Summary

We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The durability of the materials is lauded by those who have tested the Asics Gel Kayano 26 SP.
  • The bright color schemes of this running shoe are welcomed by most consumers.
  • Most testers are happy because the stability mechanisms are effective at delivering underfoot stability.
  • The underfoot experience feels like standing on clouds, based on a handful of reviews.
  • Impact attenuation is a trait that the midsole of this shoe doles out in spades, according to several purchasers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few consumers believe that the price of a pair of Gel Kayano 26 SPs is a bit expensive.
  • A couple of people have claimed that the in-shoe experience is a bit too restrictive and irritating to the skin of the foot.

Bottom line

The overall feedback of people towards the Asics Gel Kayano 26 SP has been positive. This stability running shoe apparently offers reliable performances throughout the running session. The underfoot experience is particularly highlighted by many users as the source of steadiness and agreeable steps.

Fans of road running shoes that are for overpronated motion can enjoy the Gel Kayano 26 SP.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Asics running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Asics Gel Kayano 25 SP

Asics releases the special edition colorways of the hailed Gel Kayano 26. This change brings an extra pop to the aesthetics of the silhouette, though the rest of the elements are masterfully retained to deliver the same, fine-tuned support that those with uneven pronation need. Impact protection and traction are the responsibilities of this product’s sole.

The standard measurements were used when the Asics Gel Kayano 26 SP was made. Runners are welcome to use the size options with which they are most acquainted to enjoy an accommodating in-shoe feel. Still, it is highly recommended to personally try the shoe prior to making a purchase decision.

Enjoying a secure yet agreeable sideways fit would need observation of the shape of the shoe, the quality of the upper, and the design of the platform. This shoe’s use of a form-welcoming woven upper and a semi-curved platform shape contributes to the overall quality of the in-shoe experience.

The external pad of the Asics Gel Kayano 26 SP is made of AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Rubber. This technology is meant to protect the midsole’s made from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It also touted to offer reliable traction throughout the running session.

Flex grooves and a decoupled heel part are meant to isolate impact forces to the exact point of contact and provide flexibility throughout the run.

FlyteFoam® Propel is an elastomer-based compound that is meant to deliver a springy performance. It works with the FlyteFoam® Lyte, a lightweight feature made of organic nanofibers, to deliver a consistent ride that is responsive and accommodating of the nature movements. Both these elements are used in the updates to the well-known Gel Nimbus line.

DuoMax® is a dense compound strategically fashioned near the medial midfoot to deliver stability throughout the running session. Overpronation is its target and it’s made to avert it and maintain a steady gait.

The Trusstic System® is a thermoplastic cage that is placed between the outsole and midsole. The purpose of this accoutrement is to maintain the foam midsole’s structure while also easing the pressure on the tendons and muscles of the underfoot.

Gel® impact mitigating elements are placed in the forefoot and rear to better the quality of each step.

The upper unit of this Asics running shoe uses engineered mesh. This cloth-like wrap delivers a secure and breathable wrap that is also non-irritating.

Printed overlays grace the sides and the toe box. These add-ons offer extra security without adding bulk to the facade.

A thermoplastic heel counter secures the heel and prevents it from exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

jens@runrepeat.com