REVIEW: Asics Gel-Kayano 25

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The Gel-Kayano 25 is an exceptional running shoe that combines innovative performance and style, marking yet another coup in Asics’ long history in producing some of the best footwear in the market.

The shoe offers cushioning, stability and great grip on the ground to help you get the best out of your athletic performance.

Having competed in many half marathons over the past three years, these runners up there with the best I’ve used so far.

Not only are the Asics’ breathable but they are designed for the long-haul, meaning they won’t tear apart like other shoes over a short space of time.

What strikes me about the Gel-Kayano 25 is how the cushioning softens the impact while you run.

Other shoes don’t offer enough support so your feet always feel heavy when you land.

With the cushioning on offer in this model, you can run with comfort and confidence.

The price itself – at AED 600 – is mid-range but if you are an avid runner and want to target new goals, then these shoes are the perfect fit.

Coming in a range of colours, their design is simple and stylish – but very much built for getting the best out of your running experience.

Overall, I was extremely impressed by the Gel-Kayano 25’s comfort and support – and I would definitely recommend them for any runner pounding the pavements in the UAE.

WHAT ARE THE NEW AND IMPROVED FEATURES?

  • FlyteFoam Lyte is the next generation of ASICS lightweight and responsive cushioning technology . 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 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.

RATING 9/10: Performance and comfort are top class.

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UAE football superstar Omar Abdulrahman, ‘Amoory’, is at the forefront of Nike’s latest campaign, introducing its new Fall 2017 Sportswear Sneaker collection that embraces the colour of the season: white.

The campaign, shot by celebrity fashion photographers Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott, and styled by Gadir Rajab, features Amoory wearing the latest Cortez, Air Force 1, and Air Max 90 shoes.

The collection launched on Monday August 7 and is available across select Nike stores in the UAE.

“I love the variety of this seasons all-white collection by Nike,” said Amoory.

“Wearing white makes any outfit look fresh and effortless. I love wearing my all-white Nike Air Force 1’s, it’s the perfect look and feel for the summer months.”

The collection includes:

NIKE CORTEZ

Seamlessly crossing over from the running track to pop culture, the Nike Cortez, officially released in 1972, is marking its 45th birthday this year.

Price: From Dh469.

NIKE AIR FORCE 1

Nike Air Force 1’s had great influence on the intertwining connection between hoops and culture. In 1982, it landed on the hardwood to introduce Nike Air technology to the sport of basketball. This iconic basketball shoe would forever change the sneaker world.

Price: From Dh499.

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Price: From Dh699.

To find out more about the Nike all-white collection, or become a Nike+ member, go to Nike.com.

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Go back to the future with ASICS Tiger GEL-LYTE

Matt Jones 21/07/2017
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Clean kicks: ASICS Tiger GEL-LYTE.

Step back into the 1980s and get the eye of the Tiger as the first model of ASICS Tiger’s classic lineup, the GEL-LYTE series, returns for the 2017 autumn/winter collection.

Of all ASICS models, the 1987 GEL-LYTE is known best for marking the start of the ASICS Tiger era. The original GEL-LYTE was inspired by the GT-II, which was introduced in 1986 as one of the first running shoes with GEL cushioning.

The model was known for its unique heel protector form that provided sturdy and  stylish support.

The revived GEL-LYTE model stays true to the original colour combinations; black with orange accents and navy blue with yellow accents.

The original, simple upper will also reappear, rather than the split tongue of the popular contemporary GEL-LYTE III model or monosock structure of the GEL-LYTE V, and the classic styling will appeal to everyone.

Nostalgic retro-chic taste coordinates with trendy athleisure wear to add a stylish essence to earn the Tiger its 2017 stripes.

So roll back the years with a classic that combines great style with comfort.

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