This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
Evaluation There’s no getting away from it, £100 is still a lot of money for a running shoe. For that kind of cash you expect an excellent piece of kit with brilliant stability, wonderful cushioning and a luxurious ride. The benchmark is the Asics Gel Kayano, and most brands have tried, with varying degrees of success, to emulate this classic. With its latest Trance, Brooks has created a true competitor.
Brooks has upgraded the Trance in several ways. It now has a two-density post – similar to that in the Adrenaline GTS; on the medial side for better, progressive stability and a smooth, responsive ride. The biggest upgrade, though, is the beefier forefoot cushioning. On the lateral side of the forefoot, the Trance has a cushioning layer of durable polyurethane on top of fingers of HydroFlow (called HydroFlow FLX) and Substance 257 EVA.
Weartesters gave the new Trance’s forefoot high marks, as well as its cushioning and stability. Several testers remarked that it had a much better fit than the previous model, the Trance NXG.
In short The Trance has become better with each incarnation, and with this – the third – version Brooks has an excellent shoe. A great combination of fit, cushioning, ride and stability – plus a great-fitting upper – means it now sits comfortably alongside the best top end shoes on the market, including the Kayano.
Try it on if you liked Brooks Trance NXG (£100); Nike Air Kantara. (£90); Asics Gel Kayano (£105)