Facts

  • 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: 11.9oz
    Women: 9.8oz
  • 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: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Jun 2018
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  • 95 / 100 | Ilsuk Han

    Asics Gel-Kayano 25: The more that things change...

    Asics running shoes and I go back to pretty much when I started running regularly. My second ever marathon in 2011 in Berlin was in a pair of Asics 2160 (the series has since been rebranded to GT 2000).

    And it was with excitement that I purchased a pair of Gel-Kayano 18 in Summer of 2012. These were my first "top of the line" shoes and signaled to me how important running had become in my life, as evidenced by higher budget allocation to running gear. I ran the Chicago marathon in them later that year and kept running in them all the way to Winter of 2013 when I retired them after over 850 miles.

    They actually didn't really need to be retired. Despite all the mileage under the hood, the shoes still looked (and more importantly, felt) as if they could do another 500 or so miles. But I decided to err on the side of caution and the shoes were subsequently sacrificed to research and dissected. Yes, literally taken apart to study their construction.  As early as back then I was a running shoe geek!

    I have in intervening years gone on to try many other different brands and types of shoes – again, to satisfy my curiosity – but the association I have of Gel-Kayano with durability and as a daily workhorse has stayed with me.

    Over the years I saw new iterations of Gel-Kayano come and go but because I had migrated into less structured and more neutral shoes I didn’t have enough reason to go out and buy a new pair. And frankly, there were just too many other shoes to try!

    The more they stay the same

    But when the chance came up to test and review the 25th iteration of Gel-Kayano before general release, courtesy of Asics in partnership with RunRepeat, I eagerly accepted, excited at the prospect of revisiting an old favorite and see what the intervening years had to say.

    It was kind of like meeting an old friend after many years of absence, I suppose – we all evolve in different ways and sometimes grow apart (I am certainly not the same runner I used to be 6 years ago) but then sometimes surprise ourselves at how little things have changed and take pleasure in old familiarity.

     

    The New Asics Gel Kayano 25

     

    Let's take a minute though, to let this sink in fully: Gel-Kayano 25. I mean, the original Gel-Kayano Trainer was released way back in 1993, before even a good chunk of today's runners were even born, and before brands like On, Inov-8, Newton, Hoka, among others, had even been created!

    That a shoe has survived for 25 iterations in this notoriously fickle industry is in itself remarkable. What's also notable, as I'll explain in greater detail below, is the degree of consistency in the shoe, from fit to feel.

    If Gel-Kayano had been a person, you could say that the core of the person was essentially the same, but outwardly he or she had become younger, more handsome and attractive! Shame the same rarely applies to actual people!

    Such consistency I believe is rare and should be lauded in an industry which seems perpetually driven by the need to tweak and chop and change, often just for the sake of change and not necessarily for the better.

    The shoes also appear durable and this should also be recognized where other brands sacrifice durability for lightness and even conspiratorially build-in limited life-span into their shoes.

    Sizing and fit

    I'm predominantly US 10.5, which in most cases translates to EUR 44.5 and UK 9.5 and that's what I had in Gel-Kayano 25. And they fit as perfectly as I would expect a pair of long-distance shoes to fit – that is, fairly roomy in the forefoot, good locking-in at the heel, and plenty of adjustability in lacing.

    And very comfortable. The external heel counter, also used in version 18, provides that locked-in feeling through the use of what's now called Meta Clutch technology and the shoe never felt sloppy.

    Slipping them on, Gel-Kayano 25 still have that luxurious plush feeling with well-padded tongue and heel collar. Sure, there are some changes – the memory foam used in the heel for Gel-Kayano 18 appear to have gone, probably to achieve lightness, but the feel isn't too different.

     

    Comfortable and plush upper

     

    And some features remain the same, including the round laces, which are just elastic enough and of perfect length. Déjà vu.

    A big part of the comfort of Gel-Kayano 25 comes from the plush Ortholite sockliner which, incidentally, was also used in version 18 (I had kept the old insoles when I retired the shoes as they were so comfy)and I presume for all other iterations since. Same old familiarity.

     

    Ortholite sockliner

     

    I couldn’t really find anything to fault in the fit but, If there is one thing I wish Asics could have improved upon, it's the weight. At 335 grams, the shoe runs a bit heavy by today's standards.

