Review | Running Warehouse

Asics Gel Kayano 20 Product Review

Short Take

Offering a plush fit and feel, the Asics Gel Kayano 20 treats moderate overpronators to a premium ride with an abundance of support and lasting comfort.

Big Updates

  • FluidFit: This version of the Kayano forgoes any stretch paneling, opting instead for stretchy overlays around the midfoot that provide a more adaptive fit.
  • Gender Specific Cushioning: To accommodate gender differences in gait and foot anatomy, the Men’s and Women’s Kayano 20 feature variations in cushioning placement.
  • 20th Anniversary Edition: In addition to the usual array of colors, version 20 is also available in colors that match the colorways of the very first Kayano, released in 1993.

Road Test

The Asics Gel Kayano is a perennial best seller here at the ‘House, thanks to its fantastic blend of cushioning, support, and a plush fit. Now in its 20th year, the Kayano’s winning formula continues on, treating runners to a premium ride.

Runners slipping on the Kayano 20 are greeted by a soft underfoot feel, a preview of the shoe’s cushioning and impact protection. Those who don’t enjoy an overly squishy ride need not worry - the midsole is far from being a marshmallow and offers plenty of responsiveness.

Testers were quick to applaud the Kayano 20’s upper. A stretchy mesh around the midfoot and over the toebox easily molds to the shape of the foot, while a deeply padded tongue and heel collar ensure a sensation usually reserved for bundling up with a soft blanket. It’s not all pillows and feathers, though, as an external heel collar and midfoot overlays provide plenty of security and support.

On the topic of support, those with moderate to maximum pronation support needs will find plenty in the Kayano 20. The Dynamic DuoMax system continues to provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition via a soft midsole layer over the medial post, which creates a uniform underfoot feel, a treat for runners who plan to rack up serious miles in this shoe.

Runners Say


“If you’re looking for soft and plush in a shoe with plenty of support, the Kayano 20 is the shoe for you. It comes in pretty colors too!”


“The new FluidRide midsole feels pretty similar underfoot to the previous Solyte midsole. If anything, the heel to toe transition feels slightly smoother.”


“The mesh over the toebox offers more stretch than that of previous models, which gives this shoe a more socklike fit.”