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Womens Asics Gel Kayano 23

Womens Asics Gel Kayano 23
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Lightweight offering is packed with all you need for a stable, cushioned ride. Do not expect the Asics Kayano to be soft, instead learn to love the stiffer response these shoes employ. A great steady run shoe.

Womens Asics Gel Kayano 23

Lightweight offering is packed with all you need for a stable, cushioned ride. Do not expect the Asics Kayano to be soft, instead learn to love the stiffer response these shoes employ. A great steady run shoe.
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Our verdict

Stable, lightweight cushioning and a great fit makes this a super-comfortable everyday training shoe. It'll make you want to run more!

  • Positive
  • Sock-like fit
  • Superb cushioning
  • Upper fit
  • Negative
  • Too narrow for wide feet

First impressions

A shoe packed with everything ASICS has to offer in terms of technology. An eternal favourite with the hardcore runner for more than two decades, Asics has worked on this shoe to create something for everyone, although at a cost. It’s a neutral shoe but can cope with pronation, long miles, cross country, pace and the Big Day. Look to the Nike LunarGlide 8 as an option.

They clearly look like a flagship shoe. They are impressive and the slimmer, almost racing last the shoes are built on, makes them tempting. They feel good and solid when you pick them up.


ASICS uses FluidRide technology for bounce back cushioning and then adds a new product, Flytefoam which provides additional cushioning but doesn’t add to the shoe’s weight. Throw in the classic rear and forefoot Gel and you have a shoe designed to minimize injury risk. Certainly our testing team loved the feel of this shoe and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it for anyone with some serious mileage planned over the coming months.

The technology doesn’t end there either. There’s a Guidance Line to help with gait efficiency which in turn means you’ll run a little quicker and there’s the DualMax support which is designed to engage support only when you need it, leaving you to run in a more efficient way. So much technology in such a small space – amazing!

It all works from an 11.9 heel to toe drop which is generally a more user-friendly measurement so a great shoe to get on with work straight out of the box. 


FluidFit uses multi direction stretch mesh to create a customized fit, and do you know what? It does. This isn’t a sock though; this is a more solid package that sets your foot in place but allows it to compensate when required. We like it. 

The Seamless upper is very comfortable, reduces moisture and generally allows you to go about the everyday business of building fitness, strength and speed without the worry of anything rubbing and causing blisters.


The fit is also a little narrower, so be wary of that, but the fit, cushioning and stability thanks to the Flytefoam technology is superb. Interestingly, for a road shoe these are almost magnificent on wet trails so perfect for everyday use. This is the kind of shoe that plays a key part in your weekly regime and such is the way it’s put together, it will do so for a fair old time. We’ve run the Kayano 22 to destruction in the past and it’s taken a year to do so. Perfect.

Anyone ever run in a better Kayano? Was 22 better? How about 12?  Or even No1? Let us know. 

Technical info


Rearfoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.

Forefoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.

Convergence Gel helps dissipate shock better and increase overall effectiveness of cushioning.

FlyteFoam utilizes organic fibers that are embedded into the foam to offer lightweight resiliency.

Discrete Heel unit is a component of IGS that provides excellent shock absorption in the heel.

FluidRide provides responsive cushioning with reduced weight and increased durability.

Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove in the forefoot for improved gait efficiency.

Dynamic DuoMax Support System reduces over pronation by controlling the movement of the foot, leading to a smoother heel to toe transition.

Guidance Trusstic System is a lightweight support system that provides additional torsional rigidity.

Impact Guidance System (IGS) design creates a smooth and balanced heel-to-toe transition.

Gender Specific Forefoot cushioning uses an injected top layer of Solyte cushioning for additional comfort.


ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR)  in the heel is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.

DuraSponge Outsole in the forefoot is made from a blown AHAR compound, for responsive cushioning and flexibility.

Rear Foot Crash Pad slows the rate of pronation, providing a smoother transition from heel-to-toe.


FluidFit consists of multi-directional stretch mesh that provides a personalized, glove-like fit.

Engineered mesh comprises the upper, providing lightweight breathability.

Personal Heel Fit (PHF) uses a two layer memory foam lining in the heel collar to provide a individualized fit.

Discrete Eyelets are independently placed to disperse lace tension and enhance comfort.

Reinforced Vamp increases durability through the addition of a thin and seamless mesh overlay.

Heel Clutching System uses an exoskeletal structure that wraps the heel for a secure fit.

ComforDry X-40 Sockliner is made with anti-bacterial material to reduce odor and moisture and provide additional cushioning.

Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full-length ComforDry, for enhanced cushioning and a moderately soft underfoot feel.

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Shoe details

Gender Womens
Year 2017
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
Release date 2017
MSRP $0.00
Weight 9.8oz. / 277g
Heal Drop 10mm


Shoe Type
Motion Control
Light Trail
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