Brooks Transcend 4 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 review

Brooks Transcend 4 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators.

The Brooks Transcend 4 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 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 to overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 differ somewhat.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tends to be more open and free of overlays, especially on the toe box.

It comes with enough no-sew overlays on the medial side around the midfoot and in the ASICS logo on the lateral side to keep your foot in place.

The Brooks Transcend 4 is different in that it comes with light no-sew overlays that run throughout the entire upper to give you a more custom fit.

In addition, unlike the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, the Brooks Transcend 4 has a stitched-on toecap at the front of the shoe, which should increase the durability in that area.

Both the Brooks Transcend 4 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 come with an external piece at the back that provides extra support behind the heel.

The difference is that the external heel counter of the Brooks Transcend 4 comes a bit further forward on the medial side of the upper to really increase the support when your foot is rolling inward.

In any case, both running shoes should feel pretty comfortable on your feet and provide enough support to keep your foot on the platform.

While both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are stabilitiy running shoes, they are meant to provide runners with a luxurious running experience. This includes cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does so by having two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

The Brooks Transcend 4 comes with one main layer of foam, but it is the best that Brooks has got to offer in terms of cushioning.

The latter is reflected in results from running shoe lab tests, which show that the Brooks Transcend 4 offers almost a maximum of heel and forefoot cushioning to both men and women.

The amount of cushioning offered by the Brooks Transcend 4 lies far above that provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, especially for men.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 can be seen as a cushy running shoe for men because it provides an above average amount of cushioning, the Brooks Transcend 4 can be seen as super cushy.

The differences in cushioning are a bit smaller for women perhaps because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel to take stress of the Achilles tendon but which also increases the amount of cushioning in the running shoe.

But while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women is a bit more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men, the Brooks Transcend 4 for women still exceeds that amount of cushioning.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Transcend 4 come with a support system on the medial side of the running shoe to control overpronation.

However, because the Brooks Transcend 4 does not use the standard way of controlling overpronation, its support system also has a counterpart on the lateral side of the midsole.

The Guide Rails in the Brooks Transcend 4 help your body and feet find a more natural motion path and are located on both sides at the top of the midsole.

In addition, the Brooks Transcend 4 provides full ground contact under the midfoot and has a somewhat broader section there to increase the stability of the running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a midfoot shank for support under the midfoot.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Transcend 4 as being just a tiny bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, and both running shoes provide a slightly above average amount of stability.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look significantly different, but both have a good amount of separation going on for shock absorption and dissipation.

Because the Brooks Transcend 4 has a better connection between its heel and forefoot, it is expected to give you smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The Brooks Transcend 4 provides a good amount of flexibility, according to running shoe lab tests, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is the clear winner and is quite flexible for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 4 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Transcend 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a moderate amount of stability but also a soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Brooks Transcend 4, thereby keeping in mind that the Brooks Transcend 4 is expected to give you a softer and smoother ride.

Both running shoes come very close to having the same to offer. The main distinction points are that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is more flexible and the Brooks Transcend 4 is lighter and slightly more cushy.

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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