ASICS GEL Kayano 16 vs. ASICS GT 2150 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 is a stability running shoe that provides exceptional stability and a smooth ride, while ASICS GT-2150 is a durable and relatively light ASICS running shoe. Learn more about the differences and similarities between these two ASICS women's running shoes.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 is a stability running shoe that tends towards being motion control, while the ASICS GT-2150 is one of the most popular women’s running shoe around.

In two previous articles I reviewed the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 and the ASICS GT-2150 running shoes for women, but let us take a closer look at these two ASICS sneakers to see where they are similar and how they are different.

Looking at the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 and the ASICS GT-2150 side-by-side gives a good comparison of these two women’s running shoes.

If you look at the midsoles, you will see an immediate difference between the reinforced post that controls overpronation and stabilizes your feet. This dual density post extends a further distance in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 than it does in the ASICS GT-2150. This is why the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 tends more towards being a motion control running shoe than the ASICS GT-2150 does. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 is therefore also more likely to provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The uppers of both ASICS women’s running shoes are very similar, especially around the midfoot where the overlays of the ASICS logo straps your feet down on the platform. A slightly bigger difference however is in the amount of mesh that both running shoes consist of.

The ASICS GT-2150 has slightly more mesh than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16, which will therefore make the ASICS GT-2150 more breathable. However, mesh generally fits loose around your feet, which is why it is typically reinforced with overlays. So you can expect to get a tighter and more secure fit from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16.

If you compare the outsoles of these two ASICS athletic shoes, you will see that they look vey similar. However, if you look closely at the heels, you will notice that the ASICS GT-2150 consist of 4 separate lugs, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 consists of 3.

The placement of the lugs are slightly different with the ASICS GT-2150 tending to absorb more shock at the very back of the heels. The big difference is in the outsides of the heels, so if you tend to land more on the outsides of the back of your heels, expect to get slightly more shock absorption and dissipation from the ASICS GT-2150.

The outsole in the forefoot area of both running shoes is very similar in the positioning of the horizontal flex grooves, which means that you can expect a similar amount of flexibility in that area from both shoes.

However, the vertical flex groove of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 runs slightly different than that of the ASICS GT-2150 and is more in line with the gait cycle a typical runner goes through. So again, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 should provide you with a better transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

Last but not least, while there is durable rubber on the entire outsole of both running shoes, the ASICS GT-2150 seems to have it located in all of the right high wear areas, so is expected to give you more mileage than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 weighs approximately 10.5 oz (298 grams), which is 0.5 oz (14 grams) heavier than the ASICS GT-2150, which weighs 10.0 oz (284 grams). So if you are looking for a lightweight ASICS stability running shoe, the ASICS GT-2150 might be ideal.

If you're looking for an ASICS stability running shoe that provides you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off and a snug and secure fit, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 might be worth considering.

If you are looking for a lightweight ASICS running shoe for women that not only absorbs shock well in the heel area, but is also expected to last you longer, then the ASICS GT-2150 might be the running shoe for you.

The suggested retail price of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 is US $140, which is US $40 more expensive than the ASICS GT-2150, which costs around US $100 when you compare women’s running shoes by price.

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