Brooks Trance NXT £99.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 356g
Evaluation The first version of the Trance had much going for it, even if it was rather expensive at £90. Moderately stable and well-cushioned, it had one big flaw: it was too curved. That meant it wasn’t stable enough for the overpronators it was designed for.
Now Brooks has developed a new last (the mould on which shoes are built), and used it to make the Trance straighter and more stable. Weartesters noted that the new Trance had a more universally appealing fit, a smoother ride and a more stable midsole. It’s also heavier than before, which moves it out of the neutral/performance category into the everyday stability genre and also broadens its audience.
The good news is that Brooks should be using the new BP1 last in more of its shoes in the future, giving it an option that falls between its ultra-stable motion-control last and the semi-curved last of the old Trance.
In short The Trance has changed from being a slightly confused faster shoe to a more universally appealing stability model. If you’ve never found a Brooks shoe to suit you before, the new last might be your answer – though the new price is outrageous for what’s essentially a fairly straightforward model.
Try it on if you liked Asics GT-2060 (£70); Asics Gel Kayano (£100); Saucony 3D GRID Hurricane (£80)

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