At first glance, the Premier Stability appears to have fewer control features than the cheaper Premier Road
. Although the hard plastic support shank is bigger, the second-density medial post seems much smaller. Check out the forefoot, though, and you'll notice that there's another second density here. The Stability is actually noticeably more stable in the rearfoot than the Road, both in the upper and under the arch, but the extra weight of the medial post in the forefoot doesn't seem to translate into much more stability. Still, the medial post doesn't seem to make the forefoot too stiff, either. The Stability fills an unoccupied niche between stability and motion control shoes, but it's hard to recommend any shoe that's over 400g unless it's really exceptional or a big-guy motion control shoe. Many runners will find that the lighter, and cheaper, Premier Road is stable enough.
The Stability seems to have a bit of an identity crisis: is it a stability shoe or a motion control shoe? It's a little overweight for the former, and not as stable as the latter.
Try it on if you liked Brooks Beast (£85)
; Adidas Response Control (£60)