Brooks Glycerin 13 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Brooks Glycerin 13 provides a comfortable, soft, and smooth ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very plush ride to mild to moderate overpronators.

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The Brooks Glycerin 13 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Glycerin 13 intended to be worn by neutral runners and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 by mild to moderate overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ quite a bit in construction.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and sturdier stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel, it also provides structure and support through its mesh.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is different in that respect, since it has a broad overlay that wraps the midfoot to provide a good amount of support there, and then there are thinner no-sew 3D Fit Print overlays running throughout the upper to provide structure.

Another difference can be found at the back of the shoes where the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a stitched-on overlay to provide extra support, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a sturdy external heel counter to really lock your heel down and keep it in place.

All in all, the majority of the support provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is centered more toward the back of the shoe, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 focuses more on providing support around the midfoot.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles and are intended to provide you with a very plush ride.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has a Super DNA midsole that provides 25% more cushioning than Brooks' standard BioMoGo DNA.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a midsole that consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between those two layers in the heel and the forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more cushy running shoe of the two, but the differences in cushioning are bigger for women than they are for men.

For men, the cushioning profiles look almost identical with the Brooks Glycerin 13 lagging just a notch behind on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

For women, the amount of heel cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 sticks out above that provided by the Brooks Glycerin 13, therefore making the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 ideal for heel-strikers.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 sits higher off the ground than the Brooks Glycerin 13, and for women, offers 3 mm extra height in the heel to take stress of the Achilles tendon.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also have a stress reducing feature in its rounded heel that allows for a better alignment of joints.

The big difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 lies in the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is geared toward runners who do not need such kind of support, which is why it does not have such a support system.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 provides full ground contact under the midfoot, which not only adds to the stability of the running shoe, but also allows it to provide you with a smooth ride.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not provide full ground contact, but rather has a midfoot shank that does not touch the ground, but provides midfoot integrity as part of its support system.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 differ quite a bit.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 tends to have large slabs of rubber under it that makes it durable. It is also well-segmented for shock absorption and dissipation.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 is much more segmented than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, and is divided into three sections to distribute pressure and make your ride smoother.

The flexibility of the two running shoes also differ. Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is stiffer than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women, but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is much more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men weighs 11.6 oz (329 grams).

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator looking for a plush ride during long runs, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 may be able to deliver that.

And if you are a neutral runner looking to get a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe that is somewhat lighter, you may want to look into the Brooks Glycerin 13.

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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