Monday, October 6, 2014

Asics Gel Kayano 21 Review and Giveaway

Let's start at the beginning of the story for the Kayanos and I.  When I was in college I thought I HAD to have Nikes to run in, and I did.  I had the most beautiful yellow pair of Nikes, but they never felt great on my feet for running.  So I decided to branch out.  I tried some Adidas, a pair of Saucony's and then one day I bought a pair of Asics Kayanos.  I think they were the 7s.

They felt like they were meant for me.  I ran in them religiously after that.  I had the 7s, the 8s, the 9s, and the 10s.  I remember this because I had them all at the same time.  I only ran in the newer ones, but I kept the old ones for other things.  They were all dark blue and white.

I wasn't running as much for awhile so I skipped buying a new pair for awhile and I got married and had babies.  One day after I started a new job (same hospital, still in surgery, just switched to the new outpatient dept) I got off work early and decided it was time for some new shoes. 

I bought the Kayano 14s.  Oh those 14s.  They still stand in my mind like the perfect fit like a glove running shoe.   They made me so happy! Maybe it was because I hadn't had new shoes in way too long, or because I had two little kids at home and needed the run, or the stress of starting a new job and I needed the run, whatever it was, those shoes made me happy! and they were so pretty! 

I had the 15s, 16s, 17s and 18s (in fact I have a pair of 18's I still run in), I had started finding other happy shoes also so when the chance to review the 21s came up I jumped at the chance.  Me and the Kayanos we go way back!

So what do I think of the 21s?  Since I wanted to get this giveaway posted I can't do a super in depth review, but I can tell you I wore them to my son's flag football practice and they felt good.

I also got a 6 mile run in them and they felt good. I love the light blue color. The cushioning feels great. I like a shoe with cushioning.  I had no running or friction areas. 

I will keep you updated on how I like the shoe, but in the mean time let's get this party started!

Want to win a pair of one of my all time favorite shoes? This is going to be a quick giveaway since the winner's code to a new pair will expire on the 10th of October!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was sent these shoes at no cost to review and was not required to give a positive review.  All opinions are my own

46 comments:

  1. I've heard great things about these shoes!

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  2. I just started running in Kayanos! I bought the 19's on sale to see if they worked for me...
    Love! ♡♡

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  3. Asics fit my feet best, too! I've tried others but I always come back.

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  4. I don't run in Kaya no but I do run in Asics. Would love to try these out.

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  5. I love Asics! I have tried many ither brand but always come back :) definitely in need of a new pair right now! Thanks for hosting!!

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  6. I've only tried one pair of Asics (The Tri-Noosa 7s). I only ran in them a handful of times before I knew they just weren't going to work for me, but I kept them for just wearing as a casual tennis shoe. I'd love to try the Kayanos though!

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  7. I have not tried them but I would like to!

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  8. I've never tried Asics before, but I've read that rotating shoes helps prevent injury. I currently wear the Brooks Pureflow but I'd love to try something new.

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  9. I've run in 2 earlier versions of gel kayanos. I'm currently running in Brooks but not particularly loyal to any one brand.

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  10. No, I have never worn a pair of Kayanos before. And no, I don't have a shoe in mind as I have never had a good pair of athletic/running shoes.

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  11. I put over 400 miles on a pair of Asics Kayano 16 that I was pleased to find on sale at Sports Authority a while back. Great shoe giveaway!

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  12. I love my Asics but have never tried the Kayanos. Would love to try them out.

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  13. I've never tried the Kayanos, or any other Acsics. Still looking for the perfect shoe...everything I've ever tried I've always hated or just felt middle of the road about...

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  14. Never worn The Kayanos but always wore asics for volleyball so they'll always have a special place in my heart :)

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  15. I have not had these specific asics but I did try the DS trainers. I loved them and still think about them and would absolutely love to try the Kayano's as well!

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  16. I love the color! I haven't tried a pair of Asics on years...

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  17. They look great. I haven't run in Asics but wear them as gym shoes and my new beautiful tennis shoes are Asics gel LOVE them!

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  18. I ran my first marathon in the Asics 2160s and I am looking to get back into them. I would be stoked to try these out!

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  19. Never the Kayanos, but three other pairs of Asics! Right now I am running in Brooks, but would go back to Asics easily!

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  20. Have had several kayanos and loved them. Would love to try them. Awesome color!

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  21. I'm definitely a Kayano fan! So comfy!

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  22. I haven't tried the Kayanos yet. Lately I've been loving the Mizuno Sayonaras - but I'm always looking for a new favorite!

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  23. I have heard great things about these :)

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  24. I used to wear Kayanos but have been experimenting with other shoes lately

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  25. I haven't tried them, but I would love to!

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  26. I was loyal to Asics for the first few years I ran, tried a few other brands unsuccessfully, and happily landed on some Pearl Izumi tri shoes this summer. But now that tri season is over I don't need to run sockless, so I need a new shoe :)

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  27. I have never tried Kayanos before but they look awesome, love the colors!

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  28. I have never tried them but I would love to!-Amy

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  29. I have never worn this brand of shoes. I do have a colorful pair of FILA shoes that I love.

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  30. I was just telling my husband this week-end that I wanted to try Asics! Love all the colors they come in.

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  31. I've never worn Asics but they have the best colors

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  32. Would love to give Asics a try!

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  33. I've never worn the Kayanos but I have worn Asics. These look like great shoes for longer runs, I'd love to win and try them.

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  34. I've been on a constant search to find great running shoes. I would love to give Kayanos a try!

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  35. I've been running in the same brand forever and would love to try a different shoe.

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  36. I've always been a Brooks girl but my husband switched to Asics would love to try these out!

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  37. I haven't tried the Kayanos but I'm looking for a new favorite. I wore the Saucony Shadow 6000 for years - it was a classic but they quit making it and I haven't found the replacement I'm looking for yet.

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  38. I've never worn Asics before but have been to their website and looked at all their shoes. Would love to try a pair!

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  39. Kayanos were my very first pair of running shoes. My husband got them for me when we were first dating. I started running and haven't looked back!

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  40. I have never worn these but Allan loves all his Asics!

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  41. Kayanos were my first real running shoe! I loved them. I have had great luck with all of the Asics line and currently I'm wearing their Gel-Nimbus.

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