    I believe the shoe is also 10-20 grams heavier than other comparable long-distance cushioned models such as New Balance 1080, Adidas Ultra Boost ST, or Brooks Transcend. 335 grams is just 5 grams less than my old Gel-Kayano 18 from all those years ago.

    Upper, Midsole, and Outsole

    I suppose the one thing that has evolved significantly over past few years is the technology used in producing no-sew uppers and overlays.

    While Gel-Kayano 18 had an upper that was sewn together from various components, this latest version, as has the few iterations prior, features breathable two-layer jacquard mesh that gives it a sleek, modern look without turning too many heads.

     

    A sleek, understated, yet modern look

     

    I was also intrigued to see some reinforcement bands on the medial forefoot and along the top on either side of forefoot.

    I take this to be part of the Internal Fit System underlay for targeted support without adding weight. This means that the upper effectively consists of two and a quarter layers.

     

    Internal Fit System underlay

     

    The full extent of technology applied really begins to add up once we move down to midsole and outsole, with the use of FlyteFoam, Dynamic, DuoMax, Guidance Trussic System, and AHAR.

    To Asics' credit, they have avoided the temptation to label each individual technology as such on the shoe and thus making it look like a science project prototype, and the labeling is minimally and discreetly done. I suppose one earns such right to not have to "shout" after 25 years?

    FlyteFoam comes in two forms, the Lyte in the rear foot and Propel in the forefoot. From what I can gather, the Propel is a bit denser and provides a spring-like effect for responsiveness and to aid the gait cycle, while the Lyte helps with cushioning and energy return.

     

    FlyteFoam Lyte in the heel

     

    The Trussic System, Guidance Line, and AHAR were also evident as far back as in version 18, and official Asics website does a good job explaining them, not that long-terms fans of the shoe will need to have them explained.

    Road Test

    As ever, it's not enough for shoes to look good and feature all the latest newfangled technology if they don't deliver in the most important area – that is, the ride. Otherwise, it's just a matter of time before they get taken out of the rotation and relegated to casual use or worse.

    When I slipped on the shoes and went for a 10 mile run around the neighborhood, my initial thoughts were – wow, déjà vu, that old comfortable sensation of your favorite go-to running shoe was back again, all of 6 years later!

    Again, Asics has really delivered in the consistency stakes.

    The ride was responsive and cushioned without being mushy. While the shoes never felt overly heavy, they were not light either in the racing flats sense, and Gel-Kayano 25 is best reserved for long slow to moderately paced runs. In short, ideal daily trainer.

    A striking (pun not intended) aspect of the shoes is that no matter where the landing is on the foot, whether mid-foot or heel or even on medial or lateral side, the shoes consistently rolled the gait onto the same take-off, in my case off the second toe, a quality I attribute to the Guidance Line.

     

    The "sole" of the machine

     

    This also means that, while rated as a supportive shoe for moderate over-pronators, Gel-Kayano 25 can also be worn by more neutral runners such as myself.

    The support provided by Dynmic DuoMax on the medial rear-foot only comes into play when heel-striking, and mid-foot strikers should be able to enjoy the shoe without feeling that it has too much support or that the support gets in the way.

    Think of, as you will, the support on these as akin to training wheels on a bicycle – it will only come into play when you need it. It is this quality which I believe makes Gel-Kayano 25 suitable for many types of runners, albeit still with a bias towards the heavier runner or casual runner, given the level of cushioning.

    Summary

    The more that things change, the more they stay the same.

    Full kudos to Asics for keeping the essence of the shoe intact over the years while at the same time making concessions to latest manufacturing technology. The fit, the comfort, and the ride are pretty much as I remember them from Gel-Kayano 18. The improvements are there, particularly in the looks, but the development appears linear and planned out rather than drastic or panicky.

    Gel-Kayano is, as it has been over the years, a workhorse, a go-to shoe for the casual runner who might only want that one shoe for daily training runs, weekend-long slow distance runs, and racing 10km distances and above, and this 25th iteration is no different.

    Similar to comparable shoes such as New Balance 1080, Gel-Kayano 25 is best suited for the bigger, heavier runners who will be able to push the cushioning of the shoes to the limit.

    The only minor issue I have is that I can't help but wonder if Asics might not have been able to shave some more weight off the shoes given the advancements in materials science.

    The shoe looks and feels well-built and after over 50 miles, other than scuffs on the rigid Trussic insert, there is hardly any sign of wear. I have little doubt that these will be good for at least 1000 miles and more. Yes – the shoes may be a tad heavier than ideal but the flip side is they'll last for years.

