PERFORMANCE - Brooks Summon 2 $85 (fall 2010)

Written by Cregg Weinman.

The original Summon was a yeoman-like neutral shoe that generated a rather neutral response. The Summon 2 looks to change that with some upgrades and a price reduction.

The upper uses a more open mesh—an improvement, to be sure—though it’s just a bit spare on the ankle collar foam. The fit is secure and overlays are well-placed; in fact, the medial side is shored up, especially at the first metatarsal head, though the tradeoff is that it’s not very bunion-friendly. The midsole is the new BioS-257, Brooks’ reliable foam made eco-friendly without compromising performance. In fact, it’s more responsive than the original formulation. The contouring of the foam gives the shoe a much-improved transition through the footstrike and a lower profile appearance. Runners looking for a lightweight, neutral, high-mileage shoe may be well-served by the Summon, honored as ourBest Value.

“Fit well with good support. Very good cushioning, nice responsive toe-off. Pretty light for a high mileage trainer, though a bit heavy for a performance shoe. A good running shoe, plain and simple.”

Updates the Summon

• Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

• Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–12

• Weight: Men 11.6 oz. (size 11); Women 9.9 oz. (size 8)

• Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, BioS-257 Strobel board