Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Stability
Use
Daily running
Price
$160
Weight
M: 326g | W: 261g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 13mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 24mm
Forefoot height
M: 12mm | W: 11mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B, Wide - D
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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 6.3 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.



World wide, Gel Kayano 23 is in the top 1% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 3rd most popular.

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Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 412 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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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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81 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 85
    CraigLevel 3 expert
    by Runner's High
    It's actually a lot lighter than the previous models, which is nice because… traditionally speaking it was a heavier shoe.
  • 87
    PeterLevel 1 expert
    by Shoes Feet Gear Podiatrists Brisbane
    Overall, (a) little bit more performance compared with the (Kayano) 22… lighter weight, a little bit more responisve, a little bit faster feel. And again, still a cracking shoe, the Kayano 23.
  • 87
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by 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.
  • 78
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    However, what you may loose in cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, you might gain back in the durability of the shoe due to more durable midsole material.
  • 74
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The Kayano 23 has a substantial number of updates, and they all distil down to two things. The midsole ride is much firmer, which makes the Kayano 23 more supportive in nature than the 22.
  • 90
    Jon OberLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    While on the pricey side, the shoe gives a great, cushioned ride.
  • 90
    Jon OberLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The ASICS Gel Kayano 23 continues to be the flagship of ASICS robust stability line. While on the pricey side, the shoe gives a great, cushioned ride.
  • 86
    Cory SmithLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    After those first few “break-in” runs, the Kayano 23 proves to be one of smoothest stability shoes tested. 
  • 82
    Cathy KernsLevel 3 expert
    by Holabird Sports
    The Kayano is a running shoe that has been noted as somewhat heavy in the past, so this new technology is welcomed and much appreciated by runners with mild to moderate overpronation.
  • 55
    Frank DuCettLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    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.
  • 84
    Matt RossLevel 2 expert
    by 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.
  • 81
    Best 10 For EverythingLevel 2 expert
    by Best 10 For Everything
    It’s is also on a slightly newer last a little bit more snug in the heel has a little bit more added toe spring at the forefoot -to really bounce you off that front step.
  • 83
    BahwooLevel 1 expert
    by The Stro Bro
    So far, so good. They are a little on the pricier side, but it's worth it, so that my feet feel good when I run.
  • 65
    RobLevel 1 expert
    by Average Guy Running
    I felt as if I was getting an unstable platform to push off. I felt like it was very low in my heel… I'd sink on the step, and I felt like I was compensating with my foot to keep going in my gait.
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  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    FluidFit upper for form-fitting comfort, and FlyteFoam mid-sole for consistent cushioning.
  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    Go to the next level of performance with this fantastic pair from Asics.
  • Erin Marathon Sports
    It contains FlyteFoam… It's 55% lighter than a traditional mid-sole material, has a lot more bounce-back, and it's a lot more durable.
  • Matt Road Runner Sports
    Not only is this shoe durable, but it has the comfort to back it up.
  • RIZKNOWS
    Overall, though, no major complaints. If you do get them, you're probably gonna be happy with them. But the real question is, whether they're worth upgrading at $160 price point… in all honesty, we don't think it's worth it. Save yourself the money and just go with the [Kayano] 22's or another pair of running shoes.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    The FlyteFoam mid-sole that we've used in this shoe is the lightest mid-sole material we've ever used in a Kayano.
  • Bahwoo The Stro Bro
    These are really good if you want some support and cushioning, especially if you have issues with your Achilles, or not."
  • Joe Shop Zappos
    These running shoes were built for the road. Kinda lightweight design, and it's gonna be great for overpronation and for that runner that needs a little extra stability.
  • Greg Holabird Sports
    We added the brand-new FlyteFoam mid-sole to this legend of a shoe. It's about 33% lighter than Solyte, 8% more durable, and about 5% more bounce-back, so you can really fly with that FlyteFoam mid-sole.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With a 10mm heel-to-toe offset, the Kayano 23 is a premium daily trainer designed for moderate to maximum overpronators.
  • Matt Road Runner Sports
    You'll love the more adaptive DuoMax support. It's set at an angle, so the new shape provides the support you need, but only engages the foot when it's required.
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Updates to 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.

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.


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