Men's ASICS® GEL-KAYANO® 19 :: Experience the return of a running shoe classic: The men's ASICS® GEL-Kayano® is back and better than ever! You'll love the cushioning and guidance of the ASICS® GEL-Kayano® 19, with its lightweight and sleek style. Your feet will enjoy the seamless, streamlined upper, cushy GEL® comfort and all of the stability and support features you've come to know and love. Slip into the GEL-Kayano® 19 for a smooth, balanced ride! 10.9 ounces
First, some context. I'm 56, 5'8" and 170 pounds. I run 20-30 miles a week, entirely on suburban sidewalks and roads. My weekday run is 5-6 miles. My weekend run is 6-12 miles.
I used to run in the Gel-Kayano until Asics adopted the ridiculous, asymmetrical lacing scheme. Then I switched to the Gel-2020, then the 3030. Now, thank God, rational lacing has been restored, and I thought I'd give the 19 a try.
I agree with the other reviewers that this is not a particularly beefy shoe. It seems quite light to me and rather flexible. (It definitely lacks the stiffness and heft of the Gel-3030.) As a consequence, it probably won't please people looking for a true stability shoe, although I wouldn't say it seemed unstable. On the other hand, I liked the cushioning a great deal, and unlike some other people I had no complaints with the forefoot cushioning.
One other thing: the fit is great. I have a narrow heel and a wide forefoot. My heel didn't slip, and there was plenty of room in the toe box. The 19 fits as well as the 3030, maybe better.
In short, this shoe is probably not the answer for people wanting to correct severe over- or under-pronation. But if what you want in a "Stability Plus" shoe is an emphasis on cushioning rather than stability, and if you have duck-like feet, I'd definitely give the 19 a try.
P.S. I think the new colors are hideous. Call me an old fogey, but I think running shoes are supposed to be white with blue stripes!
Great for shoe for me.
I have run mostly Asics shoes and I originally ran the GT series. Since then I have had four pairs of Kayano 18's which I ran in for about 500 miles each. I had good luck with them but was hesitant to buy 19's because of some of the reviews I read here. However, as a few other reviewers have mentioned you really need to try them for yourself. For me, I love these. I have 75 miles on them now with the last run being 12.65 miles. I ran 7 miles with them right out of the box and have had zero problems with them. I can tell that they are lighter than the 18's. I think the cushioning is just as good as the 18's but I only weigh about 135 pounds so that could have something to do with different comments from other reviewers. I did try to switch back and forth between my newest pair of 18's and the 19's but I am exclusively running the 19's now. I like the lighter weight of the 19's. Toe box seems generous to me which is good because I fight blistered toes from time to time. I did have some heal slap until I tightened up the laces a little more. No problem after that. I also noticed that the tongue seems to ride higher up on my ankle which I like. I will be buying another pair of these soon for rotation purposes.
Gel-Kayano 19 - for medium to low speed
I weigh 160 and am 5'9''. I have run on Asic 2150's for the past year and a 1/2 and love them but they now have holes due to running 6 days a week on the road.
I bought the Kayano 19 for myself as a Christmas gift.
Did my first run on Christmas and it felt like I was running flat footed, due to the lack of flexibility in the shoe for my body. Ran the following day and almost sprained my ankle around a corner due to the stiffness of the shoe on a turn. The third day I started running and had to stop after a 1/4 mile (pace was about 1m25s for the 1/4 mile) and had to stop to put on my old shoes. I felt the stiffness was holding me back and adding resistance. I saw my time dropping by 10 seconds a mile as well.
They are going back to the store as they aren't meant for my running style, weight or use.
Best use seems to be for runners needing extra support with straight trails/treadmill and medium to lower speeds.
The Gel Kayano 19 is an incredible shoe straight out of the box. I was a huge fan of the Kayano 17, but finally drove those into the ground. I wore the Kayano 18 for several months and had some minor IT band issues that were recurrent. Anything over 6 miles would aggravate the issue on the 18s, so I took advantage of Road Runner's fantastic 25% off offer and gave it a go. It turned out to be the best running gear decision I've made since I switched to the Kayano way back on the 16th version. I'm now back up to 9 miles on the 19s and have zero pain in my knees! These shoes are plush on the comfort side, but the stability rocks at the same time. The ink/blue color looks incredible and adds some flair without going over the top. Overall, Asics hit it out of the park with the Kayano 19 and I can't wait to run my next half in October with these bad boys.
