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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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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: 11.5oz
    Women: 9.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 13mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Sep 2016
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Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Asics’ trademark cushioning and seamless construction create a comfy ride, according to several reviews.
  • The Kayano 23 continues to be Asics’ flagship stability shoe, based on most comments.
  • It is lighter than the earlier model.
  • The cushioning is a pleasure to run-in as noted by some.
  • Out of the box plushness of the interior is almost always mentioned in reviews.
  • A new engineered mesh helps with foot support and security, even without the forefoot overlays.
  • There are already many different color combinations to choose from.
  • The upper of the 23rd edition of the Gel Kayano conformed much better to the foot compared to the previous model.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The 23rd ride of the Kayano is still a bit pricey for most.
  • Most of the negative comments from fans of the Kayanos mentioned how narrow the toe box is in the latest model.
  • A handful of Kayano loyalists noted that it is clearly stiffer than any of the past models.
  • The latest instalment of the Kayanos have early durability issues, which should be a no-no particularly because of its expensive price tag.

Bottom line

The Kayano 23 continues to live up to the lofty standards set by its predecessors. An influx of some technologies makes it lighter and more durable while it remains to be very well-cushioned and stable. Despite being always on the more expensive side of things, the Kayano is an established name where cushioning and stability are needed by runners.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 55 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Asics Gel Kayano 23 and 21- A comparison review

    This shoe is one of only a few running shoes that actually has a long history.  Designed by Toshikazu Kayano of Asics, this is the 23rd edition and likely the worst.

     

    Safety

    The reflectivity has been downgraded since the version 21. The rear of the shoe has a large area of reflective material that is about half as bright as the older Kayano.

    There's no obvious reflective material on the front of these shoes and reflective material should be obvious. I say bring your own reflective shoelaces!

     

    Durability/Quality

    The Kayano has always been a durable shoe. The heel area has one section of AHAR (Asics High Abrasive Rubber) which is excellent material for durability.

    The rest of the outer sole is good quality, exactly the same as on Asics models costing half as much!

    This version of the Kayano has seen some changes since the version 21. The most obvious is the foam /gel combination. Its gone and had been replaced by something called FlyteFoam.

    This new FlyteFoam is claimed to be lighter, more responsive and simply better than all previous foams, gels or combinations ever made.

     

     

    The truth is that none of these claims are obvious to me.

    What Asics has done in their attempt to keep up with the very successful  Brooks DNA is to have abandoned what worked well, looked right and felt good in previous years. They had it and have now lost it!

    The new Kayanos feel more like the Exalt than anything else. Removing the sock liner reveals a very poor stitching job which I would call blotched.

     

     

    The sock liner is thinner and more like the sock liner from the GT series, not like the distinctive sock liner used on the Kayano 21 which actually had " Kayano 21 " proudly printed on them.

    The printed overlays look nice, but they sacrificed the necessary toe box height!

    Style

    All gone. The style is no more, gone with the gel.

    Racing/Performance

    These shoes were not better in any way than previous versions and in some areas not as good. I will not be racing in these shoes. There is something missing other than the toe box.

    Summary

    The new Asics Kayano 23 is not an upgrade.

    Every once in a while a company will make an attempt at making something better. The sad truth is sometimes they become very unsuccessful while trying, sadly leaving behind what worked well for so long, a proud legacy gone.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Runner's High

    It's actually a lot lighter than the previous models, which is nice because… traditionally speaking it was a heavier shoe.

  • 84 / 100 | RIZKNOWS

    No major game-changers here with the 23s, just the same solid running shoes we've come to expect from the Kayano series. They're great for both short and long distance running.

  • 87 / 100 | Runner's World

    In tests at the RW Shoe Lab, the cushioning proves slightly firmer than in the previous version, but wear-testers still loved the soft feeling upon immediate step-in and all-day comfort.

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Updates to Asics Gel Kayano 23

  • Asics offers considerable updates in the 23rd iteration of the Kayano. The biggest modification in this model is the introduction of the FlyteFoam, which Asics trumpets as amazingly 55% lighter than standard EVA. Besides being more responsive and durable, it greatly helps with the shoe’s weight reduction.
  • The upper also features the New Adaptive System or network of overlays in the midfoot on the medial side to curb overpronation. It works hand in hand with the new engineered mesh to support the foot in the right areas. Because of the new engineered mesh, Asics was able to remove the forefoot overlays without doing away support and security.
  • Another update that should be highlighted is the new external heel counter. Asics made the heel support a bit narrower than before to really hold the foot in place for added stability.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 size and fit

The fit of the Kayano 23 is mostly the same as the original model. There is excellent security from the heel to the forefoot. The fit is quite snug that those who are sitting on the edge of their foot sizes may need to go half a size up. It is a new design that should greatly help runners with narrow to medium width dimensions.

Outsole

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. 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.

Midsole

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. 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 cushioning system is also located beneath the heel and the forefoot for shock attenuation and added cushioning. Finally, a TPU material in beneath the arch enhances stability and torsional rigidity for runners.

Upper

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