Saucony Omni 15 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 review

Saucony Omni 15 provides a very stable and supportive ride with a good amount of cushioning. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides comfort and a touch of stability.

The Saucony Omni 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are both running shoes that provide stability and support to overpronators, but the Saucony Omni 15 is considered to be at a higher level in the stability category than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

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Support starts in the upper, and the Saucony Omni 15 provides lots of it through the use of stitched-on overlays that wrap both the midfoot and the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, implements no-sew overlays around the midfoot in the form of the ASICS logo and uses mesh that has a structure that gives a bit of an extra hold.

While the forefoot of the Saucony Omni 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is quite open and has no-sew overlays running over it, the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 might feel a bit more open, free, and comfortable than that of the Saucony Omni 15 due to the structured mesh and no overlays.

At the back, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 increases the amount of support through the use of an external heel counter.

The Saucony Omni 15 also provides extra support at the back through the use of a low Support Frame that has pieces on the lateral and medial sides.

All in all, the Saucony Omni 15 provides a more secure fit, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a perhaps somewhat looser and more comfortable fit.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano is known to provide a luxurious feel, while the Saucony Omni 15 is more concerned with stability and support.

However, this does not mean that the Saucony Omni 15 does not provide a soft ride, because running shoes lab tests show that it does.

Except for in the heel of women, the Saucony Omni 15 provides overall more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides more cushioning in the heel probably due to the fact that it comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel that not only increases the amount of cushioning there but also helps reduce stress on the Achilles tendon.

However, the Saucony Omni 15 has a super cushy forefoot for both men and women, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides an above average amount but less than the Saucony Omni 15.

Men will get more heel cushioning from the Saucony Omni 15 than from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

While both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Saucony Omni 15 provide support on the medial side of their midsoles to accommodate overpronators, the amount of support offered by the Saucony Omni 15 is much more than that offered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

In fact, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Omni 15 as providing almost a maximum amount of stability, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides an amount that lies just above average.

The latter is good for neutral runners who, according to ASICS, are also included in the target audience of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23. Neutral runners do not need much stability and support, if any at all.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different mainly due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a midfoot shank and the Saucony Omni 15 does not.

This allows the Saucony Omni 15 to provide more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, which increases the potential of the Saucony Omni 15 to provide you with smoother heel-to-toe transitions and a little bit more stability.

The rubber compartments are also quite different between the two running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 having large rubber compartments with a good amount of flex grooves, and the Saucony Omni 15 having a zigzag pattern in its forefoot and overall smaller rubber compartments.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is much more flexible than the Saucony Omni 15, which turns out to be a bit on the stiff side for both men and women.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), while the Saucony Omni 15 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 weighs about 11.5 oz (326 grams), and the Saucony Omni 15 for men weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Saucony Omni 15.

However, your final choice should depend on the amount of stability and support you need. If you need a lot, the Saucony Omni 15 would be more suitable than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, which only provides a moderate amount.

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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