Asics Gel Kahana 7

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Asics Gel Kahana 7Review Facts

Asics is an innovative brand that has won the hearts of many on and off the tracks and trails. Sticking true to their company slogan of “a sound mind in a sound body,” Asics has set out once again to create the 7th succession of their Gel Kahana series. The Asics Gel Kahana 7 has a slim profile with a very breathable upper. This shoe promises to be durable and help runners with overpronation issues. The outsole is composed of a highly abrasion resistant material that will take a beating in addition to delivering a great amount of traction. This shoe also remembers to put safety first as 3M material can be found throughout the upper. The Asics Kahana Gel 7 is trail shoe that attempts to be competent in all important areas that trail specific shoes are required to perform well in.

Pros
  • Slim profile
  • Reflective features
  • Breathable and comfortable upper
  • Affordable
  • Wide sizes available
Cons
  • Regular sizes are narrow
  • Responsiveness not highly rated
  • Questionable durability
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Asics Gel Kahana 7 utilizes Asics' own technology to propel itself as a top contender when it comes to longest lasting durable outsoles. This particular model uses AHAR, or Asics high abrasion resistant rubber, to protect the user's foot and provide a good amount of traction on surfaces.

The forefront of the outsole is divided into 3 noticeable segments, and these sections are meant to properly absorb impact and enhance flexibility. The pattern for the majority of the outsole can be described as an alternating chevron pattern which has been proven to provide a good amount of grip on trail surfaces. The heel section of the outsole finishes out with more separated segments to assist with impact absorption. The outsole makes this a good crossover shoe rather than solely a trail shoe because of the lack of aggressive lugs on the outsole that are characteristic of most trail running shoes.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole on the Asics Gel Kahana 7 pays special attention to detail, and is one of Asics' best midsoles so far. The midsole is made from a special patented lightweight foam material called SpEVA. This special foam blend runs the entire length of the shoe and gives the runner constant comfort with every step. The problem with most foam materials is it begins to break down and lose responsiveness and comfort after regular use, but Asics has outdone themselves by creating a midsole that stands up to the test of time.

Asics also didn't stop at just using SpEVA to create a great midsole, but has included their DuoMax Support System to give the arch of your foot all of the support necessary to carry you through your run. This system is composed of dual foams that allow comfortable cushioning and a supportive footbed at the same time. This shoe also utilizes a Gel Cushioning System located in the heel section of the midsole to absorb the impact from your heel strike. There is also a Trusstic System intended to harmonize the overall structure of the shoe while reducing the weight. The final bonus with the midsole is the option of a removable insole, allowing the opportunity to customize your inner comfort level.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper on the Asics Gel Kahana 7 is a great combination of breathable mesh material and supportive overlays that provide a good amount of structure for the shoe. Mesh has always been a great material to use on running shoes because of its comfort, flexibility, and breathability. The upper on this shoe really permits a free range of movement without being too loose, keeping your foot secure but allowing natural movement. The overlays play a part in providing a custom fit.
Weight
Weight

Weight

At 11.9 ounces for a men's size 9 and 9.8 ounces for the women's version, this shoe does fall into the category of lightweight trail running shoe. The overall weight of this shoe plays a part into the success that it experiences on the trails. The last thing any runner needs is a shoe that will weigh them down while taking on rugged and changing terrain.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathability of the Asics Gel Kahana 7 is very good thanks to the use of a lightweight, airy mesh upper. Ventilation is important when running on the trails and Asics ensures air is being well circulated throughout the entirety of the shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort has always been an area for which Asics has been well known, and the expectation of a comfortable experience with the Gel Kahana 7 is still consistent when it comes to this model. A well padded tongue and soft inner material make for a soft pillowy feel. The comfort continues as the bottom of your foot is met with a removable plush insole and SpEVA midsole foam material, both which enhance an overall comfortable experience. The heel section of this shoe has a rear foot Gel Cushioning System to ensure that this model will be one of the most comfortable rides you've ever experienced in a trail running shoe.
Style
Style