I was an early adopter like others here and was thrilled to receive these before the expected ship date. I previously ordered the Kayano 18's and loved them. In fact, ever since first trying the Kayano about 5 years ago I have held these shoes to the highest standard. The 18's were awesome. I had them for about 10 months which is exactly why I don't mind spending so much on a shoe, especially since the Kayano line provides excellent support for a person like myself with over pronation and plantar fasciitis and all the injuries that come with it. Now on to the 19...
They felt as if they needed a week or so to break in...so I kept waiting until I got that "right" feeling with this shoe...but then a month passed and I thought hmm something isn't quite right. They don't seem to hug your feet the same. The stability feels off. I can sort of feel weird heel strikes, like it is hitting the side of the shoe...
So to sum it all up: Disappointing. My problem now is that I have no idea what else to try as the Kayano line has always seemed to be in it's own class.
High Quality Running Shoe
The ASICS Gel Kayano19 running shoe is the best all around running shoe I have ever worn. I bought size 9 2E because running shoes always seem to fit me better in the wide width. They felt comfortable on my feet around the house. They felt even better running in them. I can fit in the D width in this shoes because the upper will stretch a bit to fit a larger forefoot. Although designed as a support shoe, I found the fit to be accommodating for me even though I have high arch, neutral feet. These shoes are very versatile, but they work best on the road. The support structure on the medial side is very subtle and I don't even feel it when I'm running. They are quality constructed and wear well. Reflective trim on this shoe is a plus for running in low light conditions. These are top quality running shoes.
Rocky the Bruce
Switched to Kayano 19 from 3030 model
I have run in the asics 3030 for many years and found it to be a superb shoe. I was very concerned when the model shifted to the gt 3000. I actually decided to go back to the new gel Kayano 19 as they had finally done away with the ridiculous asymmetric lacing system. I had run in the Kayano's for years until they went to the asymetric lacing which really hurt my feet. Big mistake to go back to the Kayano 19. I am a late overpronator and the Kayano 19 was just terrible. Too soft and the spine in the sole support system could be felt rubbing into the bottom of my foot. They felt very inefficient with no "rebound". I brought them back to Road Runner (great exchange policy!) and got the new asics gt 3000. Much to my surprise, I love the shoe. It has nearly the same feel and superb efficiency of the 3030 series. I am quite happy and will stay with this model. It has plenty of cushioning and has the same stability features of the 3030. For those of you who don't care for the Kayano anymore, check out the gt 3000.
san diego, ca
Great shoe so far!
I had been running with ASICS Foundation shoes for years until they were discontinued. After consultation with the RoadRunner Shoe Dog team in the store, I decided to switch to a more stable shoe. The GEL Kayano was the only shoe that actually seemed to mold to my feet and the fit was perfect. The cushioning is amazing while running, and the lighweight was such a good surprise. After my runs (usually 4 - 6 miles average) my feet and legs feel as if I had not worked out at all, and now I feel like I can push out more miles. The shoe seems perfectly fine on both trails (rocks and roots) and on the road, with no transition issues. Since I have had knee issues for 25 years, I think it will take a few more months to make the final call. However, if things keep going the way they are, this will be the best shoe I've ever worn.
Not for me
Bought a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 14 at a local running store on sale,after running in the Brooks adrenaline(a stability shoe). I was having pain in the ball of my left foot, so I went to a sports medicine podiatrist where I was told I needed a more neutral shoe. I really liked the Nimbus 14, but wasn't used to the extra cushion, so I figured I would give the Kayano 19's a try after reading reviews that it had become a more neutral shoe than before. Big mistake. I had a worn out pair of Kayano 17's lying around, and ran in them with no problems. This is a totally different shoe, with very little forefoot cushion. Thankfully, with the Road Runner Sports return policy, I was able to exchange them for the Nimbus 15, as I'm now in love with my 14's!
No More Foot Pain!!
