words // Brandon Richard
ASICS takes a "stop at never" approach with the next model in their famed GEL-Kayano running series. Receiving a heel-to-toe makeover, the GEL-Kayano 19 focuses on two key elements: significant weight reduction and improved upper fit.
Shedding over a half ounce in weight, the GEL-Kayano 19 is the lightest in the series, tipping the scale at just 10.0 ounces for the men's shoe and 8.9 ounces in women's sizing. New lightweight upper materials and seamless overlay construction contribute to both the impressive weight reduction and improved upper fit.
The new support-specific Guidance Trusstic System has also been introduced in the GEL-Kayano 19. Guidance Line technology enhances gait repeatability and comes with the added benefit of weight reduction.
A more personalized fit and improved comfort are enabled by a redesigned upper. Biomorphic Fit construction is a breathable four-way stretch mesh that wraps both sides of the foot to create a softer and more accommodating fit. Personal Heel Fit (PHF) has been reengineered with two layers of memory foam that secure the athlete's heel and reduce the potential for friction.
“GEL-Kayano is an established shoe for serious runners, and we are continually striving to deliver compelling enhancements,” says Brice Newton, Running Footwear Product Manager. “The newest GEL-Kayano 19 is no exception, displaying the latest innovations to enhance the fit and feel for runners.”
Priced at $150, the GEL-Kayano 19 will be available at specialty shop on November 1 and nationwide in January.