ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. New Balance 1260v7 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. New Balance 1260v7 provides lots of stability and support with a smooth ride to overpronators...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the New Balance 1260v7 are stability running shoes for runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the New Balance 1260v7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they expose a lot of mesh and have underlays that offer support.

What is also similar is that both running shoes do not have overlays on their box, except for a no-sew toecap, and offer lots of room to runners who have big bunions.

Another similarity is that the New Balance 1260v7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com come with an external heel counter to lock your heel in.

The difference is that the heel counter of the New Balance 1260v7 is asymmetrical so higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side.

This allows it to reduce heel rotation and start the process of pronation control from within the upper.

The external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a similar function, but it wraps around the lower and upper part of the heel to minimize heel rotation.

Therefore, both the New Balance 1260v7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 have a similar goal in mind at the back of the running shoes.

All in all, the uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the New Balance 1260v7 can go head to head and are similar in many ways by delivering lightweight support from midfoot to forefoot, a good amount of comfort in the toe box, and a good amount support around the heel.

The biggest difference between the New Balance 1260v7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 can probably be found in their midsoles.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with one layer of foam under the forefoot and two under the heel with GEL cushioning between the two layers.

The New Balance 1260v7 has one main layer of foam, but then on the lateral side, it has a nitrogen-infused Fuel Cell running from under the heel to a bit past the midfoot.

This nitrogen-infused Fuel Cell is meant to increase the amount of cushioning on the lateral side and functions as a crash pad that provides soft landings, stability, and smoother heel-to-transitions. Therefore, it can be seen as a stability feature.

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The bottom layer of foam under the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is somewhat more responsive, which more or less reduces the cushiness of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 under the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has been found to have a cushy forefoot for both men and women, but it delivers a more moderate amount of heel cushioning that could feel firm to some male runners.

Women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels to take stress off their Achilles, and this extra height tends to increase the amount of cushioning in the heel, but it is still on the moderate side for women.

The New Balance 1260v7 is a running shoe that delivers a moderate amount of heel and forefoot cushioning so cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft.

However, the nitrogen-infused Fuel Cell in the midsole and the blown rubber in the outsole should increase the cushiness of the New Balance 1260v7.

Therefore, you should be able to get an overall soft ride from either running shoe, but the New Balance 1260v7 might display a better balance between heel and forefoot cushioning, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might not be suitable for some male heel-strikers.

Note that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop (between 2 and 5 mm higher) than the New Balance 1260v7, so the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might feel more like a performance running shoe than the New Balance 1260v7.

Both the New Balance 1260v7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does not go all the way up to the foot, because there is a softer layer of foam just under the heel, and it also comes with a midfoot shank to add support right under the midfoot.

The New Balance 1260v7 comes with a long medial post that also does not go all the way up and it is more curved than the support area in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The New Balance 1260v7 does not come with a midfoot shank, but it provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which should add some stability to your runs.

When you take all of the stability features into consideration, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the New Balance 1260v7 should be able to deliver a good amount of support to overpronators and come close to each other in support, although the New Balance 1260v7 would still have a slight edge on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different from each other.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a typical ASICS outsole with large areas of rubber, a couple of flex grooves in the forefoot, and a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women, probably due to the good amount of forefoot cushioning that it delivers and the lack of plentiful flex grooves in the forefoot. However, stiffness is good for stability.

The outsole of the New Balance 1260v7 displays a bit more separation and segmentation than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which should help it dissipate shock much better than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and thus also help you get a much smoother ride.

The New Balance 1260v7 only has two deep flex grooves in the forefoot, but they have been set up in a way to benefit flexibility and blown rubber also benefits flexibility.

The New Balance 1260v7 should feel somewhat more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, but it is not expected to be a very flexible running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the New Balance 1260v7 for women have almost the same weight, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 being just a tiny bit lighter.

The New Balance 1260v7 is a tiny bit lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for men, but again, they weigh almost the same amount for men too.

The New Balance 1260v7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 have a lot in common – including their manufacturer's suggested retail price – and both can deliver a good amount of support and comfort to moderate overpronators, so making a decision between them will be difficult.

One decision point could be that the New Balance 1260v7 might deliver a smoother ride and feel a bit more supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

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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