The ASICS GEL-KAYANO® 29 Neutral Runner and a Stability Shoe.
With the Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon not too far away, now is the ideal time to find the right shoe for you. Read on to get some insights from ASICS FrontRunner, Mbalenhle Gumbi on the ASICS Gel-Kayano 29 that she is been running for a while now.
Generally, I would like to think that I have an odd running style because my feet tend to turn outwards with every stride and I was almost certain that I needed a ‘special’ shoe. Upon assessment however, I was told that I am a neutral runner and neutral shoes are ideal. So I have been running with neutral shoes from when I started running, but when I put on the ASICS GEL-KAYANO® 29, I immediately felt so much support and comfort after running in it a few times.
The GEL-KAYANO® 29 creates a stable running experience and a more responsive feel underfoot. It features a low-profile external heel counter which comfortably cradles your foot with advanced rearfoot support. It also has a LITETRUSS™ stability feature placed on the midsole’s inside angle which is designed to help keep your foot from rolling too far inward during your stride.
I ran my first Comrades Marathon in the ASICS GEL-KAYANO® 29 and it certainly gave me the comfort and support I needed to cover the 90km distance. The shoe’s midsole has been updated with FF BLAST™ PLUS cushioning which helps keep the shoe lightweight while creating a more energized rebound in each step (a definite need for longer distances). My furthest run in the shoes (prior to Comrades) was 12km, so it had very little mileage and I wish I had run with it a bit more before taking it for a 90km spin.
In conclusion, if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a bit more support and comfort or are an overpronator looking for the right shoe, I highly recommend you try the ASICS GEL-KAYANO® 29.