ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness, comfort, and a secure fit to your long runs...

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 a stability running shoe that can also be worn by neutral runners (according to ASICS).

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The upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 in that it comes with stitched-on overlays that are placed far back around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with no-sew overlays around the midfoot and the rest of the upper is held together by mesh that has structure.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 also comes with a similar mesh, so its forefoot is open and free from overlays just like that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Both running shoes provide support at the back through external means, but the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 covers a larger part of the heel than the Support Frame in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

All in all, you should be able to get a considerable amount of comfort in the toe box of either running shoe, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 offers a more secure fit around the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 locks in the heel well.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano and the Saucony Triumph were built to give runners a very soft ride.

However, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is the neutral cushioning running shoe so is expected to provide a somewhat softer ride than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Running shoe lab tests show that this assumption is largely true.

For women, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has a very cushy forefoot and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning but not as much as the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

However, the amount of heel cushioning offered by the two running shoes is about the same.

This is probably due to the fact that the female version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with 3 mm of extra height under the heel, which helps it increase the amount of cushioning in that area.

This extra height helps take stress off the Achilles tendon. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does not offer this; it only provides softness under the heel.

For men, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is clearly the more cushy running shoe of the two although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 offers an above average amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

However, it cannot compete with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, which offers almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to men.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is a stability running shoe so comes with a support system on the medial side of its midsole to help stabilize your runs.

It also has a midfoot shank that provides midfoot integrity and helps to increase the amount of support provided.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does not come with a support system and does not have a midfoot shank, but it provides full ground contact and has a landing zone under the heel that connects well to the forefoot, so it does offer some degree of stability and smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 offers an average amount of stabilitiy, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 lies just a small notch above that.

The difference in stability between the two running shoes is not big, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes out on top.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, but both display a good amount of seperation that should help with shock absorption as well as flexibility.

As far as flexibility goes, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 turns out to be a very flexible running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is also flexible but not as flexible as the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 being the lighter one.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 offer a soft and comfortable running experience.

Choosing between the two running shoes is not that difficult if you are an overpronator, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 would be the natural choice.

However, if you are a neutral runner, you could go either way, but keep in mind that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 would be the natural choice for neutral runners.

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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