    Twenty-fifth anniversary is a big one by any measure (as my wife keeps reminding me on our upcoming 25th!) and where other brands might have been tempted into a major overhaul and/or over-engineering, full marks to Asics for keeping the shoe understated and true to its core.

    Old time fans of Gel-Kayano will welcome the familiarity, and with its modern looks, there is every reason to believe the shoe might attract new fans too.

     

    Check out the Asics Gel Kayano 25 at Asics.com

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

  • 94 / 100 | Jones Hamilton

    Asics Gel Kayano 25 (Men’s): An almost perfect stability running shoe

    Asics is one of the leading brands with it comes to running shoes.

    I personally liked Asics (also Brooks and New Balance) running shoes because they are known to be durable. Without any doubt, I purchased the latest version of the Kayano model.

     

     

    I have high expectations for Asics stability shoes. I expected, particularly this version, to perform better than its predecessor. And it did perform better than the Kayano 24!

    Below is my review of the Asics Gel Kayano 25 (men’s version).

    The design of the Asics Gel Kayano 25

    The upper of the Gel Kayano 25 has a seamless construction. It uses a jacquard mesh upper for breathability and comfort.  Along with the FluidFit technology, the upper conforms to the natural shape of the foot for a more customized fit.

    The FluidRide, FlyteFoam Lyte, and the FlyteFoam Propel work together for a more protective yet stable midsole cushioning. These techs aim to deliver responsiveness and stability for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

     

     

    For maximum support and stability, the shoe uses the Dynamic DuoMax Support System. It allows runners to survive miles of running without feeling fatigue.

    In the outsole of the Kayano 25 is the Asics High Abrasion Rubber Plus (AHAR+). It is a durable rubber formulated for durability and traction. This outsole material works well on varied paved surfaces.

     

    Comfort and breathability

    A round of applause to the Asics Gel Kayano 25 for being one of the most comfortable and breathable shoes to date. The shoe has a lot of perforations in the upper, pretty the same with the Brooks Ravenna 9.

    Both shoes offered a great amount of in-shoe comfort and the mesh material delivered a breathable foot coverage. Nothing more to say; I’m blown away by its breathability and comfort.

     

    Performance of the Kayano 25

    The Kayano 25 is a reliable stability shoe; thanks to the Dynamic DuoMax System which reduces overpronation. It provided the foot with a very stable platform while running on the road.

    The performance of the shoe is comparable to the Air Zoom Structure 21, a stability shoe from Nike. They both provide a good level of stability, but, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 is more affordable than the Kayano 25.

     

     

    The midsole of the Asics Kayano 25 offered a comfortable and durable underfoot cushioning. It absorbed shock during impact and offered added stability for long-distance runs. At first, I felt the cushioning to be less flexible but, after a few miles, it showed its true performance.

    Given all these positive comments, I think it is really obvious how happy and satisfied I am with my purchase.

    Fit

    The Asics Gel Kayano 25 has a standard running shoe length and width. It wrapped my foot comfortably. Everything was on point, from the heel to the forefoot. There was also enough room in the toe box for my toes to wiggle.

    Wide-footed runners should give this running shoe a try since it is also available in wide width for both men’s and women’s versions.

     

    Durability

    As mentioned in my other reviews, I truly admire Asics for making durable running shoes. Nobody beats them when it comes to durability.

    The Asics Gel Kayano 25 is as durable as the Cumulus 20. I’ve been running in these shoes for more than a month already, and it shows no significant wear. The upper is still sturdily attached to the other parts of the shoe, and the outsole is still reliable.

    Summary

    Good Points

    • Durable
    • Stable ride
    • Breathable upper
    • Impressive traction
    • Comfortable cushioning

    Bad Point

    • Expensive

    Verdict

     

     

    Asics Gel Kayano 25 is a wonderful stability running shoe. Two thumbs up to Asics for this successful update.

    I highly recommend this shoe for runners who are looking for a durable and reliable road running shoe.

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

  • 93 / 100 | Theresa Norman

    Asics Gel Kayano 25: Bouncy, responsive cushioning miles after miles

    If Nike has Pegasus, Asics has Kayano. Now on its 25th version, the Kayano series continues to amaze runners with its performance and design.

    I must admit that the Kayano 25 is also incredible.

     

    What’s new with the Asics Gel Kayano 25?

