ASICS GEL-KAYANO 25
PRICE: R3 000 WEIGHT: 325 grams (M), 265 grams (W)
Asics celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Gel-Kayano with some big changes. With a fully redesigned jacquard mesh upper that adapts to the foot for a better fit, the 25 is sleeker than last year’s model and does more for runners seeking rock-solid support. Underfoot, the Kayano still features Gel cushioning in the heel and forefoot, but the top layer of foam has been upgraded to Flyte-Foam Propel, a soft and bouncy compound.
However, the change didn’t affect the shoe’s overall cushioning, as tests at the Runner’s World Shoe Lab found it on par with previous versions. It also didn’t affect the weight, unfortunately, as the shoe remains a heavier, stiffer option.
Testers noted that the redesigned upper improved the fit, but some felt that it didn’t manage heat as well as prior models.