Asics Gel-Kayano 18 Review

Only available since January 2012, the Asics Gel-Kayano 18 is the latest in a long line of technically advanced Asics running shoes. It is a tad lighter than the shoes that precede it in this series, helping runners to fly by a little bit faster. The main upgrade in this design is that it includes a new Dynamic DuoMax technology, which gives a high level of stability and support to the feet, as well as a lighter weight to help you glide through your run. I enjoyed the sleek design and light weight of the shoe, which also has a number of technological features that are worth taking a closer look at.

New Features of the Asics Gel-Kayano 18

The overall design of this shoe is meant to give you a high level of comfort while still supporting your feet. These components can be individually pinpointed to understand how the shoe works.

  • Heel Clutching System – This system removes the regular internal heel components that you might see in an Asics running shoe, and replaces them with an exoskeletal heel counter, for a more comfortable heel support. It also has the effect of reducing irritation or friction, because nothing is rubbing against your heel as you run.

  • Soft Top DuoMax Technology – Men have a higher body mass than women do, generally speaking, which means that they compress the sole of the shoe more with this higher force. The Asics Gel-Kayano 18 takes this into account, creating two separate platforms for each gender.

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This blend of cushioning and support gives runners of all genders and levels of ability a more comfortable stride. The Gel-Kayano 18 is ideal for long runs and training purposes, because it gives the high level of support needed for long distance running.

Pros and Cons of the Asics Gel-Kayano 18 Model

Overall, the other reviews for this shoe are positive. I found that there are many different benefits to these shoes, including the fact that they are extremely stable and supportive. They have a comfortable fit, and valuable cushioning. Pros of the shoe include a luxurious fit, superior cushioning, and high quality materials used for the upper.

On the other hand, some reviewers of the Asics Gel-Kayano 18 found that they were expensive and didn't provide enough arch support, despite their high level of stability. Although these were designed to be neutral, some felt that they are too neutral in comparison to similar designs.