Okay, first up here let me just preface this entire post by stating that we have not reviewed the ASICS Gel-Kayano 24s…YET – haven’t tried them on, haven’t talked to anyone who has tested them, nothing. We do have a pair coming in the mail right now though so our opinion could change once we test them out. But right now, after reading about them and listening to ASICS reps, I can give you three solid reasons why you shouldn’t buy the Kayano 24s.
**UPDATE: See our full ASICS Gel-Kayano 24 Review
Not That Much Has Changed Over the Kayano 23s
Yes, sure you will hear a bunch people on the internet claim this is the BEST MODEL YET and tout the new heel collar or new upper or new whatever, but this is all just fluff (at least in our eyes). You can check out the Kayano 24s here on Amazon. We’ve heard this story before with the 23s – ASICS changed this and that – so we tested them and what did we conclude? Save your money and buy an older Kayano model. Even the ASICS sales reps admit not much has changed with the 24s – I think the exact quote was “Well, not too much because we know you love the consistent fit and feel”. So there you have it, really there are only small changes so why would you spend up for the brand new model. And speaking of price, that’s our next reason.
The ASICS Gel-Kayano 24s are Expensive
The 24s come in at a price tag of $160. Not a big surprise, that’s what the 23s cost when they were first released last year. ASICS makes solid running shoes, we agree, and some of you out there might even think $160 is reasonable given the quality of the shoe. However, as you would expect with a new iteration coming out, the 23s are now starting to be heavily discounted – we saw them as low as $75 the other day (check price on Amazon). Or if you can still find your size floating around, we’ve the seen the Kayano 22s as low as $55 before (see on Amazon). So now that you know that not has much changed with the 24s, why spend an extra $60-$80 dollars? Save your money – that’s what the RIZKNOWS team is all about.
The Kayano Series Caters More to Runners That Overpronate
If you are a neutral runner, don’t get caught up in the Kayano hype. It’s a stability shoe designed to give people that tend to roll their foot inward more support and a better running experience. So if you don’t fall into that category, there are running shoes out there that better fit your running style. With that being said, the Kayanos are more neutral than a lot of other stability shoes so if like them and they don’t cause issues for you, well then, that’s the dream. You should be fine. A few neutral running shoes that we do like include the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 19 (see on Amazon), New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 (See on Amazon) and Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 3 (see on Amazon).
Again, we haven’t tested the Kayano 24s yet. We could end up loving the new rolled down collar, the new heel clutch or new jacquard mesh upper and say they are worth every penny. But my money (pun intended) is on buying one of the older models and saving some cash!
In case you missed it, here’s our Kayano 23 review.