    The biggest update in the Kayano 25 is can be seen in the midsole.

    The shoe features the new cushioning foam from Asics - FlyteFoam Lyte and FlyteFoam Propel. These two foams are designed to deliver bouncy cushioning that would last miles after miles.

    Technologies and design

    Upper

     

     

    • Jacquard Mesh – The Jacquard mesh material provides exceptional fit while delivering maximum breathability. It conforms to the natural shape of the foot for a more comfortable wrap.
    • Internal Fit System – Compose of no-sew internal overlays which offer structural support in the upper. It also offers added flexibility and enhanced fit.
    • Meta Clutch Technology – The heel counter is designed for enhanced support and fit in the heel area.

    Midsole

     

     

    • FlyteFoam Propel – The bounce and comfortable cushioning is provided by this technology. It is lightweight compared to traditional midsole foam while increasing overall durability.
    • FlyteFoam Lyte – A midsole foam designed to deliver responsiveness all throughout the gait cycle. It aims to provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
    • Dynamic DuoMax Support System – A technology designed to reduce overpronation. It aids the foot as it moves, resulting to a smoother running experience.
    • Guidance Line and Guidance Trusstic System – Both technologies are fused as one to improve gait efficiency and midfoot support.
    • Rearfoot Gel Cushioning – Specifically placed in the medial side for impact absorption. It also gives added responsiveness in every stride.

    Outsole

     

     

    • AHAR – The Asics High Abrasion Rubber provides durability to the outsole, especially in high-wear areas. This carbon rubber material is strategically placed in the heel area.
    • DuraSponge outsole – It is a blown rubber compound specifically placed in the forefoot area of the outsole. It gives added cushioning and flexibility.

    Performance of the Asics Gel Kayano 25

    Aside from the good-looking design, the Kayano 25 also delivers an impressive performance on the road. The mixture of the FlyteFoam Propel and the FlyteFoam Lyte is a victory because it indeed delivers a very responsive cushioning.

    As I run, every step feels so bouncy and protected. The midsole cushioning feels so light and very durable.

     

     

    The performance of the outsole also deserves a special mention. The durable sole unit delivers good amount of traction on various paved surfaces. It also helps me stand out even on wet/slippery running conditions.

    Fit and durability

    The Asics Gel Kayano 25 is true to size. I usually wear thin socks and the shoe fits perfectly. The heel and forefoot offer a very snug fit while the toe box is roomy enough for my toes to splay. Overall, the fit of this shoe is truly remarkable.

    When it comes to durability, just like most of my Asics shoes, the Kayano 25 is an outstanding pair. I have been wearing the shoes for several miles already and the shoe still looks fantastic.

    The outsole material does not rip off and the upper still looks new. I know the shoe is expensive, but I think others won’t mind the price tag because they can absolutely use the shoe for months and months.

    Comfort and breathability

    When it comes to comfort and breathability, the Asics Gel Kayano 25 is truly remarkable.

    Aside from being lightweight and seamless, the jacquard mesh material has enough perforations that allow air to pass through efficiently. It provides my foot a very cool, sweat-free environment.

     

     

    The overall design of the shoe is meant to deliver unmatched comfort. The internal linings, fit, and cushioning are very comfortable. Overall, I like the coziness of the Kayano 25 than the Kayano 24.

    Review summary

    Pros

    • Good-looking design
    • Comfortable and responsive cushioning
    • Offers notable amount of stability
    • Upper provides breathable coverage
    • Impressive fit from heel to forefoot
    • Tractions works well on both dry and slippery surfaces

    Cons

    • Expensive shoe
    • Lacks flexibility

    Conclusion

     

    The daily running routine.

    I think this shoe is really great! Thumbs up to Asics for this wonderful Kayano version.

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

  • 90 / 100 | Paul Myatt

    Asics Gel Kayano 25 – How good is the 25th edition of this iconic shoe?

    So this is the Asics and I’ll try to give you an insight into them before you splash your hard earned cash on a pair.

    I have a pair of Kayano 22 that I’ll use as my reference point along with some other similar shoes to give you an idea of how the 25 shape up. Let’s start with some technical information so you can see what we’re dealing with here.

    The Kayano offers arch support for overpronators through the dynamic duo max support system. They have a drop height of 10mm and a weight of 11.85 ounces or 336 grams. The midsole consists of three different types of foam, Flytefoam Propel, Flytefoam Lyte and Spevafoam 45, which together provide bounce, continuous cushioning and a soft, slipper-like feel.

