Asics Gel-Kayano 19 Review

The ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 is the latest release in a series of running shoes that has built a name on maximum support and cushioning. As a great looking, great feeling shoe, the line has been around for an impressive 20 years and this 19th version is lighter and better performing than the older models in the series. And with several different color schemes and styles available, it's also a great looking version. In fact, you can choose from a wild special K design or the standard muted colors, so there's a chance to express your tastes when you slip on the shoe as well.

Overview of the Asics Gel-Kayano 19

The ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 is a shoe focused on cushioning and support. While it also reduces weight and helps increase speed and performance, its main focus is to deliver a high quality, comfortable running experience. And in nearly every area, it manages to succeed. The shoe features the Guidance Trusstic System and a Biomorphic fit on the upper portion of the shoe, coupled with the now famous PHF – Personal Heel Fit to give a custom fit to the runner. It's a solid option that's well worth paying attention to.

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Pros and Cons of the Asics Gel-Kayano 19


Just as it allows one to cover a lot of ground in a short time, there is plenty of ground to cover when reviewing the pros that the ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 offers to runners.

  • Light – This newest version reduces the weight of the shoe by a half-ounce for men and a full ounce for women compared to the 18th version.
  • Stable – The Space Trusstic system adds a pocket to the shoe's midsole to improve function and support. The outsole is made from high quality, high abrasion rubber to increase cushioning.
  • Personal Fit – The Personalized Heel Fit, or PHF, is designed with two layers of memory foam that actually mold to your heel. This helps provide the most comfortable fit possible and increases stability and support when you run
  • Professional Approval – This shoe also bears a seal of acceptance from the APMA – the American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Price – When you take a look at the various features it offers, the price tag for the ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 is surprisingly low and well worth every penny.


There are very few cons to speak of with this shoe, and it's gained a reputation for being one of the best buys on the market for good reason. Still, a couple of things are worth mentioning.

  • The PHF can feel strange to some users and may not be what they're looking for.
  • Additionally, the added Space Trusstic System, while designed to improve stability, can take a little getting used to underneath one's feet during a run.
  • Finally, it's still a shoe that's a bit pricy for beginners. Those unsure of whether or not they're going to stick with their running may want to start with a cheaper option, although buying the ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 will provide an entry to the running world unlike any other.

The Verdict

Simply put, the ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 is one of the best shoes for the money on the market today. It works great whether on the treadmill, heading up a gravel path or off-road trail, or at the track. While there may be a couple of shoes that offer slightly lighter weights or faster responses, this is certainly one of the best all-around shoes as well as being a good choice for virtually any other type of run. And the muted color choice makes it look great with jeans, while the wilder, brighter color scheme will be certain to turn heads.

All in all, it's a shoe that serious runners need to pay attention to.