Brooks Le­vi­tate 2

Athletics Weekly - - performance -

Price: £140.00

Stock­ist: brook­srun­

Sit­ting in the brand’s “en­er­gize” range of shoes, this model of­fers high lev­els of cush­ion­ing with a su­per springy feel.

Like many com­peti­tor brands, Brooks’ “DNA AMP” mid­sole ma­te­rial is polyurethane-based foam, but here it is wrapped in a TPU skin. This skin es­sen­tially con­trols some of the im­pact and po­ten­tial en­ergy re­turn when you run and in do­ing so en­sures the mid­sole re­turns to its orig­i­nal shape in a ver­ti­cal man­ner. This pro­vides an added spring-like feel­ing.

It works, and the shoe cer­tainly has a bouncier feel to it that is good at any speed. It’s also very sta­ble, some­thing that can’t be said of other TPU-based cush­ioned shoes.

The up­per uses a fa­mil­iar knit­ted-mesh type con­struc­tion, but this one re­ally stands out. It has a premium feel to it and we found it held the foot ex­cep­tional well, hav­ing a sock-like fit es­pe­cially around the mid­foot. The heel lin­ing is a faux-suede, with nice pad­ding, and to­gether with the knit­ted, stretch col­lar holds the foot beau­ti­fully around the heel.

The out­sole uses a one piece, crys­tal rub­ber which so far has of­fered ex­cel­lent dura­bil­ity with not the slight­est sign of wear af­ter over

150 miles.

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