ASICS Gel-Kayano 26

First Impression
So as a runner one of the most exciting parts of the week/month/year is when an ASICS package comes to the door and I get to see what is inside. This time is was pair of the new GEL-KAYANO 26. My eyes lit up straight away when I took them out of the box. The MAKO BLUE/SOUR YUZU colour stood out straight away. I couldn’t wait to give them a test run. My 1st pair of GEL-KAYANO was way back when they were the 18s. They were the first shoe I finally felt comfortable running in and over the years I continued to get the new version that would come out. They hit a new level of comfort last year with the 25s so how could ASICS top them? Well it was time to see could they.

So the 1st thing I noticed when I put them on is they didn’t seem as soft as the 25s. I remember the feeling of putting on the 25s and thinking this is what it must feel like walking on clouds. I didn’t get that feeling when I put on the 26s. This had me a little worried but with GEL™ technology to the rear and front now I decided I would wait until I ran in them before I’d comment more on the comfort. As soon as I started running I didn’t need them to feel like running on clouds instead I found them very responsive and had excellent support. ASICS mentions that the SpEVA™ 45 lasting improves bounce-back characteristic and I could definitely feel that. The GEL-KAYANO 26 are lighter than previous versions and this is a positive step. Even though they are still heavier than most shoes I didn’t take notice of this, even on tired legs after a weekend of racing. GEL-KAYANO are made for runners who overpronate and they have helped me on my marathon journeys so far.

Pros

  • Lighter than previous KAYANO version
  • Great choice of colours
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Good for runner who need support or are going long distance
  • Solid support

Cons 

  • A bit heavy for shorter / faster runs
  • High end shoe so are more costly

Verdict

I am already looking forward to using these for my autumn marathon training and on race day. If you are looking for a shoe that offers superb support, comfort and look great then you have to get a pair. You will thank yourself for choosing these as you cross the line at your next marathon.

The GEL-KAYANO 26 in this Kit Review were gifted by ASICS Europe

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