ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 vs. Saucony Omni 16 review

Saucony Omni 16 provides a very stable and supportive running experience. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators...

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Saucony Omni 16 are stability running shoes for overpronators, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also being suitable for neutral runners, according to ASICS.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Omni 16 differ quite a bit in amount of support provided.

Whereas the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with the ASICS logo and some underlays to provide support around the midfoot, the Saucony Omni 16 has broad no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and continuing on around the heel.

Therefore, the Saucony Omni 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com delivers much more support around the midfoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

While both running shoes come with an external heel counter at the back, the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is sturdier and wraps the heel better to minimize heel rotation, so the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers a bit more support around the heel than the Saucony Omni 16.

Both running shoes have a forefoot that is free from overlays and that makes room for runners who have big bunions, so you should be able to get enough comfort in the toe box of either running shoe.

Both the Saucony Omni 16 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also come with a no-sew toecap at the front, so the durability in that area is about the same.

When you take everything into consideration, the Saucony Omni 16 would be the one that delivers a balanced amount of support throughout the entire upper, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has more of its support located at the back of the running shoe.

Both the Saucony Omni 16 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are meant to deliver a soft ride to overpronators.

Their midsoles differ in construction, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 having two layers of foam in its midsole and the Saucony Omni 16 having one main layer with a topsole of soft cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also comes with GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot to soften your ride even more.

Because the bottom layer of foam in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more responsive and thus a bit firmer than the top layer of foam, it makes the overall softness that you would get from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 more moderate.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 still delivers an overall soft ride to runners, and because women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels to take stress of their Achilles tendon, the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers more cushioning to women than to men.

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The Saucony Omni 16 is a running shoe that is meant to deliver a plush ride, and you would generally feel this in the forefoot, because it has a very cushy forefoot.

The Saucony Omni 16 delivers a more moderate amount of heel cushioning, so in that respect, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would win from it.

However, you should be able to get an overall soft ride from either running shoe, with perhaps the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 displaying a better balance between heel and forefoot cushioning.

Where the running shoes also differ is on the medial side. Both come with a support system, but these display some differences.

For example, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole under the midfoot, the Saucony Omni 16 does not have a midfoot shank but rather provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 under the midfoot.

This allows the Saucony Omni 16 to deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, and more ground contact also means a slightly more stable running shoe.

Another difference is that the medial post of the Saucony Omni 16 goes higher than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has that softer layer of foam closest to the foot that prevents the support system from going all the way up.

Therefore, the Saucony Omni 16 is expected to deliver a slightly stronger degree of pronation control.

In addition, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can also be worn by neutral runners, it cannot deliver a correction that is too strong, otherwise its amount of support would get in the way of neutral runners.

So all in all, the Saucony Omni 16 is a much more supportive running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, and this is in line with what lab tests tend to find about these two running shoes, and also why Saucony has listed the Saucony Omni 16 very high on the stability scale, close to motion control.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a more traditional outsole with a separation between forefoot and rearfoot, while the outsole of the Saucony Omni 16 is more all-in-one.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has large areas of rubber but with a good amount of deep flex grooves in the forefoot, which should benefit flexibility.

The Saucony Omni 16 has smaller areas of rubber, and while it has more deep flex grooves in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does, those flex grooves do not all run from side to side but are interrupted by rubber in the middle.

In addition, because the Saucony Omni 16 delivers a large amount of forefoot cushioning, it turns out to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might turn out to be somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Omni 16, despite the fact that is has less separation in its outsole.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 16 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs about 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Omni 16 being the lighter one.

The Saucony Omni 16 is quite light compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for a running shoe that delivers so much stability and support and that can also be worn by bigger and heavier runners.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and luxurious ride from a running shoe, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

However, if you know that you will be needing lots of stability and support but not to the degree of a motion control running shoe, you may want to look into the Saucony Omni 16 first before you consider the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

Neutral runners may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 instead of the Saucony Omni 16, because the latter would deliver an amount of support that would get in their way.

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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