Product Watch: Srixon / ASICS GEL-KAYANO ACE

Three years ago North American golfers were fully introduced to golf shoes from SRIXON/ASICS. Previously available in other markets around the world, their appearance in the United States and Canada drew both curiosity and skepticism, mostly because of their surprise appearance. It was not one of the “usual” brands on the shelf.

But gradually, as people began to test the products out, acceptance grew. That included within the media ranks where golf scribes got their feet into the footwear from a brand whose heritage runs all the way back to 1950.

In 1993 ASICS introduced the GEL-KAYANO to their line of running products. It was the start of something special as there have been 28 subsequent editions of the multi-purpose trainer, making it one of their most impactful products.

For the 2022, the GEL-KAYANO name translates to the golf segment with the new GEL-KAYANO ACE.

Just as the name represents comfort and flexibility in the running stream, this new golf shoe carries similar traits over to the tee box and fairways.

“Our partnership with ASICS, one of the biggest global sports brands in performance footwear, has been a tremendous benefit for both our brands,” said Mike Powell, President of Sales and Marketing at Srixon/ASICS. “By introducing the GEL-KAYANOTM ACE, we’re excited to bring golfers the legendary KAYANO comfort and performance on the golf course.”

The stylish GEL-KAYANO ACE is a waterproof, spikeless model accented by a TPU Heel Cradle to support the foot during the high stresses of a golf swing.

Overall weight has been reduced in the shoes through the use of “FlyteFoam Technology” which also helps to reduce shock and related impact on the feet.

This is all matched with a flexible mesh upper backed by a thin, waterproof polyurethane lining to see water out.

The overall package is one that pairs familiar and attractive looks with all the performance features golfers of all levels will appreciate.

If you like a more “athletic” looking shoe, this is certainly one to check out.

The GEL-KAYANOTM ACE is currently available for men-only (there are other women-specific models from the brand) and check in at around $219.99 in Canada.

Sizing runs from 7-12 and 13, 14 with four colour options: White/Midnight; Metropolis/Gunmetal; Glacier Grey/Pure Silver; White/White

They will be available at retail on April 1, 2022.

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