Asics Gel Kayano 16

Review of the Top Selling Men's Running Shoe

The Asics Gel Kayano 16 was released in the spring of 2010 and it still remains one of the top selling running shoes across the internet and in stores.  I've owned a pair of these shoes for awhile now and gotten many miles out of them, so I'd like to share a little review of these great running shoes.

This shoe is Asics moderate to max support shoe.  It offers great support for people with moderate to maximum over-pronation.  If you are not sure what this means, the definition of pronation is the "inward roll of the foot which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism."  So if you are an over-pronator, this means that your foot rolls inward more so than normal.  These shoes were designed specifically to give you that support on the inside of the shoe to prevent the rolling inward of your foot.

Furthermore, the extensive gel unit that spans the length of the shoe, gives a huge amount of cushion from the heel to the front of the foot.  The upper part of shoe fits nice and plush, and the heel collar is made of a memory foam type material which allows it to conform to the shape of your foot and ankle.  The shoe has an asymmetrical design, which allows it to follow the natural bone structure of your foot, which really helps give this running shoe an outstanding fit compared to other previous Asics shoe models.

The biggest new feature of the Asics Gel Kayano 16 is what they are calling "the guidance line".  This line on the bottom of the shoe, allows for better foot strike repeatability from heal to toe, from stride to stride.  What this means is that each time you take a stride your foot has a better chance of hitting the same spot and releasing from the same spot, helping you to maintain a more balanced and controlled run and preventing injury to the feet, ankles, or legs.

One other huge change to this shoe compared to the previous line of shoes is that it comes in just a tad bit lighter than the previous version.  Lighter is always better when running.  A lighter shoe allows you to stretch out a few more miles before your legs begin to tire.  Combine that with the new added cushion and support and the new guidance line and this is a great distance running shoe.  The Asics Gel Kayano 16 comes in a men's and a women's version - both of which offer the same features.