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Asics Gel-Kayano 27 Review



The Asics Gel Kayano has been a best-selling stability sneaker since 1993, and the Kayano 27 is no exception. This shoe has all of the benefits and stability technology of the 26, with some added flexibility and customizations. The Asics Gel Kayano line continues to impress runners with its durability and stability.

Gel Kayano 27: First Impressions

At first glance, the Asics Gel Kayano 27 is a sleeker version of its predecessors. The visual redesign makes it look more like an everyday sneaker than a hardcore running shoe. With dual-colored mesh and speckled laces, the shoe is less monotone and more stylish than before. The first try of the Gel Kayano 27 is incredibly comfortable, with padding throughout the shoe and a close fit. The upper is made of dual mesh for breathability and comfort, while the bottom has the iconic gel and foam base Kayanos are known for. The support system is top of the line, and the shoes have Dynamic Duomax support and a Meta Clutch heel exoskeleton for extra stability.

Gel Kayano 27: What’s New

The Asics Gel Kayano 27 has many of the same features as its predecessor, the Kayano 26. However, there are four main differences in the 27 that are important to know. The Kayano 27 has improved the sturdiness of the heel counter, the flex grooves in the forefoot of the shoe and created a gender-specific support system and a more breathable mesh upper.

Gender-Specific Changes

The Kayano 27 men’s and women’s trainers are slightly different. They are designed specifically to cater to each gender’s gait. The women’s Kayano 27 has a somewhat softer midsole and some more foam in the instep. Men’s shoes have a little bit more arch support, and women have more forward support. With the differences in arch support, midsole, and instep foam levels, the Kayano 27 should work with a runner’s body. Asics created this three-level system of differences to accommodate the different foot shapes, running styles, and weights between men and women.

Heel Exoskeleton

The heel counter on the Kayano 27 is incredibly supportive. It has a new, firmer exoskeleton to hold the heel firmly in place while running. The Meta Clutch exoskeleton provides a locked-in fit and is paired with new gel segments in the heels for support and comfort.

Flex Grooves

The midsole of the Kayano 27 has deeper flex grooves than the 26 or 25. These changes make the midsole of the shoe more flexible and give it a stronger bounce when running. The flex grooves work in conjunction with the stiffer heel to stabilize the foot while allowing for maximum movement and power.

Mesh Upper

While it might just seem cosmetic, the different look on top of the shoe also is helpful for runners. The dual mesh technology adds a layer of breathability to the upper of the shoe. This airiness keeps your feet from feeling sweaty or clammy during a long run and decreases the chances of stench or dampness.

Gel Kayano 27: Support and Stability

The Asics Gel Kayano 27 offers an exceptionally smooth ride because of the in-sole support technology. It’s a shoe that works well for running short or long distances. The Asics Kayano 27 provides stability for the entire foot without losing any of the comforts of previous versions of the shoe.

Durability and Distance

The Kayano 27 is ideal for distance runners, as it provides flexibility and stability over long distances. Even after many miles running, the Kayano will continue to be firm and stable. The cushioned soles give a soft and flexible feel to the trainers without losing any support over time.

Stability Shoes

The star of this shoe is the stability in the heel. It has a rigid exoskeleton to hold the heel in place while running and flexibility through the midsole to prevent too much stiffness or clunkiness. The gel pad in the heel of the Kayano 27 distributes the shock evenly throughout the shoe for optimal stability.


If you are an overpronator (or even neutral), this shoe will give you all the arch support you need. Designers added Dynamic Duomax technology for arch support. This dual-density midsole foam support is firmer underneath the arch for an even cushion and better overall stability.

Gel Kayano 27: Fit and Sizing

No matter the technological developments inside a shoe, it won’t be worth the money if it doesn’t fit well. A pair of trainers is only as good as its fit and comfortable while running. The Asics Gel Kayano 27 has an excellent, accommodating fit with extra cushion and accurate sizing.

Fit of Shoe

The shoe fits snugly, with an open toe box. It tapers in the front (like the 26 before it) and has a generous fit. The shoe’s heel has a firm exoskeleton, which gives it a locked-in fit in the back. The middle is snug, but the toe box is open and spacious for optimal toe spreading. One of the only downsides of this shoe is that it takes a while to break it in – until then, the ride can be a little stiff, especially towards the heel. Because the shoe is a little heavier than other stable sneakers, the stiffness will be more noticeable for the first few runs. However, it’s a maximum comfort fit once the shoe is broken in.

True to Size

Asics Gel Kayano 27 sneakers fit true to size, running a little on the smaller side if anything. Although it is slightly tight throughout the midsole initially, the shoe has a great fit when it’s finally broken in. When buying these shoes, buy your actual size and expect a slight tightness at first.

Final Thoughts

This Asics Gel Kayano 27 review should make it clear that if you’re looking for a solid running shoe with extra arch support and stability, look no further. This shoe has all of the benefits of 27 years of stability trainer experience and the newest support technology. This shoe is designed for the most comfortable wear and durability for distance.


Highest-end midsole support and stability
Several different technologies to increase comfort
Excellent long-term durability
Gel padding for extra shock absorption


Heaviness – the shoe is heavier than most stable shoes
It takes a while to break in the shoe for maximum comfort
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