Evaluation When Nike introduced the one-piece midsole/outsole Skylon in 2001, we were disappointed. For a lightweight, cushioned shoe, the ride wasn't smooth enough, and the midsole was just too firm. The good news is that the new model has a softer midsole. This means that the shoe no longer feels as if it has a bulky, intrusive midsole. The ride is softer and smoother than the last Skylon, and offers a more cushioned alternative to more responsive, stripped-down sub-300g competitors such as the Asics Gel DS Trainer or Brooks Burn. Nike has also added a larger, plastic midfoot shank - but it still isn't a shoe for runners with stability problems.
In short Full marks to Nike for responding to criticism of the original Skylon and coming back with the model it should have been originally - quick, cushioned and responsive. (Available at Sweatshop now. On sale elsewhere from January 2003.)
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Skylon (£60); Asics DS Trainer (£80); Mizuno Wave Precision (£60)