Men's ASICS® GEL-KAYANO® 18 :: Take your running performance to a whole new level when you slip your feet into the men's ASICS® GEL-Kayano® 18. Feel great with a more stable ride and enjoy greater comfort in the 18th version of this stability running favorite. You'll love the light, flexible run you're gonna get with the Solyte® foam midsole cushioning. Keep it all in-place with the ASICS® Heel Clutching System™. You've grown to love the cushy comfort you get from ASICS® GEL pads, and the Kayano® 18 will keep the tradition of an incredibly cushioned run going strong through all your training sessions. Slip these new-and-improved babies on and your feet will practically float over the road! 11.5 ounces
Love these shoes. Seven months ago I started doing triathlons. As my mileage increased I started feeling the hip and knee joints ache. I thought I just needed conditioning but learned that the proper shoes would help solve my joint issues. I am 41 years old, 5' 10", weigh 180lbs, and have low arches with some over pronation when I run. These shoes relieved the pain that onset as I ran over 7 miles. They are comfortable, smooth, and seem to provide control for my pronation.
They Know How To Make Great Running Shoe
I run about 20-30 miles a week which will increase as I prepare for my first martathon. After adding RRS Guide Insoles I had less foot pain after a 10 mlr. The shoe is a little heavy but the added support more than makes up for it.
Just got the Kayano 18 to replace my Kayano 16. So far I like the 18's. the best thing for me is Asics got rid of the asymmetrical lacing system, I like the straight system better. I find the 18's be very easy on the feet and joints. Nice "ride", very well cushioned. If you like the Kayano's, give these a try...but man, they're spendy. I don't know how much more people will pay for their running shoes. At [$] list, this has to be where it ends. If I ran more, I'd have to look for a cheaper option.
Old washed up former college runner
Have been using the Asics Kayano since the 10th edition....and currently have 2 pairs of the 17's...with the new 18's (White and blue color)...I did 8 miles right out of the box....no slippage or blisters....felt pretty good....nice stable stance with them....was noticeably lighter than last years model...they should feel even better as the miles break them in....will gave an update later.
Its a nice upgrade
This shoe just came out most vendors don't even have it in inventory yet. This shoe has to be compared to it's predecessor the Kayano 17. The 17 was my go to shoe and it stayed in good condition until the inner liner along the heel cup wore out and that started to irritate my heel. The liner in this shoe is similar but I bought this one in D instead of EE. That should limit any heel slip and put less wear on the liner. This incarnation (18) is much better and lighter. It has a lower profile and the heel has an external heel cup which I really like. The Duomax insole is more responsive and the whole shoe transitions nicely from heel to toe. Material on the outside are top notch as in the 17's. Cushioning is also a notch upwards. It now rivals my favorite cushioning shoe the Nike air max 2011. It a better looking shoe all around. In short this will be my go to shoe as long as it lasts.
So far, love the shoe.
I've been running casually for the last 10 years, and have recently stepped up to a more regular training regimen. I (comically) attribute my increased running to the Kayano 16's that I purchased last fall. I looked at other shoes as a replacement, but figured I'd liked the 16's so much, I'd go for the 18's (since it was down right impossible to find the 16 or the 17 around).
I received the Kayano 18's on Tuesday, and have run twice in them. So far, I have no negative comments. They are extremely comfortable. I'd always gone through a 'break in' period with sneakers, but there was no need. I pretty much laced them up and away I went.
I will say that they are VERY light, and that takes a little getting used to, but I wouldn't say that is a bad thing.
I'll post an update in a couple weeks to comment on durability and overall satisfaction.
Not good for this neutral runner
The Shoe Dog recommended these even though I indicated that I have normal arches and don't over-pronate. Each time I ran in the shoes (7.5+ miles per run), I spent days with knee pain.
