Saucony Guide 8 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Saucony Guide 8 is light and provides lots of support with a smooth ride. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very soft ride with stability and comfort to moderate overpronators...

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.


The uppers of the Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 differ considerably.

While both have stitched-on overlays in their uppers, the emphasis of support lies in different areas.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to emphasizes support at the back of the shoe where the stitched-on overlay wraps the heel and the top part of the saddle. In addition, it has a sturdy external heel counter at the back.

This opens up the midfoot and forefoot with lighter no-sew overlays and structure provided through the mesh itself.

The Saucony Guide 8 has its stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot – especially on the medial side where overpronators need a lot of support – and the heel.

And then it has mainly no-sew overlays in the forefoot to give lightweight support and structure.

All in all, the hold you may experience from the Saucony Guide 8 might be better than that from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22. However, both have supportive uppers but with a different emphasis on where the support is placed most.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has two layers of foam in its midsole with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

This, together with the plush in-shoe feel, has made the ASICS GEL-Kayano known for its softness.

The Saucony Guide 8 also provides heel-to-toe cushioning through its midsole but does not use GEL cushioning. Instead, it has a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide softer landings and smooth transitions thereafter.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 lives up to its reputation of being an overall plush running shoe.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in the Saucony Guide 8 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for both genders, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has more heel cushioning than the Saucony Guide 8 for both men and women.

The difference in heel cushionng is larger in the men's versions of the shoes than it is in the women's versions of the running shoes.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Sauoncy Guide 8 are stability running shoes that provide pronation control through the use of firmer midsole material on the medial side.

While it is difficult to see where this support runs in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, it is clear that the medial post in the Saucony Guide 8 runs higher than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, since the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a layer of softer foam closest to the foot.

The Saucony Guide 8 also provides more ground contact under the midfoot despite having a midfoot shank on the medial side.

The midfoot shank in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 prevents the shoe from touching the ground under the midfoot but enhances the amount of support provided in that area, since it is well connected from side to side.

But according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Guide 8 comes out as the more supportive running shoe of the two.

The rubber outsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 differs from that of the Saucony Guide 8 in layout and construction.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 tends to have large, durable slabs of rubber with a good amount of separation between them, while the Saucony Guide 8 has smaller rubber compartments and also a good amount of flex grooves but probably not well enough positioned to enhance flexibility.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Guide 8 is stiff for men, whereas the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is quite flexible.

For women, the flexibility of the two running shoes come close to each other, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is still the more flexible one.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a stability running shoe that can provide you with a very soft and comfortable ride for long runs, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

And if you want a little bit more stability and support, a lighter running shoe, and do not mind getting a little less heel cushioning, then the Saucony Guide 8 might be the one for you.

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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