Men's ASICS® GEL-KAYANO® 20 :: Be in awe of the "ahh!" Just when you thought the legendary Men's ASICS® GEL-Kayano® running shoe couldn't get any better, be amazed by the even more luxurious update, the GEL-Kayano® 20. Treat your feet to the enhanced cushioning of the newly added FluidRide™ midsole that delivers an even plusher feel while working in perfect harmony with a more responsive base. You'll get a fit that's better customized to your foot in the Kayano® 20, which offers you a blend of stable support and stretchy comfort via the new FluidFit™ upper construction. Plus, overpronators will enjoy an extra boost of support from this latest ASICS® GEL-Kayano® thanks to the Heel Clutching System™. 11.3 ounces
A tale of two shoes: I loved them out of the box and initially thought they were much better than my old 18s. Now that I've had them a few months, I can't really say that they are better, or worse, just not the same. The 20s feel much lighter and still have the supreme stablity characteristics I'm used to getting from Asics. Not to mention they keep my feet cool and dry like no other shoe I've owned. I did however notice these shoes don't quite have the cushion I got in the 18s. I still have life left on my old 18s and now alternate them into the rotation for my longer runs and hold back the 20s for my tempo workouts. One thing is for sure, my splits are much faster in the 20s, but I do feel a bit more joint pain on days that I run in them. Mostly in the lower ankle region. I supose if I lost another 15 pounds, I would not be complaining about cushion. If you're a heavy runner like me, you may look for something with a bit more cushion and forego the light weight Kayano 20s. If you weight 170 lbs. or less, and have a tendency to pronate, these shoes are probably perfect for you. Overall, they are still a good stability shoe and construction feels solid like what I'm used to from the Kayano collection. I would recommend them to my fellow runners. I did notice a few bad reviews about lack of stablity, and my guess is they're in the wrong shoe size and it has nothing to do with the quality of this product. I have always struggled with over-pronation and can honestly say these Kayanos are as good if not better than the 18s in that category. I hope this review was helpful and good luck!
* If you're new to Kayanos, be careful of the shoe width when you make your purchase. They tend to be a bit more narrow than the other Asics of similar size. I had to bump up one size in width the first time I bought a pair. I'm glad I didn't just throw in the towel on the my first experience. It was worth the minimal shipping fee to send back the first pair for a wider set. The Kayanos got me off the couch and enjoying the run experience. I just wish I had known about them years ago when I was actually fast. These could have saved me from a lot of frustration and injuries.
30-35 yr old,190 + pounds,15-20 mi week
So far so great...
We work retail, meaning long hours on cement floors. My husband developed Plantar Fasciitis & was hobbled at the end of the day with terrible pain. For 4 days in a row now since wearing these (with gel inserts) he can still walk at the end of the day without pain. Wow. These have more arch support than the Gel Nimbus, the shoe we favored -- I also like the Gel Kensei, and have done well switching around between them (big help!). The online advisor recommended the Kayanos for the Plantar Fasciitis, so with the 90 day guarantee, was worth a try. He also recommended the Big Orange inserts, but they're back ordered. We haven't had these long enough to attest to durability, but they are enough of a success that I ordered another pair right away, and am anxious to try them as well; we'll be ordering more (for him & me) next paycheck. The clincher is that the company is now requiring black shoes as part of the dress code. Even tho these shoes have silver reflective accents, they were OK'd by managmt, so we'll be making the black Kayanos our daily work-wear. Any chance of making Nimbus & Kensei in black as well? -- you'd be saving a lot of foot problems down the road! Not only is the black acceptable on the job, we actually prefer them over the wild lime green & turquoise & orange combos for daily wear. Yes we'd recommend them to a friend -- in fact, we already did: my manager ordered up a pair to try & just received them today.
