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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$160
Weight
Men: 11.4oz
Women: 8.9oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Wearers appreciated the adaptive stretchable mesh used in the upper unit of the Asics Gel Kayano 22 because it covered their feet securely.
  • Several users wrote that they were able to get compliments because of the colorful design of the upper.
  • Some testers observed that the mid-sole unit didn’t break down easily, even after many uses.
  • Those with narrow foot-dimensions and slim feet in general felt welcome when they wore this shoe.
  • A runner stated that dirt came off easily from the external façade when it was cleaned.
  • Most runners commended the excellent blend of cushioning and stability found in the underfoot platform.
  • The platform felt like ‘clouds’ to several reviewers; they felt that it was responsive and springy.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who complained that the upper unit—particularly the toe box—felt uncomfortably narrow and tight.
  • A reviewer thought that the cushioning wasn’t very efficient because they began to notice some knee pain after two weeks of use.
  • The inner fabric used in the heel area wore off on several runners. It caused skin irritation and, eventually, blistering
  • The overall design of this model didn’t seem very appealing to some consumers.

Bottom line

Those who needed stability and support were generally happy with the performance of the Asics Gel Kayano 22. A cloud-like underfoot experience was described by quite a number of testers. For them, it gave a solid time on the asphalt. But there are caveats associated with this, including an apparently narrow toe box, a flimsy inner lining, and a rather bland design.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 2295 ratings

5 star
66%
4 star
13%
3 star
8%
2 star
6%
1 star
8%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    If you’ve enjoyed the Kayano’s ultraplush, moderately stable ride before, number 22 should not disappoint.

  • 81 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    All in all, you can expect to get a more comfortable fit from the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and enough support to keep your foot on the platform.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    So if you are not a severe overpronator but just need some degree of stability and support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might suit you better than the Brooks Beast 14.

  • 66 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The toe-box becomes pointy. The midsole becomes softer, and heel is now less stable. The fit is wonky. The shoe is 5mm longer. Why, Asics, why?.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Travis Trampe • Level 4 expert

    This latest edition of the Kayano is one which will follow in the path of the 21 versions before it as it offers both stability and comfort while running mile after mile.

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Amy W. Bogard • Level 3 expert

    The shoes are very supportive, immensely comfortable, and deliver enough pop to enhance your performance substantially.

  • 85 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    I would recommend the ASICS Gel Kayano 22 for those requiring a shoe that will provide moderate stability to the rear and mid foot with high durability and a soft feel underfoot.

  • 85 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Fleet Feet Sports • Level 3 expert

    The 22nd version of the award-winning Gel-Kayano has improved once again; from the new modern upper to the ever more luxurious & stable ride, runners will see how Asics just bettered its best!

  • 80 / 100 by Complex • Complex • Level 3 expert

    It’s ASICS’ top of the line shoe for neutral to moderate overpronators and uses a bevy of tech to keep things in check.

  • 86 / 100 by Women's Running • Kristin Lassen • Level 2 expert

    ASICS was able to maintain the stability I’ve come to expect from the GEL-Kayano, while making the shoe more responsive.

  • 85 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Blog • The Athlete's Foot Blog • Level 2 expert

    The GEL-Kayano 22 felt great on the foot from the minute I put it on. I wasn’t thinking about the shoes at all which is a great sign, for me, I can just put on the GEL-Kayano and run, no irritations and no issues!

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Erinc Atilla • Level 2 expert

    The shoe provides stability in a way that the runner grows in confidence on the shoe for longer distances and/or faster pace. I strongly suggest such a secondary shoe for long distances.

  • 80 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Holabird Sports • Level 2 expert

    For starters, it’s seamless, with a stretch mesh layer that provides an irritation-free fit. There are three internal bands on the lateral and medial side which wrap around your foot to keep it stable and secure.

  • 80 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Australia • The Athlete's Foot Australia • Level 2 expert

    They have enough cushioning and support, but are still light enough for race day.

  • 90 / 100 by Marathon Sports • John Silvia • Level 1 expert

    Effectively the Asics Gel-Kayano 22 is as supportive and as cushioned as ever, but weighs slightly less and fits noticeably snugger, and it will continue to be chosen by masses of runners as their go to shoe for their upcoming races, be it a 5K, 10K, or full marathon.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Note.com • Bridget Harris • Level 1 expert

    Favorite features like the GEL units and Fluid Ride midsole and continue to provide you with the ultimate in cushioning, softness and shock absorption.

  • 86 / 100 by Marathon Sports • John Silvia • Level 1 expert

    The Kayano is currently the longest mainstay in the highly-cushioned, moderate support running shoe category, and it is one of the longest running shoe lines in existence overall.

  • 86 / 100 by RizKnows • Daniel Harrison • Level 1 expert

    It is more breathable, more flexible, lighter, and generally feels like there is a lot less material on the shoe--which is a good thing. 

  • 82 / 100 by Choosing Shoes • Choosing Shoes • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 mens running shoe delivers comfort and beathability for overpronating runners.

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Updates to Asics Gel Kayano 22

  • The Asics Gel Kayano 22 comes with an enhanced cushioning. The upper midsole and the foam lasting are softer than the previous version. The shoe also comes with a deeper guidance line that delivers a a soft underheel cushioning.
  • The upper construction of the Kayano 22 was also improved. The shoe comes with a new and enhances mesh with no-sew synthetic overlays. It also comes with more reflectivity as compared to the previous version.
  • The fit of the shoe was also enhanced. It comes with a shallower toe-box ceiling, wider forefoot and a more roomy midfoot area.
  • The Kayano 22 is 18 grams heavier as compared to the previous version. This is due to the enhanced construction of the shoe. The Kayano 22 is 5mm longer than the Asics Gel Kayano 21.

Asics Gel Kayano 22 size and fit

The fit of the Asics Gel Kayano 22 was great enhanced. It has an increased width in the forefoot and the midfoot delivers a more relaxed environment, giving a comfortable fit to a wide range of runners. This shoe is available in standard medium width for both men and women.


Outsole

The Asics Gel Kayano 22 features the notable Asics High Abrasion Rubber (ASHAR) that provides exceptional durability, added cushioning and flexibility. The rear foot crash pad also reduces the rate of pronation. It is designed to deliver a smoother heel to toe transition.


Midsole

The shoes features the brand’s notable Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning system that is designed to delivers a more responsive ride, absorbing shock during landing and delivering great energy return for a powerful toe-offs.

The FluidRide midsole technology delivers a responsive cushioning and added durability in the midsole without giving added weight.

The shoe also features the Dynamic DuoMax Support System that is designed to reduce over pronation. It works perfectly by controlling the movement of the foot while running to achieve a smoother heel to toe transition.

The shoe also comes with a gender-specific forefoot cushioning that is designed to give added comfort and protection.


Upper

The upper of the Kayano 22 features the redesigned mesh that delivers lightweight and durable breathability. Together with the FluidFit technology, this shoe provides a glove-like, personalized fit.

The two layer memory foam lining strategically located in the heel collar provides an enhanced comfortable and personalized fit while the reinforced vamp gives added durability through the seamless overlay.

The discrete eyelets are also designed to disperse tension while giving added comfort when running.