ASICS GT-1000 6 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 review

ASICS GT-1000 6 is a good entry-level running shoe that provides a good amount of support and stability. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness and comfort to overpronators...

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The ASICS GT-1000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are stability running shoes for runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can also be worn by neutral runners, according to ASICS.

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The uppers of the ASICS GT-1000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 differ in that the ASICS GT-1000 6 has more stitches in its upper than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a couple of stitches in its saddle, but the rest of the upper consists mostly of mesh, no-sew overlays, and underlays.

The ASICS GT-1000 6 comes with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and around the heel so offers more durable support than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does.

However, because of the use of overlays in the saddle and around the heel and underlays around the midfoot, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is pretty open and capable of delivering more comfort than that of the ASICS GT-1000 6.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open, but because the ASICS GT-1000 6 has the ASICS logo coming pretty forward on the medial side and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does not, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might provide more room to big bunions.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also increases the amount of support behind and around the heel by having an external heel counter that helps minimize heel rotation and starts pronation control right in the upper.

All in all, one could say that the ASICS GT-1000 6 offers more durable support around the midfoot and that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 offers more support around the heel, just enough support around the midfoot to keep your foot on the running platform, and lots of comfort in the toe box.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GT-1000 6 differ in that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot between those two layers.

The ASICS GT-1000 6 has one main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel. It also has some GEL between the crash pad and the main layer of foam under the heel, but does not feature forefoot GEL like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has both a soft and a responsive layer in the forefoot, the amount of softness that it provides by having extra GEL might be about the same as the ASICS GT-1000 6 delivers by having one layer in the forefoot.

The ASICS GT-1000 generally delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning, but the amount of heel cushioning is on the moderate to firm side.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano generally delivers an overall soft ride so a good amount of forefoot and heel cushioning, with the forefoot being cushier than the heel, except for women.

Women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels to take stress off their Achilles tendon, and this extra height generally results in more heel cushioning for women.

Another difference between the midsoles of the ASICS GT-1000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 uses newer and more premium materials than the ASICS GT-1000 6.

Because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GT-1000 6 can be worn by overpronators, they come with a support system on the medial side of the midsole and a midfoot shank.

Because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a softer layer of foam right under the foot, its support system does not go as high as the one in the ASICS GT-1000 6, so the latter offers a bit more support through its midsole than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

This is perhaps also why ASICS lists the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 as a running shoe that is also suitable for neutral runners who typically do not need much support, while the ASICS GT-1000 6 is listed as being only for overpronators.

While the midfoot shanks differ in they way they look, they both connect the two sides of the midsole for support and midfoot integrity.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look largely the same with one main difference in the frontmost flex groove that runs from side to side under the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 but only halfway under the ASICS GT-1000 6. The other half is just a cut in the rubber.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a greater potential of delivering somewhat more flexibility than the ASICS GT-1000 6.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-1000 6 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.2 oz (289 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-1000 6 being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable and soft ride, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, but if you know that you will be needing a bit more support, you may want to look into the ASICS GT-1000 6.

If you are a neutral runner, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would be the one to look into, because it is listed as also being suitable for neutral runners, so the amount of support it delivers should not get in the way of a neutral runner.

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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