Kayano 20, like Kayano 18, thanks Asics
I am a 50 year old iron distance triathlete, 149 lbs with high flexible arches. I have ran with Kayanos for over a decade. Over the years there were minor variations like changes in lacing location or toebox, but they always worked for me until the Kayano 19. The Kayano 19 caused inside knee pain on the first run. I thought I might need to break them in but it got progressively worse over several weeks until I had knee pain even at rest. The Kayano 19 sacrificed stabilty and cushioning to save weight and they caused me knee pain like a neutral shoe does. I switched back to 18's and the pain went away quickly. I tried to stock up on 18's but I wear a wide shoe and they were quickly sold out nationwide. I was forced to finish my season in Brooks GTS 13's;they did not cause knee pain but felt like a much less cushioned shoe. I was relieved when I saw the description of the Asics Kayano 20 offering more support and cushioning. I bought a pair and they feel like the Kayano 18's which were my favorite Kayano to date. The Kayano 20 may be even better. I ran 16 miles pain free right out of the box and the 20's felt quick, responsive and offer good support and the upper is even more comfortable than the 18's. Asics please continue to offer this shoe in some form. Thanks for bringing it back.
I got this new Kayano 20 today. First, you need to order a right size. For those people, who did not get the right size, then dislike those shoes, that's unfair. I ordered a 9.5 4E. They fit perfectly. It feels like 2E instead of 4E, which means they might be narrower than normal.
To find the perfect running shoes, I tried a couple of different models. I got a pair of new balance 1260V3. 1260v3 has more cushion and a softer upper material. It feels soft and loose, while Kayano 20 is solid and provides more support, which it should be. 1260v3 has a low heel and soft cushion, which is similar to GT2000. GT2000 combines stability and support while 1260v3 almost loses stability with a low heel. Kayano 20 provides solid support from the bottom and sides. Kayano 20 is more similar to Brooks GTS 13 but sexier and with a noticeable premium build quality.
I strongly recommend you to try them at local stores. New balance usually stocks up wide shoes and has good shoe instructors. Sport stores usually will not stock up ASICS wide shoes. But, should try to find the right size.
Hopefully, this will help you a little bit.
Thanks for fast delivery from roadrunner.
Best I've had to offset heel pain
Years of heel pain; tried many brands; Asics Kayano was simply another pair to try six months ago; went to Europe for 2 months of walking; and years of pain vanished (combined with a couple insoles; i won't mention which as these vary for individuals more). So I ordered a 2nd pair (EE; didn't need the width as it turns out); and a 3rd pair (the new Kayano 20). The 20 (maybe this pair is odd but don't know) is perhaps half an inch longer in the same 8.5 size; so hard to tell if it's the 'lasts' the shoe is made on or just this pair. The other two pairs are true to size; and this one is fine; just more toebox room (which for some is a plus instead of a wider shoe; that is why I give it a 5 start anyway). I'm now hoooked on this line of shoes as long as they keep up their standards; just wish they were US made. I did try a pair of New Balance for stability; for me they were too rigid and like monsters. Other NB have been ok. But nothing other than this particular Asics relieved the heel pain; at least for me.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Back on track
I've been running the Kayano since the 17. I loved that shoe, loved the 18, hated the 19 and am angry I didn't return them, and now, love the 20. I'm 5' 11.5" tall and about 185 lbs...and 41 years old. Suffered from runners knee for the past year.
The 20 was a little tight the first couple of runs (felt 1/2 size too small) but they just needed a little breaking in. The shoes feel excellent now. i've had knee pain for the past year, so I'm very careful with the shoes I select. I'm happy to say I've been running on the 20s and feel great...they are very, very well cushioned and feel much lighter than he last few models. I'm now back to my normal distances - about 25-30 miles per week - and honestly think that these shoes are one of the reasons I'm back on the road. I'm glad I tried the Kayanos again and would recommend them to anyone.
Long time Kayano user...not sure about t
I'm a long time Kayano user, old (uh...over 65), heavy (185), wide feet (4EEE-bunion) dictate this selection. They have served pretty well over the years (started at maybe 12s or earlier IIRC). I have, closets full of old ones for yard works and watching TV. I've been generally satisfied. They do wear out quickly and at the price it gets $$$...but you get what you pay for I suppose. Soon after I got the first pair of latest K-20s, I started to hurt on one midfoot near the ball, resulting in a now persistent injury (ugh). It has lasted so long that I now think the shoes contributed, but of course I can't conclude this. The forefoot cushinoning (and maybe slightly lower/tighter) or something in this area is not as comfy as some previous models(..or not)? Too tough to be scientific about it, just my gut feel. I hope the 21s don't hurt...if they do, I will look for alternative 4EEE cushioning shoe next. Everyone is different so YMMV...and I know it just could be old age and many miles catching up :-(
Should not be labeled as Stability Shoes
After loving the Kayano 18's and liking the 19's, I was so excited when these arrived, especially since the colors looked awesome. I took them out for a short run and holy heck these shoes do not provide stability. After only a few miles I began to feel a growing pain in my left knee, and I was definitely aware of my left foot rolling inward with each step. These do NOT provide adequate stability control. The pain I felt in my knee was just like the pain I felt when I ran in Nimbus (Neutral) shoes.
