ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. Brooks Transcend 3 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. Brooks Transcend 3 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Transcend 3 fall in the same stability category of running shoes and both are geared toward being very cushy so should stack up well against each other.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to and the Brooks Transcend 3 have an upper that contains a minimum amount of stitches.

In fact, the upper of the Brooks Transcend 3 is completely no-sew.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has stitched-on overlays, but these are located more toward the back of the shoe, wrapping the top of the saddle and pulling it down toward the heel.

Both the Brooks Transcend 3 The preceding link takes you to and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 use mainly mesh to provide structure and support through the upper.

Therefore, the fit provided by both the Brooks Transcend 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 should be quite comfortable, especially from midfoot to forefoot.

And both running shoes provide enough structure and support around the midfoot to keep your foot on the platform.

At the back of the both shoes, there is a sturdy heel counter to keep your heel locked down on the platform.

As mentioned in the introduction, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Transcend 3 are geared toward those runners who are looking for a very plush running experience in addition to some stability and support.

They both provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does this by using layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, and the Brooks Transcend 3 does this through the implementation of super soft cushioning in its midsole.

That the two running shoes offer a soft ride can be deduced from running shoe lab tests that show that both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Transcend 3 have a lot of cushioning in the forefoot and the heel.

For men, the Brooks Transcend 3 offers just a little bit more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22. And for women, it is the other way around with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 having a more cushy heel than the Brooks Transcend 3.

But the latter may be due to the fact that the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has 3 mm more height than the men's version of the shoe to take stress of tendons.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Transcend 3 are geared toward runners who overpronate, so they implement mechanisms for pronation control.

The mechanism implemented differs in the two running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 implementing a more tradional method through the use of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole.

The Brooks Transcend 3, however, implements Guide Rails that are lined at the top edge of the midsole to help you move in a better motion path and to provide better alignment.

While the two mechanisms differ, they tend to provide a similar degree of stability and support.

However, the Brooks Transcend 3 throws in a couple of more features in the full ground contact that it provides and a rounded heel that reduces stress on joints.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 continues on the traditional path by having a midfoot shank that connects the lateral to the medial side for extra support under the midfoot. And because of this, it does not provide full ground contact.

This also makes the outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has large slabs of rubber in its outsole, which should increase the durability of the running shoe.

The Brooks Transcend 3 is more segmented in that respect with smaller rubber pods. It also consists of three separate zones that help distribute pressure under your foot.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more flexible running shoe of the two for both men and women, and that the Brooks Transcend 3 turns out to be a bit on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men weighs 11.6 oz (329 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that can not only provide enough stability and support but also give you a soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 or the Brooks Transcend 3.

The Brooks Transcend 3 might excel in the softness and smoothness of the ride it provides, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might be better if you are a female heel-striker.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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