ASICS GEL-KAYANO 24

Canadian Running - - FALL SHOE GUIDE -

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.

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