Asics Gel Kayano 29, Support Running Shoes

Running Shoe Reviews
Asics Gel Kayano 29, Support Running Shoes

Category

Support Road Running Shoes

Summary

Average Weight: Men's 299g / Women's 270g
Offset: 10mm

Iconic Asics shoes known for their reliable support and supreme comfort. Top of the range for stability and cushioning.

Men's Asics Gel Kayano 29
£165.00

Women's Asics Gel Kayano 29
£165.00

Features:

Upper

  • Engineered knit upper, seamless, stretchy and friction-free fit
  • Comfortable padded tongue
  • 50% recycled material

Midsole

  • FlyteFoam Blast+ for superior cushioning and explosive rebound
  • Asics signature feature, gel padded heel
  • New LiteTruss medial post system with a moderate and more adaptive stability
  • Ortholite breathable sock liner

Outersole

  • AHAR+ (Asics High Abrasion Rubber Plus) for improved grip and durability
  • Forefoot flex groves for a smother toe-off
Women's Asics Kayano 29
Women's Asics Kayano 29

Pros

  • The arch feels quite supported in a more natural way
  • The wider platform and rolling shaped outsole add great control
  • Good for midfoot or forefoot strikers


Cons

  • A bulky design
  • Not ideal for tempo running
  • On the higher end of price range

In Testing

The cushioning in the Kayano 29 is impressive; the new FFBlast+ is much softer and bouncier than its predecessor, especially at the front – making the shoes more friendly for forefoot runners. There is a very secure heel counter, however the LiteTruss support is less structured. The Kayano is not as stable as it used to be; it is definitely less rigid, lighter and softer under the arch. Despite this, the updated rolling style outsole feels more responsive. It also offers a smoother and easier heel-to-toe transition, unlike the previous version that felt closer to the ground with a snappier sensation.


Verdict

Having worked for Asics in the past might make my opinion a bit biased. I ran in Asics for over 10 years, so I am really fond of the brand. However, as I am not a long distance runner, my preference are lighter and more minimalistic shoes.

But if you are looking for high cushioning, plush, maximum protection for impact with a moderate support the new Asics Gel Kayano 29 is definitely an option to be considered.


Men's Asics Gel Kayano 29
£165.00

Women's Asics Gel Kayano 29
£165.00

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