We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • People liked the eye-catching yet minimalist aesthetics of the Asics Gel Kenun Lyte MX.
  • The color schemes were lauded for being pleasing to the eyes.
  • The underfoot cushioning system was deemed by some to be supportive and capable of alleviating foot strain.
  • Consumers generally appreciated the lightweight construction of this running shoe.
  • The breathability of the upper unit was considered to be efficient.
  • Some testers noted that this product was versatile enough for working and walking.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users dislike the unusual tongue design of the shoe and claim the shoe is difficult to wear because of it.
  • The upper material soaks up too much water, said a couple of reviewers.

Bottom line

People liked the Asics Gel Kenun Lyte MX. They welcomed this road shoe’s attractive looks, supportive underfoot experience, and lightweight build. The versatility of this product was also praised. On the other hand, there were those who stated that the sizing scheme was smaller than what they were used to.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.7oz | Women: 6.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 12mm
Brand: Asics
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $80
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Purple
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  • Coming from the Asics Gel Kenun Lyte, the Asics Gel Kenun Lyte MX is a running shoe that’s designed for the roads. Neutral pronators are the ones who are going to benefit from this product because it has a balanced midsole construction. The cushioning system can also cater to those who have high arches (underpronators).
  • The upper unit of this road-companion features a cloth-like mesh that keeps the foot in place. Slip-On design allows for a quick on-and-off while a wraparound midfoot panel averts in-shoe wobbling. The heel has a printed counter that has the Asics ‘A’ logo on it.

The Asics Gel Kenun Lyte MX was made to be true to size, though trying the shoe first may prove helpful when it comes to getting the most accommodating in-shoe experience. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The semi-curved shape of this shoe’s platform mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Ground contact foam makes up most of the Asics Gel Kenun Lyte MX’s outsole unit. This material has a textured surface that provides traction over the ground.

The front of the external pad has a rubber layer, its purpose being a shield against the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It also aims to heighten grip and movement control on the activity area.

An exposed Gel® cushioning unit is placed in the heel. The job of this silicon-based piece is to attenuate impact shock and prevent discomfort during the landing phase.

Same as with the Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the shoe's midsole unit is made up of full-length Solyte®, which is touted to be lighter than most options on the market. It’s tasked with keeping the foot cushioned throughout the running session.

An Ortholite® sockliner offers a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. It is lightweight, flexible and breathable. Furthermore, it can prevent the buildup of odor and bacteria through its antimicrobial and anti-moisture capacities.

A cloth-like mesh is used for the external portion of the Asics Gel Kenun Lyte MX’s upper unit. It hugs the foot securely while accommodating air into the inner chamber.

A buckle-like strap is fused to the midfoot area. Its job is to avert any quivering during the gait cycle, thereby saving the foot from an uneven performance. It has breathing slits at the bottom to preserve breathability.

An external heel counter holds the back of the foot in place. It has the Asics ‘A’ logo emblazoned on it for brand recognition and visual flair.

Slip-On construction makes this shoe easy to wear and remove. A soft internal sleeve facilitates a smooth on-and-off experience.

The traditional lacing system is a custom fit-adjustment method that welcomes the fit preferences of the wearer.


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.