ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable, comfortable, and soft ride with a secure fit...

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 fall in the stability category of running shoes and are both geared toward mild to moderate overpronators. They are both also listed as running shoes that can be worn by neutral runners, according to ASICS.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 4 make use of a lot of the same running shoe technologies.

The upper of the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with stitched-on overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does not come with stitched-on overlays but only has no-sew overlays in addition to the fact that the mesh used has a structure that also provides a bit of a hold.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 has a different type of mesh and uses welded-on overlays on the toe box to keep things in place.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 come with a sturdy external heel counter at the back so provide a similar amount of support there.

Overall, you should be able to get a little bit more support from the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 4 compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The fit should also feel a bit tighter and more secure around the midfoot. On the other hand, the fit of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 should feel a bit looser and more comfortable while still providing a glove-like fit.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have a similar midsole that consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

But while you can see GEL oozing out of the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 on the lateral side, the GEL is invisible on the outside of the forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 4.

However, this does not mean that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is less cushy than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 in the forefoot, because running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides a lot of forefoot cushioning and more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 to both men and women.

The amount of heel cushioning differs quite a bit between the genders. Men will tend to get more heel cushioning from the ASICS GT-2000 4 than from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, while women will experience the opposite.

The amount of heel cushioning in the ASICS GT-2000 4 for men is just a tad more than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men, so the difference is not huge.

But women will experience much more heel cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 than in the ASICS GT-2000 4, which has an above average amount of heel cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women comes with 3 mm of extra height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendons of women.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 for women does not come with this extra feature, which is probably also why it provides much less heel cushionng to women than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 make use of the same technology that provides pronation control on the medial side of the midsole and both come with a midfoot shank that looks similar, running shoe lab tests indicate that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is much more stable than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

What also differs is the amount of flexibility provided by the two running shoes, where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 turns out to be way more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 4, which turns out to be stiff for both men and women.

Other than that, the outsoles of the two running shoes have a similar amount and type of separation between their rubber compartments, so the smoothness of your ride should be about the same in either running shoe.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 4 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft ride, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the ASICS GT-2000 4, thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GT-2000 4 offers a bit more stability than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Female heel-strikers may want to consider the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 more than the ASICS GT-2000 4, and men may want to consider the ASICS GT-2000 4 more than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 if they want a bit more cushioning.

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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