ASICS America Celebrates 20 Years of Running Leadership with the GEL-Kayano 20®

  ASICS America Celebrates 20 Years of Running Leadership with the GEL-Kayano

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- December 11, 2013

ASICS’ most famous running shoe and industry benchmark for the perfect blend
of cushioning and stability hits a significant milestone with its 20^th
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.

Kayano 20 (Photo: Business Wire)

Kayano 20 (Photo: Business Wire)

When Toshikazu Kayano first started creating the ASICS GEL-Kayano, 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 ASICS GEL-Kayano
has gained iconic status amongst runners all over the world. The award-winning
shoe continues to inspire 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 20^th 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 ASICS 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 technical 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 20 years of this legendary shoe is such an exciting landmark. The
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 20 years.”

The innovative ASICS technologies such as rearfoot and forefoot GEL Cushioning
System, the now synonymous full length guidance line and Impact Guidance
System (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. Another
example of the consistency and trust ASICS has in its technology.

The GEL-Kayano 20 is available now at retailers nationwide and on for a suggested retail price of $160.00


Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” is an old
Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which
the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by
Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of
performance athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. For more information,

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ASICS America Public Relations:
Melinda Hutcheon, 949-266-7029
Ashley Wallace, 646-428-0667
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