Asics Gel Kayano 28 vs Asics GT 2000 9

Both models are stability shoes for overpronation and, therefore, use props to stabilize the ride and prevent the foot from “rolling” outward while running.

The K28 and GT 2000 9 are very popular in the Asics series but occupy different positions. The Kayano is a high-end shoe and is rather expensive, while the GT 2000 is more affordable (count a difference of 30 to 40 bucks).

In terms of design, the GT 2000 is lighter with 20 g/0.7 oz less, despite its higher stack (29 mm compared to 23 mm for the Kayano). Thus, the cushioning-weight ratio is clearly in its favor. The heel-to-toe drop is identical with 10 mm for both shoes.

In practice, both models are robust and use similar technologies including the famous AHAR/AHAR+ rubbers, GEL cushioning units, and support features (Dynamic DuoMax, Trusstic). However, the Kayano 28 (2021) features the Japanese brand’s latest foam: FlyteFoam Blast. Designed for its carbon-fiber plate shoes, it gives a softer underfoot feel. The GT 2000 9 is older (2020) so most likely it will also use FF Blast in its next iteration.

One big question remains, the bounce! Unfortunately, in both cases, the ride is smooth but not very responsive; sufficient for daily training but perhaps not for fast workouts (split, uptempo).

Kayano vs GT 2000: which one to choose?

As usual, it’s a very personal question that can vary from one runner to another depending on their body type, preferences, and stride. From a purely objective standpoint, the higher price of the Kayano is not justified. Also, the shoe is heavier despite less cushioning.

Therefore, we recommend the Asics GT 2000 9 over the Kayano 28.

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