Nike Air Span / Althea Triax 3 £60

Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 343g
Evaluation This is the third update of the Span/Althea – and it’s the best yet. (The Althea is the women-specific version.) Basically, Nike lightened and simplified this good, straightforward shoe by removing most of the overlays from the upper (the seams can irritate runners feet) and rounded the toebox so it fits wider feet better. The midsole hasn’t changed and still has an attractive combination of lightweight cushioning and enough stability for neutral runners and mild overpronators. Even the forefoot is stable, with a firmer density of outsole material on the medial side. Some weartesters – even heavier ones, who ordinarily don’t switch to a lighter shoe – chose to race in the Span/Althea.
In short The Span Triax is a light, no-frills everyday training shoe that suits lighter or faster runners who like a responsive shoe. It keeps the long-standing, stable midsole, and gains a lighter, better-fitting upper.
Try it if you liked Nike Air Span Triax (£60); Asics Gel 1070 (£65); New Balance 763 (£60)

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Can anybody tell me what happened to the air span triax shoe - has nike replaced it with something else? Found them good for orthotics - can anyone recommend an alternative shoe/model?
Posted: 07/11/2004 at 21:42

Easy Runner in Bristol recommended the Air Perseus as effectively a replacement (and probably a better shoe), and I have heard that the Air Zoom Elites are similar (but they look narrower to me). I haven't tried them though - I stocked up on loads of Span Triax!!
Posted: 08/11/2004 at 05:25

I used to wear Spans religiously, so when they got discontinued I was gutted. If you can get to Ashford in Kent there is a nike factory store where I have found a few. Otherwise the Zoom Elites are superb.. I have started wearing these now and I actually think that they are better.

Good luck finding them!
Posted: 08/11/2004 at 11:19

I've moved on to the Perseus and not having any problems at all.. managed to pick a pair of spans up in canada this summer for £25 so still run in them from time to time.
Posted: 08/11/2004 at 11:55

The Perseus has effectively replaced the Span Triax, as Evergreen and Easy Runner suggested. It has been getting some excellent reviews including a best in category from Runnersworld recently.
If you are hooked on Span Triax though, some stores do still have pairs left, depending on your size.

Nike Bowerman Trials Manager
Posted: 08/11/2004 at 18:29

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