Some runners make the bad habit of rolling their foot inwards when running.
This habit causes biomechanical errors that increase the impact on the knee and hip joint. While this can be corrected by deliberate practice, some people are just born with it and some just can’t seem to run the proper way no matter how hard they try.
To correct this, running shoe companies created stability shoes that helps prevent the foot from overpronating.
While there’s a plethora of stability running shoes out there, but the ASICS Gel-Kayano 27 is considered by many as the best stability daily training shoes.
In this article, we will find out why the ASICS Gel-Kayano 27 is loved by many stability shoe runners.
Asics Gel-Kayano 27 Full Review
This shoe has a lower stack height compared to some stability daily trainers and a common 10mm drop. Though this shoe is lighter than last year’s model, it’s still a considerably heavy shoe weighing 11 Oz.
The ASICS Kayano series has been in production since 1993 and has continued production for 27 long years. Its long history speaks greatly about its quality, durability, and technology.
Along the years, the Kayano series replaced and improve different components of the shoe to always make it better than last year’s model.
Let’s talk about what makes the ASICS Gel-Kayano 27 special.
ASICS increased the space in between the mesh upper fibers that helps reduce weight and increase breathability.
It has a padded tongue and a padded collar that helps improve its comfort. It almost feels like you have a pillow on your foot.
It has a very stout heel counter that prevents your heel from sliding up and provides better stability. It feels like someone is holding your heel in place (Great job, ASICS!).
I strongly believe the upper is designed very well, a result of ASICS’ decades of experience.
The midsole and its stability is where most of the glory of this legendary stability shoe resides.
They use the Flytefoam technology for their midsole that offers a soft bounce resulting in a more efficient ride. Plus, the added flex grooves help improve the flexibility of the forefoot of the shoe.
In addition, both the forefoot and the rear end of the shoes are equipped with a semi-liquid gel which helps reduce the impact to your joints.
Its Flytefoam propel midsole is also softer on the women’s model to accommodate for the differences in biomechanics. A feature not very common in other brands.
Cushioning is a very important aspect of a training shoe. It promotes longevity and prevents injuries. And for this shoe, ASICS delivered well, along with all their shoes with the Gel cushioning technology.
If you’re a stability shoe runner looking for a shoe that provides the most stability, I believe this is the best one on the market.
It uses the Dynamic DuoMax™ Support System which makes the rear end of your shoes a very stable platform. It has 0 flex or torsion providing you with great stability on every stride.
Plus, the Guidance Line helps reduce the rate of pronation of your foot allowing your strides to be more consistent.
The stability system on this shoe is very different from the Guide Rails found in Brooks Adrenaline. The former provides a really stable platform, exactly what overpronators need, whereas the latter is a more versatile stability shoe that anybody can enjoy.
Outsoles not only provide traction, but also determine the lifespan of the shoe.
In the case of the ASICS Gel Kayano 27, I believe it will last you for a long long time!
ASICS improved the already-great AHAR outsoles to AHAR Plus, a strategically placed outsoles that is 50% more durable that the AHAR.
Plus, it has a good traction, even on wet surfaces and tight curves allowing you to focus more on your strides.
Comfort / Fit
The shoes feel comfortable on the inside. It has a padded collar, tongue, and linings that further improves the overall comfort.
Personally, I feel more comfortable on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21, but that’s just me. Some friends of mine feel great with Kayanos.
This shoe fits well but some say it’s tight for them on certain areas. However, it is available on different widths so it shouldn’t be a problem.
ASICS is consistent with providing durable shoes. And, with the upgrade of the outsoles from AHAR to AHAR plus, I believe this shoe will last longer than its predecessors.
This shoe is a true blend of stability and comfort. True to what ASICS claim it to be.
Like any other shoes, it’s not for everybody. But if you’re looking for a stability shoes, this shoe is worth checking out.
- Support level: Stability
- Experience type: Max cushion
- Stack height: 22mm / 12mm
- Heel-toe drop: 10mm drop
- Weight: 315 g/11.1 oz
- Surface: Road
Who are these for?
This shoe is best used as a daily trainer for runners who overpronate when running. These are for runners in need of extra stability from the shoe to help with running biomechanics and reduce the impact on the knee joint.
Runners with low foot arch and flat foot may benefit from this shoe as well.
If you’re serious with your running performance/training, I wouldn’t recommend it for races, threshold runs and other speed work because it is a considerably heavy shoe.
But if you’re an overpronated runner just looking for a pair of shoes to train on everyday, then you’ll benefit the most from this shoe.
The package includes a pair of ASICS Gel Kayano 27
Overview of Features
Dynamic DuoMax™ Support System + Guidance Line
The Dynamic DuoMax is located at the rear end of the midsole and is probably the best support technology in providing real stability in the market. It helps reduce the inward roll of your foot creating a smoother transition at the flat foot stage.
The Guidance line helps decrease the rate of pronation to help your feet move more consistently.
Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning System
The Gel cushioning system is a semi-liquid material strategically placed within the midsole that provides improved cushioning. It attenuates the impact that your knee joints receive from the impact phase of your gait cycle and allows a smooth transition to midstance.
Flytefoam Cushioning Midsole
The Flytefoam midsole is a lightweight cushioning technology that, together with the Gel cushioning system, provides a softer and smoother ride.
Plus, it has a unique elastomer compound that provides supreme bounce that leads to a more efficient stride.
AHAR Plus Outsole
AHAR is the acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber, and anybody who’s had this outsole technology in the outsole knows how durable this thing is. Now, the AHAR plus is 50% more durable than the AHAR.
Not to mention, it has good traction too.
Impact Guidance System Technology
This technology is ASICS’ design philosophy that combines specific technology in three stages.
Stage 1: The Gel from the rear foot attenuates the shock from the heel upon impact.
Stage 2: Guidance line technology decrease the rate of pronation to help your feet move consistently. Then, the DuoMax support system reduces your foot’s overpronation.
Stage 3: The Gel Technology placed under the big toe joint increases shock absorption and improve overall comfort.
- Incredible stability
- The outsoles are very durable
- Extreme comfort
- Lighter than its predecessor
- Improved breathability
- Even though it’s lighter than the previous model, it’s still heavy
- The rear end of the midsole that provides the stability is a bit too stiff (in my opinion) which makes fewer people compatible with this shoe
Asics Gel Kayano 27
When it comes to stability shoes, this shoe is probably the best one in the market. It’s comfortable, very well cushioned, and most importantly, very good at providing stability. Indeed, a shoe that blends stability and comfort.
However, I would’ve loved this shoe better if it were a little bit cheaper. Around $130 would be the price point I’m happy to pay for this shoe.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
While I do think the Kayano 27 provides the most stability, its stiffness at the rear maybe a little bit too much for some. Hence, I would recommend the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 for those who are looking for a stability shoe that is a little bit more versatile in its guidance.
Unlike the Kayano’s Dynamic DuoMax support system, the Adrenaline GTS 21 uses Guide Rails. A support system that is there when you need them, and not when you don’t allowing more running gait to benefit from its stability.
For more details, check our full review.