ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. ASICS GT-2000 7 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 7 provides a supportive and responsive ride to overpronators and neutral runners...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 7 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 7 more or less switched roles, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano used to be for neutral runners and overpronators, while it is now listed as being only for overpronators, and the ASICS GT-2000 used to be for overpronators and is now listed as being for neutral runners and overpronators.

This means that the ASICS GT-2000 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is expected to deliver somewhat less stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 carries most of ASICS latest running shoe technologies, while the ASICS GT-2000 7 tends to have a mixture of old and new technologies. This is also where the difference in price between the two running shoes comes in.

Because the ASICS GT-2000 7 is a more basic running shoe compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, it costs less than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 7 are similar in that they expose a lot of mesh and have a forefoot that should feel quite comfortable due to the lack of overlays in that area.

They differ in that the ASICS GT-2000 7 has some no-sew overlays on the medial side and comes with straps that can be pulled tight through the saddle to give you a more secure fit around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is different in that it comes with an internal fit system of no-sew underlays that can be seen as being more lightweight than what the ASICS GT-2000 7 offers.

While the ASICS GT-2000 7 was stripped from its sturdy support at the back and now features material with a more closed structure and a piece of material that hooks the heel, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with a heavy-duty external heel counter that wraps around the entire heel to really lock it in and deliver a good amount of support at the back.

When you look at the overall support that is delivered through the upper, one could say that both running shoes should be able to deliver comfort through their uppers, but the ASICS GT-2000 7 provides a more secure fit around the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 delivers more support around the heel.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 come with midsoles that have two layers of foam and GEL cushioning between these two layers.

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The GEL cushioning is only visible in the heel of both running shoes, but they are said to also have GEL cushioning in the forefoot.

Another similarity is that both running shoes come with a more responsive bottom layer of foam under the heel, but while this layer of foam runs from heel to midfoot in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, it runs from heel to toe in the ASICS GT-2000 7.

This more responsive bottom layer is a bit firmer and thus tends to reduce the cushiness of the running shoes, and because it runs from heel to toe in the ASICS GT-2000 7, the ASICS GT-2000 7 is expected to be somewhat less cushier.

However, the midsole material of the top layer of foam differs in the two running shoes. Both are meant to deliver softness, but while this top layer of foam remains pretty thin in the ASICS GT-2000 7, it is thin under the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and then thickens up under the forefoot to provide one layer of foam under the forefoot.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has been found to have a cushy forefoot for both men and women.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 has also been found to have a cushy forefoot for women, but men get a more moderate amount of forefoot cushioning.

The amount of heel cushioning delivered by the two running shoes is about the same, with women getting a moderate amount of heel cushioning and men a somewhat firmer heel.

Therefore, when you look at the overall cushioning profile of the two running shoes, women should feel less of a difference between the two running shoes compared to men. Men might find the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 to be overall a bit cushier than the ASICS GT-2000 7, according to test data.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

This support system does not run all the way up to the foot, because there is that thinner layer of softer foam under the heel that prevents it to do so, so the amount of pronation control would be on the moderate side in both running shoes.

They also both come with a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole to deliver a good amount of support under the midfoot.

When you take all of the midsole features into consideration, there isn't much difference in the amount of stability and support delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 7, despite the ASICS GT-2000 7 now also being listed for neutral runners.

Because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with that external heel counter in its upper that can also help to prevent some heel rotation, that can be seen as an additional stability feature that the ASICS GT-2000 7 does not have and therefore increase the amount of stability and support of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 7.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 do not differ much in the way they have been set up, except for how the flex grooves run in the forefoot.

Both running shoes come with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait and both come with three flex grooves in the forefoot that do not all run from side to side, although the flex grooves under the forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 7 run further than those under the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-2000 7 have been found to be stiff running shoes for both men and women.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 is lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for both men and women.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 or the ASICS GT-2000 7.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is a more premium and luxurious running shoe than the ASICS GT-2000 7, but both running shoes could serve moderate overpronators.

The main difference between the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 can be found in their uppers, so if you prefer more support around the heel, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would be the one to look into, and if you prefer a more secure fit around the midfoot, the ASICS GT-2000 7 would be the one to consider.

Neither the ASICS GT-2000 7 nor the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a very cushy heel, which makes them less suitable for heel-strikers, and they both deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might deliver a bit more in that area.

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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