Saucony Omni 14 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Saucony Omni 14 provides tons of stability in a surprisingly lightweight package. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators...

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The Saucony Omni 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both running shoes that provide stability and support to overpronators but the Saucony Omni 14 is considered to be at the higher end of the stability category.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has done away with most of its stitched-on overlays, which can now be found only at the back of the shoe pulling the top of the saddle toward the midsole and the back of the shoe.

This is in contrast to the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, which still has sturdy and broad stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the midfoot, where overpronators need the most support, and wrapping the heel to really strap your foot in.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 implements no-sew overlays around the midfoot and the mesh itself provides lightweight support and structure in the upper.

The Saucony Omni 14 also has light overlays but those run mainly over the toe box. The stitched-on overlays are quite pulled back to really open up the forefoot.

But when you compare the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 with that of the Saucony Omni 14, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not have overlays running over the bunion window or on the other side, which should increase the comfort it provides in the toe box.

Finally, both running shoes have an external heel counter at the back to really lock your heel down on the platform, but overall, the Saucony Omni 14 can be seen as delivering slightly more support in its upper than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Omni 14 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does so through two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between.

The Saucony Omni 14 only has one layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel to provide shock absorption at heel-strike.

One could easily assume from this that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more cushy than the Saucony Omni 14.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Omni 14 provides more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for both men and women.

It is in the heel cushioning department where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 wins big, especially for women who get 3 mm extra foam under their heels to take stress of tendons.

The amount of heel cushioning provided by the Saucony Omni 14 is average, so not too soft or too firm. So one can conclude that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is better for heel-strikers.

While both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Saucony Omni 14 are meant to provide stability and support to overpronators, when you look at the medial side, you can see that the Saucony Omni 14 provides a piece of firmer foam that runs high and is long, so the degree of pronation control is quite strong.

The support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not go as high as that of the Saucony Omni 14, since the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a layer of softer foam closest to the foot.

In addition, the Saucony Omni 14 provides full ground contact under the arch, which increase stability.

This is in contrast to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, which has a midfoot shank that connects the lateral to the medial side to add more stability, but which prevents the shoe from touching the ground under the midfoot.

Therefore, one can consider the Saucony Omni 14 to be more stable and supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Because of the amount of ground contact provided by the Saucony Omni 14, its outsole differs from that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Both running shoes display an adequate amount of separation for shock absorption and flex grooves for flexibility.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more flexible than the Saucony Omni 14 for both men and women.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams), while the Saucony Omni 14 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs about 11.6 oz (329 grams), and the Saucony Omni 14 for men weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams).

The Saucony Omni 14 is a surprisingly light running shoe that provides tons of stability and support to overpronators. So if you are looking for something like that, definitely check out the Saucony Omni 14.

But if you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for an overall very soft ride, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might fit the bill.

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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