I am also shocked to see that the tread was already worn off on the outside of the heel after only 50 miles. I am currently running base miles, and I think my heels might scrape a bit because of the more shuffling type of form at the slower pace... but still. It looks like there was barely any tread... as if they wanted them to wear out quickly.
I will say the shoes felt great on my feet, the cushioning felt really nice, and they were generally nice to run in. These positive aspects prompted me to replace them with the Asics Gel Nimbus, which seems like a better fit for my mechanics.
These might be fantastic for someone who needs or can tolerate stability.
Best Kayanos since the 11s!!Last year I was running in the 17s, but after a couple hundred miles started getting calf/achilles issues. I was also training in Brook's Adrenalines, but they were about 1/4 size too small. Not good for long runs. To replace the 17's I went to the new Brook's Trance 11. Great shoes, but didn't work as well for me because of the large toe box. So I tried the Kayano 18s. WOW, what a treat! Easily the most comfortable running shoes I've ever worn. They feel a little tight when I put them on, but just get more comfortable as the miles go by. They are so great, I bought a back up pair right away. I'm 6'3", 190 lbs, with below avg arch and slight pronation. Highly recommended.
Los Angeles, CA
Best Kayano Yet!
Switched out from the Kayano a couple of years ago and went with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS and the Asics Gel Evolution as I was trying to cut down on cost. Have been training for a half marathon and was becoming discouraged with my ability to go for long training runs. Both other shoes were heavier shoes, which probably aided to the lack of extended endurance. Went back to the Kayano two weeks ago and am amazed at the change! These shoes are light, full of cushion in the heel, and extremely comfortable. I am easily running 6-10 mile runs now and am encouraged for the half! I literally cannot wait to put these shoes on every day and go for a great run. I am sold on the Kayano 18-great shoe!!
Great shoes poor durability
I have been using kayanos for about four years and love the fit and feel of these shoes. The 18's are an outstanding improvement on the 17s. The only issues I have with these shoes are their poor appearace (they need to improve upon their color selections) and the their durability. Although I love these shoes, do not expect them to last more than 5-6 months. The uppers in these shoes wear out very quickly. My toes end up punching holes in the top within just a few months (and yes, I do keep my toe nails trimmed). Overall a fantastic shoe, but for the money, they should be more durable.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Great support and comfort, bad design
Second pair of the Kayanos: first pair were the Kayano 16's. Love both the cushioning and support these shoes provide, BUT the "anatomical lacing system" means the laces rub against the metatarsal condyle near the phalange of the great toe. It rubs you big toe's knuckle and is very irritating over time. Hardly wear the Kayano 16's and thought they had changed the design for the 18's, but sent them back upon finding Asics kept the same design and it was still uncomfortable. I will say though, my big toe knuckle is larger than average due to breaking it multiple times.
I am 5'10" 210. I have medium to high arch and the Kayano line is my kinda shoe. I've been running in them since the 13's and just purchased 2 pairs of 18's to rotate(i run right at 20 miles a week). I ran in them today and they are nice. These are lighter than the others in the past but do not sacrifice any stability or cushining. i have tried other brands and types in the past but these kayanos are just right for my build and foot type. my advice is to find a shoe that is right for you and stick with it. Monotony in shoes is fine...as long as they keep your knees and feet free from injury.
pretty good road show
These shoes fit small. I take a 43 in Ecco, but I had to try three pairs (9.5, 10, 10.5) to get a fit in the Asics. Its deceptive because of the soft toe. Also, they might feel a bit tight walking inside (ie to test them), but as soon as you take about 10 steps outside that tightness goes away--my impressions anyway. All the same, after I got the size correct I was able to go out for a couple of miles, same day, no blisters.
they are great on the road, and not bad on hard-pack (our beach at low tide), good shock absorption and make you want to run. Not so good on cross-country with irregular terrain/footing. Perhaps the shoe's features need a hard surface to be activated?
