Full review: Brooks Alta - £40


Weight 370g
Evaluation While a number of firms are producing fast, grippy shoes that have obviously been designed as pure off-road shoes from the ground up, others still produce trail shoes that are closer to their road running models. With the Trespass and now the Alta, Brooks are one of these companies. The good news for Brooks is that there’s still a market for such a shoe, particularly one as keenly priced as the Alta.
If you don’t do a huge amount of off-road running, or mix trails with roads, then it’s not a bad choice. Thanks to reasonably sized lugs, grip is decent enough on soggy earth, and the rearfoot lugs face the opposite way to those in the forefoot to add traction when descending. But, as with most shoes of this type, the thick, road shoe-style midsole means that while the cushioning is good, off-road stability is compromised. When the running surface gets awkward, a low profile midsole proves far more effective than those on shoes like the Alta.
In short A nice shoe for occasional off-road runners, and it doubles as an infrequent road shoe. It’s also great value. But if it’s a fast and responsive serious trail shoe you’re after, the Alta isn’t it.
Try it on if you liked Mizuno Wildwood (£50); Asics Gel Guts (£45)