The Kayano sits pretty high up on the list of popular shoes. It’s got a lot of support, it’s comfy, it’s traditional. It will definitely always have a place in my heart, after getting me through a weekend of work on the concrete floors of the Miami Marathon expo.
The ride stays familiar to the Kayano brand. Softish, shock-absorbing, and putting your feet in a protective shell. There’s essentially no road feel here (which is not inherently a bad thing). The GEL works wonderfully to stop the feeling of impact, and the Flytefoam makes it feel faster. The lack of a full-contact midsole is a letdown for yet another year, and as a result, transitions are a little clunky. There’s also next to zero arch, which I must stress is not a bad thing. There is stability along the arch, but that’s different then having an actual sensation of material touching the inside of your foot.
The best update is probably the one that matters the least: style. This is actually not a bad-looking shoe, as far as Asics go. But in terms of performance, the shoe is on the wide end of “average”. The forefoot has good grip, although it bunched up a little for me (I like my shoes tight, though). The heel was also slightly wide, but a small lacing adjustment fixed that for me. The tongue and heel collar aren’t overly plush, but still very comfortable.
The Asics Kayano 24 is what you want out of a premium shoe. You’re not hurting on your run and they don’t look too bad. As soon as Asics removes that Trusstic System (probably not in my lifetime), they’ve got maybe the best premium stability shoe out there.
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