Asics dabbles in the Knit technology and makes the upper of the Kayano Trainer Knit MT its most outstanding feature. Combining comfort and flexibility the upper gives a snug fit that is almost glove-like in conforming to the user’s foot.
The unsung hero of this design is the TPU cage that serves as the perfect contrast to the flexible Knit. This TPU cage is thick while still being malleable. It brings a nice mix of flexibility and support to the upper.
Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT History
The year was 1993 when Asics first introduced a mid-distance runner in the form of the Asics Gel Kayano. Fans of the Kayano series will easily point out that the shoe got its name from the shoe’s creator, Toshizaku Kayano. Besides the unique name, the silhouette of the shoe is also rather distinctive as the designer based it on the exoskeleton of a stag beetle.
Kayano believed that by basing his creation on this beetle, he could bring to life a shoe that has adequate stability without compromising the kind of flexibility desired by runners. The shoe’s undying popularity is proof enough that the concept and design were readily accepted by runners.
Since its release more than two decades ago, the Kayano Trainer has seen more than its fair share of iterations and collaborations. It has become a platform where art can be expressed in an even more imaginative and functional way.
In 2017, Asics revamped the Gel Kayano Trainer by bringing a Knit upper into the equation. Other than providing a refreshing take on this popular shoe, Asics was also trying to prove its mettle that they can also play with the big boys where knit uppers go.
The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT is the mid-top version of the Kayano Trainer Knit and is distinguished by the sock-like fit that reaches to the ankle. Besides the increased comfort and support, the shoe also oozes with a sophisticated style that delivers an invigorating outlook to an iconic silhouette.