Nike Air Zoom Odyssey vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is a lightweight, comfortable, and very supportive running shoe. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with a touch of stability to overpronators.

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both stability running shoes that are geared toward moderate overpronators but are quite different in what they provide to runners.

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The uppers of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are very much alike in the amount of comfort and support that they provide.

But whereas the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has no-sew overlays running in it, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey does not come with any overlays.

The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is knitted and comes with bands that wrap the midfoot to increase the amount of support in that area.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides lightweight structure and support through its mesh, lightweight support around the midfoot through no-sew overlays, and a good amount of support at the back of the shoe through stitched-on overlays and an external heel counter.

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey also has an external heel counter at the back to provide extra support behind the heel, but it does not connect its top to its bottom like the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 does.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the uppers of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The big difference between the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey can be found in the midsole.

The midsole of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is on average 2 mm thinner than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for both men and women. This fact may cause the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey to provide less cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is focused on providing runners with a plush ride. It does so through its two layers of foam in the midsole and GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is clearly visible in running shoe lab tests, where the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey provides cushioning that is not too soft or too firm and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides way more cushioning than the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey in both the heel and the forefoot.

The amount of cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more yet in the female version of the shoe, since it comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendons of women.

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is focused on providing runners with a supportive ride. It does so through the use of multiple densities of foam in its midsole.

You can see the different densities especially on the medial side, where the foam forms small pillars that run from the back of the shoe all the way to the front.

This is also how the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey provides pronation control to runners. The support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 differs from that of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 also uses different densities of foam, it implements a midfoot shank to increase the amount of integrity and support under the midfoot.

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey does not have a midfoot shank but rather provides full ground contact under the midfoot, which increases the stability of the running shoe.

All in all, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is the one that comes out of running shoe lab tests as being the more supportive running shoe of the two.

Due to the amount of ground contact provided, the outsoles of the two running shoes turn out to be quite different with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 displaying a good amount of separation between its rubber compartments and the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey having a more all-in-one outsole.

This difference in construction has an impact on the flexibility of the running shoes because running shoe lab tests show that the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is much stiffer than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, which is quite flexible for a running shoe that provides so much cushioning.

The women's version of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey weighs about 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.3 oz (292 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator looking for a very comfortable and plush ride from a running shoe, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

And if you are looking for a somewhat more supportive and stable running shoe that does not feel heavy on your feet and that does not go overboard in the amount of plushness it provides, then the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey might be what you are looking for.

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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