam that’s responsive and springy. It doesn’t easily break down, even after many uses. It responsibly cushions each landing and brings energy to the toe-offs.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 midsole

The rear section of the platform uses the Gel Cushioning System. This gel-like unit is the one responsible for absorbing impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle. It doesn’t feel stiff or out of place within the mid-sole unit.

Gel Kahana 8’ DuoMax Support System

The DuoMax Support System is a dual-density material that’s meant to support the underfoot and prevent it from destabilizing when taking each step.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 support system

Those with over-pronated foot motion are the ones who are going to appreciate this feature because it essentially corrects any deviation to the gait.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 is a breathable shoe

Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Asics Gel Kahana 8. Its open construction facilitates the flow of air into the foot-chamber, thus keeping the foot cool and dry.

Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper mesh. These durable layers provide structure to the upper unit and they maintain a snug & secure fit. A pull-tab in the heel area allows the runner to wear and remove the shoe easily.

Asics Gel Kahana 8 breathable shoe

Smooth textiles line the interior wall of the upper unit. They stave off skin irritation, which stunts the overall quality of the wearer’s performance.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 11.9oz / Women 9.9oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 29mm
Collection: Asics Gel

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