The stable and cushioned Air Max Moto is one of the biggest sellers in Nike’s Bowerman range. Runners like its combination of cushioning and stability. Nike wisely has altered little with this new version. The medial post doesn’t wrap quite as far around the rearfoot, which softens heel strike a little. And softening is the theme in the new Moto: Nike has softened the midsole slightly throughout – although it is most notable in the forefoot. The shoe is still stable and responsive, but with an extra plushness. (Review of previous version follows:)
Nike Air Max Moto £75
Evaluation The Air Max Triax was one of Nike’s most popular shoes and although the Max Moto isn’t a direct replacement, it is a descendant. Like the Max Triax, the Moto has a huge rearfoot air unit and the interlocking Phylon/polyurethane midsole that was so popular. The difference is that, for the first time, Nike is using a dual-density polyurethane rearfoot. The result? A stable and durable rearfoot with a very flexible soft forefoot.
It’s a quicker, more responsive shoe than the Max Triax, and certainly more stable. But our weartesters’ reactions were mixed. Most felt the Moto fitted well, especially in the rearfoot, and had a smooth, soft ride, but some of the weartesters didn’t feel it was stable enough. It’s also a shoe that’s likely to be best for heel-strikers, who place a disproportionate amount of pressure on the rear of their shoes – more balanced runners might find that, while the rearfoot is exceptionally durable, the forefoot ages more normally.
In short If you’re one of the many runners who have liked either the Max Triax, the International Triax or the original Pegasus (all of which were very similar), you should probably consider the Max Moto.
Try it if you liked Nike Air Max Triax/Air International Triax (£70); Asics GT-2070 (£75); New Balance 854 (£70)