I took the Brooks Running Asteria a/k/a Bumble Bee out on its first run, a moderate start 5 mile progression tempo run. Astoria has a very smooth directed ride reminding me somewhat of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 RTR (just reviewed here), a firm stable heel landing followed by a softer forefoot. In the case of the Asteria it is lighter and the contrast between firm heel with its posting and softer forefoot is far more subtle and the ride livelier and quicker at toe off.
Astoria has a super stable heel due to Guide Rails posting insert around the heel. I was well directed forward with the heel reminding me somewhat of the Saucony Kinvara 7 but a touch firmer and more stable.
The Guide Rails are not a mid foot posting insert and it is not a motion control shoe in the traditional sense. It is more than decently cushioned, but not soft, with a long easy flexing forefoot. Not a snappy toe spring shoe.
Great upper. Soft with overlays in the right places. A gentle yet secure foot wrap with a well padded tongue. It is quite roomy and soft in the toe box if a bit short.
It is a tempo race shoe with very decent responsive cushioning.
Update: Raced them this past Saturday in a somewhat hilly 10K. Improved my 10K time from an earlier June 10K on a warmer day and hillier course. They were stable and comfortable. This is a racer with room to stretch due the soft front material in forefoot yet with a well held foot, a hard feet to pull off.
8.3 oz 10mm drop. $110. Available 8/1/16
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