ASICS GEL-KAYANO 24
Men’s 320 g (11.3 oz.); Women’s 264 g (9.3 oz.); Drop ratio: 10 mm; $220
The previous version of Asics’s f lagship supportive cushiony t rainer saw the introduction of FlyteFoam, a midsole material made from Kevlar that our testers love. Within the Kayano 2 4, it adds an extra soft quality when pushing off.
Version 2 4 doesn’t mess with the midsole or well established outsole of the Kayano. Instead, Asics tweaked the upper, refining the fit and finish to pull this more traditional shoe into the modern era of design. The biggest practical shift found in the Kayano 2 4 is a slightly increased toe box, which will be welcome news for those who are looking for a bit more room for toe splay or have a wider forefoot. The Kayano 2 4 isn’t a super fast shoe, and it’s not meant to be. Instead, it’s a stellar full cushioning everyday trainer, and works brilliantly during an easy or long run, particularly if you need some pronation support.