The ASICS Gel Kayano is one of the most popular running shoes ever made. The Gel Kayano is a favorite among marathoners, half marathoners, and endurance athletes who log high mileage and want to stay healthy. I did the bulk of my training in the Gel Kayano 21 leading up to the 2014 New York City Marathon, and decided to race in them as well. No blisters, no foot pain, and a shiny new PR with a BQ on top.
The 21st edition of this iconic shoe introduces the latest Fluidride™ technology and features the new ComforDry X-40 sockliner. That means that you’ll be running on shoes that deliver great rebound, cushion your feet on impact, and provide excellent breathability. The Gel Kayano 21 is a comfortable, lightweight shoe with a stable ride.
The Gel Kayano offers generous space in the toebox, and a secure heel thanks to the Exoskeletal heel counter. The gel cushioning provides much-needed protection to runners like me that log most of their miles on pavement or asphalt. The ASICS Guidance systems help to keep the foot properly aligned to increase running efficiency.
The Gel Kayano 21 is a very comfortable shoe designed to help you run longer. I own many pairs of running shoes, but my ASICS Gel Kayano 21s sit on the top shelf of the shoe rack just begging to go for a run. These shoes are a bit pricey compared to others on the market, but you get what you pay for.
Prices as of January 15, 2015
$159.95 at RoadRunner Sports (FREE Shipping Use Code: CX15B023)