Brooks Trance 11 First Impression:
When I first opened the Brooks box, I noticed the striking design. I tested the yellow and grey color way. The color combination was eye catching, and the overlay mesh had an interesting decorative pattern. I liked the branding design, which has the shoe name located along the lacing system and the Brooks name down its heel.
Brooks Trance 11 Upper:
Brooks Tongue Tied lacing system reduces the sliding of the Trance’s tongue. The upper materials are extremely comfortable. Its open mesh overlay provides breathability and maximum moisture management. The microfiber construction offers durability and comfort in a light fabric. The toe box is wide and gives a generous fit. Its Blown Rubber Forefoot is soft and durable for all weather climates. The environmentally friendly BioMogo sock liner offers additional comfort.
Brooks Trance 11 Sole Unit:
Overpronation occurs when a runner’s stride hits the ground on the lateral side of the heel. The foot strike does not absorb shock efficiently, which results in uneven distribution of weight. This causes the individual’s arches to collapse, or a weakening of the ankles.
The Trance 11 is a luxurious ride and offers top of the line technology to correct overpronation.
Brooks’ patented Caterpillar Crash Pad is one of the featured technologies. The perimeter of the sole is lined with the Crash Pad to provide a smooth ride and maximum flexibility. This allows an efficient stride, and a smooth heel lay down. In other words, it shifts energy from heel to toe and guides the foot towards a more normal and fluid stride.
Brooks patented DNA Technology is full length to offer a more customized ride. Its gel cushioning is made up of non-Newtonian liquid, and responds to the amount of force placed on the foot by providing custom support. Brooks’ DNA also offers twice the normal energy return. The faster you run, the harder the liquid becomes. The tuned density midsole technology adapts to the runner’s weight; providing additional custom cushioning. Additionally, the midsoles are engineered to allow pronation control and stability through its Progressive Diagonal Rollbar.
Brooks Trance 11 Opinion:
Two of Brooks’ bestselling stability shoes are the Adrenaline GTS 12 and the Trance 11. While both are great stability options, what are the main differences between the two?
The materials in the upper of the Trance offer maximum cushion and are softer, which adds to the higher cost. The Adrenaline GTS 12 provided a snugger, more conforming fit. The Trances were plusher and offered maximum comfort. Unlike the Adrenaline GTS 12 model which offers DNA filled pods, the Trance 11 model offers full length DNA cushioning.
The Adrenaline GTS 12 offers adjustable elastic lacing that provides a secure and its signature “midfoot wrap” fit while the Trance 11 Toe Box is wider and offers a roomier fit. In addition, the arch support in the Trance 11 model is lower. Both offer great support, but I preferred the custom fit of the Adrenalines. Coming from someone with flat fleet, the arch support in the Trance 11 was lower than my personal preference .