Written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
The Gel Kayano 27 is Asics' flagship stability shoe; the GT 2000 (9) is a mid-range stability shoe with moderate support and a stable ride. Here we will be comparing these two shoes.

The Asics Gel Kayano 27 is a stalwart in the stability category. It uses the latest technologies in the Asics arsenal and the softest, plushest materials. It is also one of the most expensive stability shoes on the market at $160.

The Asics GT 2000 (9) is a staple in the light-stability category and one of the most popular shoes in the medially-posted running shoe market.
The GT 2000 is $40 less than the Gel Kayano 27. Which shoe is the right choice for you?

Similarity and differences: Gel Kayano 27 vs GT 2000 9

Expert score
Expert score
9/10
Expert score
6/10
Weight
11.4 oz
10.3 oz
Heel Drop
12 mm
10 mm
Verdict
The ASICS Kayano 27 is a premier stability trainer built to last. They are a well balanced shoe that provides excellent stability no matter the distance or the pace.
The ASICS GT 2000 9 is a moderate stability trainer. It is a durable and stable trainer but its shortcomings prevent it from being an excellent one.
Who is it for
I would recommend the Kayano 27 to a runner who would like a daily trainer with reliable stability that’s built to last.
I would recommend the ASICS GT 2000 9 to a new runner who would like a daily trainer with reliable stability that provides a firm ride which is built to last.
Recommended for
Daily training
Daily training
Cushioning type
balanced
responsive/balanced
Cushioning amount
Medium cushioning
Medium cushioning
Flexibility
medium
flexible
Stability
very stable
very stable
Sizing
true to size
true to size
Retail price
US$159.95
US$120

Sole unit: Gel Kayano 27 vs GT 2000 9

The Gel Kayano 27 has a quad-density midsole with a firmer medial wedge. It has a plastic shank and visible Gel pads in the heel. All the features of the Kayano 27 add to the weight of it and it comes in at 11.4 oz.

The Gel Kayano 27 is medium-soft in the rear foot and firm in the forefoot. The forefoot consists of Asics’ firm FlyteFoam Propel. The men’s version of the shoes has a drop of 12mm and the women’s version 13mm which Asics calls “gender-specific” cushioning.

The women’s version of the GT 2000 (9) has a 10mm drop, the same as the men’s version. With the GT 2000 (9), you get FlyteFoam and not FlyteFoam Propel in the midsole which results in a softer forefoot. The GT 2000 (9) weighs 10.3 oz, a noticeable difference over the Kayano 27.

The Kayano 27 is more suited to heel strikers as it has the 2mm higher offset (3mm in the women’s version) which means that there is more midsole in the rear to cushion heel strikes.

Both shoes have plenty of cushioning but it’s the firm type of cushioning. The Kayano 27 has deeper cushioning for long, slow runs whereas the GT 2000 (9) is more versatile and can handle shorter, tempo runs due to its lighter weight. The ride of the GT 2000 (9) doesn’t feel as clunky as the Kayano 27.

The outsoles of both shoes have Asics High Abrasion Rubber which has has great durability and plenty of traction. Bothe shoes have Trusstic systems to provide midfoot support and rigidity.

Stability in great shoes is excellent due to the firm midsoles with minimal lean bias.

Upper unit: Gel Kayano 27 vs GT 2000 9

The Gel Kayano 27 has a breathable mesh upper with a comfortable midfoot and adequate toe-box height. It has a padded tongue but with no inner sleeve so tongue slide occurs. It has a large heel clutch and padded heel counter which locks the heel down well. The Kayano 27 fits true to size and comes in normal, wide (2E) and extra wide (4E) versions.

The GT 2000 (9) is made from a light and breathable engineered mesh but it doesn’t look or feel as “expensive” as the Kayano 26 upper. It has a narrow fit so you need to go up a half size or get the wide version if you don’t have very narrow feet. The GT 2000 (9) doesn’t have an external heel clutch but it does exceptionally well at holding the heel in place.The GT 2000 (9) also comes in regular, wide (2E) and extra wide (4E) versions.

Which one to buy: Gel Kayano 27 vs GT 2000 9

If you’re a runner who wants a stability shoe with a plush upper and you don’t mind paying more, the Gel Kayano 27 is the shoe for you. The Gel Kayano 27 has all the features of a flagship stability shoe and has a premium look and feel.

If you’re a runner who wants a light stability shoe with a supportive midsole, the GT 2000 (9) is the shoe for you. The GT 2000 (9) has a softer forefoot and a smoother ride due to the uniform FlyteFoam and EVA from heel to toe. The GT 2000 (9) feels less clunky than the Kayano 27 and also weighs less.

This expert review is written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Brandon is a South African who lives and trains in Singapore. He is a marathon runner who eats, sleeps and dreams running shoes. While most people wear shoes to run, he runs to wear shoes.