ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. Saucony Guide 9 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and stable ride to overpronators.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Guide 9 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.


The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to has a mesh upper that provides structure and support with some no-sew overlays as the ASICS logo to give you some support around the midfoot.

Most of the support, however, is located toward the back of the shoe where a stitched-on overlays pulls the top of the saddle down toward the midsole and heel.

The Saucony Guide 9 is different in that it has stitched-on overlays on the medial side of its upper where overpronators tend to need support the most.

And then it has light no-sew overlays throughout the rest of the upper to help prevent irritation points and keep the forefoot open and free.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a sturdy heel counter at the back that really locks your heel down on the running platform. The Saucony Guide 9 only has overlays for added support but these should also get the job done.

All in all, you should be able to get a comfortable fit from both running shoes, and both running shoes provide enough support in their uppers, although I would mark the Saucony Guide 9 as the winner in this round.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Guide 9 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning but in different ways.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot between two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest one and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one.

The Saucony Guide 9 has one main layer of foam with a softer layer at the top of the midsole and a crash pad under the heel.

Due to the double-layered foam and GEL in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, one may assume that it is more cushy than the Saucony Guide 9, but running shoe lab tests show otherwise.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Guide 9 is more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men in both the heel and the forefoot.

For women, the Saucony Guide 9 has a more cushy forefoot, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a more cushy heel. This is probably due to the fact that the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has an extra 3 mm of height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendon.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Guide 9 are both geared toward moderate overpronators so have a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole.

The medial post runs higher in the Saucony Guide 9 than it does in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 due to the softer layer of foam right under the foot preventing the post from going very high.

The softer topsole layer in the Saucony Guide 9 is located more on the lateral side than on the medial side, which is why it does not prevent the medial post from going high.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a midfoot shank that offers midfoot structural integrity and support, but prevents the midsole from touching the ground under the arch.

The Saucony Guide does not have a midfoot shank so touches the ground under the arch and thus also provides a more stable platform to run on with the potential of giving you a smoother ride from heel to toe.

The construction of the midsoles affect the construction of the outsoles. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a more traditional outsole with large slabs of rubber that should last long. It also has a good amount of separation and flex grooves.

However, the Saucony Guide 9 has more flex grooves than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and more separation under its crash pad so may absorb shock better.

But the large amount of cushioning it provides, may make the Saucony Guide 9 feel stiff under the foot. The latter is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which have found that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is much more flexible than the Saucony Guide 9 for both genders.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and protective ride from a running shoe that provides a decent amount of stability, you could go with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

If you want to up the cushiness and smoothness of your ride with something that is a little bit lighter and more stable and supportive under your foot, then the Saucony Guide 9 is definitely worth looking into.

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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