Good for heavier runner
I run 20-25 miles per week and am 6 feet, 210 pounds. I have run 8 half marathons and just ran my first marathon. I injured myself training for the marathon and was told that I needed a stability shoe. I tried the Kayano 18 and the Asics Trance. Both are good, but the Kayano fit my foot better and had a softer landing. After running more than 100 miles in my first pair, I just bought several more pairs. The 18s are made of quality material, provide good stability, and are as soft as any shoe I have tried. For the 200 to 220 pound runner, you cannot go wrong with these.
Consider Avoiding this Kayano
I'm a competitive Master running about 40 miles a week ... and a loyal Kayano user. In my opinion, this particular version needs significant improvement. I've tried 2 pair and have had the same observations with both ... (1) the forefoot landing pad is firm, and isn't softening up with use ... relative to previous versions ... which is beating up my legs, and (2) the weight has been reduced a bit which isn't a positive for those who like the advantage that comes from training heavy and racing light. This is a particularly bad tradeoff with the lack of cushioning referenced in point 1.
Road Runner Fan
Just not the same...
I have been a fan of the Kayanos since the Kayano X days. When I first slipped the shoes on, I felt the toe box to be slightly big. Once running, I started to feel the front part of my foot slipping all over the place.
However, if you are buying ASICS because of their tendency to be a little more wide than this may still be the shoe for you. I bet it still is a great shoe, but for me, it was not a great fit. Although they did make the shoe a little more flashy than previous models, sadly I am now switching over to the Mizuno Nirvanas.
Will gladly purchase again
I really enjoy going to the gym and for the last 5 months I have been going about 4 days a week after some time off. I typically run on the treadmill first and follow up with a light bike or elyptical after my strength training. I can say I have felt some ache on my knees as others have complained but also I am a big guy and am tough on my body when I work out. I bought the shoes a half size larger like my 16s and increased the width this time. I am very pleased with the comfort and also like the different lacing on the 18s. None the less a great product
Solid shoe - not my favorite
I run about 20 miles over 5-6 days per week. I have run in Brooks Adrenalines for the last 10 years and was happy. I decided to try these because I match the guideline that says to use a Stability+ shoe. The shoe feels heavy when I run. The cushioning is effective. I'm using this for an everyday shoe, but not a running shoe. I'm now running in the Brooks Trance. In summary, for running, I prefer the Brooks Trance best, then the Brooks Adrenaline, and the Asics Kayano for everday wearing.
Great service - Fast Shipping
I ordered a pair that was a bit too narrow, but lucky for me, I signed up w/VIP membership and was able to return them and get a different pair at no charge. Return shipping was required, but I didn't mind considering the circumstances. I'm super pleased with how fast the shipping was. As for the shoes, they are great for pronation control. I would recommend them to anyone with low arch or poor foot mechanics. They get you back in line for sure. Thanks Roadrunner!
Happy Customer Ben
A serviceable version of the shoe
I hate how the Kayano can change so much between models because some were really bad. After about 75 miles I can safely say the 18 is pretty good. I went through 11 pairs of the XI because it got classic status and was available. When it finally went away I tried the successor (don't remember which version that was) and hated it. I ran in mizunos for awhile as a result. This is probably the best since the XI and I'd be happy if this model could hang around for awhile. If it proves to be durable, it's a 5 star but its just too soon to tell.
I run the roads and the trails and know from experience that this is the shoe for the roads. The Kayano 18 is cushy. My first run with them on the track felt amazing. They are lighter. No more clunky heaviness like the 17's had. These also have more cushion in the midsole that you will notice and appreciate right away. This is going to be a repeat buy for me when it comes time to buy a new pair. I could not be happier with these. If you are looking for an upgrade to your 17's you won't be sorry.
Jeff The Klep
Los Angeles, CA
The Asics Kayano 18's are by far the best shoe i've run in so far. I run up to an excess of 60 miles per week for cross country training and up to 40-50 per week for track training. These shoes are very durable, i ran my first pair to 750 miles and i'm currently at 650-ish miles with the pair i currently own. I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone. Let it be known that i have rather low arches but my teammate, who runs just as much as i do, has much higher arches and felt no pain with the 18's.
