ASICS GEL KAYANO 27 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | May 20, 2020

 

ASICS GEL KAYANO 27 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | MAY 2020

THE BUZZ

Now in its 27th edition, the ASICS GEL Kayano has been one of the best-selling shoes of all-time because of the comfort, style and support it serves up for a wide range of runners.

It’s a premium everyday training shoe that provides maximum stability with exceptional cushioning and interior creature comforts.

 
Asics Gel Kayano 27 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

The ASICS GEL Kayano 27 has been overhauled with three key changes to create a more stable, more dynamic and more comfortable experience.   

2020 updates include a sturdier external heel counter, gender-specific support in the undercarriage, deeper flex grooves in the forefoot of the outsole and a more breathable engineered mesh upper.  

One of the key updates to this edition of the Kayano is the gender-specific Trusstic support system embedded in the undercarriage. It’s specifically tuned to the slightly different men’s and women’s foot shapes, movement patterns and stability needs. 

The outsole on the ASICS GEL Kayano 27 has five segments of high-abrasion carbon rubber in the heel for durability and four sections of lighter, blown rubber compound in the forefoot separated by deep flex grooves for optimal responsiveness, agility and flexibility.

Altra Paradigm 4.5 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The ASICS GEL Kayano is one of best-fitting and most comfortable everyday training shoes available for overpronating runners with low to flat arches. With a cozy interior, soft, wide tongue, contoured footbed and slightly wider toe box, the fit is better than ever for runners with narrow to medium feet.

The upper on the ASICS GEL Kayano 27 helps contributed to a dialed-in fit by maintaining its structure as it adapts to the shape and volume of a runner’s foot throughout the stride cycle. The enhanced, dual-density midsole on the Kayano serves up plush cushioning, responsiveness and stability for long runs, plus a little bit of energetic pop for moderately fast tempo runs.

The ride is extremely stable and secure, but it doesn’t feel controlling or inflexible.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate a luxurious feeling, soft cushioning and reliable support will love the ASICS GEL Kayano 27 for long runs, tempo runs and recovery runs with ease.

Plus, its comfort and support allow it to be an ideal half marathon or marathon shoe for a wide range of recreational runners.

PROS AND CONS: ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

Asics Gel Kayano 27 - Pros

Pros: ASICS GEL Kayano 27

The new engineered upper is more breathable and more dynamic than the previous edition, allowing it to adaptively secure a wide variety of foot shapes through the specific movements of the gait cycle.

The angular perforations open and close slightly to increase air flow and breathability to wick moisture away from a runner’s feet.

The Kayano has a relatively high heel-toe offset compared to a lot of other shoes (10mm for men, 13mm for women), but that allows it to have a split personality with a soft, cushy feeling in the heel and a low-to-the-ground sensation in the forefoot.

Asics Gel Kayano 27 - Cons

Cons: ASICS GEL Kayano 27

The Kayano is slightly heavier than some contemporary training shoes and it carries a higher price tag than many shoes. But you definitely get what you pay for!

TECH SPECS: ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

Asics GEL Kayano 27  - Tech Specs

SHOP ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

Asics GEL Kayano 27 - Men's
Men's GEL-Kayano 27
Asics GEL Kayano 27 - Women's
Women's GEL-Kayano 27

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Kicksology", "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."