Built to withstand just about anything, Brooks’s most supportive shoe provides maximum stability and soft cushion.
New to the 2016 version, Brooks has removed the gusset, aka the piece of material that kept the tongue from sliding down to either side. This—combined with the new no-sew upper—results in a more forgiving fit that will accommodate more feet, especially bigger ones.
Underfoot, the extended progressive diagonal roll bar guides your foot into a natural, more neutral motion path. Super DNA in the midsole adapts to every runner’s foot strike, cushioning every step the way you like it.
Our take: The 2016 version of the Beast/Ariel franchise is the most cushioned one yet. The medial side (your long arch) feels stiffer than ever. The no-sew flexible overlays on the upper open up the forefoot for a roomier fit.
The Beast/Ariel is ideal for the severe overpronator in need of rugged support.
Beast (Men’s): Weight 14.4 oz., 12 mm. heel-toe offset
Ariel (Women’s): Weight 12 oz., 12 mm. heel-toe offset