Although I feel quite unqualified to review these shoes I feel like it might help a few folks out there who are like me. I have just started running after losing about 50 lbs. I am 6 feet tall and weigh about 215 and these shoes have been a great help in eliminating the foot pain I was experiencing before I bought them. I only run 2 miles a day three times a week but I can tell you that these shoes have great support, fit me well (I bought 4E width) and I have been extremely happy with them for the last month. If you are just starting out I recommend you spend the money and get this top of the line shoe. They made a huge difference for me. I have no foot pain and no knee pain (even though I have had an ACL replaced and other surgery on my other knee). Get them!!
Bob just getting started
Asics Big Mistake
Asics made too big of a change on this one. They lightened up the shoe considerably and increased the firmness of the cushion. I spoke with a sales rep from Asics and they said the shoe is spec'ed out with the exact amount of foam as before. This is not true. Do a side by side comparison with 18 and see for yourself, the layers are thinner and firmer. They are trying to sell this shoe as a fast light upgrade and denying they have made one uncomfortable shoe. Asics you are in denial. You made a bad change to this once great shoe. I am a 200 lb 3:45 marathoner, ave. 30 miles a week. This shoe can not handle any run over 6 miles. It would be a great 10k racing shoe for clydesdales but that's it. Viva la 18!!!
A steady performer
I am 6', 185lb avid 1/2 marathoner and found the Kayano 19 to be exactly what I am looking for. They provide the control I need to prevent injury and are cushioned enough for runs over 10 miles. They are not so stiff that I get slappy feet and they don't feel too heavy - even in the last mile. For comparison: I found the Kayano 18 OK for runs up to 10 mi but uncomfortable in the forefoot at this distance and beyond, as was the 2170. I also liked the Kayano 17 and think that the 19 is close to that where as the 18 was a departure. It seems to me that there are two schools out there, those who like the 18 seem to like the 20 and not the 19, and those who enjoy the 19 and dislike the 18. I am not a fan of the 18 (for higher miles), like the 19 (&17) but have not tried the 20.
Not a Kayano
This is not the Kayano that I know and love. I have been clocking the miles on Kayano's for many years over dozens of pairs.......
I use Kayano's for the stability and the cushioning. However - I feel very let down by this model.
First run - irritation by the new upper (but that softened up by about 10km). Serious knee pain by the end of the run and into the next day. The shoe feels to me - lighter, but much less cushioning and stability.
Went back to running on my 17's - no problems.
Gave the 19 another go. Same deal as previous - knee pain. The 19's have gone into the bin.
Maybe I just got a dud pair? Maybe they have changed a bit too far this year? Never had a problem with them before in any model.
Unfortunately my stockpile of 17's is almost gone!
IMO - Quite a letdown
For me - the pinnacle of the Kayano line was the 17 - Wow, I sure loved that shoe, and still do. I have 3-4 pairs.
The 18 was a good shoe. A bit different, but I still enjoyed it, just not as much as the 17.
I pre-ordered the 19, and by the look in the pictures, I was hoping they were going to be more like the 17 again. I have no idea what happened. When I put them on, it doesn't even seem like the Kayano line. It is more like a Nimbus mistep or something. They just feel all wrong. Again, this is just IMO. It just didn't have that secure, stabile/good feeling when wearing them. They just felt all over the place... Will wait for the 20's to come out, which I would imagine won't be long ~
In a great line of stability shoes
I weigh about 205 pounds and run about 20 miles per week. I use these shoes for daily training runs on the treadmill and for occasional outdoor training runs and 5K/10K/10 Miler events. I settled on the Gel-Kayano as my go-to shoe for running several years ago and have been very pleased with every update. While the 19's have the great fit, build, and durability that the 18's had, I definately notice less cusioning in the 19 as compared to the 18. If you want more cushioning, pick up a pair of 18's. Now, this lack of cusioning only affects comfort - I have not had any injury or other problems as a result of running in the 19's. I hope they bring back more and softer cusioning in the next iteration.
Washington DC Area
Not a stability plus shoe for me.
