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Brooks Trance 12 Review

Brooks Trance 12 White/Silver/Olympic

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Shoe Type: Stability Plus

Retail Price: $150.00

Brooks Trance 12 Review

It’s still customized for each runner. Still plenty cushioned. Still flexible enough and more. But with a $10 price jump, is the latest version in the Brooks Trance series worthwhile?

It certainly doesn’t appear that the Brooks Trance 12 made many improvements. But it didn’t really need to — not after the Trance 11 won the Editor’s Choice Award from Runner’s World. This stability shoe for medium-arched runners continues to do above-average work.

The right ride for each runner
Customization continues to be one of the biggest running-shoe trends. The Trance 12 aims to please in this regard, as DNA cushioning gel from front to back changes its density depending on the user’s weight, speed and body type. It’s just one reason heavier runners tend to fall in love with this shoe.

The midsole material is another aspect that differs depending on the runner.

Smooth transition, strong support
From landing to toe-off and so on, the Brooks Trance 12 aims to make your stride as perfect as possible. A full-length segmented crash pad works with ample flex grooves to smooth out the gait and evenly distribute impact. Also, Brooks decided to fill in part of the midfoot gap, which improves heel-to-toe consistency.

But without good stability, the whole system falls apart. That’s why runners appreciate the abundance of strong foam under the arch, as well as the exterior heel counter that keeps the back of the foot in the right spot with excellent consistency.

For the upper, Brooks designed a rubber saddle that bends and wiggles in all the right places and ways. The overlays are a bit too busy, but it’s a durable shoe, and runners don’t seem to mind all the aesthetic goodies.

Not worth the higher price?
The Brooks Trance 12 is a fairly attractive stability running shoe that withstands wear and tear and keeps runners comfy in the process. But it’s not very light —12.2 ounces for men and 10.2 for the women — and it doesn’t feature many upgrades.

At $150, the Trance 12 costs $10 more than the previous shoe in this series. I’m not sure the new price is fair, but the performance is excellent. If you don’t care about the price, this will be a wonderful purchase.

For a review of this shoe’s predecessor, click here for our Brooks Trance 11 Review.

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Jeremy Zerr

Founder of Running Shoes Expert, lead running shoe reviewer and software entrepreneur focused on making software tools for affiliate marketers.

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