Choosing and Chosen a Running Shoe
I think if you ask most runners about their shoes they have not only Brand but Model loyalty.
Essentially when I found out that Asics Gel Kayano worked really well for me, I have just kept buying them. It was such an agonizingly long process to find the right shoe that experimentation, well that can come later!
NB: I did experiment with Adidas Boost, but it did not work out, so I have tried!
I have of course gone for
Asics Gel Kayano 22 (2016 version)
If you wander into your office then the discrete-ish black colour option (okay yes there are stripes) is not a bad option.
Quite a restrained tread, this is a road shoe and IMHO not suitable for the mountain or trail.
A really cosy and soft heel. Great for longer distance runs.
Over the years all but minimalist shoes have just got fatter i.e. heavier. I am not a fan. For 2015/ 2016 Asics according to press reports were giving me a lighter shoe. Except on the scales it's heavier (than last year). Come on Ascis.
351 grams is a pretty heavy shoe
Interestingly the Salomon Speedcross a descendent of of the ultra lightweight Speedcross is as heavy. That is a surprise.
These are my Speedcross Clima Shield (CS) shoes for winter running 2015. They have about a +30 gram waterproofing premium. The earliest non CS Speedcross I recall was less than 300 grams, ah those were the days.
Best Users of this shoe?
Very Suitable For
Ultra Marathon: The shoe is very comfortable. After 50Km or more you will really appreciate it.
Tarmac: Minial tread will not provide best grip on a trail or mountain path
Dry Weather: After the merest drop of rain water will enter the porous shoe top.
Flat Feet - The instep is soft and wont hurt me. I am missing insteps with my perfectly flat feet. For those with an instep you may not realise that a hard instep shoe cannot be worn by flat footed people like me. Ouch.
Not Suitable For
Trail Running: Not a stiff shoe and the tread is not upto it
I have already put in a few hundred Km of tarmac plodding, and can report these shoes are a fine replacement (but I'd not say any noticably better) than my outgoing Asics Gel Kayano 21's.
Gel Kayano 21 review
Wiggle Gel Kayano 22 sale