ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Saucony Guide 10 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators.

The Saucony Guide 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are similar in that they come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot and have a minimum amount of stitches in their upper.

In fact, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a couple of stitches at the back of the shoe, while there are no visible stitches in the Saucony Guide 10.

The lack of stitches should reduce the amount of irritation points in both running shoes and provide runners with a comfortable fit.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of room in the bunion area although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does a better job of opening up that area.

This is because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a type of mesh that reduces the need for overlays on the toe box. The Saucony Guide 10 comes with very light overlays on the toe box.

At the back, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a bit more support than the Saucony Guide 10 due to the addition of a sturdy external heel counter.

All in all, though, you should be able to get a decent amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, while still enjoying a good amount of comfort.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Saucony Guide 10 are running shoes for overpronators, they do provide a good amount of cushioning to runners.

However, the cushioning profiles differ considerably between the genders.

Women might experience a very cushy forefoot in the Saucony Guide 10 and a somewhat less cushy but still quite cushy forefoot in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 shoots up in the amount of heel cushioning it provides to women, while the Saucony Guide 10 provides a lot of heel cushioning but not as much as the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel, which increases the amount of cushioning provided to women.

The differences in cushioning are less divided in the men's versions of the running shoes, according to running shoe lab tests.

In the men's case, the Saucony Guide 10 provides more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 in both the heel and the forefoot, and the amount it provides comes very close to the max.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men provides an above average amount of cushioning but not as much as the amount you would get from the Saucony Guide 10.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is a running shoe that, according to ASICS, can also be worn by neutral runners. Therefore, it does not provide a large amount of correction for overpronation.

This is also visible in running shoe lab tests that show that the Saucony Guide 10 provides a large amount of stability and support, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 lies just above average.

Both running shoes come with a support system on the medial side of the midsole, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 reinforces the amount of support by providing a midfoot shank.

The Saucony Guide 10 does not come with a midfoot shank but rather provides a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot, which not only adds support but also allows runners to get smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

This setup also changes the layout of the outsoles of the two running shoes.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 typically has large rubber compartments and enough separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

The Saucony Guide 10 also displays a good amount of separation and has more flex grooves than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is more flexible than the Saucony Guide 10 for both men and women, but more so for women than for men.

The Saucony Guide 10, on the other hand, displays a good amount of flexibility but not as much as the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for mainly cushioning in a running shoe, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Saucony Guide 10.

However, if stability and support is high on your requirements list, you may want to look into the Saucony Guide 10 more than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

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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