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Asics Kayano 19 Tester Diary

November 16th, 2012

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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New Shoes Available at Running Warehouse

November 9th, 2012

The past month has been a busy one here at Running Warehouse, with many new footwear models arriving just in time for the impending madness that is the holiday season (and yes, we realize its only early November). For those of you spending more time running than constantly checking our inventory, here’s a brief overview of some of the more popular kicks that have recently appeared at our doorstep.

Asics Gel Kayano 19

Asics Gel Kayano 19 Men's Shoe

The latest Kayano treats fans to a lighter package, dropping half an ounce in both the Men’s and Women’s versions. It continues to provide plenty of overpronation support as well as plush cushioning for runners looking for a premium ride.
(Shop Men’s Kayano 19 and Women’s Kayano 19)

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Asics Gel Kayano 19 Sneak Peek

July 27th, 2012

Asics Gel Kayano 19 Men's Running Shoe

The Kayano has long been a go-to shoe for overpronators seeking maximum support in a well-cushioned package. Now in its 19th iteration (2013 marks 20 years for the shoe), this update introduces a two layer midsole construction for a softer feel as well as seamless overlays for improved comfort. We are expecting a reduction in weight (10.9/8.9oz Men’s/Women’s) and the shoe is specified to have a 10mm heel-to-toe offset.

What to Watch For

  • Two-Layer Midsole Construction: The addition of a softer, gender-specific Solyte material to the existing midsole results in an even plusher ride.
  • Reduced Weight: By Asics’ estimates, the Kayano drops about a half ounce on the Men’s side (down to 10.9 oz) and almost an ounce on the Women’s side (down to 8.9 oz).
  • Mild to Wild Colors: You can make your next Kayano a “special K” with the blue colorway shown above or a similar Women’s colorway, or “just OK” with a more traditional, muted color selection.

Launch Date
November 2012

MSRP
$150.00

Men’s Colors
Black/Lightning/Blue Kayano 19
Black/Red/Lime Kayano 19
Titanium/Royal/Black Kayano 19
Titanium/Royal/Black Kayano 19

Women’s Colors
Black/Pink/Apple Kayano 19
Black/White/Pink Kayano 19
Lightning/Turquoise/Iris Kayano 19
Lightning/Turquoise/Iris Kayano 19

Asics Gel Kayano 19 Women's Running Shoe

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