PRICE: R3 000 WEIGHT: 325 grams (M), 265 grams (W)

Runner's World South Africa - - SHOES + STUFF - – M.P. ASICS.COM/ZA/EN-ZA

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.

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