ASICS GT-1000 2 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 review

ASICS GT-1000 2 provides a comfortable ride with enough cushioning. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 excels in cushioning and a soft ride. Learn more about their differences.

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The ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 are both stability running shoes made by ASICS.

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The main difference is that the ASICS GT-1000 2 is a basic, no-frills stability shoe that gets the job done, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 is more luxurious.

The uppers of both the ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 consist of a combination of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 has more overlays on the medial side of the shoe compared to the ASICS GT-1000 2.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 has an external heel counter, while the ASICS GT-1000 2 does not. So the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 should give you a better and more comfortable fit around your heels.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 has FluidFit interspersed between the main overlays in the upper. This means that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 should provide you with a more customized fit than the ASICS GT-1000 2.

Note that the bunion window is quite small in the ASICS GT-1000 2, while FluidFit overlays cover that window in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20. So both shoes can feel constricted in this area, although the elasticity in the FluidFit of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 should provide you with a more comfortable fit if you have big bunions.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 are very similar in that they consist of DuoMax and Dynamic DuoMax. Both enhance support and stability, but the Dynamic DuoMax in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 is a newer technology and a bit lighter.

What's also different is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 has a FluidRide midsole that is bouncy, light, and durable, while the ASICS GT-1000 2 has an SpEVA midsole that does have some bounce back properties and decreases midsole breakdown.

And while both the ASICS GT-1000 2 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 have GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, because of the materials used in the midsole, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 should feel softer than the ASICS GT-1000 2 both in the heel and in the forefoot.

Both ASICS running shoes make use of the Impact Guidance System and the Guidance Line vertical flex groove in the outsole. So they should both help your stride be more efficient throughout the gait cycle.

And both ASICS running shoes also have a midfoot shank to give your midfoot structural integrity.

The outsoles of both running shoes have durable rubber under the heel and the rubber lugs are well-segmented to absorb shock.

The forefoot area of the ASICS GT-1000 2 has a better layout, separation, and more flex grooves than the forefoot area of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20. Therefore, the ASICS GT-1000 2 should feel more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-1000 2 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively.

If you are looking for a basic stability running shoe that does not provide luxury, but has everything you need to get a stable and comfortable run, then the ASICS GT-1000 2 is worth looking into.

If you want a very soft and cushiony ride both inside and outside of a stability running shoe that provides a custom fit, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20 might 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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