Style

The overall look of the Asics Gel Kahana 7 is very ordinary in the style department. Asics really focused on making this shoe functional and comfortable rather than focusing on style. With that being said, this shoe does not look bad or ugly - it's just very plain. Some runners would rather have a shoe that performs better than it looks because the purpose of a trail running shoe is to tackle the trail, not the runway.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability in certain areas on the Asics Gel Kahana 7 seems to be an issue. The midsole holds up very well as it was designed to do, and the SpEVA material really maintains well over time as promised. The primary area of concern with durability is mainly the outsole. The tread on the outsole seemed to wear a tad faster than expected.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Asics Gel Kahana 7 doesn't have as much protection as you would find in a dedicated trail running shoe, but it's not the worst option as far as a protective shoe selection either. The toe region has an external protective strip overlay for encounters with outdoor elements, while the thick but lightweight midsole does a decent job at protecting your underfoot without a rock plate installed.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Asics Gel Kahana 7 is a very responsive shoe due to the technology integrated with the meticulously designed midsole. The SpEVA foam in the midsole was designed to give the runner a springy, responsive bounce back during every single use. The technology integrated into the midsole also tackles the issue of lasting over time head on. Responsiveness in foam decreases over time, so Asics built a better midsole foam in order for the runner to experience the same amount of responsiveness through the entire life of the shoes.
Support
Support

Support

The shoe is intended to aid runners with mild to moderate overpronation. Asics has done a fine job in making sure runners are able to experience a shoe that's comfortable and correctively assists their running style as well. The support for this shoe starts with the DuoMax Support System. It takes advantage of Dual foam technology with different density levels to provide excellent cushioning and reliable support. This system really supports important areas of your foot like your arch, and also cradles other key components of your foot.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Asics Gel Kahana 7 suggested terrain surfaces are trail primarily, and road secondarily. If you're in the market for a casual trail running shoe that can easily be switched over to a road runner, this shoe should spark your interest. This Asics Gel Kahana 7 takes elements and attributes from both trail shoes and road shoes and fuses them together, becoming a jack of both trades but a master of neither.
Price
Price

Price

The price is where the Asics Gel Kahana 7 really has the upper hand over the competition. The initial introductory retail price of this shoe never went over $100 and for that price, could truly fall under the category of a "steal." And, it's an even bigger steal now because you can find it deeply discounted at many retailers. The amount of technology incorporated into this "bargain" shoe is utterly revolutionary and really redefines that standards that "bargain" priced shoes should live up to in terms of return on investment value.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction on the Asics Gel Kahana 7 is very good on most surfaces. The rubber outsole really sticks to a wide array of terrain which is necessary for dealing with abrupt changes in surfaces. This shoe performs well with traction on inclines and declines thanks to the alternating chevron pattern that really sticks to the surface allowing for optimal traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

There is a great amount of flexibility in the Asics Gel Kahana 7 thanks to the materials utilized on the upper along with a well segmented outsole. The mesh material, in addition to the overlays on the upper, create a very flexible shoe that still retains its structure. Asics blends structural integrity with flexibility to what appears to be an almost perfect balance ratio in a shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Stability was a high priority when crafting the Asics Gel Kahana 7. When a runner is overpronating, the DuoMax Dual Density midsole really kicks in to keep things stable during your run. The Gel System located in the heel really helps absorbing all the impact from when your heel first strikes the ground and the DuoMax steps in the correct the inward roll pattern associated with overpronating.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop on the Asics Gel Kahana 7 is a decent height for any runner stacking up at a solid 10 millimeters. At this height, this shoe falls into the average running shoe drop height. The height of the drop allows your foot to feel properly positioned to tackle trails without the faux incline feel often associated with drop heights above 13 millimeters.
Key Features of the Gel Kahana 7
Key Features of the Gel Kahana 7

Key Features of the Gel Kahana 7

  • Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System


  • Duomax Support System


  • Trail Specific Outsole


  • SpEVA Midsole Material


  • Trusstic System Technology


  • APMA Seal of Acceptance


  • AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber)


  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    Asics is no doubt a beloved brand by many sports enthusiasts and athletes of all kind. Their commitment to crafting quality products truly keeps them on top in a competitive market. The Asics Gel Kahana 7 is great shoe that covers areas like support, traction, and comfort very well, but like most shoes, is not without a few flaws. This model of shoe may have been specially designed and owns a designated trail shoe title, but it really falls along the lines of a crossover shoe that works decently on trail and road type surfaces. The Asics Gel Kahana 7 was aimed at supporting runners who suffer from mild to moderate overpronation. If you're looking for a casual runner that can traverse the city landscape and also do a decent job on the trials if needed, this shoe should be taken into consideration.