ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 provides lightweight stability for running on wet surfaces. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators...

The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both stability running shoes but are geared toward different types of runners.

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The upper of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is similar to that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com in that it uses a similar type of mesh that provides structure and lightweight support.

However, this mesh is mostly only present in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10, while it covers a larger area in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The rest of the upper of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 consists of no-sew overlays with some stitches at the border of the midfoot and the forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does not have as many no-sew overlays in its upper compared to the amount provided by the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 comes with a stitched-on overlay that wraps the midfoot at the top of the saddle and an external heel counter at the back of the shoe to lock your heel down on the platform.

So overall, both running shoes provide an adequate amount of support through their uppers that would be suitable for overpronators, but the support provided by the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is slightly greater than that provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 provide heel-to-toe cushioning, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is meant to provide a plush running experience, while the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is meant to help triathletes run faster so is less focused on providing a very soft running experience.

This is also evident from the midsole, where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has lots of GEL cushioning oozing out from between its two layers of foam. The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 does not have so much visible GEL cushioning although it is present in the midsole.

The difference in cushioning is also evident from running shoe lab tests. For men, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 displays an average amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a very cushy forefoot and heel cushioning that is way above average.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 displays a cushioning profile that might be a bit on the firm side in both the heel and the forefoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has heel cushioning that is almost to the max and a cushy forefoot.

The cushy heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women is due to the extra 3 mm of height in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 that helps take stress off the Achilles tendon. The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 does not come with an extra 3 mm of foam under the heel of women.

Both the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 implement a support system on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The area of support is quite long in the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 but does not go all the way up to the foot. Therefore, you can expect to get a moderate amount of pronation control from the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10.

The support system does not go all the way up in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 either, since it has a layer of softer foam closest to the foot.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is slightly more stable and supportive than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Both the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 have midfoot shanks that connect the two sides of the midfoot to provide a good amount of structural support.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different despite the fact that they are both ASICS running shoes.

This is mostly due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is geared toward runners who may run on wet surfaces so who would also need more grip than runners who run on dry surfaces in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Therefore, the rubber outsole of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is constructed in a way to provide more grip and implements a different type of material. It has the necessary flex grooves for flexibility but not as many as the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has.

The vertical flex groove that is used to enhance gait efficiency is also a bit different in the two running shoes.

Nonetheless, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 comes very close to the amount of flexibility provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

According to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is just a tad more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 for men. For women, it is the other way around with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 being a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 for women weighs 8.0 oz (227 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator looking for a running shoe that is relatively lightweight, has a low profile, is stable, and can help you feel fast, then the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is definitely worth looking into.

And if you are looking for a very soft and comfortable ride with lots of protection from the road when going on long runs, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 could be the one for you.

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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