Who should buy the Asics Gel Kenun Knit

  • Ideal for heel strikers and neutral pronators who are into long distance running (10Ks and 15Ks).
  • A perfect investment for weekend warriors who want a comfortable running partner for easy runs on weekends, walking and all-day wear.

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Delivers surface grip and natural ride

A rubber compound is placed on the forefoot section of the outer sole. Its purpose is to protect the midsole from wear and tear. It also provides traction, which is vital for every running shoe.

Asics Gel Kenun Knit outsole

Shallow flex grooves allow the platform to bend in conjunction with the muscles and joints of the foot, thus enabling a natural ride.

Contrary to most options in the Asics stable, the Kenun Knit features a GEL exterior, a cushioning unit that cups the heel section. It is exposed to the ground, so it also serves as a protective element. Its grooved design also enables surface grip.

Kenun Knit provides lightweight cushioning

Solyte is a full-length foam that’s responsible for underfoot cushioning. Asics have designed it to be lighter than most midsoles that are available on the market. It is lightweight yet touted to be durable and responsive.

Asics Gel Kenun Knit cushioning

The GEL heel exterior is a silicon-based layer that helps attenuate the impact forces generated by the landing phase. Its unique placement and colored structure aim to heighten visual appeal.

Maintains a clean interior chamber

The Guidance Line is a vertical groove that helps to guide the foot through the gait cycle.  This reliable feature is also used in the popular Asics Gel Nimbus 21.

Asics Gel Kenun Knit sock liner

Ab Ortholite sock liner adds a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. It has antimicrobial and anti-moisture properties that prevent odor and bacteria, thus maintaining a clean interior chamber.

Asics Gel Kenun Knit is a well-ventilated shoe

A breathable mesh makes up the majority of the Asics Gel Kenun Knit’s exterior. Its goal is to protect the foot from the elements and to maintain a well-ventilated in-shoe experience.

Asics Gel Kenun Knit breathable mesh

Synthetic midfoot panels connect directly to the lacing system. When the laces are adjusted, these add-ons tighten or loosen as well, giving a secure yet customizable coverage. A one-piece construction removes the traditionally independent tongue unit.

Asics Gel Kenun Knit collar

Instead, the collar has a single opening that accommodates the foot. This configuration conjures a seamless and irritation-free wrap. The rear part has an external counter to hold the heel in place and prevent it from exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 323g / Women 266g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Asics Gel Kenun
Forefoot height: 13mm
Heel height: 23mm

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