Disclosure: I received a pair of ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 shoes as a part of this review, but I’m clearly a fan and, as always, all opinions are my own.

I have a lot of shoes… FACT. I train in different brands and use different types of shoes for different distances. BUT, when it comes to long-distance runs (18+ miles), I have one shoe and one shoe only: the ASICS GEL-Kayano. It has been my go-to marathon shoe since my very first marathon in 2006 (see below) and it was the ASICS GEL-Kayano 12. I have run 26 marathons and I think only one (2013 RnRLV) has not been in an ASICS Gel-Kayano model.

From 12 all the way to 21

In fact, I have owned at least one version of the Kayano from 2006’s Kayano 12 to this year’s Kayano 21 (being shipped now). In the house right now, I have an all-white pair of the 19’s and two pairs of the Lite Show 20’s. At any given point I have a pair that is marathon-ready and a pair that is being broken in for future races. Like I said, it’s my trusted shoe and I don’t mess around when it comes to running 26.2.

Take a look at the images below, I tried to find a 2007 photo, but that was before I had a blog and before I had the computer I’m working on now, which means the digital photos are buried on a back-up hard-drive somewhere. Below you’ll see white pairs (2006 and 2011), silver pairs (2010 ad 2012), all-black pairs (2010 and 2013)… I even had a pair of the red 13’s and the gold 15’s, but couldn’t find any pictures.



Why the GEL-Kayano?

I don’t want to get into the science of support vs. pronation vs. barefoot — that’s a whole different post. Just know that when a runner finds something that works AND it keeps that runner healthy and running, it’s a good thing — FOR THAT RUNNER. The ASICS GEL-Kayano works for me and I trust my feet in them for long-distances. The shoe over the years has changed slightly with technology, but the Kayano is a staple in the ASICS line and I know that this year’s model will treat my feet the same way it has in previous years and I know that next year, it will be available. I always hear runners talk about how they used to run in a pair, but the brand discontinued it or changed it significantly and they are looking around trying to grab the previous year’s model. I may keep several pairs in the house if there is a HUGE sale and it’s an opportunity I can’t pass, but I find comfort in the fact that when the Kayano 22 comes out, that shoe will work for me the same way it has the previous 9 models.

The NYC Collection

When I ran the NYC Marathon back in 2010, they had a custom pair of the ASICS GEL-Kayano’s branded for the NYC Marathon. I wish I had purchased a pair at the time, but decided against it. D’oh. Since ASICS is the gear sponsor they always have TONS of merchandise branded with NYC and this year is no different. Check out the NYC Collection.


Giveaway: Win a pair of the ASICS Gel-Kayano 21

Enter below for you chance to win a pair of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 (men’s or women’s). The randomly-selected winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, October 8 and must claim their shoe by October 10, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to get your pair and I’ll make sure that you have what you need to place your order. I got you.


Here are some advances on this year’s model:

Are you ready for the lightest Kayano ever? The GEL-Kayano 21 Running Shoe has been updated with nothing but the best in ASICS technical innovation, featuring the next generation of FluidRide, and a new ComforDry X-40 sockliner – resulting in the lightest and most luxuriously stable ride yet. Mild to moderate overpronators will enjoy a more comfortably secure upper, uniquely designed with a new heel construction that complements the premium FluidFit upper and Heel Clutching System.
Learn more here.

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Thanks again and the winner will be contacted via email and/or social — AND MUST BE ABLE to order them by October 10, 2014.

What’s your go-to shoe on race day?

Good Luck!