Brooks Transcend 5 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 review

Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators...

NEW! Brooks Transcend 5 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25

The Brooks Transcend 5 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are stability running shoes, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can also be worn by neutral runners, according to ASICS.

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The uppers of the Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 differ in that the Brooks Transcend 5 comes with broad stitched-on overlays around the midfoot to give you a good amount of support in that area.

The amount of support delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more moderate, because it makes use of underlays and the ASICS logo to keep things in place around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does come with some stitches in its saddle, but most of its upper is seamless.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open and free from overlays, so both running shoes should be able to offer a good amount of comfort in the toe box.

What is also similar is that both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Transcend 5 have no-sew overlays at the front, but the overlay on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more closed than those on the Brooks Transcend 5.

Another similarity between the two running shoes can be found at the back, where both have a sturdy external heel counter that locks your heel in and reduces heel rotation.

The external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 hugs the heel better, because it has a piece that goes up around the collar, so the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might offer a bit more support at the back compared to the Brooks Transcend 5.

However, the external heel counters participate in the process of providing pronation control, so both running shoes start delivering support in their uppers.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support and comfort from the upper of either running shoe, but the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers more support and a more secure fit around the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Transcend 5 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are meant to deliver a soft ride to overpronators.

Their midsoles differ in construction, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 having two layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

The top layer of foam is softer and the bottom layer is more responsive, so overall, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers a soft ride, but not too soft to hold you back.

The Brooks Transcend 5 makes use of one of Brooks' midsole material that delivers lots of cushioning, which makes the Brooks Transcend 5 also deliver an overall soft ride.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Transcend 5 lies in the way they provide support to overpronators.

The Brooks Transcend 5 comes with elevated sections along the upper edge of its midsole to provide support.

These elevated sections are meant to help align your body and joints so that your body corrects itself. They do not actually force your feet to move in a certain way like more traditional medial posts do.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 makes use of a more traditional way of delivering support by having a support system on the medial side and a midfoot shank to provide midfoot integrity and support.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is listed by ASICS as a running shoe that can be worn by both neutral runners and overpronators, you can expect the amount of pronation control delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 to be on the mild to moderate side.

While the Brooks Transcend 5 is not really listed as being for neutral runners, the use of an advanced support system that does not overcorrect might also make it suitable to be worn by neutral runners.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Transcend 5 look quite different.

The outsole of the Brooks Transcend 5 displays more separation and has three different zones, with the one under the midfoot being a bit wider than usual to provide a bit more stability.

The heel is well segmented to isolate impact, and the Brooks Transcend 5 has a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, despite all of this, the Brooks Transcend 5 might still feel somewhat stiff under your foot, because it is a running that delivers quite a bit of forefoot cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a more traditional outsole and provides less ground contact than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also has larger areas of rubber and less flex grooves, but the flex grooves run nicely from side to side.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might turn out to be a bit more flexible 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 24 for women weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft ride, you can look into either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 or the Brooks Transcend 5.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might feel more comfortable and less tight than the Brooks Transcend 5, while the Brooks Transcend 5 might deliver a smoother ride and a more secure fit.

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.


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