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Gel-Kayano 26 Performance Review

ASICS Kayano series are always the classic bumper running shoes. Since 1993 up to this time, it comes to the 26th generation Kayano by going through the 26 years. Many Kayano series shoes are appraised the best annual running shoes by Runner’s World. And the newest Gel-Kayano 26 has been improved and adjusted to protect the runners’ feet better.


Appearance
I’m attracted by its colorway on the first eye. The main colorway is white and blue. The ankle part is mazarine. And the other places are white. The surface of vamp is white and the lining is blue. The shoe heel is white and orange. The heel of outsole is iridescent. The colorway is very suitable for summer.

The weight is lighter than last generation. The unit weight of US8 is about 305g.


The vamp is made by double layers of ventilated mesh fabric to increase the air permeability. And it has reflective material. It will improve the security when running in the light.

Insole
The FlyteFoam insole technology uses special organic fiber material, which is about 55% lighter than other ASICS shoes’ standard insole material. Except the light weight, it also has better elasticity. It can offer great elasticity and feedback when long-time running.


The improved DuoMax® insole is lighter. It combines two kinds of materials with different density to improve the stability and supporting performance.


Outsole & Other details
Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning Systems can reduce the impact force to make the pace to be smoothly when running. And it won’t be limited by the geography.

Guidance Line Midsole Technology tracking guidance system and the full-length groove design are mainly used to improve the running performance. It improves the stability.
Guidance Trusstic System™ technology combining with Trusstic System® midsole support and Guidance Line® tracking guidance system brings the new stability. Matching with insole, it can help to control the turning speed.
SpevaFoam™ 45 Lasting uses 45° full-length durable material. It’s soft and comfortable.
AHAR Plus Outsole foam rubber is durable.

It uses external MetaCluth heel stabilizing plate which fit well the heel.


We have tested on 3 kinds of different roadbeds, that is, sidewalk, pitch road and PU track.

Gel-Kayano 26 is very stable when running on different roadbeds. It’s very comfortable when running. And the weight is light. It won’t be a burden for you.

Overall:
Gel-Kayano 26 is a pair of nice running shoes which has good buffer, support and stability. It’s worthy to be recommended.


Mr, Kayano designed the 1st generation of Kayano in 1993. He used GEL and TPU material, and the vamp is CoolMax ventilated material. It’s very special at that time. During these years, the shoes’ technology are always improved and adjusted till now. Almost all of the guys who love ASICS shoes know ASICS Gel-Kayano series. I’m expecting that ASICS Gel-Kayano series will keep innovating and bring more and more surprise to us.