IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ASICS’ most famous running shoe and industry benchmark for the perfect blend of cushioning and stability hits a significant milestone with its 20th release. The success of this legendary shoe is a true reflection of ASICS’ philosophy of continuous improvement. Each year of its development has seen changes designed to improve performance and comfort, resulting in one of ASICS’ most technologically advanced running shoes, the GEL-Kayano® 20.
When ASICS footwear designer & developer Toshikazu Kayano first started designing the GEL-Kayano Trainer, he thought he was just creating a running shoe. History would show that he was also creating a legacy. Since the first model appeared in 1993 the GEL-Kayano has gained iconic status among runners all over the world. The award-winning shoe continues to inspire more than 20 years after its introduction.
“Since its inception, the GEL-Kayano strives to be an industry leader by exceeding the expectations of those looking for a balanced mix of cushioning and stability,” explained Jim Monahan, Vice President, Footwear, ASICS America Corporation. “Each new version focuses on improving the fit, feel and ride. The 20th version is no exception in the continual development of this industry leading shoe.”
Designed for mild to moderate over-pronators, the GEL-Kayano 20 has been updated with the new FluidRide™ and FluidFit™ technology. FluidRide is the latest evolution in ASICS midsole technology, providing the ultimate in lightweight cushioning and bounce back, allowing runners to run longer and faster. The changes to the midsole have allowed for a new higher density SpEVA® 55 lasting, which together with the exoskeletal clutch counter creates greater stability and gait efficiency from heel to toe. FluidFit uses a mesh for multidirectional stretch combined with other stretch materials to create a glove like fit.
“The GEL-Kayano 20 is built for the beginner runner all the way up to the professional, and has long been my training shoe of choice,” commented Olympian, Ironman World Champion, and elite ASICS athlete Andy Potts. “Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of this legendary shoe is such an exciting landmark. The GEL-Kayano helps maintain my running form, keeping me away from injury and letting me do what I love, which is run. That’s why it’s the heartbeat of ASICS and it’s no wonder it’s been paving the way for more than 20 years.”
The innovative ASICS technologies such as rearfoot and forefoot GEL® Cushioning System, the now synonymous full length guidance line and I.G.S.® for enhanced gait efficiency, as well as the DYNAMIC DUOMAX® midsole have all been introduced over the years and still exist today, providing another example of the consistency and trust ASICS has in its technology.
The GEL-Kayano 20 is available now at retailers nationwide and on www.asicsamerica.com for a suggested retail price of $160.00
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