BROOKS LEVITATE

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

£140 The fact that these are the heav­i­est on test at 280g might seem at odds with the name ‘levitate’, but rather than mean­ing they are floaty­light, that refers to the wodge of su­per-bouncy DNA AMP mid­sole tech­nol­ogy, de­signed to ‘en­er­gize’ you and pro­pel you for­ward. Tak­ing them round our test loop you cer­tainly no­ticed the bounce and they are very plush feel­ing – plus the 8mm drop is ex­ac­er­bated by a high arch and ‘rocker’ shaped sole which also acts to pro­pel you for­ward. Hoka have shown that a more plat­form-style shoe can work come race day and cer­tainly with these at the other end of the spec­trum from the Vivo­bare­foots, it’s good to see real choice. For this tester though, these felt a lit­tle too dis­con­nected from the ground and we felt just a bit un­sta­ble in them when we picked up the pace. Ku­dos to Brooks for the space-age sil­ver sole, though! brook­srun­ning.com

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