When it comes to overpronating running shoes, the Brooks Beast for men and the Brooks Ariel for women are two of the most highly rated lines in the industry. These are the shoes of choice for runners in need of the most support and immobilization of the feet.
Overpronating running shoes are a necessity for providing a comfortable and safe running experience for men and women with flat feet.
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These two models are the most extreme stability running shoes that Brooks has to offer our arch challenged friends. The Beast and Ariel are often referred to as the “benchmark” for motion control shoes amongst running shoes. Brooks recommends the Beast and Ariel for larger framed individuals seeking the opportunity to train without the pain.
The Beast and Ariel provide an extensive medial post made of firm rubber along with a Diagonal Roll Bar with hefty cushioning that eliminates any possibility of the medial shoe side collapse. No more painful ankle rolls while hoofing it down the Oregon Trail for wearers of the Beast and Ariel.
The 2010 Beast has an average size (9) weight of 14.6 oz, this is 1 oz heavier than the previous years model. The Ariel for women has an average size (8) of 12.7 oz. The 2010 model includes extra midsole foam and added “DNA” Cushioning. DNA is a revolutionary cushioning system found in the heel and forefoot.
Brooks’ DNA system maximizes midsole control of the runner’s foot. Also new to the 2010 Beast, is a two-piece caterpillar like design in the rear of the shoe that decreases impact in the runner’s heel.
Is Brooks Beast and Brooks Ariel The Best Running Shoe For Me?
The Brooks Beast and Brooks Ariel models are a large, heavier shoe not recommended for runners with narrow feet. It isn’t named the BEAST for nothing my friends.
It is also recommended to anyone purchasing a Beast or Ariel to allow the shoe a break in period of two to three uses. Some runners found the shoe stiff at first use and gave us the heads up about needing a break in period.
The 2010 model boasts all the latest technology Brooks has to offer. Nothing is held back from the “Love Boat” of training shoes. While the 2010 model is more expensive than its predecessors, most overpronators agree that it is worth the investment.
If you have extremely low arches and are looking for a running shoe that allows you to perform optimally on any terrain with relative comfort, the Brooks Beast for men and the Brooks Ariel for women is the shoe for you.
If you have less of a need for an extreme motion control running shoe, we suggest you look at other models Brooks has to offer, such as the popular Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11. The weight and firmness of the show will not be appropriate for a runner with a lesser need of immobilization of the sole.
Severe overpronators looking for a motion control shoe with some added flexibility and arch support will likely find the Saucony Stabil CS suitable to their taste. Otherwise, go with the Beast or Ariel and start loving your runs all over again.
RunPals Rated: Brooks Ariel
(5.0 out of 5)