Running Shoes Review

Asics Gel Kayano 15 Running Shoes Review

Posted on: March 30, 2009

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Asics Gel Kayano 15

Asics Gel Kayano 15

Full Name: Asics Gel Kayano 15
Category: Stability
Weight:13 oz. (370 gr.)
Suggested Price: 140$
Reccomended For: Neutral to Mild Over Pronators
  • General Info:

The Asics Gel Kayano is an industry icon, reaching the 15th edition in 2009.

The biggest changes are the asymmetrical lacing and a new and improved heel cushioning, and both upgrades actually work in providing a better fit and a more protected running experience.

  • Sole Unit:

The Asics Gel Kayano 15 comes with a new and improved midsole.

One of the key features are Asics’ trademark Heel and Forefoot Gel Cushioning which has been improved over the Kayano 14 by adding more gel and adding a plastic capping to achieve a soft but controlled cushioning to heel and toe impact on the ground.

Heel and toe are linked together by Asics’ Space Trusstic System, a piece of PU (plastic) that wraps the midsole in the arch (midfoot) area. This technology provides an exceptional support during the heel-to-toe transition of the running gait and prevents your foot to unnaturally torque while hitting the ground. Womens and Mens versions of the Kayano 15 have different shapes of the Trusstic system to better fit theirtneeds and different biomechanics.

The Kayano 15 includes Asics’ DuoMax dual density midsole insert: a harder foam inserted in the midsole to give the foot a better support in the arch area, where it is needed most, while allowing other areas to be softer and therefore better cushioned.

  • Upper:

The first thing you notice about the upper is the asimmetrical lacing system. The purpose of this innovation is to have the lacing follow the natural shape of the bony part of the foot, providing a better fit and lesser irritations. We were favourably impressed with this solution.

Other features on the upper are the memory foam heel collar lining, which lets the shoe adjust around the shape of your foot, achieving an incredible fit. More, the BioMorphic Fit inserts in the upper are stretcheable overlays that expand and contract with your foot’s natural expansion (heat, circulation and the foot strike itself all determine your foot actual size and it varies during the run!).

  • Opinion:

Asics continue to deliver with the Kayano series. A long time favourite for many runners, the 2009 model won’t disappoint any previous Kayano runner or new ones.

We recommend this shoe to normally to low arched runners, who are neutral pronators to mild over pronators.

Let us know what you think of this shoe in the comments!

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