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ASICS Gel-Kayano 30 Review

Stability reinvented.


Asics have launched the 30th iteration of the GEL-KAYANO. It's more cushioned and comfortable than ever, but the biggest evolution is technology that provides runners with adaptive stability. This means it's a massive shift from motion control with a move towards a softer not harder insert to keep you moving in a neutral plane.


Stability shoes have historically been associated with some level of discomfort and lack of aesthetics compared with sleeker and lighter neutral shoes. Asics were conscious of this and set out to create a more comfortable and better looking shoe that provides runners who need it with stability when it matters. This progression gives runners much needed peace of mind, especially in the latter stages of longer runs when form deteriorates and injuries are often caused.

The combination of rigorous user testing and biomechanical science has enabled the development of the new GEL-KAYANO™ 30's unique 4D GUIDANCE SYSTEM™ that works with the movement of the body to continue providing optimum stability and enhanced comfort when runners need it most. The first three dimensions are no strangers to stability shoes: width, length, and depth. These each contribute to a more stable stride, but the unique addition of the fourth dimension - time- has enabled ASICS to reduce the amount of time spent in (over)pronation, resulting in a better supported and more comfortable run.

The GEL-KAYANO™ 30 now features the new PureGEL™ technology which has previously been featured in the GEL-NIMBUS™ 25 shoes, providing runners with the softest landings to date. The PureGEL™ technology is strategically integrated in the midsole to deliver enhanced shock absorption and smoother transitions from landing to the forefoot and thus less time collapsed in either or both feet. The addition of 20% more of the lightweight FF BLAST™ plus ECO cushioning and a 4mm increase in stack height, have also aided in improving the comfort level compared to its predecessors.

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