This Kayano 19 shoe was very comfortable when I first wore it walking around town and to/from work. Lots of cushioning all around and my foot felt great, but thats where it ended. My heel and ankle start getting sore after a couple of 3 mile jogs on the treadmill at the gym, and got worst when I took them on a 3-4 mile outdoor run. I also got this shoe in a 2E wide and it is as narrow as my old Asics GT-2150/60 D width shoes. So far I've tried the Cumulus 14, the Kayano 19 and they are all not good for me. I can't find any Asics that resembles the old GT-2150/60 shoes anymore, so my run with Asics are over. I would not rate this a stability plus shoe. It's more like a neutral shoe to me.
New York, NY
Pleasantly surprised with Kayano 19's
I began running marathons in 2008. Saturday's will be my 8th and I've always purchased Asics, with one exception the GT-21xx series, a Stability shoe. My weight/mileage combination say that I should be in a stability PLUS shoe. I tried one - Asics 3030 model. I found it stiff in the upper part of my foot always developing hot spots. it never seemed to break in. I thought I was destined to trade comfort for stability. But the Kayano 19 has been a pleasant surprise. There was 0 break in period. (even the GT's used to give me a blister on the heel initially). I've put about 70 miles onthem now and will race in them in a few days. Great design. I'll stick with these for good
This is the best of the best in my opinion! This has been my shoe for the last 10 years. I get to try a lot of shoes and this is always my go to when I'm not obligated to try a different style.
The shoe is much lighter and I was skeptical when I picked it up. It kept up with me on my run and I didn't feel like I was crushing it or bottoming out. The best update of this shoe is in the upper material. It stretched when I needed it and held its shape when it needed to. There were also some changes made to the heel. It's lighter and fit better. Overall I give this update an A+ and prefer it the last version which was my favorite.
Definitely a changed shoe.
Have been running in Kayanos for 5-6 versions. Have been running 25-35 miles per week for years. Within 2 runs wearing the 19s, I have developed severe arch pain in both feet. I went back to wearing my 18s for two weeks and the pain slowly went away. I'm sure the additional stretching helped too. 4 days ago, I ran 12 in my 18s with no problems or pain. I tried to give the 19s one more shot the other day only running two miles to just see what happens. Baam. Arch pain came right back.
Something is off with these. At least for me and my running mechanics. I'm returning the 19s and loading up on 18s.
I've been a huge supporter of the Kayano, but I could be looking for a new ride if the 20s aren't any better.
Des Moines, IA
Feels Great but wears quickly
I have had Kayanos since their models were in the single digits. Still have a pair of 15's I use as knock-around the house shoes because they have always been so comfortable. I was excited to get my latest pair and true to form, they we very comfortable and supportive right our of the box.
That said, I have never had a pair of shoes wear out so quickly. I have had these 19's for just a couple of months and I have really only been walking 10-15 miles per week in them. The ankle padding has almost worn away in the back and the sole in the fore-foot looks more worn than my 15's. I have always strongly felt that Kayanos were worth the money, but this latest pair is fading so fast, I am reluctant to spend that kind of money again. Am I the only one that has seen this?
Went to the Kayano 19 after running in Nimbus and Vomero's for the last several years. I have been battling Plantar Fasciitis for the last year and a half and had tried on the last several models of Kayano's but they just didn't have the comfort and cushion that the Nimbus and Vomero's had until the Kayano 19. I was skeptical after seeing reviews from a number of Kayano diehards saying they took away cushioning to save weight but I didn't find that to be the case at all and even tried the 19's on side by side with the 18's and thought they felt a lot more plush than the 18's. I thought they even felt better than the Nimbus 14.
Another great shoe from Asics
I have been buying Asics running shoes for almost twenty years - these are the best yet. Most of the time I find that it takes a couple of times running before shoes feel comfortable - these were great the first time I put them on, and felt exactly right.
I'm not sure how it's possible to keep improving a running shoe, but Asics seems determined to keep trying, and with this model, they succeeded.
I don't know enough about the technology of shoes to talk about specific details, I just know that these felt great this morning right out of the box. I am a recreational runner (10-15 miles a week) who isn't light (6', 200 lbs), with feet that are normal width / regular arches.
