A closer look at the Diagonal Rollbar

Brooks shoes have a special feature to help counter overpronation issues. You can read more about the Diagonal Rollbar, Progressive Diagonal Rollbar and Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar here.

Let’s take a closer look at the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar.

3 layers of the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar

3 layers of the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar

It is made of 3 different midsole materials with 3 different densities. The innermost layer in white is the softest, followed by the middle layer in light gray, which is a little harder. The stiffest layer is the outermost layer in dark gray. This gives the shoe the additional structure it needs to neutralize the overpronating ankle.

How the 3 layers of the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar stack up

How the 3 layers of the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar stack up. The one on the right is a Brooks model.

The 3 layers of the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar are angled progressively. This way, it gives you the additional structure you need, without the discomfort of stiff midsoles.

Imagine a truck, that needs to be stopped from rolling to where it is not supposed to roll. A regular shoe probably has something similar to a rollbar, but it is not angled progressively. And it probably consists of only 1 stiff layer, instead of 3 layers. That will bring the truck to an abrupt and uncomfortable stop.

Stopping a rolling truck, the Brooks way

Stopping a rolling truck, the Brooks way

Now imagine if the truck can be stopped progressively, in 3 angled layers. The truck will still be stopped, without feeling like you are hitting a wall.

The Progressive Diagonal Rollbar is definitely a value added feature, that will benefit overpronators. If you usually experience discomfort or pain in your inner ankles after a run, look for a Brooks shoe in the Support or Control Category. The Adrenaline GTS is a popular favourite.

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