Brooks Defyance 3 — ($100)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 24, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM UTC

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As a stable, neutral trainer, the Defyance offers support and some generous cushioning in a lightweight shoe that would be race-worthy for those who don’t want to forfeit comfort while exerting themselves. Our testers found the shoe snug in the midfoot with a little lace pressure along the instep but generally accommodating for a broad spectrum of foot types, especially those with mid to high arches.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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