Asics Gel Kayano 17 Review

Asics Gel Kayano 17 Review

The Asics Gel Kayano 17 is one the highest spec structured support running shoe’s available on the market for mild to severe pronators.

As well as having all the important features that make Asics running shoes so popular, the Gel Kayano 17’s also have a number of extra technologies that give them the edge over both the competition and other Asics running shoes.


Asics Gel Kayano 17

Asics Gel Kayano 17

This review will explain some of the key features of the new Asics Gel Kayano 17’s and how each feature can benefit your running and training.

Asics Gel Kayano 17 Features

Asics’s patented Impact Guidance System and Guidance Line provides both direction and support to each foot when they hit the ground. This makes for a more efficient transition from  heel strike to toe off.  A more efficient transition makes for a much faster and smoother ride which is great news for runners as you expand less energy for the same speed.

The Asics Gel Kayano 17 is a great training shoe for long distance road runners. The Guidance Line encourages an efficient running gait even when you are running tired which means the shoe is perfect for marathon’s and long distance events.

Gel cushioning in the rear and fore foot ensures that the shoe performs at a high level for longer as gel cushioning is much more durable then either a foam or air equivalent. Cushioning in two areas of the shoe means that more of the impact that is generated when running on hard surfaces is absorbed, no matter what part of the foot strikes the ground.  Higher shock absorption is nothing but a good thing and makes the Asics Kayano 17 well suited to heavier runners or those who are prone to impact related shin splints.

The asymmetrical lacing is a relatively new innovation in running shoes and is only incorporated into Asics’ high end models. As the shoes lace up down one side of the foot instead of the brow, there is less potential for irritation as this area of the foot flexes less and as a result rubs against the laces less. Asymmetrical lacing also improves the fit of the Kayano 17’s which may benefit runners who struggle to find decent fitting shoes.

A high quality memory foam  heel plug moulds to you foot after a few runs and gives extra support around the heel, ensuring the shoe is a good fit and offers the maximum amount of protection against sprains and twisted ankles.

Lastly, the Comfort Dry Sock Liner that is now fitted a standard to every Asics running shoe acts to regulate the micro climate within the shoe and keeps the foot dry and cool even when on long training runs. Combining the Comfort Dry Sock Liner with a decent pair of running sock is the best defence any runner can have against discomfort, rubbing and blisters even in high summer.

Asics Gel Kayano 17 Aesthetics

The men’s version of the Gel Kayano 17’s is available in three colours – white and blue, white and lime and lastly, black and grey. The women’s version is available in white and turquoise, white and magenta as well as black. All of the various styles follow the same pattern and all have the instantly recognisable Asics logo on the outside of the shoe. The only thing that will give this shoe away as one of the most advanced shoes on the market is the small visible sections of gel cushioning visible in the fore foot section of the shoe.


The Asics Gel Kayano 17 is one of the highest performing and technically advanced support running shoes on the market. The shoe offers a large amount of cushioning and support which make the shoe perfect for long distance road runners. The shoe incorporates all of the essential Asics technologies as well as more advanced features such as a guidance line that encourages efficient gait even when tired, and asymmetrical lacing that reduces irritation and makes for a better fit and more comfortable ride

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