ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 vs. New Balance 1260v7 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability. New Balance 1260v7 provides lots of stability and support with a smooth ride to overpronators...

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the New Balance 1260v7 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed as a running shoe that is suitable for neutral runners.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1260v7 are quite similar in what they offer to runners.

Both running shoes expose quite a bit of mesh, have a logo that holds the mesh together around the midfoot, make use of underlays for extra support around the midfoot, and have mesh with structure to reduce the need for overlays.

Clearly, both the New Balance 1260v7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 have been built to deliver comfort through their uppers.

Because no overlays are used on the toe box, both running shoes should be able to provide a great deal of comfort in the forefoot.

What is also similar is that both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the New Balance 1260v7 come with an external heel counter at the back to provide extra support around the heel. However, the heel counters differ somewhat from each other.

The heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 wraps the heel more fully and better than the heel counter of the New Balance 1260v7, but the New Balance 1260v7 is the one that has the medial side raised higher than the lateral side, which is better against heel rotation.

All in all, you should be able to get lots of comfort and a good amount of support around the heel from both running shoes.

Where the New Balance 1260v7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 differ quite a bit is in their midsoles.

Both running shoes are geared towards delivering a good amount of cushioning to runners but do so in different ways.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has two layers of foam in its midsole. The layer closest to the foot runs from heel to toe and is the softest, while the bottom layer that also runs from heel to toe is a bit firmer and responsive.

The combination of the two layers averages out the softness of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, but because it also comes with GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, you get extra softness in those areas.

The New Balance 1260v7 has one main layer of foam in its midsole that delivers a good amount of cushioning.

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Then it has a crash pad New Balance calls a Nitrogen-infuced Fuel Cell on the lateral side that runs from the heel till a bit past the midfoot to deliver shock absorption at heel-strike and a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

This three-quarters length crash pad also increases the stability of the New Balance 1260v7 more than the GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, which mainly serves to soften your landings at heel-strike.

Another difference between the midsoles is that the New Balance 1260v7 provides more ground contact and thus a bit more stability than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is still expected to be overall a bit cushier than the New Balance 1260v7, because at the end of the day, it is also meant to be worn by neutral runners as a running shoe that provides cushioning.

Because both running shoes are geared towards serving overpronators, they come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles.

The support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 consists of reinforced foam and a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole.

The support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does not run all the way up, because there is a thin softer layer of foam just above it.

The same thing can be said of the support system of the New Balance 1260v7, which also has a thin layer of foam just above it.

The area of support is of a similar length in the two running shoes, although the New Balance 1260v7 might run a bit further under the heel.

Because the medial post of the New Balance 1260v7 runs a bit higher than the support area in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, the New Balance 1260v7 is expected to deliver a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control.

In addition, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed as a running shoe for neutral runners, it cannot deliver pronation control that is too strong, otherwise the correction for overpronators might get in the way of neutral runners.

When you take all of the stability features into consideration, the New Balance 1260v7 turns out to be much more stable and supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are similar in that they do not have a lot of deep flex grooves in the forefoot, but the few that they do have run nicely from side to side so deliver some flexibility.

The New Balance 1260v7 comes with blown rubber in the forefoot, which should add more softeness to your ride.

The outsole of the New Balance 1260v7 displays a bit more segmentation and separation than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24. This should benefit the smoothness of your ride by reducing and dissipating shock.

Neither running shoe has been set up in a way to be very flexible, and because both of them deliver a good amount of cushioning, they are not expected to be very flexible running shoes; you can expect them to be moderately flexible to somewhat stiff.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v7 weighs approximately 9.9 oz (281 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.8 oz (335 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner or a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that delivers a luxurious feel, comfort, and a soft ride with a touch of stability, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would be the one to consider.

However, if you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a smooth ride with comfort and lots of stability and support with enough cushioning for long runs, you may want to look into the New Balance 1260v7.

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.


This review falls under: ASICS | New Balance

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