ASICS unveils GEL-KAYANO™ 26 and foot mapping data to demonstrate need for stability shoe

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[MAY 24-KOBE, JAPAN]– Marking the launch of the GEL-KAYANO™ 26 shoe, ASICS reveals that of approximately 90,000 [1] runners who participated in ASICS FOOT ID system, 43% have a degree of pronation and could be risking injury without a stability shoe.

Kenichi Harano, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager at ASICS Institute of Sport Science (ISS), said: “Every runner has different needs and understanding your pronation type is the first step to finding the right shoe. Pronation relates to the way a runner’s foot rolls inward on the impact of landing. By examining the foot striking patterns of runners, ASICS has established patterns associated with neutral, over and under pronator runners. ASICS FOOT ID™ system’s data allows us to advise runners on their shoe choice and particularly pronators who require extra protection.”

The GEL-KAYANO™ 26 shoe is the latest model in the flagship stability series which has been used by elite athletes and runners of varying levels for 26 years. Like every ASICS shoe, each iteration of the GEL-KAYANO™ series goes through an intensive testing and development cycle and is only released if the data proves it outperforms the predecessor. For the GEL-KAYANO™ 26 shoe, the improvement goal was on cushioning without any compromise to its iconic stability.

New and improved features:

  1. An improved shear deformation design provides a more comfortable ride over any distance.
  2. METACLUTCH™ technology improves the model’s heel holding.

Yuki Kawauchi, Japanese marathon runner and ASICS ambassador said:

“The GEL-KAYANO is the shoe I have trusted for over five years and has helped me steer clear of injuries I used to suffer as a junior athlete. Nowadays, the GEL-KAYANO series is what I use to improve my kicking power in training. Every runner has different needs, my advice is to take the time to try on and experience a range of shoes and find the ones best suited to your needs and running goals.”

ASICS pays homage to the iconic GEL-KAYANO™ 5 shoe model

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20 years since the iconic 1999 GEL-KAYANO™ 5 shoe model was released, ASICS now pays tribute with a reinvigoration of the classic style.

Renowned as a high mileage running shoe with superior comfort and a bold VIS-TECH look, the 1999 model was the 5th iteration in the GEL-KAYANO series, created back in 1993. Whilst in keeping with those same principles and legendary silhouette, the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG model is a bold update for a fashion forward audience.

ASICS has always sought to hold substance over hype. It’s no different with the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG model, which holds true to ASICS’ heritage. Originally a high-end performance runner, the GEL- KAYANO™ 5 was part of the same GEL-KAYANO family which has set the benchmark for ‘stability running’ for the past 25 years. Now 20 years later and updated with a contemporary twist– it’s still on point – just as it was back in 1999.

A true marriage of vintage and modern – the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG shoe model uses cutting edge GEL™ technology, a fresh colour pallet and a quadra-lacing system to update the 1999 cult classic, but still remains true to the authentic look and feel which made the shoe so popular back in the 90s. The shoe will also see the return of DUOMAX™ tech, which reduces inward rotation of the foot.

In order to establish the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG model as part of the legendary GEL-KAYANO family, ASICS has partnered with the streetwear bible and media agency, Highsnobiety – who will play a significant role in maximising and celebrating the product.

To amplify the official release on ASICSTIGER brand’s owned channels, there will be a series of Instagram stories and posts which will tap into the aesthetics of the late 90s running magazines. Using vintage running editorial material with a modern twist, the Instagram stories will tell the story of how the original shoe came to be – whilst also showcasing product features and purchase information. The stories will then be hosted on the ASICSTIGER Instagram page.

In keeping with the silhouette which made the shoe a classic, the punchy reinvention will be available on and at select ASICS retailers.

ASICS GEL-KAYANO™ 25 helps runners go the distance

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[22nd May – Kobe, Japan] On June 1st, ASICS launches the 25th iteration of its flagship stability shoe, the GEL-KAYANO™, which has set the benchmark for long-distance running performance since 1993.

Through ASICS’ unique approach to human-centric design, research in technological innovation, and dedication to excellence, every iteration of the GEL-KAYANO™ series has improved on the previous version, offering runners increased protection and performance every time. The series has broken boundaries in product innovation and has enabled runners to perform at their best—revolutionising the performance running category. The GEL-KAYANO™ 25 is no exception, offering yet again, brand-new technology from ASICS’ Institute of Sport Science (ISS), which debuts in this shoe.

Kenichi Harano, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager at ISS says: “The GEL-KAYANO™ series was designed to make long-distance running accessible for runners. For 25 years, we’ve kept this goal in mind as we continued to make GEL-KAYANO™ series lighter and more responsive, without ever compromising on stability.”


GEL-KAYANO™ 25 features the new FlyteFoam™ Lyte and FlyteFoam™ Propel Technologies, working in parallel to deliver superior protection and enhanced stability no matter the distance.


FlyteFoam™ Lyte is the next generation of ASICS lightweight and responsive cushioning technology [1] . The midsole formula features a reinforced, sustainable nanofiber compound which increases the foam’s durability and provides more stability for runners.

FlyteFoam™ Propel is ASICS’ newest patented [2] foam formulation designed to provide enhanced responsiveness in toe-off. Used in parallel tandem with the strategically-placed ASICS GEL™ technology, the GEL-KAYANO™ 25 works with the runner’s foot to provide superior shock absorption.

All-new Two-Layer Jacquard Mesh Upper offers a breathable, premium fit that improves flexibility and decreases irritation-causing wrinkles while maintaining lightweight—which means the runners will look as good as they feel.

ASICS’ approach to human-centric product development is something ASICS’ founder, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka pioneered, in 1949. This year is an important moment for ASICS as on May 29th ASICS’ will be celebrating Mr. Onitsuka’s centennial birthday, showing people how he shaped the brand ASICS is today and how he has influenced the path for the brands future.

Paul Miles, Chief Marketing Officer, ASICS Corporation says: “GEL-KAYANO™ 25 is a product that we know our founder would have been proud of and it’s just the beginning of what we have coming over the next few years in the performance running category.”

The GEL-KAYANO™ 25 will be available globally on June 1st, 2018 at ASICS retail and online stores for $160 USD.