ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. Brooks Ghost 11 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Ghost 11 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 11 a neutral running shoe.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 11 are similar in that they both are very open and free from overlays from midfoot to forefoot and offer a good amount of support around the heel.

However, while the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com uses mostly the structure of its mesh to provide lightweight support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with an internal network of underlays to provide additional support.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might provide an overall somewhat tighter fit than the Brooks Ghost 11.

Both running shoes keep the bunion window open to provide comfort to those who have big bunions, but because some of the underlays in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might surround or cross the bunion window, the Brooks Ghost 11 can be seen as the one that provides more room and freedom of movement in the toe box.

The second similarity can be found around the heel where both running shoes are quite closed.

The Brooks Ghost 11 comes with a piece that hooks around the upper part of the heel to provide a better fit and lock the heel in place, but this cannot compete with the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 that wraps around both the upper and lower part of the heel .

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is also better able to prevent heel rotation compared to the Brooks Ghost 11.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, and both running shoes deliver an adequate amount of support around the heel for their respective audiences.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are meant to deliver a soft ride, but their midsoles are constructed slightly differently.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 is not a stability running shoe, it does come with a stability feature in the crash pad of softer foam that it has under the heel on the lateral side.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does not come with a separate crash pad like the one of the Brooks Ghost 11, but it does have two layers of foam under the heel in addition to GEL cushioning to soften your landings.

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Nonetheless, lab tests have found that the amount of heel cushioning delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is about average and could even feel firm to some male runners.

The Brooks Ghost 11, on the other hand, has been found to have a very cushy heel for men but delivers a more moderate amount of heel cushioning to women.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 might be better for heel-strikers compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

Both running shoes come with one main layer under the forefoot and offer a good amount of forefoot cushioning, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might offer a bit more forefoot cushioning to women than the Brooks Ghost 11. Men could go either way where forefoot cushioning is concerned.

All in all, according to lab test data, men would get an overall softer ride from the Brooks Ghost 11, while women would get overall more cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 can be found on the medial side of the midsole and under the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with a support system on the medial side that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward, and it also has a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole to provide a good amount of support under the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 11 does not come with a medial post and neither does it have a midfoot shank.

However, because it makes use of somewhat firmer foam than in its crash pad on the medial side of its midsole, and because it delivers a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot, it does deliver some stability and support but probably not enough for overpronators.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for men, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the Brooks Ghost 11 for women.

Women get 3 mm more heel height in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 to take stress off their Achilles. Had it not been for this extra 3 mm, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would have had a similar heel-to-drop as the Brooks Ghost 11 for women.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Ghost 11 look quite different in the way they have been set up.

The Brooks Ghost 11 tends to display more segmentation and separation, which is good for absorbing and dissipating shock and thus also for giving you a smoother ride.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has large areas of rubber with a few flex grooves and a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The deep horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 run more from to side to side than those in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, but still, both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 have been found to be stiff running shoes for both men and women, probably because of the good amount of forefoot cushioning that they both deliver.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for both men and women.

Making a decision between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 should not be that difficult, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 was made for overpronators, while the Brooks Ghost 11 is for neutral runners.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 is seen as a stable neutral running shoe, it probably does not provide enough correction for overpronators who need support. However, it is good for neutral runners who are looking for a touch of stability in addition to a soft and smooth ride.

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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