Who should buy the Asics Gel Kayano 23

The Gel Kayano series from Asics is known for its excellent stability and arch support, on top of reliable responsiveness and durability. The 23rd iteration of the Kayano is ideal if:

  • You have mild to moderate overpronation and you want a supportive shoe for all-day wear
  • You want a comfortable running shoe that easily cushions your flat foot
  • You prefer a daily running shoe that can easily support your low arch

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Updates to the Asics Gel Kayano 23

  • A new overlay configuration for better curbing of overpronation and for improved foot support
  • Addition of an external heel counter that helps hold the foot in place
  • A new midsole material, the FlyteFoam, which is 55% lighter than the standard EVA foam

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Flexibility and traction combined

The outsole of the Kayano 23 is a mainstream Asics design with a heavy dose of AHAR rubber in the heel and other high impact areas, whereas the forefoot is made up mostly of blown rubber.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 AHAR heel

Present in the outsole is a very prominent Guidance Line or a cut that stretches from the heel to the forefoot to help with the transition from landing to take-off. This Guidance Line converges with several forefoot flex grooves for added flexibility.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 guidance line

Consistent cushioning and continuous responsiveness

The midsole is where Asics packs most of its technology in the 23rd ride of the Kayano. Most significant in the midsole is the use of the Flytefoam for continuous cushioning responsive cushioning and durability despite being extremely light.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 FlyteFoam

Found in the heel going towards the midfoot is a dual-layered foam. It is a bit soft in the heel and gradually becomes denser as it moves near the midfoot to deliver excellent stability to overpronators.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 Dynamic Duomax

Asics’ Gel cushioning system is also located beneath the heel and the forefoot for shock attenuation and added cushioning. It is also used in the Asics Kayano 25 and it delivers the same level of performance as the other Kayano versions.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 Gel

Finally, a TPU material in beneath the arch enhances stability and torsional rigidity for runners.

A flexible coverage from FluidFit

The new engineered mesh delivers support and flexibility where the runners need it. It continues to be very breathable and holds the foot in place. This seamless construction of engineered mesh and overlays is what Asics calls as the FluidFit System and is designed to cradle the foot in support and comfort.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 FluidFit

Inside, runners will find the Comfordry X-40 sockliner for its moisture-wicking properties, comfort, and breathability.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.5oz / Women 9.2oz
Drop: Men 10mm / Women 13mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Asics Gel Kayano 28
Forefoot height: Men 12mm / Women 11mm
Heel height: Men 22mm / Women 24mm

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