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- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately Low-Top" from arch
- Flexible performance running shoe featuring reflective and color-pop details
- Gait-enhancing Impact Guidance System (i.g.s)
- FluidRide bounce-back cushioning
- FluidFit multi-directional reinforced stretch upper
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Run Longer in the GEL-Kayano 22
The revolutionized Kayano 22 sets our own personal benchmark even higher than last year's design, as it comes equipped with our new version of FluidRide, opting for 20% more bounceback even though it gets 15% lighter. Our legendary GEL-Cushioning provides ultimate shock absorption, and is linked with our Impact Guidance System to join the entire shoe’s componentry together to enhance the foot’s natural gait. The final details are incorporated into the upper with the virtually seamless construction that provides optimal support and stability without any unnecessary stitching or two-piece construction.
Benefits of the GEL-Kayano 22:
- Perfect distance shoe for mild/moderate overpronators
- Excellent impact protection for long runs
- Intense stability and support.
Tech: What's Inside the GEL-Kayano 22 Running Shoe?
Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning:
ASICS GEL-Cushioning provides the ultimate in shock absorption - easing the blow of every step upon impact.
Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.):
Links the Guidance Line and Trustic System componentry to enhance the natural gait from heel strike to toe-off, providing a truer and stable path.
The ability to bounce back within a shoe is important, but also being able to provide cushioning with reduced weight and exceptional durability is even better.
ASICS: History and Heritage
After the second world war, ASICS founder Kihachiro Onitsuka observed children wandering the streets barefoot, and decided to help the youth of his country. By promoting the values of Sport, and providing them with high quality athletic shoes to help them perform their best, he believed he could help the children of Japan build a better future with the philosophy of Anima Sana In Corpore Sano: “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.” In 1949, Onitsuka Co. was born, and soon after, the first ever footwear was released from the fledgling brand: a basketball shoe called the “Tiger.” In the years that followed, Onitsuka Co. (re-named “ASICS” in 1977) designed a myriad of scientifically sound, sport-specific shoes for athletes. Mr. Onitsuka’s emphasis on the spirit of Sport and a focus on the needs of the athlete continue today with ASICS, Onitsuka Tiger, And ASICS Tiger shoes, clothing, and accessories. Our dedication to never stop bettering our best reflects our desire to help you, the athlete, to always Better Your Best.
True to its heritage, the new gel-kayano 22 takes a bold step forward in unsurpassed performance and modern design. The sleek new fluid fit upper is built with seamless construction and a re-engineered heel clutching system for a more secure and adaptive fit. Mild to moderate over pronators will be treated to the luxuriously plush comfort of the new comfordry lasting and comfordry x-40 sockliner sitting atop the stable fluid ride platform.
In 1949, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan. He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which, when translated, expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. Today, ASICS offers a full line of performance-driven athletic shoes and technical active sports apparel and accessories dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B00PY064RE
- Item model number: GEL-Kayano 22-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
First off, the cushioning is just really REALLY comfortable. I have wide, flat feet which unfortunately means i am more prone to injury than most runners and sadly, there aren't a lot of shoes out there that could give me a comfortable run.
I have tried asics gel venture, nike revolution 3 and nike fs lite run 3 and so far these gel kayanos are the only pair of shoes wherein i haven't felt pain on my feet. Instead, i would describe the feeling as similar to running on a thick foam tile like the ones with the letters of the alphabet used in toddlers' rooms.
Also, i would admit that this is my first time getting shoes online so i was half expecting to return it as soon as i try it on but it fits perfectly. I have always been a size 12 4e, at least with all my previous shoes and i read somewhere here that it may be smaller but i would have to say it fits perfectly.
Lastly, it looks really cool! It's one of those things that you would be proud to show off to the other guys running at the neighborhood trail. I'm more of a function guy really. The last thing i consider when it comes to my sport gear is the looks but this one just nailed it. Over all, this has to be one of the best running shoes around. I would say it's the best but i haven't really tried them all but i'm confident enough to say that it's worth writing this long review for.
Overall, I AM ONE HUNDRED PERCENT SATISFIED and if you are looking for a great pair of shoes for running, this has to be it.
I'm a notorious foot dragger. This means I don't lift my heels anywhere near my butt . My heels stop considerably short of that (this can happen when you get old). I can get away with that with my other ASICs, but not with these 22's. I get the scrape of asphalt in the heel and also in the toe when I don't lift my heels high enough. Getting it in the heel isn't too bad, but hitting the toe box against the ground is never good. You can even fall. Not only does this slow you down, it can hurt. Now, some may say getting this warning is a good thing because you will soon learn to lift your legs instead of dragging them. I admit that's true, but on a long run on a hot day and you've already gone 10 miles, foot drag is a natural consequence of exhaustion - especially when you're 76 years old.
The other thing I don't like is the 'slap' I get from the sole hitting the asphalt. It annoys me so much that I always listen to music when I use the 22's. I hate that constant 'slap, slap, slap'. I don't ever remember getting this slap from my other ASICs. In fact my new favorite ASICS is the J33. I've bought two of them over the past two years and even though advertised as a 'racing' shoe, I have run many training miles on my first pair without any discomfort whatsoever. And I never hit asphalt with the toe box when I'm tired.
The following was written a month after I wrote the above: I've had them for 120 miles now and like them better than I thought I would. I wear earphones so I don't hear the slap I get, but they are really comfortable. I don't think I will race in them, but they are an excellent training shoe if you don't drag your feet.