    The new Ahar Plus outsole claims to be 50% more durable than the standard Asics sole. The upper consists of the Fluidfit upper with an Ortholite sock liner that is somewhere between a flyknit and a mesh upper. For more on the technical aspects of the design see here.

     

    Colour options

    Lots of colour options available here for men (top) and women. I am testing the glacier grey/black option here and I really like it.

    It is a bit more restrained than some of Asics other offerings. Rightly or wrongly, a lot of their previous syles have had a bit on an 80's feel to me but these feel bang up to date. 

     

    How do they feel?

    So that is the technical bit out of the way. The big question is how do they feel and perform and are they an improvement on previous versions. On the first try, they felt really comfortable. They were soft and cushioned and there was no rubbing at all.

    The toe box was wide without being loose and there was no squashing of my little toe which sometimes happens. The upper is light and flexible around the middle and front of the foot but they do feel quite warm compared to a light weight racer.

     

     

    The ankle cuff was beautifully padded to give a cosseted feel that gripped well but without being restrictive. The external heel counter held the back of my foot in place perfectly even though I could not really feel it.

    There was no slipping and my foot felt really secure. I opened the box, stuck them on and ran five miles with no discomfort and no marks anywhere on my feet afterward. I am a UK 10.5 in pretty all running shoes and the fit here was consistent with that. So far, so good.

     

    Performance

    The Kayano is a solid, well-built support shoe designed for long, steady runs. If you are looking for something for a 5K blast look elsewhere.

    However, if you are looking for something to rack up some training miles or a half or full marathon they will be perfect. The array of foams making up the midsole mean cushioning is great with no aching feet at the end of a long run.

     

     

    I am a forefoot striker and I really appreciated the gel technology in the forefoot when running hard downhill. The shock absorption here was as good as anything I have tried. Heel cushioning is slightly less important to me but was definitely there and welcome on longer runs.

    The further I went, the less I noticed the weight and the more I felt the support. The guidance line across the sole prevented any roll over and helped me to keep good form throughout. It was never intrusive or uncomfortable as support shoes sometimes can be.

    What about underneath?

    The sole has a complicated grip pattern that works with the most grip and AHAR PLUS compound where you need it most. I tried them on wet and dry pavements, some well-packed trails and a few rooted, woodland paths.

     

     

    Grip was excellent so I was not concerned about wearing road shoes on a trail. The outsole is so tacky they even squeak when I change direction on pavements which I have never heard before.

    The transition between surfaces was never a concern and the ride was particularly good when running downhill due to the forefoot cushioning. I am a fan of soles that roll up to cover the front of the shoe and this was present here. This is an early review so I cannot confirm this but the sole looks as though it will be durable.

     

    Conclusion

    training shoe that stays comfortable throughout long runs and fit well straight out of the box. It has all of Asics latest technology giving you reliable, unobtrusive support and the cushioning needed to prevent aching legs and feet.

    As a forefoot striker, the Flytefoam really does its job, especially on downhills. I found it difficult to press on in the 25 so they would not be my choice for short, fast runs. But for long, steady runs over a variety of terrains or if you just want to give your feet a bit of pampering they are spot on.

     

    Check out the Asics Gel Kayano 25 at Asics.com!

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Updates to Asics Gel Kayano 25

  • The Gel Kayano series from Asics brings out their 25th-anniversary edition, which includes novel features and technologies to offer a luxurious running experience. Some of the additions in this iteration include a newly-sourced, dual-layer midsole, and a redesigned upper that targets a customized fit for the wearer.
  • While most of the technologies of the Gel Kayano 25 were taken from the previous version, this shoe aims for an all-new level of cushioning, protection, and stability that is an upgrade from past releases.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 size and fit

Runners will find the Asics Gel Kayano 25 as true-to-size, based on its standard running shoe length and sizing. With its anatomical shape, the shoe guarantees a secure fit. The Gel Kayano 25 will accommodate any foot volume, as width profiles are available in medium and wide for both the men’s and women’s versions.

Outsole

Compared to the regular Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR®), the AHAR® PLUS outsole material is twice as much durable. Its structure comprises a sponge-like consistency, which makes it lighter and more flexible than conventional rubber. Regarding performance, the AHAR® PLUS allows the shoe’s high-wear zones withstand impact and stress, by instilling a level of toughness that is usually present in vehicle tires.