Steven Home PSHS XC & Track Runner
Had to replace after 3.5 months
I bought these Kayano 18s and a pair of Landreth 7s 3.5 mths ago for my 180-lb teenager. These Kayanos held up better than the Landreths, which shed parts of their soles after 2.5 mths, but their cushioning is entirely gone--the soles of my son's feet hurt after running a half-mile in them this morning. My son is very active but not beyond what's normal for a high schooler who participates in sports. I'm surprised that I have to replace them so soon, especially given that he was alternating between these and the Landreths.
Yet Another Pair
I've been running off and on for over 20 years now. In fact, I owned the Kayano 1 when they first came out, they were my first good pair of running shoes. I have somewhat low arches, and was suffering from shin splints last week from running in a neutral+. So, I figured I'd jump back into the Kayanos again.
Wow, do these feel like I'm running on pillows. Zero shin splint pain at all. My shin splints were so bad in college (I ran D1) I had to get daily ultrasound from the trainers before practice. I see myself running in these for quite some time, as long as the cushion holds up. Great forefoot cushioning too.
RR was the best price that I found on the web, too.
Good Update But The Cosmetics Are Homely
Lighter than previous models, feels comfortable on the feet, good cush ( let's see how long this lasts!), but I am not crazy abouit the cosmetics of the upper--which are simplified from earlier models ( that's good!) but now seem a bit odd ( that's bad) Not crazy about the external heel cup--howe 80's!-- seems pointless, no one else does this, do they? Are we reaching a price point where shoes like this may be pricing themselves out of the market? Buy on sale or where discounts are available, such as VIP club.
Great stability shoe
Running 70-80 miles a week so I cycle a few pairs of these in and out. The Kayano offers the stability features I need and has even managed to drop the weight from version 17 to 18. The forefoot cushioning is a great balance and not overly plush like in some other shoes. Nice roomy toebox and the shoe almost molds to your foot as you run in them. When cycling these in/out with multiple pairs of shoes, I am easily able to get 400-500 miles out of them.
Not worth the Money
I previously ran in Kayano 17's. The 18"s or a huge step back. The kayano 18 never felt good. I should have sent them back since I had a run gurantee for 30 days. (silly me)
I recently bought some Karhu running shoes and they are "AWSOME". (KARHU FAST 3)
DON'T WAIST YOUR MONEY ON THE ASCICS. They are all style with no Substance.
I indicated walking for best use eventhough I am a runner. These shoes are not for running in my opinion.
Run FAR FROM this shoe!
I am a 170lb 35 miles/wk athlete, and I have been in NB 993/990 for a long time after having tried almost every shoe out there. So when I saw a review below that said it was better than the NB 990, I decided to give it a shot. BAD DECISION, and it is in no way even REMOTELY close to a NB 990. This is STILL the typical Asics that I remembered....sloppy in the fit and the forefoot disappears about mile 2.5. I love the fit of Mizuno, but they do not last long at all, especially the forefoot. It seems that somehow the options for us in this category are mysteriously slowly disappearing. There is a reason that NB is the standard issue for US Military.
Frustrated with "updates"
I wore Kayanos for 7 years and automatically buy 2 pair a year for training based on the superior design and product-(well my addiction to Kayanos is over)-I actually bough Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8 and was shocked how much Mizuno has out classed Asics for all around best product- Mizuno must be chasing Asics in sales and soon will be ahead. Poor color choices, materials and quality-Asics needs to step it up!
No Longer An Asics Addict
This shoe is the one to buy, it has the best support for my flat feet and rebuilt my archs. I have been using this shoe for the INSANITY workout and it has outperformed my last pair of shoes. Im am going to order 5 more pairs so that i wont run out for at least a year or two. (I run through my shoes with all of the workouts and trail running I do)
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