ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. ASICS GT-2000 6 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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Whereas the ASICS GEL-Kayano used to be listed as being for both neutral runners and overpronators, which made the ASICS GT-2000 always be a step ahead of the ASICS GEL-Kayano where support is concerned, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is now listed as being only for overpronators just like the ASICS GT-2000 6 is.

So is the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com more supportive than the ASICS GT-2000 6? Let's have a look...

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 are similar in that both have a reduced use of stitches and come with no-sew overlays and underlays to increase the amount of comfort you get and minimize irritation.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com delivers a lightweight but good amount of support around the midfoot where it has somewhat broad no-sew overlays on the medial side, the ASICS logo on the lateral side, and straps that can be pulled tight through the laces.

Furthermore, it comes with some welded-on overlays on its toe box, but these are placed far enough on top of the toe box to open up space for big bunions at the side.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is dressed more lightly than that of the ASICS GT-2000 6, and its mesh is more open than that of the ASICS GT-2000 6.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with an internal fit system of no-sew underlays to keep your foot in place and offer lightweight support from midfoot to forefoot.

The underlays and the structured mesh provide enough support to keep your foot on the running platform and give you a close-to-foot fit.

At the back, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with a sturdy external heel counter that wraps the heel well and locks it in to minimize heel rotation.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 is also quite closed at the back and has a heel that better follows the shape of your heel, so it might not deliver heavy-duty support like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does around the heel but instead might provide a better, closer-to-heel fit.

The overlays at the sides of the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 6 kind of minic the shape of the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, but they have a better connection to the overlays in the saddle.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might deliver a bit more support at the back and give you a somewhat overall tighter fit than the ASICS GT-2000 6, but the ASICS GT-2000 6 delivers enough support in all the right places with comfort in the toe box.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is a more premium running shoe than the ASICS GT-2000 6, so not surprisingly, it also makes use of the latest running shoe technologies from ASICS.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 differ a bit in construction and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 incorporates newer midsole technologies than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

Both running shoes come with two layers of foam, but whereas the ASICS GT-2000 6 has them running from heel to toe, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has two layers under the heel and midfoot, and one layer under the forefoot.

The bottom layer in both running shoes is more responsive and thus a bit firmer than the top layer of foam, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is said to implement foam in the forefoot that helps propel you forward.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has been found to have a cushy forefoot but delivers a somewhat more moderate amount of heel cushioning that could feel firm to some men.

Women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 but not in the ASICS GT-2000 6, so the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would be better for women who want to take stress off their Achilles tendon.

Because the ASICS GT-2000 6 has a mixture of soft and firm foam in its entire midsole, the average would be a ride that is not too soft and not too firm.

Both running shoes come with GEL cushioning in the heel, and while they are listed as also having forefoot GEL cushioning, neither running shoe exposes its forefoot GEL cushioning like they do with their heel GEL cushioning.

Both running shoes also have a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole to deliver midfoot integrity and support.

Both running shoes also come with a support system on the medial side to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The area of support has a similar length in the two running shoes, but because the top layer of foam in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 goes from thin under the heel to thick under the forefoot, it does chip away some of the more firmer foam on the medial side just above the midfoot shank.

Therefore, the total area of support would be a tiny bit larger in the ASICS GT-2000 6 than it would be in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

When you take midfoot shank, heel support, and medial midsole support into consideration, the ASICS GT-2000 6 might still be a small step ahead of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 in stability and support delivered.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 have typical ASICS outsoles with large areas of rubber and a couple of deep flex grooves.

They both also come with a vertical flex groove for enhanced gait efficiency and have crash zones under the heel to isolate impact.

Because both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they might feel somewhat stiff, but because the ASICS GT-2000 6 has flex grooves that run more contiguously from side to side, it might turn out to be a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 6 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 6 for men weighs approximately 10.5 oz (298 grams).

ASICS describes the ASICS GT-2000 6 as a running shoe that weighs less, has enhanced cushioning, and that delivers optimized performance and high-mileage durability.

In other words, the ASICS GT-2000 6 is a running shoe that delivers enough cushioning for long runs, and because it weighs less, you should not get tired quickly, so your performance should not suffer.

ASICS describes the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 as a running shoe that uses cutting-edge technologies and that delivers a premium ride with energized cushioning and exceptional comfort from heel to toe and that fits to perfection. In other words, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is geared towards delivering a good fit and comfort through both its upper and its midsole.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that delivers enough stability and support but that is not over-the-top, you could go with either the ASICS GT-2000 6 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is a more premium running shoe than the ASICS GT-2000 6 and comes at a higher price point. It has a cushy forefoot and might provide a closer-to-foot fit than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 is a more basic running shoe that delivers everything you need as a moderate overpronator with enough cushioning and durability for long runs. The main difference is that it might feel less luxurious than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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