ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 fall in the same category of stability running shoes, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 lying at a higher level in the stability and support category than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

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Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com come with no-sew overlays in their uppers, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is more open and free than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The overlays on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are very light and mesh is relied on to provide support in the upper. Only the ASICS logo and some extra overlays on the medial side provide some support around the midfoot.

On the other hand, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has many more no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot. It also comes with a stitched-on overlay at the front and has some stitches at the back.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 also has some stitches at the back, it comes with much less stitches in its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. The absence of stitches should increase your comfort level.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 also comes with a sturdy heel counter at the back for additional support behind the heel. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has some overlays at the back but displays more mesh than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Overall, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 looks a bit more supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 although the latter provides a good amount of support toward the back of the shoe while keeping the forefoot pretty open and comfortable.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to runners, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is more moderate in that respect.

This is reflected in the cushioning profiles obtained from running shoe lab tests, which show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

Women can expect to get a cushy forefoot from both running shoes, but the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might feel a bit firm compared to the very cushy heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Overall, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides much more cushioning to women than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The men's versions of the running shoes display different cushioning profiles than the women's versions. In this case, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 although the latter provides an above average amount.

However, while the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might feel a bit firm to men, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a good amount of heel cushioning to men but not as much as in the women's version of the running shoe.

The difference in heel cushioning between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is smaller in the men's versions than in the women's versions of the running shoes.

Where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 wins from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is in the stability department.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides almost a maximum of stability, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 falls just above average.

The large amount of stability provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes from a long post on the medial side that controls overpronation and a crash pad that runs from heel to toe on the lateral side of the midsole.

These two components provide shock absorption at heel-strike, when your foot rolls in it is stopped, and then you continue to roll through to toe-off in a smooth transition.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a support system on the medial side, a midfoot shank, and has GEL cushioning in its heel and forefoot, but it is not as contiguous and gradual as in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides overall more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

What is also quite good in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is the amount of separation in its outsole. The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is also quite separated but has larger rubber compartments than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

Despite all this, both running shoes display a good amount of flexibility in the lab although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is much more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a very soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 might be able to deliver that.

But if you know that you will be needing lots of stability and support, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 instead.

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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