ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very plush ride to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 3 is supportive without being too heavy and provides a secure but comfortable fit.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are both running shoes that are geared towards runners who moderately overpronate.

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While the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com consists mainly of no-sew overlays and multi-directional mesh to give structure and support, the ASICS GT-2000 3 consists of a mixture of no-sew and stitched-on overlays.

The stitched-on overlays on the ASICS GT-2000 3 are mainly located on the medial side of the shoe where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a stitched-on piece running around the top of the saddle towards the midsole and wrapping the heel, but most of the support around the midfoot comes from no-sew overlays and mesh.

Both running shoes have an external heel counter that gives you a good amount of support behind the heel and that cups the heel well.

A no-sew upper delivers more comfort, but as far as support and durability goes, it is hard to beat stitched-on overlays, so you can expect to get a more secure fit from the ASICS GT-2000 3 than from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their FluidRide midsoles.

They also both have GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot for added cushioning. This GEL cushioning is exposed in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, but not in that of the ASICS GT-2000 3.

However, this does not automatically mean, that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 outcushions the ASICS GT-2000 3, because running shoes lab tests have shown that both running shoes are almost equally cushy for both men and women with only very minor differences to be noted.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a slightly more cushy heel, and for men it is the other way around with the ASICS GT-2000 3 having a slightly more cushy heel.

What also does not differ much is that both the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 implement a support system on the medial side of the midsole to prevent your foot from rolling too far inward.

This support system includes a midfoot shank that connects the lateral to the medial sides under the midfoot to provide structural integrity.

The main difference between the midsoles lies in the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 sits a bit higher off the ground, so the midsole is a bit thicker, especially in the heel, and has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The heel-to-toe drop is 12.3 mm in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and 8.0 mm in the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women. For men, this drop is 8.8 mm and 7.7 mm, respectively.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is especially good for women who want to take stress off their calves and Achilles tendons due to the high heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women.

When looking at the outsoles, there are again a lot of similarities to be noted with both having a vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency, and a similar amount of horizontal flex grooves and rubber compartments that are laid out the same way.

The only minor difference is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has the frontmost flex groove cut well from side to side. In the ASICS GT-2000 3, this flex groove is half rubber. This should not have a major impact on flexibility, though.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests show that both the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 display a similar amount of flexibility for women, and that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is just a tad more flexible for men.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 3 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 3 being the lighter one.

Except for the way the running shoes look, it is hard to find big differences between them, so if you are a moderate overpronator looking for a soft ride, you could get this from either the ASICS GT-2000 3 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

It is the runners who are a bit more specific in what they want from a running shoe that would have to pay close attention to the minor differences in the properties and features of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-2000 3.

If you are looking for a supportive upper in a running shoe, the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be the one to consider, and if you are looking for a shoe that sits higher off the ground, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 would be the one to look into.

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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