Asics Gel 1080 £65

Weight 352g (H20)
Evaluation If you liked the Gel 1070, you'll like the 1080 - it's exactly the same apart from cosmetic changes. With rear- and forefoot Gel cushioning inserts, a decent medial post and a good midfoot stability shank, it's the slightly more modest little brother to the mighty GT-2080. If you like the idea of plusher forefoot cushioning, a little more stability and a better footstrike-guidance system - go for the 2080. That said, the 1080 is one of the best models in the stability market for its price. This winter also sees the launch of an additional version of the 1080 - the darker-coloured 1080 H20 (pictured, £70). Asics couldn't give us a model with fully functioning water-resistance to test, so we can't comment on that, though we did notice that it was warmer. But unlike the winter version of Nike's Air Pegasus, the 1080 H20 doesn't have an off-road outsole - it's just the same as the road version.
Try it on if you liked Asics Gel 1070 (£65); Nike Air Span Triax (£65); Mizuno Wave Maverick (£65)