ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 review

ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 provides lightweight stability for running on wet surfaces. ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 provides a secure fitting upper and a plush ride to moderate overpronators...

NEW! ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 and the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 are both stability running shoes but are geared toward different types of runners.

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The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 consists of a combination of stitched-on overlays and no-sew overlays, while the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 has a minimum amount of stitches in its upper.

The stitches in the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 can be found at the edge of the overlays near the toe box where the overlays meet the mesh.

The toe box of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is free from overlays and only the mesh provides structure and support, so the forefoot area should feel pretty comfortable, especially to runners who have large bunions.

The bunion window of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 is covered with no-sew overlays so may feel a bit tighter than that of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10.

The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 provides a really good wrap and hold around the midfoot and the heel with its no-sew overlays, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 may offer a more secure and supportive fit around the midfoot due to its stitched-on overlays.

And at the back of the shoe, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 comes with an external heel counter to lock your heel down onto the platform. The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is missing such a feature.

Both the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 provide heel-to-toe cushioning but to different degrees.

The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is more geared toward runners who want to feel fast, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 are for those who go on long, relaxed runs.

So naturally, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 should offer cushioning that is not too soft. This is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which has shown that the cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 if somewhere in the middle – so not too soft or too firm – for men, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 almost hits the maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 may feel somewhat firm in both the heel and the forefoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 may feel super plush overall.

Both running shoes have GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, but the GEL of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 is more prominent than that of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10, which is in line with the amount of cushioning it provides.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 comes with 3 mm more height in the heel of the women's running shoe to take stress of the Achilles tendon. The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 does not have such a feature for women.

Both the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 are meant to provide support to overpronators, so have the Dynamic DuoMax support system in place to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This support system comes with a midfoot shank that connects the lateral side to the medial side for stability under the midfoot.

The medial post that offers support in the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is clearly visible and long compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, which blends into the midsole foam and is less clear where it runs.

This might be the reason why running shoe lab tests indicate that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is slighly more stable and supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 look quite different with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 displaying less segmentation and flex grooves in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21.

They both implement a vertical flex groove that helps with gait efficiency.

Despite the lack of horizontal flex grooves, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 still turns out to be more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21, probably due to the lesser amount of cushioning it provides.

For men, though, the flexibility of the two running shoes come very close to each other with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 being just a tad more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21.

Features that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 comes with but that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 does not have include an outsole that gives you traction on wet surfaces and elastic laces to quickly lace up the shoes.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 for women weighs 8.0 oz (227 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a very plush ride from a running shoe that provides a moderate amount of stability and support, then you can look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21.

And if you are a runner who is looking for a stable and supportive ride from a running shoe that is quite light and that has the potential to help you go fast without giving you a super soft ride, then the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 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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