The GEL-KAYANO™ Lite model is new to our performance running line. Like its namesake, this shoe produces excellent comfort underfoot and added support designed to set the foot up for an efficient toe-off. Featuring an engineered mesh upper that was formed with recycled materials, this shoe also includes minimal overlays that target support where it's needed most. We created specific deformable shapes on the top of the midsole through the use of our 3D SPACE CONSTRUCTION™ to slow the rate of pronation, while the flared geometry of the midsole adds the right amount of support. A concave shape on the lateral heel and convex shape on the medial heel helps generate more compression during the landing phase, which increases the resistance when the foot starts rolling inward at mid-stance. Additionally, the wider base nets in the shoe’s heel and forefoot provide more surface area to create a stable landing and toe-off. The GEL-KAYANO™ Lite shoe is helping us take a step toward more sustainable manufacturing without compromising performance.
Features & Benefits:
- Rearfoot and forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning to attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases
- FLYTEFOAM Midsole Technology provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness no matter the distance, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out
- Sustainable Engineered Mesh that is soft, lightweight and comfortable offering an eco-friendly design
- Full ground contact that provides smoother transitions from heel strike to toe off
- Wider platform generates smoother landings and improved stability at the toe-off stage
- AGAR Sponge, Asics high abrasion resistant (AHAR) rubber on the outsole that is softer and lighter to deliver a plush ride, flexibility and overall comfort
- Category: Support
- Drop: 10 mm
- Weight: 9 oz
CUSTOMER RATINGS & REVIEWS
- Kayano Lite
The shoe felt great in the store and for the first few weeks, but by 150 miles the shoe had lost a lot of its cushioning. It is still adequate for short runs, but not for long or recovery runs, which is what I purchased it for (and why, frankly, I paid quite a bit more). At this point, I'm just hoping they last another 150 miles so I can (sort of) get my money's worth from them, but the truth is I could have spent less for a more durable shoe which felt just as good. Hugely disappointed.
I wanted a shoe which is neutral and can provide mild stability and if you are seeking the same, please look no further these are the shoes for you.
The Kayano lite is a great addition to the Kayano line, its innovative design and fit make this a great pick for pretty much any runner! Unlike the Kayano-27 which is super corrective this shoe uses an imbalance in foam to help correct pronation, this design is passive enought the both neutral and over-pronators can wear this shoe comfortably. The firm heel and mesh upper create a great fit in my opinion, and despite the soft foam underside, I bearly notice any wear. A 5 star shoe easily.
This shoe is a great addition to the Kayano line. It is quite a bit different than the heavier and very corrective Asics Kayano. I enjoy using this shoe for longer road runs because it provides great support and cushion without being clunky or heavy. I also think you can wear this model as a neutral or over-pronating runner. This is a quality shoe with a really cool upper design and snug fit.
The Kayano Lite had a very responsive midsole with a high cushion feel. The new Flyte foam makes the Kayano Lite midsole a lot less stiff than previous models of the Kayano such as the 27, which is something that I had not really liked. I was able to put in 150 miles into the shoe in just over 2 weeks and had no issues with durability on the outsole or midsole. This model also runs slightly wider than past kayano models so keep that in mind. As for the stability element, it feels different than a traditional post, as it feels a lot softer and less intrusive. The only issue I had with the shoe was the the eyelit chain and fit over the top of the foot. I foresee this working better for someone with a foot with a little bit lower volume(height) than mine, as it somewhat irritated my extensor tendons.