Facts

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Terrain
Road
Arch support
Stability
Use
Daily running
Price
$150
Weight
M: 320g | W: 263g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 32mm | W: 32mm
Forefoot height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Element Mesh Upper offers breathable coverage, while also having the capability to wick off moisture.

  • Most reviewers noted that the Tongue Tied Lacing System allowed lesser displacement of the tongue.

  • A Progressive Diagonal Rollbar offers stability that is customized, which is greatly efficient when aiming for a better transition.

  • The 5mm BioMoGo Sock Liner keeps the fit customized while also maintaining an increased level of cushioning.

  • The mid-sole unit is fully biodegradable and it offers dependable cushioning.

  • Blown Rubber ensures better protection for the outsole unit of the Trance 13.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The 13th version of the Trance has a slightly expensive price tag.

  • The men’s version of this running shoe is moderately heavy in weight.

  • Some runners noted that it lacked support for the lateral side of the foot, making it a bit flimsy for those who need precise midfoot support.

  • A few felt that it was one size smaller than their regular choices.

Bottom line

The Trance 13 from Brooks is a robust running shoe that caters to runners who want to get more stable and durable protection. It can function well on many activities, even tempo trainings.



World wide, Trance 13 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 1010 shoes


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 142 ratings

5 star
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4 star
6%
3 star
7%
2 star
5%
1 star
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Updates to Trance 13

The Trance 13 from Brooks is a running shoe that’s made for those who need additional support and stability during their runs. It’s important for the foot to stay balanced and in a stable position when performing and when standing idly, so this running shoe delivers sure support and protection all throughout the gait cycle. High quality components are placed in the internal and external sections, making sure that it stays efficient, even after many uses.

The external sole unit of the Brooks Trance 13 was designed to function well on the roads and even trails. Its outsole unit features a rubber material that gives additional springiness to every step. It is able to hold onto the ground well, making sure that surface control is afforded to the wearer at all times. A Caterpillar Crash Pad assists the foot in transitioning from the heel to the forefoot.

The mid-sole unit of this running shoe uses cushioning systems that are tuned to the wearer’s exact needs. The foam used here provides contoured support because it follows the natural shape of the underside of the foot. It’s resilient and resistant to breakage, making sure that it is able to provide durable and dependable cushioning to the wearer.

The upper unit is made from strong, but breathable materials. The fabrics are soft and easy on the skin, so the runner can wear this shoe without socks. Overlays maintain the structure of the upper while also making sure that the foot is wrapped snugly and securely.

Trance 13 size and fit

The Brooks Trance 13 has a regular running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the standard measurements for men and women. The width of this shoe is medium, so it accommodates those who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres to the natural shape of the human foot.

Outsole

An abrasion-resistant rubber is used for the rear section of the outsole. It’s meant to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear, making sure that the underfoot receives protection from impact, as well, especially when it comes to the heel striking phase of the gait cycle.

Blown Rubber is used in the forefoot section of the outsole. It’s a durable material that shields the sole unit from abrasion, but it’s also very responsive, adding more cushioning and lift to the runner, especially during the toe-off phase where springiness is a helpful addition.

Midsole

The Full Length DNA foam is used as the main underfoot cushioning system of the Brooks Trance 13. Made from high quality materials, it assumes the shape of the wearer’s foot, making the underfoot platform fell very tuned to the very needs of the actual runner.

Durable and biodegradable cushioning is afforded by the Stacked BioMoGo Midsole. It adds more form to the platform while also making sure that it is able to carry the foot and the weight of the runner with ease.

The 3D Caterpillar Crash Pad makes the transitions from the heel to the toe easier and more agreeable to the performance of the runner. Taking each step doesn’t feel stiff or clunky because it’s responsive.

Omega Flex Grooves provide flexibility to the runner by making the mid-sole more movable. It allows the foot to move seamlessly, never feeling as if the platform is holding it down or limiting its capability to naturally move.

Stability is afforded by the stretchy rubber saddle in the mid-foot section. It hugs the foot and keeps it in a balanced position. An external heel counter adds more stability while also preventing any accidental shoe removal.

Upper

A breathable mesh material is used as the main upper unit of the Brooks Trance 13. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. It’s easy on the skin and it moves along with the foot.

Stitched-on overlays add more stability to the foot. They help the upper unit in hugging the foot in a snug, but customizable manner. They are directly connected to the lacing system, so they respond to every adjustment made to the shoelaces.

The tongue of this running shoe has been stitched on the sides of the shoe, making sure that it won’t shift or crumple. The lacing system efficiently holds the tongue, as well.

The BioMoGo Profile Sock Liner adds more durable cushioning to the immediate underfoot. The 5mm thickness heightens the underfoot comfort and gives the mid-sole more substance when the foot is standing on it. It also follows the contours of the wearer’s foot.


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