ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very plush ride to moderate overpronators for long runs. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable, comfortable, and soft ride with a secure fit...

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 fall in the stability category of running shoes and are both geared toward mild to moderate overpronators. They also have a lot in common where features are concerned, but are still different.


Differences start in the upper, where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a minimum amount of overlays and the ASICS GT-2000 4 a generous amount.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to has a mostly no-sew upper with mesh that provides structure and support, in addition to a discrete amount of overlays wrapping the midfoot as the ASICS logo.

Then at the back of the shoe, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a stitched-on overlay wrapping the top of the saddle, going toward the back, with a sturdy external heel counter to finish off providing you with a good hold.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 on the other hand, provides a broad overlay on the lateral side, and sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side, to really give you a good lock down around the midfoot.

And then at the back, the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a heel counter similar to that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 to keep your heel firmly on the platform.

All in all, most of the hold provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is toward the back of the shoe with the front of the shoe providing a somewhat looser fit.

The support provided by the ASICS GT-2000 4 is centered around the midfoot and the back of the shoe, with the toe box providing a comfortable fit.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have midsoles with similar properties and a similar construction.

The double-layered midsole consists of softness near the foot and more responsiveness closer to the ground with in between those two layers GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

The GEL cushioning in the forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 4 is not visible, and visually, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a larger amount of GEL in the heel.

So one may assume that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more cushy running shoe of the two.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this assumption to be true. While the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes and for both genders, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 displays a larger amount of heel cushioning than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

The difference in heel cushioning is greater in the women's versions than in the men's version's of the shoes. But this is probably because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 adds 3 mm of extra height in the heel of the women's version to take stress off the Achilles.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 for women does not implement this 3 mm of extra heel height.

On the medial side of the midsole, both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 implement a support system to prevent your foot from rolling too far inward.

They also both have a midfoot shank that provides midfoot structural integrity and that look very similar.

Their rubber outsoles also look very similar in construction and the amount of flex grooves. They both have a vertical flex groove that is intended to help you achieve a more efficient gait.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 4 for both men and women. The ASICS GT-2000 4 turns out to be a bit on the stiff side for both genders.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 4 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft ride, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 or the ASICS GT-2000 4, thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more suitable for heel-strikers.

If you are looking for a lighter running shoe that provides a secure fit, the ASICS GT-2000 4 would be the one to consider.

And if you are looking for a more luxurious and plush in-shoe feel, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 might be what you are looking for.

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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