Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Durability: Some users agree that the Asics Gel Kayano 27 MK is a well-made running shoe with sturdy materials from top to bottom.
  • Comfort: According to most testers, the shoe has a nice, comfortable underfoot feel.
  • Fit: A few runners find the overall fit snug.
  • Stability: Expert reviewers mention that the shoe delivers the right amount of stability expected from the Kayano model. 
  • Responsiveness: Based on some comments, the midsole is very responsive
  • Breathability: Many buyers admire the mesh knit upper that provides the foot an airy coverage.
  • Weight: Those who bought the women's version find the Kayano 27 MK lightweight.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Upper support: A few runners notice that the mesh knit upper is less supportive compared to the engineered jacquard mesh used in the original Kayano 27.
  • Midsole: Those who have tried the other versions of this Asics running shoe mention that the midsole of the Kayano 27 MK is soft and lacks the traditional Kayano feel.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Kayano 27 MK features a mesh knit upper that delivers a comfortable fit and well-ventilated ride. It also equipped with Space Trusstic and Dynamic DuoMax technologies that provide stability and support.

With gender-specific midfoot support, the Kayano 27 MK is a good option for runners who are looking for a comfortable and supportive daily trainer. However, those who prefer a firmer midsole and lots of upper support may find this Asics running shoe softer and less supportive than the original Kayano 27 model.

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