Meanwhile, the blown rubber DuraSponge® covers the rest of the shoe. The material is inherently softer than the carbon rubber AHAR®, making it ideal as a supplementary underfoot cushion and protection beneath the midsole.

As a stability shoe, the Gel Kayano 25 features a crash pad beneath the heel area. This unit works by slowing down the rate of pronation, thus encouraging a smoother and more natural transition.

Midsole

The forefoot and rearfoot areas of the midsole utilize Gel® technology, which is known for its shock-absorbing capability and promotion of an efficient gait cycle. The material is a silicone-based gel that capably incorporates the impact from the strike and disperses it evenly across the foot, for a resilient and responsive cushioning.

Like most Asics running shoes, the Gel Kayano 25 employs the Impact Guidance System (IGS®) to produce a seamless turnover. The IGS® refers to a design methodology that involves the use of Guidance Line®, a vertical flex groove that shifts the center of pressure to reduce the imbalance.

The Guidance Line® is supported by the Trusstic System™, a structure that develops foot stability by providing torsional rigidity. Trusstic System™ delivers a unique shape that enables it to move according to the foot’s motions.

Another supportive element of the Gel Kayano 25 is the Dynamic DuoMax® system, which equips the shoe with a wedge unit that reduces overpronation. The Dynamic DuoMax® enlists the help of a dual-density midsole to maintain stability, and this comes in the form of the FluidRide®.

The FluidRide® foam makes up the bulk of the Gel Kayano 25’s midsole. This material combines the responsiveness of a SoLyte™ and the lightness and durability of a SpEVA™. The result is a cushioning that improves running performance, because of an efficient rebound and toe-off cycle that helps reduce muscle strain.

The most significant addition in the Gel Kayano series is the FlyteFoam® technology, compartmentalized into FlyteFoam® Lyte and FlyteFoam® Propel. The forefoot area has the Propel, which supplies extra bounce so that toe-off is even springier. Conversely, the rearfoot has FlyteFoam® Lyte that permits the heel area to stay lightweight, thus reducing the impact during landing.

To enhance its bounciness, the Gel Kayano 25 has the OrthoLite® X-40 as its insole. This sock liner has a unique formulation that gives it a high-rebound quality inside a thin yet cushiony package.

Upper

The Gel Kayano 25 welcomes the use of Jacquard mesh in its upper. This material is stretchable and adaptive, which allows it to wrap around the foot comfortably for a snug and secure fit. The mesh engages the FluidFit® technology for responsive foot movement and enhanced running efficiency.

Internal underlays are found beneath the mesh. These units provide targeted support while also sustaining a flexible upper with an accurate fit.

Meanwhile, at the heel area is the Meta Clutch™ technology, an exoskeletal counter that endorses a precise heel fit. The Meta Clutch™ is assisted by the Personal Heel Fit (PHF), which is a double-layer of a memory foam lining that aims to cushion the collar.

Similar to many other Asics shoes, the Gel Kayano 25 also uses the Discrete Eyelet™, a portion of the lacing system that permits the shoelaces to have separate eyelets rather than a single connected one. The Discrete Eyelet™ reduces and disperses tension usually brought by tightening the laces.

Special editions of the Asics Kayano 25

The 25th release of the legendary Asics Gel Kayano model comes in several special versions. These running shoes, which comes in a different special feature,  count on the Gel Kayano 25’s premium and stable ride.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 SP

Asics manufacture a special seasonal pack of the Kayano 25. Available in both men’s and women’s versions, the Asics Gel Kayano 25 SP is inspired by the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis also called Northern Lights. This special edition running shoe gives runners energized underfoot cushioning and unmatched comfort.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 OBI

In this shoe, the Kayano 25 receives a stylish and premium upgrade. The shoe has a redesigned upper - it is made of a knit material and inspired by a kimono belt. The Kayano 25 OBI still uses the notable FlyteFoam Propel and FlyteFoam Lyte for durable and responsive cushioning. Delivering an all-day comfort, the shoe features a street-ready look. It is also versatile enough to perform well as a gym shoe. The shoe is sold at a very expensive price.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 Lite-Show

The 25th version of the Asics Kayano received a Lite-Show treatment in this Kayano 25 Lite-Show version. As part of the Lite-Show collection, the shoe helps runners remain visible during low light runs. This premium road running shoe comes with an iridescent 3M coating for increased visibility. This Lite-Show running shoe is more expensive than the regular Kayano 25 version but it still continues to deliver the same reliable, premium ride.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 X Mita

