Asics Kayano 19 Tester Diary

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Heading out for a run in the Kayano 19.

First Impressions
This has to be one of the best looking Kayano’s yet, especially in the Black/Red/Lime color of my test pair. It’s just a very sleek and streamlined looking shoe. Asics needs to patent their step in feel – it’s amazing how consistent the company can be with providing a very comfortable fit right out of the box.

From the couple strides I’ve done around the office, I’m not feeling the extremely cushioned feel I remember from the Kayano 15 and 16. I stopped running in Kayano’s a few years ago because I figured out I didn’t need that level of support and I’ve been happier in designs that are a little less plush.

First Run
Well, as expected this is a more responsive and less pillowy feeling Kayano. Certainly not going to be mistaken for a Gel Lyte33 or Kinvara or anything like that, but the extra squishy ride I’ve experienced on prior versions just isn’t there.

To me, the update is a good thing. There’s still a considerable amount of cushioning, providing more than enough shock absorption for a 160 pound runner like me, but the shoe just feels more focused and runnable.

As I said, I don’t need the amount of support the Kayano provides, but the Dynamic Duomax support system never gets in the way. The only penalty I guess would be the added weight, though this doesn’t feel like a heavy shoe.

This first run was a 6 miler over lunch, easy 8 minute pace.

Second Run
Kinda doggin’ it on this second outing in the Kayano 19. Not sure if it’s the time change or what, but just went out for 5 miles after work (arrg, the dark!) and I couldn’t get in a groove. I was definitely heel striking more than usual. That was due to several factors: one, being tired, two, it feels totally fine to heelstrike in this shoe, three, the shoe actually encourages your foot to land that way.

Disappointing 8:30 pace. That wasn’t really a shoe problem, more of a me problem. Though I’ve been in other shoes that give me a little more pep in my step when I’m not quite feeling in the groove. Still, I don’t want to be that guy who’s always blaming the equipment.

Many more runs to go before we shoot a video on these in mid December. Looking forward to seeing more strengths and weaknesses of the shoe as I tick off the miles.

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