ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Brooks Transcend 3 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability 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 23 and the Brooks Transcend 3 fall in the same category of stability running shoes and should match up well against each other because they are both meant to provide a plush ride and a moderate amount of stability.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 3 are similar in that they both come with no stitched-on overlays and provide a lot of their support through structure in the mesh.

This allows both the Brooks Transcend 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 to provide you with a comfortable fit that minimizes the chance of irritation.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Transcend 3 provide a good amount of support behind the heel with sturdy heel counters.

The only difference is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 has some stitches at the back of its upper and the Brooks Transcend 3 does not have any stitches at all.

All in all, the Brooks Transcend 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 deliver a similar amount of support through their upper and a fit that should not feel too tight.

As mentioned previously, both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Transcend 3 are meant to provide runners with a very soft ride.

So naturally, their midsoles are made of material that delivers softness.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does this through foam and GEL cushioning, while the Brooks Transcend 3 makes use of foam that is meant to deliver 20% more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole foam.

The difference in cushioning becomes evident from running shoe lab tests, which show that there aren't big differences to be noted between the two running shoes for women.

Women should be able to enjoy a very soft forefoot from the Brooks Transcend 3 and a very cushy heel from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

But while the amount of heel cushioning is almost equal in the two running shoes, the Brooks Transcend 3 delivers just a tad more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

But all in all, whether you choose the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Brooks Transcend 3 as a woman, you should be able to get a very soft ride from either.

The differences between the amount of cushioning in the two running shoes is a bit larger in the men's versions of the running shoes.

In this case, the Brooks Transcend 3 delivers an overall softer ride than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men.

In fact, the amount of cushioning in the Brooks Transcend 3 is almost to the max in both the heel and the forefoot.

On the other hand, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 delivers an above average amount of cushioning to men, it is not as much as the amount in the Brooks Transcend 3 and should definitely be noticeable.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Transcend 3 come with a support system that helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward, but this support system differs in the two running shoes.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 uses GEL cushioning in the heel to soften impact on the lateral side and then firmer foam on the medial side and a midfoot shank to control overpronation.

The Brooks Transcend 3 uses Guide Rails at the upper edge of the midsole to help your foot and body to align themselves without any overcorrections.

The support system of the Brooks Transcend 3 delivers just a touch of stability, which according to running shoe lab tests lies just above average and is just a tad more than what the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 delivers.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the Brooks Transcend 3 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 because it does not have a midfoot shank that prevents it to touch the ground under the midfoot. This increases the stability a bit more.

The outsoles of the two running shoes display a good amount of separation between their rubber compartments, although the Brooks Transcend 3 provides more separation than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

This large amount of separation should help smoothen your ride even more along with the amount ground contact provided.

However, according to running shoe lab tests, it does not help much with the flexibility of the Brooks Transcend 3, which turns out to be quite stiff compared to the more flexible ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.4 oz (323 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Transcend 3 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a soft ride from a stability running shoe that provides a moderate amount of stability, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Brooks Transcend 3.

The Brooks Transcend 3 sticks out as being more plush than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 sticks out as being very flexible, but you can go either way depending on what kind of running experience you are after.

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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