Asics Kayano 31 Review

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The Asics gel Kayano range is one of the most iconic range ever made and the latest shoe in the line up is a real treat. I have run in other versions of this shoe and none have them have been quite like this one. I am so excited to share my thoughts on this shoe

In this Asics Kayano 31 Review I will take you through every detail of this innovative daily trainer.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £151

Weight: 305 grams

Stack height: 40mm

Usage: Daily Trainer

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Good Breathability
  • Very stable

Cons

  • can feel slightly clunky
  • Energy return: 8/10
  • Durability: 9/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 10/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • Speed: 7/10
  • Versatility: 9/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Upper breathability: 10/10
  • Comfort: 10/10
  • Fit: 8/10
Overall rating: 92/100

My First Impressions

On first impressions I was blown away by how comfortable these shoes were. I noticed the upper and even before I had run in them I knew that it was going to be very breathable.

For my first run in these shoes I took them out for a 10km easy run and my initial hunch about the upper was entirely correct. The upper was also remarkable supportive which helped with the shoes overall stability. Oh and on that point this shoe was unbelievably stable and it still maintained a good level of energy return.

Why you should buy the shoe

If you are looking for a premium, well made and stable running shoe then this is the shoe for you. This shoe is also very well suited to heel strikers. As a heel striker myself I always apprise the extra padding that comes from these types of stability shoes.

Why you should not buy the shoe

With most of the shoes that I test I can easily find a whole list of reasons to avoid a shoe but for this one I am genuinely struggling. This shoe is however slightly pricey and it won’t suite neutral runners. If you are unsure whether or not you are a neutral runner then you can get a gait analysis at your local running store.

Upper of the shoe

As I mentioned before in this review the upper of this shoe is very breathable and it also did a great job at keeping my foot feeling supported and cool. The durability on this upper was also sublime, even after I logged over 100km in the shoe I noticed no signs of wear.

Foam of the shoe

The foam on this shoe was unbelievably stable. Most shoes with this level of stability have next to no energy return but with this one I was quite impressed with the bounce. Just a quick note this is a stability shoe so the foam is shaped in a way to reduce pronation which would not suite neutral runners.

Sole of the shoe

The sole of this shoe was quick thick which did make the shoe slightly heavier than I would have liked it to be but aside from that both there traction and durability was very good.

Conclusions to this Asics Kayano 31 Review

To conclude I just want to say what a great shoe this is. Although it can feel slightly clunky and it is quite heavy I think it would be a great option for so many runners out there.

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