ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Brooks Glycerin 14 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 fall in two different categories of running shoes, but because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 can also be worn by neutral runners (according to ASICS), it also covers part of the crowd of runners that can run in the Brooks Glycerin 14.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are similar in that they both provide a good wrap around the entire foot to give a comfortable yet more precise fit.

The uppers differ in that the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with broad overlays that wrap the midfoot and that contain some stitches to keep them in place.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot, and there are a bit more overlays on the medial side than on the lateral side.

The mesh of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 also has structure that provides a bit of a hold but not as much as overlays would. Both the uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 stretch a bit as your foot swells.

Another difference between the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a sturdy external heel counter, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 has sturdy stitched-on overlays at the back for additional support.

Overall, both running shoes provide a good amount of support through their uppers, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 probably provides more of it in the most critical places.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to runners.

They achieve this through different configurations of their midsoles. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with GEL and foam, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 only comes with foam.

The difference in amount of cushioning can be seen when you analyze running shoe lab test results.

For men, the Brooks Glycerin 14 turns out to be a very cushy running shoe in both the heel and the forefoot. In fact, the amount of cushioning it provides is almost to the max.

So it is not surprising that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 lags behind the Brooks Glycerin 14 for men. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides above average cushioning to men, so you should still be able to get a soft ride but probably not as soft as in the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The cushioning profiles come closer to each other where the female versions of the running shoes are concerned.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 provide a similar amount of heel cushioning to women, with both providing way above average heel cushioning.

However, when if comes to forefoot cushioning, the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides an amount that is almost to the max and that is more than what the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides, despite the latter providing quite a bit of forefoot cushioning.

All in all, women should be able to experience a very soft ride from either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The big difference between the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is a stability running shoe, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 is purely a neutral cushioning running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a support system on the medial side of its midsole and a midfoot shank that helps stabilize the feet of overpronators. The Brooks Glycerin 14 does not come with such mechanisms.

But sitll, running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Glycerin 14 as being just a tiny bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, with both offering stability that is a little bit above average.

The stability in the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes from the fact that it provides a good amount of ground contact and more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Its midsole also displays a good amount of separation similar to a full-length crash pad so that your ride is not only soft but also a bit more stable as you transition from heel to toe.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 also displays a bit more separation between its rubber compartments and has smaller rubber compartments than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

This allows the Brooks Glycerin 14 to provide runners with a good amount of flexibility. But according to running shoe lab tests, the amount of flexibility offered by the two running shoes is about equal for both genders with only minimal differences. Both are quite flexible running shoes.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men weighs 11.5 oz (326 grams).

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are very similar in what they offer runners despite serving different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner, you could go either way because both running shoes offer a similar amount of stability. In terms of cushioning, men may want to look into the Brooks Glycerin 14 more than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 if they want a very soft ride.

Mild and moderate overpronators may want to stick with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, just to be on the safe side.

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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