ASICS GT-1000 7 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 review

ASICS GT-1000 7 is a basic running shoe for neutral runners and overpronators. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-1000 7 are stability running shoes that more or less changed roles.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is listed as being suitable for overpronators, while its predecessors were listed as being for neutral runners and overpronators.

The ASICS GT-1000 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is listed as being suitable for neutral runners and overpronators, while its predecessors were listed as being for overpronators.

This means that the ASICS GT-1000 7 was lowered in the amount of stability and support it provides, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 was elevated in stability and support.

While the ASICS GT-1000 is the little brother or sister of the ASICS GT-2000, the ASICS GT-1000 7 displays more similarities with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 than it does with the ASICS GT-2000 6, but it uses less premium materials and comes at a lower price point than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-1000 7 display commonalities.

Although they are not listed as using the same type of mesh, the mesh on the ASICS GT-1000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 look similar except for the slits that run horizontally in the upper of the ASICS GT-1000 7 and vertically in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

Both running shoes do not come with many overlays, except for no-sew overlays running along the saddle and collar, and both running shoes make use of underlays to keep your foot on the running platform.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 delivers much more support than the ASICS GT-1000 7 at the back of the running shoe, where it has a sturdy heel counter that wraps the heel and helps diminish heel rotation.

The ASICS GT-1000 7 is more open compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and delivers lightweight support, but both running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GT-1000 7 also display some similarities.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has two layers of foam under the heel and the midfoot and one layer under the forefoot, while the ASICS GT-1000 7 has one main layer of foam with a second layer on the lateral side under the heel till the midfoot.

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However, the midsole technologies used differ, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 using the most recent technologies.

The ASICS GT-1000 is always late to use the new technologies, so this version saw the introduction of FlyteFoam in the midsole of the ASICS GT-1000 7, while this technology was already being used for quite a while in other ASICS running shoes.

While the ASICS GT-1000 7 is listed as having rearfoot GEL, it is not visible anymore in the ASICS GT-1000 7 as it was in previous versions of this running shoe.

However, the rearfoot GEL is clearly visible in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 as an indication that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might deliver more heel cushioning than the ASICS GT-1000 7.

This would definitely apply to women, because women get an extra 3 mm of height under the heels of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 to take stress off their Achilles.

However, lab tests have found the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 to have a firm heel for men and to deliver a moderate amount of heel cushioning to women.

The ASICS GT-1000 7 has a forefoot that is about 1 mm thicker than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 so might deliver a similar amount of forefoot cushioning as the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has been found to have a soft forefoot for both men and women.

Both the ASICS GT-1000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 come with a support system on the medial side of the midsole to help the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

This support system is reinforced by a midfoot shank in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 that connects the two sides of the midsole to deliver midfoot integrity and support.

The ASICS GT-1000 7 does not come with a midfoot shank like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25. Previous versions used to, but this version comes with a small piece right under the midfoot. However, there is no connection between the lateral and the medial sides of the midsole.

Rubber is elevated on the medial side of the midsole of the ASICS GT-1000 7 instead of a midfoot shank like in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

This also allows the ASICS GT-1000 7 to provide more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which should help you get smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

However, the current setup of midsoles would have the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 deliver somewhat more stability and support than the ASICS GT-1000 7.

The outsoles of the two running shoes have a similar layout but look different due to the flex grooves and midfoot shank.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has more flex grooves under the heel, and the ASICS GT-1000 7 has more uninterrupted flex grooves under the forefoot so is expected to be a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has been found to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the ASICS GT-1000 7 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the ASICS GT-1000 7 for men weighs approximately 10.2 oz (189 grams).

The ASICS GT-1000 7 is a basic running shoe that is meant to appeal to the general public.

Because ASICS has listed it as being for neutral runners and overpronators, you can expect it to deliver enough stability and support for mild to moderate overpronators but not so much that it would get in the way of neutral runners.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is a more premium running shoe that makes use of the latest running shoe technologies and is aimed at delivering a luxurious ride.

ASICS lists the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 as being for overpronators and not neutral runners, so if you are a neutral runner, you may want to look into the ASICS GT-1000 7 first.

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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