The Gel Kayano is entering its 19th year and the Asics team has taken one of the top models to the next level. Featuring innovations focusing on two major areas, weight reduction and improved fit, the Gel Kayano has been completely redesigned from heel to toe. Our reviewer took these fiery kicks for several 2-3 mile trips, as well as a few rounds of training, and now we present to you 5 reasons why you should make these your next pair of runners.
Best For: Beginner runners to pros seeking stability in their stride.
No. 1 - A Lightweight, Yet Sturdy Sneaker
At 10.3 ounces, it's a lighter stability shoe without sacrificing a fraction of support. If you're not sold on the make-it-as-light-as-possible approach seen in most modern runners, this might be the shoe for you as these sneakers can serve as a middleweight runner, similar to the Nike Free Run+ 3. The upper is sturdy and durable enough that runners didn't have any concerns over injuries or potentially harmful surfaces.
No. 2 - Boasts an Impressive Fit
Asics introduces the Biomorphic Fit Upper, which is described as "a breathable four-way stretch mesh that wraps both sides of the foot". What this means is that you probably haven't felt a shoe with lockdown fit like this ever before. Right out of the box, as soon as you lace up you'll notice the snug fit and dynamic lacing system that locks down to the foot. Not too tight or constricting, heel slippage is avoided and fits true to size.
Bonus Points: The laces are yet to come untied mid-run, these bad boys stay put.
No. 3 - These Kicks Will Contour to Your Foot
Personal Heel Fit (P.H.F.) is improved upon and now contains double layered memory foam, which will hug your foot cozily and reduce friction. Runners are impressed how smooth and plush the sockliner/heel felt, without the cardboard-like stiffness which seems to be present in some runners.
No. 4 - Visible Without Going Too Flashy
Subtly is commonly lost on the running world. The 19s colorway manage to stay safe with touches of reflective 3M Scotch Lite without becoming a viewing hazard. No highlighter yellow upper on these, just a black and dark grey upper with metallic red accents and hits of lime green.
No. 5 - The Outsole is Designed to Guide Your Feet Through Each Stride
The all new Guidance Trusstic System, enhanced by Asics' Guidance Line technology, is incredibly supportive. The idea behind the Guidance Line is that it pushes the foot to work with the sneaker, so you can focus on your athletic progression and leave the footwork to Asics.
Stay tuned to Sneaker Report for the latest colorway drop and release information for the Asics GEL-Kayano 19.