The Brooks Defyance 4 has the distinction of being Runner’s World magazine editor’s choice for their Spring 2011 Running Shoe Guide. This shoe is equipped with a good amount of running technology that lets neutral runners go the distance. Using a custom caterpillar crash pad and based on the popular GTS shoe, you can be certain you are getting a shoe that is comfortable and offers a smooth ride.
Hydroflow ST is a device filled with viscous fluid located in the heel and the forefoot region. This device works to reduce the shock of impact as well as provide stability in the heel and metatarsal. In addition to absorbing the shock of the foot hitting the pavement, the remaining energy is distributed so that you are able to run in comfort over long distances.
The technology in the midsole consists of the BioMoGo. This environmentally friendly material runs the full length of the midsole and enhances cushioning. The DRB Accel rests at the bottom of the midsole around the midfoot and works to provide rigid support to the torsional region while still allowing for a smooth heel to toe transition. The Stable Pod Configuration is a ring design pattern in the midsole/outsole that enhances stability and responsiveness.
Durability is always an issue when it comes to running shoes. To help your shoes last longer, rubber is placed in the outsole and the forefoot to mitigate wear and tear as well as improve traction. Traction is important, particularly if you are running in inclement weather. The last thing you want is to hurt yourself in a slip and fall.
The technology located in the upper part of the shoe is meant to keep the feet dry and healthy. Element mesh helps manages moisture and allows the feet to ventilate. The fit is secured using synthetic overlays to prevent slippage. The upper is lined underneath and works in conjunction with the Sockliner to wick away moisture.
The Brooks Defyance 4 is lightweight coming in at about 10oz per shoe. This mean you will be able to move a lot easier over your choice of terrain. Runners and testers report the shoe provides firm support in the heel and arch. However, the forefoot cushioning was not view favorable which may have something to do with the shoe’s low profile.
However, the Brooks Defyance 4 is a great training shoe for people who are just starting out or who are looking for something versatile for endurance or long distance training. The shoe is available in men and women’s sizes in a few different color schemes. It sits about the midrange as far as price goes. The shoe fits fairly true to size so you should be able to order online with little to now problems.