ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. 23 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a plush ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a soft ride and increases the level of comfort and durability.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is the updated version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, which is a top-of-the-line stability running shoe from ASICS for mild to moderate overpronators.

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The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not differ much from that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 other than the fact that some overlays have been removed and the mesh is a bit different.

The stitched-on overlay that pulled the top of the saddle toward the midsole and back of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has been removed on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a type of mesh that has a structure that partially removes the need for overlays – they form part of the mesh. The mesh of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 also has structure but is slightly different.

And while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 still has some stitches in its upper at the back of the shoe, stitches have been kept to a minimum to be able to give runners more comfort.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 come with an external heel counter at the back to really lock your heel down onto the platform.

And the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 also still uses the ASICS logo as a no-sew overlay to connect the saddle to the midsole and give you a bit more support around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano is known to provide stability and plushness to runners.

ASICS has not made many changes to the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 other than change the type of foam and GEL cushioning.

They incorporated the new FlyteFoam technology, which is supposed to maintain the integrity of the midsole, reduce the weight of the shoe, and increase durability.

These changes could impact the softness of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, and running shoe lab tests have shown that they have indeed.

The differences in cushioning might be especially noticeable to men who get a slightly above average amount of heel cushioning and a good amount of forefoot cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for men is more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 in both the heel and the forefoot.

The differences in cushioning should be less noticeable to women who get an amount of cushioning that is way above average in both the heel and the forefoot.

But again, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 turns out to be slightly more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 in both the heel and the forefoot.

The heel cushioning in particularly high in both running shoes for women due to the fact that the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and 23 come with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendon.

The conclusion is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more plush than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23. However, what you may loose in cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, you might gain back in the durability of the shoe due to more durable midsole material.

There haven't been many other changes made to the midsole. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 still implements a Dynamic DuoMax Support System just like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 to provide pronation control.

This is combined with a midfoot shank to maintain midfoot integrity. And while the midfoot shank may have changed a tiny bit in the way it looks, it should still get the job done.

In fact, running shoe lab tests do not report any differences in the amount of stability delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for neither men nor women, so you can expect them to deliver a similar amount of stability.

What running shoe lab tests do report, however, is a difference in the amount of flexibility delivered by the two running shoes.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 turns out to be slightly more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for both men and women, but the differences should be more noticeable to women than to men.

Other than how the rubber in the outsole has been cut, there aren't many differences to be seen in the layout of the outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 being the lighter one.

The main changes have been to the upper and to the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is a tiny bit lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, the difference in weight is minimal.

If you are looking for a stability running shoe that provides a moderate amount of stability and support and a plush ride, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 delivers a slightly softer running experience than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

You may want to consider the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 if you are looking for a bit more durability in the midsole.

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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