Northern New Jersey
3rd pair of 19s and won't be the last
I run on average 4 miles 4 days per week, normal ho hum day in 34:00. Have had pretty bad plantar fasciitis to the point of not being able to run for many months. Used to run in not appropriate for me Nike Air Max. After my problems I started in Kayano 17s with RR support insoles, had 18s and just got the third pair of 19s to sit in the closet until the second pair gets retired. The 19s are the best and lightest ones yet. The RR support insoles are in prior to ever trying them on. I wear a 11.5 in a dress shoe and all my Kayanos are 12.5. The combination of Kayano's, the RR support insoles (in every single pair of shoes I own) and actually stretching has me running again and zero foot pain.
lighter but not really a stabilty shoe
I am a 156 lb long distance triathlete. I have worn Kayanos for over eight years and some versions have been better than others but I have alwyas been able to trust them to provide a good stablity shoe. I was very disappointed in this shoe. I developed inside knee pain almost immediately. I tried to wear them for over a month and the knee pain increased. I switched back to an old Kayano 18's and the pain went away in a just a couple days. I think the 19's are lighter but sacrificed stabilty and it is not enough support for me. Very disappointing. I hope they corect this in Kayano 20 version. Until then I plan to wear 18's and will start looking at different brands if they discontinue 18's.
Best running shoe ever!
This new Kayano 19 is the best version yet! I have worn a few of the past models and in my opinion none compare to this one! I just sent back a pair of Cirrius 33s to RRS to exchange for the Kayano 19s because the Cirrius 33s were not what I had hoped for. I then purchased a pair of Nimbus 14s, and they too fell short. The Kayano on the other hand is perfect. Light, very cushioned, responsive. For me it is the holy grail of shoes, everything I want and nothing I don't. the interior is very soft and the upper has no areas which rub or abraded causing any hot spots. I just can't say enough good comments to tell you how this shoe feels.
These are my second pair. The first were the Kayano 18's. I am 5'11" and 197lbs. I need the pronation control. These give me the control but don't give me the Clydesdale feel of other sneakers. They are incredibly light!
I was going to throw out my 18's when I got these, but I took down the higher tread on the soles with a belt sander to even out the treads again. I'm not using the 18's to run now, but I've extended the life of wearing them significantly.
If you're looking for light and pronation control and able to handle some sick pounding--these are a great running shoe.
Best GEL-Kayano Update
I have been wearing the GEL-Kayano since the 16. I am 220 lbs. and run on average about 15-25 miles a week. The GEL-Kayano has always been the most durable and best overall stability plus shoe I have ever worn. With the 19 being the lightest update yet, it still has the best cushioning of all. The new mesh upper gives you more room and comfort in the toe box than the 18. It seems the guidance and pronation control of the 19 has been improved as well. Right out of the box and 1 mile into my first run with the GEL-Kayano 19... I knew Asics has another winner.
Maybe my review won't count
I use a tread mill 6-7 days per week at between 11% to 15% grade for mountain training at between 3.6 to 4.2 MPH at easily well over 25 miles per week. I had planter facitis, heeled now, and these shoes have not brought it back. I replace them regularly and add an extra layer of Dr. Scholls sports gel inserts on top for extra cushioning. Surprisingly pleasant daily workout. I can't speak for how they ridge run yet but perhaps in the spring when Colorado is out from under the snow. In the past I have done well with earlier Kayano's. Go figure running shoe for mountain trails.
Normally ran in the Asics Gel-3030 since it was too expensive to buy Kayano's all the time. Run about 4 full marathons and 4 half marathons a year and burn up shoes quickly. Purchases the Kayano 19s a week and half out of the Fargo Marathon and did one quick training run and ran the marathon in them. Shoe was very comfortable and felt like I had run in them for weeks. Only complaint was the toe box felt small and/or shoe fits half size smaller than other Asics I've worn. Long story short, great shoe, would recommend to anyone needing a structured shoe. Just make sure the sizing is right.
Like a glove
I've always bought Asics ever since my wife bought me my first Kayano shoes. (Kayano 17). Bit pricey for my taste but very worth it compared to the shoes out there on the market. I have a bad back and walking and standing for extended period of time takes a huge toll. I won't lie by saying these shoes are the Holy grail of shoes. All shoes have their pros and cons, these shoes "help" extend the amount of time being able to be on my feet for my application. I do recommend these shoes. You get what you pay for, a good quality pair of shoes that have me coming back.
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