Saucony Omni 15 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Saucony Omni 15 provides a very stable and supportive ride with a good amount of cushioning. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort.

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The Saucony Omni 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both running shoes that provide stability and support to overpronators, but the Saucony Omni 15 is considered to be at the higher end of the stability category.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are similar in that both come with stitched-on overlays in their uppers.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has them only toward the back of the shoe and pulling from the top of the saddle, while the Saucony Omni 15 provides a good wrap around the midfoot as well as the heel with its stitched-on overlays.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has mostly no-sew overlays in its upper, some of which provide a wrap around the midfoot in the form of the ASICS logo.

The mesh of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has structure that provides a bit of a hold together with some underlays. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 tries to provide as much comfort as possible, while still giving you the amount of support you need.

The Saucony Omni 15 only has no-sew overlays running on its toe box and its forefoot is less open than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, so the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 may feel a bit more comfortable in the front part of the shoe.

All in all, the Saucony Omni 15 may provide a bit more support through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 may feel a bit more comfortable than the Saucony Omni 15.

At the back, both running shoes provide external structures around the heel to increase the amount of support.

However, the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 covers a larger area behind the heel than that of the Saucony Omni 15, which is mostly only locted at the sides of the heel but nonetheless helps with keeping your heel in place as well as providing a bit of pronation control.

Both the Saucony Omni 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are meant to feel plush under your feet.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 achieves this through two layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot.

The Saucony Omni 15 achieves this through one main layer of foam that has a softer layer at the top just under the sockliner. It also comes with a crash pad under the heel that provides a good connection to the forefoot at the midfoot.

Running shoe lab tests show that the cushioning of the two running shoes come very close to each other, especially for men.

Men should be able to enjoy a plush ride from either running shoe, with the Saucony Omni 15 providing just a tiny bit more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 in both the heel and the forefoot.

For women, the Saucony Omni 15 provides a little bit more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides heel cushioning that is almost to the max and that outcushions the Saucony Omni 15 despite the latter having a very cushy heel.

This might be because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel that not only increases the amount of cushioning in that area but also reduces the amount of stress on the Achilles tendons of women.

Where the Saucony Omni 15 excels is in the amount of support and pronation control that it provides.

While both running shoes have a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole, the Saucony Omni 15 comes with a very supportive medial post that few running shoes can compete with.

The amount of support provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is above average, according to running shoe lab tests, but because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 can also be worn by neutral runners, according to ASICS, the amount of pronation control it provides is not as much as that of the Saucony Omni 15.

In addition, the Saucony Omni 15 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, which not only increases the stability of the running shoe but also its potential of providing you with a smoother ride.

But unlike the Saucony Omni 15, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 comes with a midfoot shank that increases the amount of support under the midfoot.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of rubber and flex grooves in their outsoles.

According to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is a bit more flexible than the Saucony Omni 15 for both men and women but more so for men than for women. For women, the flexibility is close to being the same.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams), while the Saucony Omni 15 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs about 11.6 oz (329 grams), and the Saucony Omni 15 for men weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are looking for a very plush and stable ride, you could get that from either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 or the Saucony Omni 15.

However, if you require a lot of stability and support as an overpronator and are looking for a running shoe that feels relatively light on your feet, you may want to look into the Saucony Omni 15 more than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

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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