I don't know what they did to this model, but these are not the Kayano's that I have come to love over the years. Ran in them once, and will never do it again to prevent further injury. Back to the store they go! (Thanks VIP program) I have always ran in Stability+ Asics, but I guess I will be looking for a new brand shortly.
About me: I am a 6'2" 230lbs runner who runs between 30-40 miles per week at a moderate pace.
Mike the Clydesdale
Another good Kayano !
I have been hooked on the Kayano for about 15 years. I skipped the 19 because of comments, as I like good cushioning. The big change I see in the 20 is that it is longer than the other Kayanos have been. I like good toe room and have always had a thumb width from my toe to the end of the shoe with a size 11 1/2 (I wear a 10 street shoe). With the 20, I have a thumb and a half which is really too much room. I would go with an 11 if I reorder the 20. Fortunately because the shoe fits so well otherwise, I can get away with the 11 1/2, so I am keeping them. I don't think I could do this with most other running shoes. As far as the cushioning, it did seem firmer than my 18s, but after a week of wearing them, I don't notice much difference. While minor, I do like the perfect size shoelaces in comparison to the shoelaces in the 18s which were too long.
What happened to the cushioning?
I have been wearing Kayanos for several years. The 18s were my ideal shoe. When I read the negative reviews of the 19s complaining about reduced cushioning and saw its much lighter specs, I bought additional pairs of 18s. After reading a few positive reviews of the 20s, I decided to take a shot and bought a couple of pairs. Just walking around the house with an 18 on one foot and a 20 on the other, the differences are stark. The footbed of the 20 is MUCH firmer and far less forgiving. After a short 3 mile test run with the 20s, my decision was made. I will return these shoes. I would much rather have plush cushioning to protect my joints on long runs and run a little slower than to have a fast shoe without enough cushioning to protect my legs from fatigue and possible injury. I will give the Saucony Hurricane a try.
Tried Hoka but returned to Kayano
Tried my first pair of Kayano's with version 19 last year and ran them in the Chicago Marathon. I tried Hoka's at the urging of a running friend after that, but after two months, the Hoka's were giving me issues. The upper actually broke down and I started to have hip and knee soreness.
I returned to the Kayano with version 20 and I'm very satisfied. This shoe is an improvement over version 19. Solid stability and a more cushioned ride. The upper is made of great material that breathes well, is very comfortable, and moves well with my feet. I'm a Clydesdale runner and the width sizing has been crucial for me (13-4E). Long runs have been comfortable and I feel good the following day. I already purchased a second pair for later in the season.
Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
Not enough cushioning
My last pair of sneakers were the Nimbus 15, but felt I needed a little more stability then they offered. After speaking with a FIT EXPERT we felt the Kayano 20 would be a better option. My first impression of the sneaker upon taking them out of the box was the sneaker felt a bit too stiff, then when I tried them on the cusioning felt sub-par to the Nimbus 15. After about 2 miles on the treadmill of my first run my initial impressions were confirmed, shoe was too stiff and I started feeling discomfort in my one knee. However, during my conversation with the FIT EXPERT he enlightened me to the fact that they have an actual store front relatively close to where I live and could go to the store and be fitted in person by a staff member. After being fitted they brought out a few different shoes for me to try and I ended up exchanging the Kayano 20 for a pair of New Balance 1260 V3. Will give my impression of the New Balance when I try them out.
