ASICS GEL-Forte vs. GEL-Kayano 20 review

What is the difference between the ASICS GEL-Forte and the GEL-Kayano? Read this review to find out and determine which running shoe is best for you.

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Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 and the ASICS GEL-Forte were built with support and stability in mind.


However, the ASICS GEL-Forte can be classified as a true ASICS motion control running shoe, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 can be seen as a high-end stability running shoe that can also be used by overpronators.

There is a big price difference between these two running shoes, which will soon become clear when you read about the missing features in the ASICS GEL-Forte.

Note: The latest motion control running shoe from ASICS is the ASICS GEL-Fortify.

Both the ASICS GEL-Forte and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 have uppers that consist of breathable mesh that is reinforced by synthetic overlays.

The ASICS logo is worked into the overlays that hugs the midfoot on both the lateral and medial side of the shoes, and together with the lacing system, keep the foot firmly anchored down onto the platform.

What is missing from the ASICS GEL-Forte however is the FluidFit feature in the uppers, which offers a more custom personalized fit on the GEL-Kayano 20. So the latter should give you a glove-like fit compared to the GEL-Forte.

Both running shoes are suitable for intermediate to advanced runners, that is, athletes who run twice or more per week. And as an overpronator who requires support and stability, both ASICS running shoes offer that in two layers of foam in the midsole, so there aren't many differences to be found there.

However, there is a bit of a difference in the height and weight of each running shoe. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the Forte weighs 10.7 oz (303 grams), making the GEL-Kayano 20 a lighter running shoe.

But, the GEL-Kayano 20 sits higher off the ground at 24 mm in the heel and 11 mm in the forefoot, compared to 20 mm in the heel and 10 mm in the forefoot in the ASICS GEL-Forte. In addition, the ASICS GEL-Kayano adds an addition 3 mm in the women's version to reduce tension on the Achilles tendon. So if you are looking for a "low" athletic shoe, the ASICS GEL-Forte might be the one for you.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 has FuidRide in its midsole, which gives you a bit of a bounce back and which is missing in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Forte. So the GEL-Kayano 20 should feel lighter and bouncier than the GEL-Forte.

And while the GEL is not visible from the outside in the midsole of particularly the GEL-Forte, it is present in both the forefoot and the rearfoot, just like in the GEL-Kayano 20. So that should provide you with a bit of extra cushioning and shock absorption in both ASICS running shoes.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Forte and ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 are very similar in layout and structure. Both have Guidance Line to improve your ride, and both have a similar amount of compartments for flexibility and to help dissipate shock.

So there are no big differences there either, except that the grooves might be a little bit deeper on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20, which is why it also sits a bit higher off the ground.

And finally, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 comes in more colorful variants than the ASICS GEL-Forte, so if you are looking for a colorful running shoe that attracts attention, the GEL-Kayano would be the one to choose.

Making a choice between the ASICS GEL-Forte and GEL-Kayano 20 is not that difficult, I believe. If you are looking for a motion control running shoe, the ASICS GEL-Forte should provide you with a bit more stability on a low and stable platform.

But if you want to throw in more cushioning, get a bouncier feel, have a lighter shoe on your foot that feels like a glove, and don't mind feeling a bit high off the ground, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 should provide you with what you are looking for.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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