Reviewed by Chris Mickleburgh - Sportlink.

Chris says…
The first thing that struck me when putting on the Kayano 26 was how plush the shoe felt. It was soft and padded around both the heel and tongue and unlike previous Asics models there was plenty of room in the toebox of the shoe. For me this was a good thing but for Pete it felt a bit sloppy and his foot moved around too much in it. He also felt the tongue had a tendency to slightly move to one side throughout his runs, something again I didn’t notice.
The duomax medial post offers a good amount of pronation support, which alongside the trusstic shank makes for a very stable and comfortable ride. The amount of cushioning within the shoe keeps you feeling comfortable on longer runs and I enjoyed the smooth transition the shoe gives you from heel to toe. The combination of flytefoam propel and gel cushioning creates a lovely soft landing but allows the shoe to still feel responsive when toeing off and picking up the pace. I’ve always though Asics were a brand that felt firmer underfoot but while running in the Kayano I noticed how it felt noticeably softer in comparison to other brands you could say that the Kayano 26 still is firmer but that is only when compared to very soft feeling shoes from other brands such as the Brooks Transcend 6 and Hoka Arahi 3. In the Asics range it is a lot more cushioned than it’s younger sibling the GT-2000.
If you like the Asics feel then you’ll love this shoe and for people like me who have never had a pair of Asics before I will be considering them next time I’m due a new pair.
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