Daniel Glass, runner extraordinaire, joins us to talk the Brooks Defyance. Read all about it below as Glass discusses the properties that make it unique, as well as the characteristics that could be the perfect match in a running shoe for you.


The Brooks Defyance is an ideal fit for all types of runners.

There is a shoe out there that is not what it should be.  It is neutral but controls moderate amounts of over-pronation better than a lot of mid-stability shoes. It also works for people who are truly neutral or supinate. This has become a “go-to” for fitting at our store (Boulder Running Company in Littleton). It is built on the same last and platform as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13, yet lacks the dual-density/triple-density medial foam (also known as the Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar or PDRB).

The fit of it is terrific. It has a high arch that extends back to the heel recess. It cups both high and low arches. It has pockets of Brook’s Adaptive DNA substance in the heel and forefoot for the extra cushion between you and the ground. What makes it so stable though? It is the piece between the heel and the forefoot on the outsole. It is a solid plastic component that is designed to prevent torsional twisting, yet controls moderate overpronation in the process. This shoe is durable, flexible and weighs in on the lighter side (11 oz. men’s size 9.0 U.S., 9.2 oz. women’s size 7).

So what do you think shoe lovers? I say it’s worth your time to go try it on at least…