Asics Gel-Kayano 25 Review
The very first Gel-Kayano trainer made an appearance in 1993. Twenty-five years later, Asics introduced their twenty-fifth version, which overshadowed its predecessors. The new Asics Gel-Kayano 25 pulls off outstanding support and ensures excellent grip. In addition, it provides fantastic stability, superb cushioning and it looks great too. Not only did this design quickly became popular amongst people who walk on hard surfaces regularly, but overweight customers and overpronators fell in love with it also.
As a matter of fact, with some of the upgrades, the Gel-Kayano 25 indeed became the greatest long distance walking trainer, at least for the past year. For one thing, the midsole was updated to improve the balance between energy return and cushioning. Featuring new Jacquard mesh material, the upper got lighter and received a new facelift too. The reason behind this upgrade was for the upper to maintain its structure while adapting to the foot.
It is remarkable that a shoe managed to survive twenty-five iterations without changing its consistency. There are many things to love about the new Gel-Kayano 25, and we are about to reveal some more.
- Very comfortable upper
- Smooth ride
- Secure fit
- Good stability
- Removable Insoles
- Excellent support
- Heavy build
- A bit on the firm side
Many customers were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable this model was from the start and it took little time to fit perfectly to their foot. What is remarkable about the Gel-Kayano 25 is how the cushioning softens the impact while you run or walk. The exoskeletal heel counter hugs the heel nicely while the no-sew underlay gives you plenty of comfort and feels smooth from heel to toes. However, the toe box has been reported to be a bit roomier than previous models. This could be beneficial to some runners, but for the rest of you, we have great news! Probably the most significant part of Kayano 25’s comfort comes from the Ortholite sockliner which was also used in version 18. The insole is also removable, allowing space for orthotics or additional inserts to make this trainer tighter around the toe box.
Although the updated Gel-Kayano 25 has a standard fit, others mentioned that it is a little wider than the previous Kayano models. However, it is not enough that it would change size for anyone. Due to the flexible mesh upper which provides more room for wider feet, the toe area feels slightly wider than the Gel-Kayano 24 version.
Namely, there is the Flyte Foam Lyte applied to the back of the shoe which adds cushioning to the heel and provides energy return. The other compound, the Flyte Foam Propel, is located in the front and is also used in the Cumulus 20 model. It is a denser foam, supposed to deliver extra responsiveness in a spring-like effect, while also providing excellent shock absorption.
Besides this combination of FlyteFoam incorporated in the midsole, when compared to the 24 version, some runners didn’t feel much difference. It is safe to say that even though the Kayano 25 version still gives a nice spring action, it tends to be more cushiony than springy, but it is comfortable nonetheless.
The AHAR material has excellent abrasion resistance properties and provides great cushioning. Due to this excellent feature, the shoe is durable and is great for long-term use. Although there might be other benefits from it, the outsole also adds to the weight of the design. The hexagon shaped pattern on the bottom ensures a stable grip for the runner which together with the vertical and horizontal grooves adds more flexibility, improves comfort and enables energy return.
Strategically placed, the FlyteFoam material in the midsole is super responsive and together with the Gel packets in the lateral heel and midfoot, bring about a perfect balance between enjoyable cushioning and energetic responsiveness every time your foot hits the ground.
Many runners reported the ride to be responsive and cushioned, even though energy return is not the main focus of this version. The reason for this is the heavier weight, which according to some customers, make the Gel-Kayano 25 an ideal choice for daily, slow to moderately paced runs.
The Kayano 25 model draws its support mainly from the Dynamic DuoMax applied to the medial rearfoot. Furthermore, the heel cap and the Trusstic system prevent pronation issues from occurring, while the orthotic insole adds to this model's supportive capability. Also, the upper allows for self-adjusting fit, which can prevent your feet from shifting inside the trainer.
The minute your foot slides in the Kayano 25, there is a luxurious plush feeling, enabled from the well-padded tongue, Ortholite sockliner, and the heel collar. The laces are round, long and elastic enough to give you a customized fit.
Overall, it is safe to say that this model is suitable for runners seeking stability, great support, comfort and a pair of trainers that will last them a long time. It’s probably one of the most stable high-mileage shoes available on the market since its release, a year and a half ago.
Much like the New Balance 1080, the Gel-Kayano 25 style is best suited for heavier runners and moderate overpronators. The negative aspect of the trainer is its weight, which some customers found to be an issue for long-distance runs. On a positive note, the Kayano 25 is a well-built design and hardly shows any sign of wear even after extended usage.
So, what are the technologies applied to the Asics Gel-Kayano 25?
Starting from the Dynamic DuoMax support system, the Kayano is certain to deliver stability and increased platform support. Furthermore, the Guidance Line midsole technology enhances gait efficiency through the vertical and horizontal grooves on the honeycomb-like tread pattern. In addition, the Impact Guidance system technology is applied to increase the foot’s natural gait, while the Guidance Trusstic system technology enhances walking efficiency while promoting mid-foot structural integrity. Last but not least is the FlyteFoam Propel technology that brings about energy return and bounce thanks to its unique compound.
There is a great number of positive feedback about the Asics Gel-Kayano 25. This only shows that this model has proven to be satisfactory amongst runners, validating that its stability, support, and comfort are worth the price to be able to enjoy a long and flawless ride.