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. Theyre comparable in that neither is an out-and-out motion control shoe, but the final choice will come down to personal preference.
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, youll probably prefer the Kantara. If you want a firmer, more responsive, and slightly more supportive ride, the Kayano is a more likely option.
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Nike Air Structure Triax (£70); Asics Gel Kayano (£105); Saucony 3D GRID Hurricane (£80)
; New Balance 1220 (£100)