ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. Brooks Transcend 5 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Transcend 5 are stability running shoes for overpronators who require a moderate amount of stability and support.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 5 are different in the way they hold your foot on the running platform.

The Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with broad overlays that wrap the midfoot and that have some stitches in them. These overlays provide a great deal of support to overpronators.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is different in that it has some stitches along its saddle, but most of its upper is no-sew.

In addition, it comes with an internal fit system of underlays to keep your foot on the running platform. This type of support is more lightweight compared to the overlays implemented by the Brooks Transcend 5.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might offer a better fit with its underlays and its mesh that wraps your foot.

Both running shoes have a toe box that is free from overlays, but the underlays of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might provide some constriction in the toe box.

However, because the overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Transcend 5 come far forward, they can also provide some constriction around the bunion area. Such a constriction would be somewhat worse than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, because the underlays are lighter and looser.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Transcend 5 have a sturdy external heel counter that wraps the heel to deliver support and start the process of pronation control from within the upper by minimizing heel rotation.

The external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 wraps the top of the heel better than that of the Brooks Transcend 5, but both come far enough forward to provide an adequate amount of support.

All in all, while both running shoes deliver a similar amount of support around the heel, the Brooks Transcend 5 is the one that delivers a good amount of support where overpronators tend to need it most.

The Brooks Transcend 5 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 are similar in that they are both meant to deliver a soft ride to overpronators. However, their midsoles are constructed differently to achieve this.

The Brooks Transcend 5 makes use of midsole material that delivers more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole material.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 makes use of more responsive foam in its midsole but combines it with softer foam in the forefoot and as a thin layer under the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 also comes with GEL cushioning to further soften your ride.

According to lab tests, the Brooks Transcend 5 has a cushy forefoot for both men and women with a more moderately-cushioned heel that should still feel soft, especially to women.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has also been found to have a cushy forefoot, but its heel cushioning might feel firm to men and moderately cushy to women.

Therefore, men would get an overall softer ride in the Brooks Transcend 5, while the difference in cushiness between the two running shoes should not be that noticeable to women.

Both the Brooks Transcend 5 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 are meant to deliver support to overpronators but do so in different ways.

The Brooks Transcend 5 makes use of an advanced system of elevated sections along the upper edge of the midsole that are meant to help your body and joints align themselves.

Therefore, the type of support delivered by the Brooks Transcend 5 does not really force your body or feet to move in a certain way but more for your body and feet to correct themselves.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is different in that it makes use of a more traditional way of providing support to overpronators by means of foam that distributes pressure to increase stability.

The support system on the medial side of the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does not go all the way up to the foot but runs from under the heel till a bit past the midfoot and is aided by a midfoot shank that increases support right under the midfoot.

Therefore, the degree of pronation control delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would not be very strong, but when this is combined with the external heel counter in the upper, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does deliver a good amount of support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Transcend 5 are on a similar level where stability and support are concerned, that is, they both deliver an above average amount of support that is suitable for moderate overpronators. The main difference lies in the way they deliver that support.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Brooks Transcend 5 differ quite a bit in construction and layout.

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

The Brooks Transcend 5 has more flex grooves in its forefoot compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, and it displays a bit more segmentation and separation in addition to the fact that it delivers more ground contact and is widened under the midfoot.

The ground contact and degree of separation and segmentation should help you to achieve a smoother ride in the Brooks Transcend 5.

However, because the Brooks Transcend 5 provides a good amount of forefoot cushioning, it tends to be on the stiff side for both men and women. This is also the case for the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might turn out to be a bit more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 5, because it has somewhat less forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for women weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for men weighs 11.9 oz (337 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft ride, you could turn to either the Brooks Transcend 5 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The Brooks Transcend 5 is good for those who are looking for a secure fit in addition to a soft and smooth ride, and men might also like the fact that it is overall a bit cushier for them compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is good for those who are looking for comfort and a more close-to-foot fit.

Women could go either way where a soft ride is concerned but might prefer the Brooks Transcend 5 for being somewhat lighter or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for helping to take stress off their Achilles tendon.

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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