Jury still out for me
I average 25-30 miles per week and run four half marathons each summer. I have been running Kayano's since the 18's. I have been somewhat injury prone with PF, shin splints, IT band syndrome, etc. I have run 40 miles in the new 20's but so far I like my 366 mile 19's better. The 19's got a bad rap for reducing weight and cushioning but two pairs have worked well for me. After two treadmill break-in runs my next two road runs were 10 and then 11 miles in the new 20's. They felt good but I got heal slap with the 20's even though I have the laces cinched up very tight. I plan to continue to run them because even after the long runs my legs recovered pretty fast so they seem to provide good protection against injuries. I am also trying a pair of Brooks GTS 14's. If they don't work out I might buy another pair of K-19's (buy them super cheap now). At this time, the jury is still out for me on the K-20's.
I tried the Kayanos several models ago and found them hard and they hurt my feet. I am VERY particular about my sneakers since I've had several surgeries and my feet always hurt. I tried several other models, none of them were comfortable. With reluctance I thought I would give these Kayaons a try. From the moment I put them on they were VERY comfortable! They actually feel like a pair of old slippers . . . the go to shoes when your feet hurt. Cushioning is GREAT, they are very comfortable and feel great on my feet. These are KEEPERS!! I've sent MANY shoes back to RRS . . . NOT these!! I need to buy another pair . . . Just wish they were available in 10 4E in other colors like Grey/Orange or White/Blue. Try these sneaks, you WON'T be disappointed!!
Not as good as its predecessor
I have been running in the Gel-Kayano for years. The older models, frankly, were the best models. This shoe has become increasingly insubstantial with time, made of ever cheaper materials.
Last year's model wasn't bad. At least I could run in it. The update, however, is virtually unusable. The cushioning is too much like a Brooks shoe -- strangely unresponsive, no energy return. Worst of all, this is not the shoe for you if you have a high in the step. The sides seem shorter, so that the laces and tongue are doing more work keep the shoe on your foot. The overall effect is one of discomfort. I don't recommend issue.
If it says anything, after getting the shoe, I bought three pair of last year's model.
Very Nice, Very Comfortable
Bought the K-20 to rotate runs with my Asics 2000-2. I ordered the 2000-2 half size bigger and 2E. I ordered the K-20's half size bigger and normal width. Feels about he same to me (good). I'm running the SA R&R Full Marathon this Sunday. Will opt for the K-20's. Expecting about 3:30 Full. I run 55-65 weekly, and am very satisfied with both the 2000-2's and K-20's. Have no problem running the Full in either shoe. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give a slight comfort edge (cushioning) to the K-20's. Not enough of an edge to spend a bunch of extra $$ for them. If they were put on your feet without telling you which one it was, you wouldn't know the difference. Happy Running!
San Antonio, TX
Did not like at all
I read all good reviews about these shoes, so thought I would give them a try. I am in the minority on these shoes. I have already sent them back after 3 weeks trying them. These were the most uncomfortable running shoes I have ever worn. I run 30-40 miles a week and after wearing these shoes for a 5 mile run my feet and legs felt as if I did a 20 mile run. I kept hoping they would get better but just got worse and thought if I continue wearing I'm going to get an injury, so back they went. I will stick to Nike shoes as I have had the best luck with any running shoe by Nike. Like I said before I seem to be in the minority so if you try it may be better for you.
twice the miles, lasting comfort
This is my second pair of Kayano 20's. I put over 700 miles on my previous pair and am currently at 100 on this pair. I alternate between Saucony and Asics and these are definitely the softest under my feet and help me avoid ankle and knee pain. I alternate days to maximize the cushion recovery but always look forward to my days in the kayanos. Will hopefully pick up a few more as they are retired. Only downside is that the toe box is a little more snug on these than on the saucony's but it only really bothers me every once in a while. Not too bad though overall.
Great shoe for someone with a large size
I have a hard to find size: 16 2E or 4E. I am also 6' 4" and am not light at 200 lbs. For years I could only find models from another company in my size and usually in only one model.
I can say that finding the Kayano 19 and now the 20 in my size was a huge story for me. They are light and very comfy. I have flat feet and need either stability or motion control shoes. The Kayano has about the right of stability for me.
It is incredibly nice to have more than one shoe model to choose from.
This is my third Kayano..
