Asics - Mens Gel-Kayano 17 Running Shoes, Size: 9.5 D(M) US Mens, Color: Cappuccino/Capp
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- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 7.9 x 4.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B005GUOXRK
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 4, 2012
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1226 and the 993. I also own the ASICS GT 1260 and the Nike Vomero 5 and the Equalon 4. I have the Brooks Beast and the Trance 10. Afraid to buy Saucony because of the lack of a wide width (2E) option. I have not been an ASICSs fan before. In fact I sent back a pair of ASICS Kinetics because the hell strike was stiff. I had declared the Brooks Trance 10 my favorite of all time but I gave ASICS one more try and I feel fortunate the Kayano 17 was my reward. There is no question in my mind that every time I put on these shoes I want to work out and run. I have been finding many excuses to wear them. Cushion is unmatched. The hell fit and toe fit and forefoot fit and finish are a godsend. I wish I could buy 2. Like I said I already own too many running shoes. That said I broke down and have a pair of the new ASICS Nimbus on the way as this is being written. Will give a report on these later. This shoe is good for heavy runners and was built for the mild to moderate overpronator. I usually buy Neutral + shoes. These still balance out nicely. ASICS built a shoe that virtually anyone would be happy with. This is extremely difficult to do given the various foot types which exists. These shoes are not mushy and energy return is excellent. I run about 21 to 25 miles weekly and this is my "go to" shoe. Some really under appreciated thought and technology went into this shoe. I'm betting the Kaynao 16 is also stellar and if the price keeps dropping I could be lured into getting a pair as well. Looks like ASICS is really focused in on their running shoes and the Kayano could well be the cream of the crop.Read more ›
- slightly more substantial feel
- more heel strike cushion
- more stability
- narrower toe box 'feel' (not actually narrower. I'll explain below)
I purchased and compared Kayano 17 to the Nimbus 12 for use primarily as walking/hiking shoes. Both feel great on my feet, but the Kayano 17's have a slight edge in stability as well as having a bit more heel cushioning - I did a simple heel walk and heel bounce test. Toe padding seems about equal. For this I did toe bounces for 30 seconds with each pair. Overall I'd say I notice the Kayano's on my feet more, whereas the Nimbus feel, well, more nimble, more like a 'pillow' as another review said of the Nimbus. Make no mistake; the Kayano's are super comfortable. Different shoes for different people, essentially. I don't know the actual weight difference between these, but holding them I'd say very little; it's more the perception while wearing them that the Nimbus's are lighter, even though they probably aren't, or aren't by much.
Kayano's toe box 'feel' is a tad narrower than the roomier-feeling Nimbus toe box (both pair are 7.5 men's; medium "D" width); so the Nimbus's allow my toes to expand when striking first with my toes (hiking steep uphills, running up steps, etc.). I think this has to do with the Nimbus meshing; it's lighter and stretchier, which may give the Nimbus a slight advantage during hot summer months when feet tend to swell, or for people with wider feet that aren't quite wide enough to justify going to the next width size up. Too much room risks blistering and/or less stability; too little crams the toes together.
Speaking of stability, both seem to include the same ASICS technologies, but the Kayano's fare a bit better here.Read more ›
For a while, I was experimenting, again, with Nike. I made the mistake to fall for the shiny Lunarglide 3.
I know that when it comes to running shoes, verdicts are relative. One size doesn't fit all. Maybe those Lunarglide 3 are OK for some people, but for me, they made my Achilles pain reappear. I got that pain after finishing 3 pairs of Nike Vomero (2+,3 and 4) and one pair of Nike Pegasus 25. The pain became rather serious and I decided to switch to stability shoes, selecting the Kayano 16. Almost magically, the pain went away. After 680 miles a got a second pair. Everything was fine with my running.
But when I saw the additional stability advertised for the Nike Lunarglide 3, I gave them a try. Mistake! And not only because of the renewed Achilles pain, but also because after only 300 miles, their shiny sole vanished! Nice trick from Nike to make you visit their shops twice as often!
I'm now back to the good old Kayano's and, knock on wood, my Achilles pain is gone, again! Magic!
Let's see if their mileage will be as good as before.
Happy Running to you all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have wide feed and I could not wear Nike due to narrow shoe. Great cushion a bit expensive but everywhere else they are much more. The colors are the only thing I didn't like. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Edgar Pacheco
My first pair of Asics. Fit great. Comfortable. Wore well. Asics styles can be for specific needs but if you find a pair that fits well and suits your needs, you will be very happy... Read morePublished 18 months ago by briand591
Beautiful shoe, very comfy, I've worn it for 2 years while running at least 30 km a week and eventually changed it for the Kayano 20.Published 20 months ago by Iulian