ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 vs. ASICS GT 2000 3 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 provides a secure fitting upper and a plush ride to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 3 is comfortable and supportive without being too heavy.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are both running shoes that are geared towards runners who overpronate moderately.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 look very much alike in construction and techologies used.

The most simplistic way to look at it is to say that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, but then without FluidFit in its upper and with a less luxurious sockliner inside the shoe.

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 consist of stitched-on overlays especially around the midfoot.

And then to give you a more custom and close-to-foot feel, there are FluidFit no-sew overlays in between the stitched-on overlays. The FluidFit is mostly located around the forefoot area with a few wrapping the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 does not have FluidFit overlays but it does have no-sew overlays on the lateral side of the shoe and stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe, where the overlays have been pulled back to really open up the forefoot area.

If you have big bunions, it is likely that the ASICS GT-2000 3 would accommodate those well, since the bunion window is entirely open whereas it is covered by FluidFit overlays on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21.

Both running shoes have a heel counter at the back, so should provide a good lock down there. But because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 has more overlays than the ASICS GT-2000 3, it should provide you with a snugger and more secure fit.

There aren't many differences to be noted between the midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 3. Both have a FluidRide midsole with GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, and a softer layer of foam closest to the foot.

The main difference is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 sits a little bit higher off the ground than the ASICS GT-2000 3, so should provide you with a little bit more protection from the road.

That protection comes in the form of more cushioning, especially in the men's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21. The women's versions of the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 offer a similar amount of heel and forefoot cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 implement the Dynamic DuoMax Support System to provide pronation control, stability, and support.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is a much more stable running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, perhaps due to the newer Guidance Trusstic System in the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are pretty similar in construction, placement of rubber lugs, and flex grooves.

Both running shoes should dissipate shock well under the heel and provide you with a smooth transition to toe-off with their Impact Guidance System components and Guidance Line vertical flex groove.

The main differences are that the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a newer midfoot shank than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, and also a couple of wider flex grooves in the forefoot, making the ASICS GT-2000 3 just a little bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 3 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 for women weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator looking for a running shoe that will provide you with a comfortable yet stable ride, either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 or the ASICS GT-2000 3 would do.

However, if you are looking for a little bit more tighter fitting upper and a plush in-shoe feel, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 should be able to deliver that.

And if you want a running shoe that is very supportive, but lighter with a somewhat looser fitting upper, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 would 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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