Brooks Burn £65


Posted: 29 November 2002

Weight 291g
Evaluation The term 'performance trainers' probably frightens off more people than it should. The category's old tag of 'racer/trainers' gives more of a hint about how versatile they are. Admittedly only extremely light runners and permanent sub-seven-minute milers could use them day-in, day-out, but they are shoes that efficient runners can use regularly for faster sessions, and that other runners who are too heavy or unstable for full-on racing shoes can use for races. For non-racer wearers, the Burn scores well on wearability, with a broad forefoot that makes it feel more like a trainer than a racer. It also has above-average stability for its weight thanks to a stiff midfoot shank. This should make it fine for neutral runners and mild overpronators up to around 13 or 14 stone (depending on how far you plan to race). In terms of ride, it's predictably a little more plush and less responsive than a 270-something gram shoe like the Asics Gel Verdict, and a bit less plush and more responsive than a 320-ish gram shoe like the Mizuno Wave Precision.
In short Some lightweight shoes dazzle with big surprises. The Burn simply delivers a nice light ride with an emphasis on stability and a broad fit.
Try it on if you liked Mizuno Wave Precision (£60); Adidas Cairo (old version, £65); Asics Gel DS Trainer (£80)

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