Test Run Of The Asics Gel Kayano 28 Shoes

As an avid disc golfer, I’m always on the lookout for gear that can improve my game. Shoes are an important but often overlooked piece of equipment. I recently got my hands on a pair of the new Asics Gel Kayano 28 running shoes and took them out on the course to see how they perform for disc golf.

First Impressions

Straight out of the box, the Kayano 28s felt incredibly comfortable. The upper is made of breathable mesh material that flexes nicely with the foot. ASICS uses a lightweight foam called FlyteFoam in the midsole, which gives these shoes a soft, bouncy feel. The famous Gel cushioning technology in the rearfoot also provides excellent shock absorption.

In terms of looks, I’m a fan of the simple black and white colorway. The Kayano 28 has a sleeker profile than previous versions, with a lower external heel counter. Overall, these shoes strike a nice balance between performance and aesthetics.


Putting Them to the Test

I took the Kayanos out for a full 18 hole round to see how they hold up. Right away, the grippy rubber outsole provided great traction on tee pads and for planting firmly during drives. The lugs aren’t overly aggressive, so I didn’t pick up tons of debris from the course.

The plush cushioning was noticeable, especially when walking long distances between holes. My feet felt fresh even after hours of play. The midsole foam also provided good stability during x-step approaches and follow throughs.

One of my favorite things was how the upper fabric kept my feet cool on a hot day. Unlike leather or plastic cleats, the mesh material is very breathable. Even when things got sweaty, my feet didn’t feel constricted.

By the end of the round, I was impressed by how the Kayanos performed. They provided support and comfort without sacrificing responsiveness or traction.


Comparison to Other Disc Golf Shoes

The Gel Kayano 28s have a lot of similarities to top disc golf shoes from brands like Adidas and Salomon. The main difference is they utilize ASICS’ proprietary midsole and rearfoot technologies to provide customized comfort and support.

In terms of feel, I’d compare the Kayanos most closely to the Salomon Speedcross trail running shoes. Both offer a plush ride and good grip. The Salomons have more aggressive tread which is better for courses with very rugged terrain.

When it comes to cleated golf shoes, the Kayanos provide more cushioning and flex. They aren’t waterproof like some models from Adidas and Keen. However, the mesh fabric dries quickly if they do get wet.

For a casual round, I personally prefer the athletic feel and breathability of the Gel Kayanos over waterproof cleats. They offer plenty of support and traction without sacrificing comfort.

Kayano 28 Disc Golf Shoe FAQ

Are the Kayano 28s good for walking long distances?

Yes! The FlyteFoam midsole and rearfoot Gel provide great cushioning and shock absorption mile after mile.

How is the traction on tee pads and in the fairway?

The rubber outsole grips nicely on a variety of surfaces. The lugs give good multi-directional traction.

Do they require any break-in period?

Not really. The engineered mesh upper is flexible right out of the box.

How breathable are they?

Very breathable! The upper fabric keeps feet cool and dry even in hot weather.

Are the Kayano 28s durable?

ASICS uses a rubber compound in high wear areas that is 50% more durable than standard materials. These shoes should hold up well.

Can you play disc golf in the rain with them?

The Kayano 28s are not waterproof. However, the mesh dries quickly if they do get wet.

How is the sizing?

They fit true to size. Lockdown in the midfoot is snug thanks to the exoskeletal heel counter.

Do they offer good lateral stability?

Yes, the Guidance Line technology helps guide the foot through proper biomechanical motion and stance.

Are the Kayano 28s good for wide feet?

They accommodate wider feet well, but runners with very wide feet may want to try the Gel Kayano 28 Wide version.

What colors are available?

Currently they come in several colorways including black/white, sheet rock/hazard green, and red/black.


The Verdict

Asics Gel Kayano 28s are a good disc golf shoe choice. They provide a comfortable, responsive ride with good traction and support. Breathable mesh keeps feet cool and dry even during long rounds. While not waterproof, they handle wet conditions well. For players seeking a well-cushioned athletic shoe, the Kayano 28s deliver top notch performance and comfort.