Mita Sneakers have a collaboration again with Asics and produced the Kayano 25 x Mita. The shoe features the same level of cushioning and packed with technologies used in the legendary Kayano 25. It also showcases branded sole detailing. The shoe has an outer color palette to pay homage to Mita’s signature style.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 NYC

The Kayano 25 NYC is a special edition running shoe designed for New York City Marathon. This shoe has a special NYC marathon upper but has been geared up with the Kayano’s ultimate cushioning for a responsive and stable ride. The Kayano 25 men’s and women’s running shoe is available in an exclusive colorway.

History of the Kayano series

The Asics Gel Kayano, named after its designed, Toshikazu Kayano was first released in 1993. The Kayano is a flagship model for high-mileage footwear.  Below the history of the Asics Gel Kayano:

1993 - The shoe was originally called as Asics Gel Kayano Trainer. The original version features the skeletal logo stripes, which offers support. The Gel materials in the midsole, Theta Gel (heel) and P-Gel (forefoot), delivering responsive underfoot cushioning. The upper of the shoe was made of Coolmax material with synthetic suede.

1995 - The 2nd version was no longer called “Trainer”. It utilized the newest Gel technology from Asics and the overall fit was also improved as compared to the original version. The version was also sold at a much lower price.

1996 - The latest version featured several updates. The 360 degrees of  3M reflectivity was added to the upper of the shoe. It still uses the P-Gel in the forefoot and the Theta Gel in the forefoot was renamed as T-Gel. It also used the Extended Trusstic System which gives the foot stability.

1997 - The fit and upper design of the 4th version was modified but provided runners with the same amount of cushioning and stability.

1998 - The 5th iteration of the shoe was lighter than the previous versions. The shoe was approximately 370 grams.

1999- The 1999 version of the Asics Gel Kayano introduced the Impact Guidance System which is designed for stability.

2000 - The first version that was designated the VII version number. The Kayano VII was significantly lighter than the older version.

2001 - The design of the shoe was focused on the movement of the foot. The shoe features the lateral rearfoot flex grooves for smooth heel-to-toe transition.

2002 - Nothing significant was changed, but the shoe became an ounce heavier than the previous model.

2003 - The version featured the Biomorphic Upper Fit, which also resulted in a weight drop.

2004 - The Kayano XI offered runner an enhanced upper, with more reflectivity and bigger stripes.

2005 - Several new technologies were introduced including the Solyte and Space Trusstic System.

2006 - The Kayano 13 featured a lighter upper design with an increased level of cushioning. These updates were made to provide runners with unmatched comfort.

2007 - The Asics Gel Kayano 14 featured the new heel fit with the same level of cushioning and stability.

2008 - The price of the 2008 version ticked up and it featured a new midsole design.

2009 - The Kayano 16 introduced the Guidance Line, a vertical groove to enhance the gait cycle.

2010 - The first Kayano version that is available in black color.

2011 - The upper of the shoe was modified and a significantly lighter version was released.

2012- The 2013 release featured a softer cushioning with seamless overlays. It delivers more comfortable and smooth in-shoe feel.

2013 - Special colorways and limited edition packs are made available to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Kayano.

2014 - The running shoe featured an updated upper and enhanced midsole. It was still offered at an expensive price.

2015 - The upper of the shoe was updated as well as the cushioning and fit. The version was well-received by many runners.

2016 - The 23rd version used the new FlyteFoam cushioning, an innovative midsole technology that is more responsive and lighter than the regular EVA foam.

2017 -  The Kayano 24 featured the same midsole and outsole material but with an updated FluidFit mesh upper.

2018 - The Asics Gel Kayano 25 introduced the new midsole technologies - FlyteFoam Lyte and FlyteFoam Propel.

Asics Gel Kayano 25: A revolutionized running shoe

The Asics Gel Kayano is a very popular running shoe model. On its 25th anniversary, the model showcases significant improvements from top to bottom. The designers modified the shoe and incorporated several technologies to make the running experience more satisfying.

The Kayano 25 is the result of Asics’ extensive research. Asics managed to create innovative technologies without compromising performance and durability. It never fails to give runners the much-needed stability and responsiveness.

The 25th iteration of the Kayano is very different from the original 1993 version. It goes beyond expectation.


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