Brooks Beast 14 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Brooks Beast 14 provides maximum support and a smooth ride to severe overpronators. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very plush ride to moderate overpronators for long runs.

The Brooks Beast 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both geared toward providing support and stability, but the Brooks Beast 14 is aimed toward severe overpronators and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 toward mild to moderate overpronators.

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While this article will mostly mention Brooks Beast 14, everything that is written here also applies to the women's version of the running shoe, the Brooks Ariel 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

That the Brooks Beast 14 provides more support than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is evident from the upper and the midsole.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com consists mostly of a couple of no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and run over the toe box.

The amount of support is increased toward the back of the shoe with a stitched-on overlay running from the top of the saddle toward the midsole and an external heel counter at the back to lock down your heel onto the platform.

Everywhere else, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has structure in its mesh itself to provide some degree of support and hold.

The Brooks Beast 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, has a broad overlay that pulls the saddle toward the midsole and back of the shoe, which provides a good amount of support around the midfoot.

Then the Brooks Beast 14 has no-sew overlays in the frontal part of the shoe to provide structure and support.

And while it does not have an external heel counter, the sturdy stitched-on overlay at the back should also get the job done.

All in all, the Brooks Beast 14 has more overlays and provides a more secure fit than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Beast 14 are meant to provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles and feel plush under your feet.

And while both running shoes are also meant to provide pronation control to overpronators, they do so in different degrees.

Both running shoes have a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

However, this system is much more aggressive and stronger in the Brooks Beast 14 than it is in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The firmer foam in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not run till under the foot, since the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a softer layer of foam closest to the foot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does have a midfoot shank that connects both sides of the shoe to increase the amount of support right under the midfoot.

However, when you look at the Brooks Beast 14, you'll immediately notice the differences. The firmer foam in the Brooks Beast 14 runs high up till under the foot and the midfoot shank covers the area under the midfoot but also runs up into the firmer foam to reinforce it.

This allows the Brooks Beast 14 to provide a much stronger degree of pronation control than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

In addition, the pronation control in the Brooks Beast 14 should be more gradual due to the different densities of foam that are implemented at the back of the midsole.

Another big difference between the midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Beast 14 is that the Brooks Beast 14 has a crash pad on the lateral side that runs from the back of the shoe till the front of the shoe.

This allows the Brooks Beast 14 to provide you with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 achieves a similar effect with its GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

However, the GEL cushioning is less uniformly distributed along the entire length of the midsole than the crash pad in the Brooks Beast 14 is and does not connect at the midfoot, so the effect is not the same. The Brooks Beast 14 should provide a smoother ride.

The outsoles of both the Brooks Beast 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 have a good amount of flex grooves for flexibility and a good amount of separation between their rubber compartments for shock absorption and dissipation.

The base of the Brooks Beast 14 is broader and more linear than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 as a good indication that the Brooks Beast 14 is there to provide support to runners who have large or flat feet.

The Brooks Ariel 14 for women weighs approximately 12.0 oz (340 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The Brooks Beast 14 for men weighs about 13.8 oz (391 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men weighs approximately 11.6 oz (329 grams).

It is not that difficult to make a decision between the Brooks Beast 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, since these two running shoes are in two entirely different leagues.

While they are both stability running shoes, the Brooks Beast 14 is a motion control running shoe that provides a maximum amount of stability and support to severe overpronators.

So if you are not a severe overpronator but just need some degree of stability and support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might suit you better than the Brooks Beast 14.

Heavier runners, runners who have flat fleet, and severe overpronators should benefit from the features offered by the Brooks Beast 14.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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