The ASICS Gel Kahana 8 is a stability trail kick designed for runners that may need additional arch support and display neutral and overpronation tendencies. Based on a shoe line known for providing comfort for even the most rugged adventures, the Gel Kahana 8 has some high expectations to live up to. While it received its fair amount of praise as it continues to deliver on features like the style and lighter weight and its ability to tackle tougher terrain, not every runner was pleased with the new incarnation citing durability and comfort concerns.
On paper, the Kahana 8 should be a standout. Its gel technology in the heel that aids in shock absorption for healthier strides, the SPEVAFOAM midsole that benefits runners with better bounceback and durability, as well as added support and stability through the DUOMAX dual density system all set it up to be an avid trail runner's front-runner. In addition, maintaining its lightweight feel through the use of Trusstic System Technology combined with its impressive ability to conquer technical trails and hills with its reverse lugs, the Kahana 8, were it not for issues with the construction of the sole, it might very well be a top rated stability trail shoe.
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- Resin Trusstic System
- Solid grip
- Great arch support
- Gel technology in the heel
- Many experienced too narrow fit
- Concerns with durability