Last years Trance
was a nice enough stability shoe, but £100 was way too expensive for such a straightforward model. The new version does more to justify its top-end price alongside plush shoes such as the Asics Gel Kayano
and the Nike Air Kantara
Brooks has upgraded the Trances cushioning and durability by creating the entire midsole from Substance 257 (a resilient EVA). More significantly, the shoe has a stiff external heel counter and a broader base of forefoot support (in addition to its medial post and midfoot shank), which makes it about as stable it could get without becoming a restrictive motion-control model.
Like the Kayano and Kantara, the Trance NXG is a reasonably heavy shoe, but weartesters liked it. In addition to its being well-cushioned and flexible, weartesters reported that the new Trance had a great, stable fit and felt that their feet were surrounded by the midsole, rather than sitting on top of it. Many also commented about its cushioned ride.
The new Trance has put on a lot of weight, but its higher quality is finally starting to earn some of its price tag. Its not a fantastic shoe for lighter runners, but if youre in the market for high protection, durability and stability, its one to test-ride.
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Asics Gel Kayano (£100); Nike Air Kantara (£90); New Balance 1220 (£100)