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ASICS Men's GEL-Kayano 18 Running Shoe


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  • Synthetic
  • Rubber sole
  • Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.®) ASICS® design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • Guidance Line™ Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency.
  • Biomorphic Fit ® Upper Stretch material strategically placed on the upper helps to reduce buckling and the potential for irritation.
  • Heel Clutching System™ Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and creates improved heel fitting environment.
  • Dynamic DuoMax® This evolution of the DuoMax® System enhances stability and support, with reduced weight and increased platform comfort.

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Lace up a perfect jog in the ASICS Kayano. This lightweight favorite features enhanced stability and a breathable mesh upper with Biomorphic Fit technology to keep you cool and reduce irritation as you go. Generous padding at the ankle offers extra cush, while a super-grippy sole lends traction you can trust in ASICS.

The Gel-Kayano 18 by Asics is your go to everyday athletic running shoe. This shoe has been updated and engineered to improve stability, comfort and fit. The shoe features a synthetic fabric and leather upper that provides you with glove like fit, asymmetrical lace up front, ComforDry sock liner for a drier healthier environment, rubber outsole, and the Asics Gel Cushioning System that will absorb shock and help protect from harmful forces while running.
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  • ASIN: B0058C6NAQ
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: GEL-KAYANO 18-M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,752 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Perazzi25 on February 20, 2012
    I have been running for so many years in many other brands. This new Kayano 18 is my first pair of ASICS. For me, the most noticeable difference is shock absorbing. I think we can immediately tell the difference in shock absorbing quality of different car models. This is a direct analogy. In this Kayano 18, I have the same feeling as riding in a Mercedes or a Lexus. The Kayano absorbs all the shocks. Each running step is firm and responsive; but no shocks. I used to run in the Adidas Supernova Glide 1 & 2 before the Kayano 18. The Supernovas are very good shoes which helped recover my injured knees caused by other previous wrong shoes but I prefer the Kayano 18. The Kayano provide perfect shock absorbing and are lighter. All in all, this is the most comfortable pair of running shoes I have ever owned.

    I would like to add that the Supernova Glide and the Kayano are technically very different shoes. The Supernova Glide is in the "cushion" category for runners who are underpronators but the Kayano is in the "stability" category for overpronators. I am a neutral runner and have no problems running in any of them. The Kayano simply absorb more shocks and are lighter.

    Update: I have recently purchased a pair of ASICS Nimbus 13. I use the Nimbus for recovery run. The difference between them is very obvious. The Kayano 18 gives more support at the midsole. This is because of the Duomax material (the gray part of the midsole under the arch) which is more stiff than the white softer midsole material. I feel more comfortable in the Kayano 18 especially when walking. I like the midsole support. I also run faster in the Kayano. The Nimbus, which is mainly for underpronators, does not have the Duomax support since the more stiff midsole may promote even more underpronation.
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    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Turner on May 5, 2012
    First a little background, then I'll tell you how these shoes fixed my problem perfectly.

    I have a very rare case of flat feet. By college, it hurt so much to walk I ended up getting orthodics. And those didn't work, I ended up getting surgery.
    That worked pretty well. But recently, I started doing Tae Bo - my lifestyle became sedentry and I was losing energy. It involves lots of jumping around back and forth, fast stepping motions, and constant pivoting. Due to how arced out my bad foot was, there was virtually a 3 second delay whenever I needed to shift weight to my other leg to step, which was constantly. After doing some research, I tried a few exercises, things of that nature, and took some random internet adivce to try ASICS. I just so happened to close to their outlet in Manhattan one day, and decided to stop by. It did feel quite a bit lighter than my old shoes, so I figured I'd try them out.

    The results were 1,000 times what I expected. I tried them on and I could actually keep up with the video every single step. When I looked at my shoes after the workout, I noticed the right one was a different shape. Somehow, I have no clue how it works, the shoe actually leaned inward as far as my foot naturally leaned outward, thus correcting my standing posture completely.

    When I first started the video, I thought they were superhuman. I thought I would NEVER be able to keep up, even if I did get in shape. But now? I can do anything. It feels amazing.

    If you have EVER had problems with your feet, had to use insoles, have flat feet, or can't shift your weight very fast for whatever reason, BUY THESE SHOES.
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    31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Daniel Noyes on January 8, 2012
    Sometimes we get used to certain things and when it changes we rebel. However, in this case, the changes to the veritable Kayano are a good thing. I can really feel the differences and once I took the time to mentally adjust I realized that the model 18 is a big improvement on the model 17. They are lighter. There is more cushioning under the front of the foot, and the cushioning under the heel has been improved/adjusted and feels better to my foot at least. The tongue is a little shorter up top making it easier to tie your bow on the padded part. The 18's have better/improved lateral support and stability. The mid shoe width is a little wider, so it doesn't feel as confining there and adds to the lateral stability. I wore New Balance cross trainers for a long time for golf and the leather uppers had good lateral support, something I felt was a little weak in the Kayano 17's. Everybody is different in what they like, so my comments are somewhat subjective, though I have tried to described what I think are clear improvements. To me these are very nice shoes and a worthy successor to the 17, but test drive them...go to your local big box store, and take a pair home to walk around the house in(keep the receipt). I think you'll see what I'm saying. Then shop around the web to find the best deal, they are pricey at the moment cause they just came out...or wait until later in the year when the price drops. Happy trails...
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Triathlete in NEB on August 24, 2012
    I purchased my first pair of Kayano (14's) back in 2009 in preparation for my first Ironman. Those shoes performed so well, that I haven't switched brands or models since! The main reason I've kept going back to the Kayano's is due to the absence of foot/leg pain. I'm classified as a "neutral" runner, but like the feel of a structured support shoe like the Kayano 18. I suffered from shin splints and fractured heel bones in the past. In my case, use of this shoe, along with better training techniques, have mitigated my pain issues.
    They are not the lightest shoes for racing, but I would rather run with a couple extra ounces and be pain free.
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