Nike Air Kantara £89.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 378g
Evaluation You probably know about the £70 Nike Air Structure Triax by now: great cushioning and stability for the average runner. The Air Kantara is the extra-large version, with huge, Max Air cushioning in the rear- and forefoot, and more reinforced medial support than the Structure Triax.
To boost its big-guy credentials, the Kantara is also built on a new, fuller-fitting last (some other Nike control shoes have proved too narrow for overpronators with wide feet). The good news is that it now gives more choice to heavier, stability-oriented runners who want a plush, luxurious shoe.
The head-to-head will be between the Asics Gel Kayano, with its firmer, more supportive cushioning, and the Air Kantara, with its deeper, softer ride. They’re comparable in that neither is an out-and-out motion control shoe, but the final choice will come down to personal preference.
In short The new Kantara is a viable alternative to the venerable Asics Gel Kayano in the big-guy stability market for mild to moderate overpronators. Try both. If you want a softer, easier ride and a roomier fit, you’ll probably prefer the Kantara. If you want a firmer, more responsive, and slightly more supportive ride, the Kayano is a more likely option.
Try it if you liked Nike Air Structure Triax (£70); Asics Gel Kayano (£105); Saucony 3D GRID Hurricane (£80); New Balance 1220 (£100)

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