Brooks Beast/Ariel £79.99

Weight 437g
Evaluation The Beast (and Ariel, the women’s model) is one of those enduring favourites that periodically gets a retouching. This update is a little more than that. Brooks has attempted to streamline this beefy monster without stripping its imposing overpronation features. This has been accomplished by replacing its bulky midsole with a better quality midsole foam (Substance 257) in the heel-strike area. The Substance 257 goes not only in the rearfoot, but has been added in the forefoot for durability and road protection. (The Substance 257 is the blue material in the forefoot.) But there’s a weight cost to using this new material, and the Beast is extremely heavy.
The Beast’s medial post has also been extended for better rearfoot rigidity and wraps from the lateral side through the arch along the medial side. Also, Brooks has created a larger centre-of-pressure area in the rearfoot for a better landing spot, and increased the cushioning with a bigger HydroFlow pad in the rearfoot.
In short The Beast has always been one of the better big-runner shoes. Despite a £5 price increase, it’s still a key player. Its cushioning and stability have been refined further, and it doesn’t look as bulky as previous models.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 587 (£75); Asics Gel MC+ (£75); Saucony GRID Stabil (£70)