ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. New Balance 1260v6 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. New Balance 1260v6 provides a lot of stability and support in addition to a responsive ride.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the New Balance 1260v6 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 23 and the New Balance 1260v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they both consist of a type of mesh that is quite open and breathable.

The uppers differ in that the New Balance 1260v6 comes with stitched-on overlays, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tries to reduce the amount of stitches in the upper by using no-sew overlays and adding structure to the mesh to provide a bit of a hold through the mesh itself.

Because the New Balance 1260v6 comes with sturdy overlays that wrap the midfoot well, the New Balance 1260v6 is expected to provide much more support around the midfoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The overlays on the toe box of both running shoes have been kept to a minimum and both running shoes provide a good amount of room to runners who have large bunions, with the bunion window of the New Balance 1260v6 being more open and free.

At the back, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with an external heel counter that cups the heel and provides a good amount of support behind the heel.

The New Balance 1260v6 does not have an external heel counter, but the internal heel counter that it implements is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side.

Therefore, the New Balance 1260v6 increases the amount of support you get on the medial side and starts its process of controlling overpronation right in the upper.

All in all, the New Balance 1260v6 comes with more features in its upper to increase the amount of support delivered to overpronators.

However, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 should feel quite comfortable, while still providing enough support to keep your foot in place.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is meant to be a plush running shoe, the New Balance 1260v6 is meant to provide enough cushioning for runners to get a comfortable ride.

The New Balance 1260v6 is more concerned with providing a good amount of support to runners instead of a large amount of cushioning.

Having said that, running shoe lab tests do not show huge differences in cushioning between the two running shoes.

For women, both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning and an amount that is almost equal to each other.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a bit more heel cushioning than the New Balance 1260v6, which also provides above average heel cushioning.

Overall, both running shoes show a good balance between forefoot and heel cushioning for women.

For men, the cushioning profiles again come close to each other, with both providing slightly above average cushioning. However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides just a tad more heel and forefoot cushioning to men than the New Balance 1260v6 does.

The conclusion is that both running shoes should be able to provide you with a comfortable ride and that women should experience a much softer ride than men in either running shoe.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the New Balance 1260v6 are stability running shoes so come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles.

The support systems include midfoot shanks that add midfoot integrity and reforce the support provided by the midsole.

The area of support is quite long in both running shoes, but according to running shoe lab tests, the New Balance 1260v6 provides almost a maximum amount of stability and support, while the amount of support coming from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 lies just above average.

The outsoles of both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the New Balance 1260v6 come with a good amount of rubber so should be quite durable.

The amount of separation is also good although the patterns they implement differ. This separation should help with shock absorption and dissipation and also provide a good amount of flexibility.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the New Balance 1260v6 are quite flexible running shoes.

For men, the difference in flexibility between the two running shoes is minimal, but for women, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 turns out to be more flexible than the New Balance 1260v6.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v6 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's version of the New Balance 1260v6 weighs about 11.5 oz (326 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men weighs 11.5 oz (326 grams).

The New Balance 1260v6 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are quite similar in what they deliver to runners except for the amount of stability and support.

If you are an overpronator who requires a moderate amount of stability and support, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

However, if you know that you will need a lot of stability and support, the New Balance 1260v6 might be able to give you what you need.

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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