Nike Air Span / Althea Triax 3 £60

Weight 343g
Evaluation This is the third update of the Span/Althea – and it’s the best yet. (The Althea is the women-specific version.) Basically, Nike lightened and simplified this good, straightforward shoe by removing most of the overlays from the upper (the seams can irritate runners feet) and rounded the toebox so it fits wider feet better. The midsole hasn’t changed and still has an attractive combination of lightweight cushioning and enough stability for neutral runners and mild overpronators. Even the forefoot is stable, with a firmer density of outsole material on the medial side. Some weartesters – even heavier ones, who ordinarily don’t switch to a lighter shoe – chose to race in the Span/Althea.
In short The Span Triax is a light, no-frills everyday training shoe that suits lighter or faster runners who like a responsive shoe. It keeps the long-standing, stable midsole, and gains a lighter, better-fitting upper.
Try it if you liked Nike Air Span Triax (£60); Asics Gel 1070 (£65); New Balance 763 (£60)