This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
Evaluation As its weight suggests, the Gel Eagle Trail is an off-road shoe thats practical and protective rather than exhilarating. On the most positive side, think of it as the off-road version of the £85 Gel Nimbus, which is a successful road shoe, particularly among efficient, heavy runners who like the well-cushioned firmness of Asicss SpEVA midsole material.
The Eagle Trail also has a SpEVA midsole, though its much broader through the midfoot, which makes for a slower feel. Asics says that this is to reduce the chance of ankle sprains. The midsole also has a relatively low profile, which helps ground feel and stability though if youre an overpronating trail runner, you should look to Asicss medially posted Gel Trabuco 4 (its even heavier, but it has more support).
US weartesters liked the Gel Eagle Trail, particularly for its forefoot ride. Wed say that if you want a protective off-road shoe with a tough upper, and you dont run a lot on mud, its fine.
In short The Gel Eagle Trail is in the New Balance mould of heavyish, protective trail shoes. It has a tough upper and a nice low-profile midsole, but because it doesnt offer a ton of grip in mud, its off-road use is limited in the UK.
Try it if you liked New Balance 804 (£60); Asics Gel Trabuco (£60); Nike Air Terra Humara (£70, discontinued)