- With Asics running shoes, I did not add up for a long time. In the five years that I was running, I had to test a couple of models, and they did not suit me at all. But I did not lose hope of finding the right pair among Asics athletic shoes. In April of this year I discovered Asics Metaride and breathed out a sigh of relief - the perfect sneakers were found! But I decided not to stop and tested another novelty: I ran 26 twenty-five kilometers in Asics Gel-Kayano, and here are my impressions.
Gel-Kayano 26 bright pink with lemon accents look very beautiful and attract attention. In the women's line there is also a “dusty rose” color with violet details, the male versions are blue with yellow, black, silver and white. The tread is shallow, suitable for asphalt. Several layers of the sole look reliable and promise good cushioning.
Sneakers quite tightly fit the foot and are more suitable for owners of a narrow foot.
My usual size of 9.5 US sat perfectly. It is better to choose sports shoes with a margin in size so as not to injure your toes during long runs. The Gel-Kayano 26 model has ribbed shoelaces that do not untie along the road - a small but important detail. Usually sneakers are primarily torn in the area of the thumb due to the constant movement of the foot forward.
With Gel-Kayano 26 this will not happen, the noses of the sneakers are additionally glued with a layer of rubber.
The sole of Gel-Kayano 26 is made of FlyteFoam foam with the addition of Kevlar threads. Г spruce insert in the heel in the form of a wave is designed to absorb shock load. The shock absorption of the Gel-Kayano 26 is really good, despite the fact that the model cannot be called soft. The foam has a fairly dense structure, so there is no sensation of springs under your feet.
The difference between the heel and the toe is standard - 10 mm.
Gel-Kayano 26 - running shoes for runners with excessive pronation. To support the inside of the foot, an Dynamic Duomax high-density foam insert has been added to the model. It prevents the "blockage" of the foot inward, reducing the load on the ankle and knees. It is very important to choose sneakers for your type of pronation (the test can be passed in many running stores).
Otherwise, jogging in the legs will occur, there is a chance of injury. Gel-Kayano 26 suits me in pronation, so there was no discomfort during jogging, the foot was stable and did not deviate to the sides.
Photo: asics. com
Photo: asics. com
Gel-Kayano 26 have hard plastic inserts in the heel area for reliable fixation of the foot.
They provide additional stability, but are not felt at all. Asics has traditionally produced tight-top sneakers. Because of this, in the warm season, the legs are hot, and comfortable in the fall.Gel-Kayano 26 multi-layer mesh top allows the foot to breathe and retains warmth. In sneakers, most likely, it will be comfortable to run to severe frosts when ice appears on the pavement.
For running on ice it is better to choose another model with spikes.
Each 9.5 US boot weighs 295 grams. This is the standard weight for a running pair. The manufacturer tried to fit the plastic inserts and heavy gel in the usual "weight category".
Sneakers did not seem to me too light or too heavy, rather, something in between.
Asics Gel-Kayano 26 - high-quality and technological sneakers for long and recovery runs on asphalt. They are suitable for runners with excessive pronation and a rather narrow foot. Gel-Kayano 26 is good for daily runs at a quiet pace, so even if you are not going to set records, pay attention to this model. The cost of the pair is