Asics Gel Kayano 27 Men The Legend – Review

ASICS Gel-Kayano is one of the most stable and comfortable running shoes and one of the most popular on the market today. Kayano has been around for over 20 years and is still a classic. With its many technologies, Kayano brings you safely out on your runs and comfortably to your destination, even over long distances.  ASICS GEL Kayano – the legend is all about stability and soft cushioning.

Asics Gel Kayano 27
Asics Gel Kayano 27

Asics Gel Kayano is a classic

These are the running shoes that most runners everywhere are familiar with. It is probably because it has been on the market for so long, and is among so many runners the preferred choice when it comes to choosing running shoes for quantity training.

Asics Gel Kayano 27 is ASICS’s top model for the runner with overpronation/pronation and is designed with the latest technologies, ensuring excellent comfort and stability. ASICS GEL-Kayano 27 is the stability running shoe above them all p.t.

Among other things, you get an even softer midsole than in previous versions, and as something new in the Kayano, you get gender-specific properties in the material of the running shoe.

The midsole and the general shock absorption still consist of FlyteFoam, FlyteFoam propeller and of course the soft gel pads in both forefoot and heel. But this whole structure has been changed a bit in Kayano 27, so it all feels softer, but still just as stable.

As mentioned, it’s all about stability and support when you take ASICS GEL-Kayano 27 on your feet. This is what the world-renowned running shoe has become so famous for, and it is of course still what is in focus.

Because it is the optimal running shoe for you who want a running shoe that supports you, gives you confidence for the best runs, security and not least the best protection so you do not get injured.

Asics Gel Kayano 27
Asics Gel Kayano 27

Asics Gel Kayano 

The shoe’s Dynamic Duomax technology ensures a gentle run for you, and you will feel that you are wearing a running shoe that really suits you. Because you can rely on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 27. Dynamic Duomax consists of two fixed foam units on the Kayano.

It also provides an effective starting point for your run, so every step is kicked well and thoroughly into action. In addition, the shoe’s Guidance technologies help your foot move naturally forward – and help make all the running shoe properties work together.

You will enjoy every step of your run. For Asics’ GEL-Kayano 27 is of course equal to top-notch comfort. The well-known GEL zones in the heel and forefoot provide a soft and comfortable run, while FlyteFoam again makes your feet always look forward to the next run.

For the midsole’s FlyteFoam Propel foam is nicely responsive and provides the perfect shock absorption. It is nicely soft, light and bouncy and gives a smoother run than before. As in previous versions, it is again Engineered Mesh that the upper part is made of. It provides great stretch and breathability, while the fit is also superb.

This means that you can run countless kilometers without having to worry about the shoe feeling uncomfortable. It also has its heel cap that helps support stability from the first step. GEL-Kayano 27 is nothing short of great to run in.

Asics Gel Kayano Women

Asics Gel Kayano

Another new detail in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 27 is the gender-specific properties of the material. Because in the lower part of the shoe is the Space Trusstic technology, which gives something different to the men’s and women’s models.

The men’s model provides more support for the foot’s settlement of thread and heel, while the version for women provides even more stability in your direction of movement – and also has more foam in the midsole than the men’s model.

By and large, the Space Trusstic gives you more stability and reduces the weight of the shoe compared to previous versions. The technology provides a wonderful transition from landing to takeoff.

Asics Gel Kayano 27 – Technical structure


The Kayano Outsole is crucial for which surface your shoe performs best on. Asics Gel Kayano is clearly preferable for running on asphalt and solid gravel. Many people use the shoe as an all-round shoe for training and competition on different surfaces, but actually, it is a shoe for harder surfaces.

The shoe has nothing to do with trail running or other running outside of the marked and safe routes. The outsole comes with AHAR, which is an abbreviation for Asics High Abrasion Rubber. Few people know what that means. But practically, the AHAR is a rubber that has proven to be extremely durable, even after 1000 km

In addition, the outsole comes with DuraSponge. DuraSponge sits primarily in the forefoot and gives you a responsive starting point from the outsole combined with good flexibility in direction changes.


The midsole which is the place where the primary shock absorption sits is of Fluidride. Fluidride is far more durable than in previously used technology. In addition, Fluidride provides a 20% better bounce than the previous midsoles. Last but not least, the material weighs 15% less. That’s something of an improvement.


In the heel, you will find the midsole’s strongest shock absorption. The midsole extends in the Asics Kayano all the way from the heel and out to the outer part of the forefoot. The shock absorption is strongest in the heel.

In the heel, midfoot and forefoot you will find the Impact Guidance System (IGS), which is a technology designed to give you a balanced ‘roll’ from heel to forefoot. It’s a technology from Asics that guides your foot in the best direction.


In the midfoot sits the support and the transition from heel to forefoot. Asics supports your feet with the Guidance Trusstic System, which is a lightweight material that gives you the best stability.

Without this technology, you would almost ‘skate around’.In addition, there is the Dynamic DuoMax Support System in the midfoot. It reduces your pronation by controlling the movements of the foot, leading to a softer and more comfortable movement from landing on the heel to starting on the forefoot.


As mentioned under the description of the outsole, there is DuraSponge in the forefoot which gives you a good and comfortable start. The forefoot also comes with the Guidance Line, which is a vertical function that gives the forefoot the most efficient settlement

Upper part

The Kayano Upper part comes with Fluidfit technology. It is an extra strong and extra stretchable mesh that gives you the best ventilation and optimal comfort conditions. Compared to previously used technologies for the upper part, Fluidfit is for multi-stretch.

This means that the material can be stretched in all directions where it was previously only 2-dimensional. If you have previously had problems with the upper part breaking, the risk of this will be significantly reduced with this upgrade. The Fluidfit technology provides glove comfort. This means that the shoe sits very close to your foot.


Asics Kayano Final Thoughts

This Kayano 27 is everything we can expect from a premium stability shoe. It’s sturdy, supportive, and has got great plush comfort. If there’s a minus to it, it’s the shoe’s hefty weight, which for us, is not something that should be negative, given its top-tier performance. Asics Gel Kayano is a formidable running shoe.

It can in particular become a favorite running shoe for those who run on asphalt and who want maximum support and shock absorption. Of course, some runners would like ultra-light running shoes, and here is Kayano, not the best choice. If you train up to a marathon, half marathon, or your first 10 kilometers, Asics Gel Kayano 27 is an excellent running shoe that gives you the best comfort you can imagine.

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