ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. New Balance 1260v5 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. New Balance 1260v5 provides a lot of stability and support in addition to a responsive ride...

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the New Balance 1260v5 are stability running shoes that are geared toward overpronators who do not excessively overpronate.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the New Balance 1260v5 differ quite a bit.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has mostly no-sew overlays in the mid to front part of the shoe in addition to mesh that provides structure and holds the foot.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has stitched-on overlays in its upper, they are located more toward the back of the shoe in addition to a sturdy external heel counter to keep your foot in place.

Overall, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides more support toward the back of the shoe than it does directly over the midfoot or at the front of the shoe.

The New Balance 1260v5, on the other hand, has stitched-on overlays throughout its upper, but most importantly, centered over the midfoot to give you support where overpronators tend to need it most.

The New Balance 1260v5 also has no-sew overlays that run on the medial side from the saddle to the midfoot for extra structure and support.

While the New Balance 1260v5 does not have an external heel counter like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, it has stitched-on overlays that wrap the top of the heel in addition to an internal heel counter than is asymmetrical.

The heel counter of the New Balance 1260v5 is higher on the medial side than on the lateral side and assists with helping to stop your ankle from rolling too far inward so serves as an additional stability feature, which the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not have.

All in all, you should be able to get a more secure fit and more support from the upper of the New Balance 1260v5 than from that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 should feel more comfortable than the New Balance 1260v5 in the front part of the shoe.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the New Balance 1260v5 provide heel-to-toe cushioning but to different degrees.

The New Balance 1260v5 implements cushioning that is responsive instead of plush. While it does have softer foam under the heel to absorb shock, it is mostly equipped with somewhat firmer and more responsive foam throughout rest of the midsole.

The cushioning of the New Balance 1260v5 should feel quite balanced between the heel and the forefoot in addition to not being too soft nor too firm so good enough for long runs while still allowing you to go fast.

The midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 consists of two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest one and the one closest to the ground the more responsive one.

And then in between those two layers, there is GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 delivers an overall plush experience and turns out to have a quite cushy heel so would be a good running shoe for heel-strikers.

Since the New Balance 1260v5 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are stability running shoes, their midsoles are equipped with a device to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

However, this device is much longer in the New Balance 1260v5 than it is in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, and the New Balance 1260v5 provides almost full ground contact under the arch, which should help increase the stability of the running shoe.

Both running shoes have a midfoot shank that provides a good amount of support directly under the midfoot and hooks a bit into the medial side of the midsole to provide a bit of reinforcement.

However, the midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 connects the lateral side to the medial side to increase the amount of support provided, while the midfoot shank of the New Balance 1260v5 only provides support from the center of the midfoot toward the medial of the shoe where support is generally needed most.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 having large slabs of rubber and the New Balance 1260v5 having more of a hexagonal pattern in its rubber compartments, especially in the forefoot.

The New Balance 1260v5 also has an area of more responsive foam under the center of the forefoot to help you toe-off faster.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a vertical flex groove that helps with gait efficiency and that is missing in the New Balance 1260v5.

From the outsole it is also evident that the medial post that provides pronation control in the New Balance 1260v5 is also more wider than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, so again more supportive.

And finally, the New Balance 1260v5 provides almost full ground under the entire running shoe, which should benefit the stability of the running shoe as well as the smoothness of transitions from heel-strike to toe off.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v5 weighs approximately 10.2 oz (289 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's version of the New Balance 1260v5 weighs about 12.3 oz (349 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men weighs 11.6 oz (329 grams).

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe that provides comfort during long runs, then you might want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

And if you are an overpronator who needs lots of stability and support but not to the extend of a severe overpronator, and who is looking for a responsive running shoe, then the New Balance 1260v5 might be the one for you.

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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