Asics Kayano 18 Review

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 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW

Asics Kayano 18

 

 

RELEASE DATE:

  •   January 2012

 

Introduced in January 2012, the ASICS® GEL-Kayano® 18 lost weight but gained features to enhance what consumers have come to appreciate about the GEL-Kayano line.  This stability running shoe dropped more than an ounce from its predecessor but retained enough ride and comfort to earn “Best Update” from Runner’s World in its January 2012 issue.

This shoe felt great with a more stable ride and enjoy greater comfort in the 18th version of this stability running favorite.

An external Heel Clutching System consists of an external heel counter that improves support and heel fit by locking it into place.

The shoe’s Biomorphic Fit® upper consists of stretch materials strategically placed to help reduce buckling and potential irritation.   Serving a similar function is the Personal Heel Fit™ (PHF) system of two-layer memory foam that lines the heel collar and helps personalize its fit.

The medial (inner) side of the midsole includes ASICS’ DuoMax® Support System, dual-density foam cushioning that is designed to reduce excess pronation (when the foot rolls significantly inward after heelstrike).

On the outsole is ASICS’ Space Trusstic System®, which is a plastic plate in the midfoot that mimics the connective tissue of the foot by generating energy as the foot moves through the stride.

These shoes felt good for mid to long range training runs.  I used them for long runs which the shoe felt solid,  sturdy and my feet felt cushioned.

 

SPECS:

  • Weight: 11.4 oz (size 9)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 11 mm
  • Available Widths: D=Medium, 2E=Wide
  • Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Colors : Light-Blue-Grey-White-Black/Pink-White-Grey-Black/Red-Grey-White-Black

 

CONSTRUCTION:

Upper:

  • Open mesh upper breathable mesh provides open air coverage
  • Personal Heel Fit (PHF) a two layer heel memory foam provides a cushioned fit
  • Discrete Eyelets are equally placed to help disperse lace tension and enhance comfort
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design follows the shape of the foot for an improved cushioned fit
  • Biomorphic Fit Upper is a forefoot stretch material that helps reduce irritation
  • Heel Clutching System an exoskeletal structure that cushions the heel for secure fit
  • ComforDry Sockliner anti-bacterial material to reduce odor, moisture wicking and good cushioning
  • Solyte 55 Foam for enhanced cushioning

Midsole:

  • Solyte an ultra light midsole that delivers durable responsive cushioning
  • Guidance Line a vertical flex groove in the forefoot for improved gait efficiency
  • Dynamic DuoMax Support System reduces over pronation leading to a smoother heel to toe transition
  • Space Trusstic System utilizes a thermal plastic midfoot for natural foot movement
  • Impact Guidance System (IGS) creates a smooth balanced heel-to-toe step movement

Outsole:

  • Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) heel carbon rubber for added durability
  • DuraSponge Outsole made from a blown AHAR compound, for responsive cushioning and flexibility

 

PROS:

  • Breathable: Open Mesh provides great open-air upper mesh design
  • Very Cushioned: Solyte midsole foam for soft durable cushioning
  • Excellent Protection: Impact Guidance System (IGS), a high energy impact absorption and ground debris protection
  • Stability: Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) heel carbon rubber for added durability

 

RECOMMENDED USE:

  • Road Running, Trail Running, Daily Training

 

CONCLUSION:

  • A neutral, responsive, cushioned road and/or trail running shoe

 

 

 

 

 

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