Glad to have them
I mix up both gym time and running 3-5 days a week and my running averages 2-5 miles at a time when I run. I have a large build and have used Asics for the last 5 years. I was like many who regretfully purchased the 19's and I almost completely gave up on Asics with those shoes. I purchased the 20's as a last chance and am I ever happy I did that. I have an extra wide foot and the fit is perfect, the cushion is great and I have no regrets with the 20's I'm happy to say that I will definitely buy them again.
Kayano 20 is better than the 19!
I've run in the Kayano until the 19. I tried 2 different pairs of Kayano 19s and kept getting narly knee problems and plantar fasciitis. Within two weeks I switched back to the 18 and all my problems went away. I've now successfully transitioned to the 20s (whew!), but they are still not the Kayano 18 or before. I wish Asics would leave good enough alone. If you could run in the 18 or earlier versions, I'd bet you'll be fine in these. Be sure to slowly transition from old shoe to new.
Des Moines, IA
A little different from the 18s
Bought these shoes to replace my Kayano 18s. (Jumped over the 19s because I read some bad reviews about them.) I love my 18s and have run a LOT of miles in them. Reviews for the 20s said they were as good as the 18s. The one change that I've noticed from the 18s to the 20s is that there seems to be a small gel cushion that hits me on the ball of my foot (and the ridge that runs right below my toes) that wasn't in the 18s. It has taken me a little while to get used to that. (I have finicky feet.)
Otherwise, the shoe fits well and seems to run very nicely.
I've been running in Asics shoes for at least 30 years (I'm 61 now) and have always enjoyed working out in them. I rotate them into daily walk-around shoes when they've reached the end of their running life, so they continue to provide style and comfort after they are "retired". When they get "retired" a second time, they become rowing shoes in our boat, where I don't care what the salt water does to them!
Ocean City, NJ
I missed my Kayanos!
I went minimalist a couple of years ago and swore off these shoes. I missed the comfort feel and when I tried the new Kayano-20s, it was like running on a cloud - very light and airy feel and it certainly allows me to run without fear of my 200 pound frame doing damage to my heels if I don't run with perfect midstep footstrikes. I like minimalist for working on form feel and running on beaches but I will definitely use the Kayanos for road and trail runs.
King of the Hill
San Jose, CA
Solid Shoe as Usual
The Kayano 20's follow right in step with a line of Excellent running shoes. Kayano's are the one shoe that I always seem to return to after trying other stability shoes from differrent manufactuers.
The ONLY reason that this shoe gets 4 out five stars is because it is slightly on the heavy side, but with this amount of cushion and stability it is defintely a fair tradde off.
Kansas City, MO
Great Quality and Performance
I bought these after a lot of research and couldn't be happier. These are replacing a very well used pair of GT-2150s that were grateful to be retired. The fit and support are great, and the cushioning is superior to my old pair. I use them every day for my workout. It's great to have a big selection of sizes and widths here because 14 2E shoes are not stocked by many retailers.
Can t go Wrong
Just so great lightweight comfortable never have gone wrong with these running
shoes. In the past I have purchased other brands and found out the hard and expensive way these shoes weren t for me despite other peoples raves.in fact these shoes seem to get better and and better each time I purchase them I ve been buying
ASIC shoes for about 11 years now.
Running Man superman
North Brunswick Nj
Maybe the best Gel Kayano yet!
After many years off, I started running again in mid-April. I am 70, 220 lbs. The 20's have proven to be comfortable, provide excellent support/stability, and appear to wear well. I have 4E feet, so sizing up a full size appears to work better in terms of the toe box. My stride lands on the forefoot with little heel roll. This shoe appears to be superior to the Kayano 19.
COMFY RUNNING SHOES
I run about 3-4 miles every day and have been using Asics Kayano shoes for several years now. The "Kayano 20's" are the best so far. Very comfortable cushioning but still great stability and firmness. My feet are not tired nor hurting when I am done running and in fact feel like they just had a great message! I purchase these a half size larger than my actual foot size.
A super running shoe
I am a heavy jogger (195 lbs) and run 3 or 4 times per week for 30 minutes each time. The size 14D or 14EE work fine. The soles show considerable wear after about 3 or 4 months, so I use 3 or 4 pair per year. I have been using Asics Kayano since the model 6 and always regret it when I try another type. The styles and colors could be better but the performance keeps me coming back.
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