Brooks Revel 4 Shoe Review
Brooks Revel 4 Shoe Review

If you must know, I bought the Brooks Revel 4 because of the cheetah print. Maybe the print should be the review alone. It felt comfortable in the store, so I figured why not? I’ve already run in the Brooks Ghost 13 and the Brooks Glycerin 18, so the Brooks Revel 4 was the last of the cheetah.

At just $100, I could justify if I ran 50 miles and decided it to be more casual shoes. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I like it.

The Brooks Revel 4 has never been as “popular” as many other shoes like the Brooks Launch or Brooks Ghost 13. Truthfully, I thought it was one of “Brooks lower quality shoe” or too similar to the Brooks Launch. Right now, I think the Brooks Revel 4 is what the Brooks Launch once was.

Brooks Revel 4 Shoe Review

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Brooks Hyperion Elite Shoe Review
Brooks Hyperion Elite Shoe Review

Brooks Hyperion Elite Shoe Review:

I had high hopes for the Brooks Hyperion Elite. As you can tell by the first line, the hopes weren’t exactly met. Shocking, because Brooks rarely doesn’t bring their A-game.  It isn’t that I think the Brooks Hyperion Elite is a bad shoe, but I don’t know if I believe it’s a $250 shoe. Especially when the most similar shoes to the Brooks Hyperion Elite are racing flats which generally cost around $100.

Brooks Hyperion Elite Shoe Review

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Brooks Ghost 10 Shoe Review

Brooks Ghost 10 Shoe Review

In the Spring, I ran in the Brooks Ghost 9, and it was one of my favorite shoes of 2017.  I ended up running the entire 300-400 miles, and it was replaced in my rotation with other models including the Glycerin 14 and Launch 4.

To be honest, the Brooks Ghost 10 was one of my most anticipated updated shoes!  Brooks is not paying to me review their shoes.

Working in the running store, I can tell you the Brooks Ghost is one of the most consistent shoes on the market. If you like the 1…you’ll probably like the 2 and the 5 and the Brooks Ghost 10. I like the Brooks Ghost 9, and I also like the Brooks Ghost 10. The Brooks Ghost is often given the Runners World Shoe of the year.

Most of the update from the 9 to the Brooks Ghost 10 is in the midsole.  The Brooks Ghost 10 introduces a new two-piece midsole design.  It makes it more fluid for running and able to accommodate many different foot strikes evenly (IE: whether you run heel to toe, on your toes on somewhere in the middle).

The updated Brooks Ghost 10 also has less seems with minimal stitching and overlays. The 3d fit print overlays make for less rubbing for those with wider feet.  If you have bunions or a wider forefront, you’ll probably appreciate this update on the Brooks Ghost 10 as well.

Brooks Ghost 10 Fit:

The Brooks Ghost 10 has a narrow heel and wide toe box, which is the ideal shape for many people’s feet.  It hugs the arches appropriately and for the most part, fits true to size.  It’s been hard finding shoes that do fit true to size recently, plus everyone’s foot shape is slightly different (including your left and right foot).

Finding a shoe that accommodates both feet can be a challenge.  The Ghost has plenty of space.  I wore a regular size 10 in the Brooks Ghost 9 and wear a regular size 10 in the Brooks Ghost 10.

Brooks Ghost 10 Ride:

With the included new two-piece and fluid midsole of the Brooks Ghost 10, the shoe is much more responsive to where you need the cushion.  For many people, they benefit from a much softer heel.  For myself, I benefit from a much softer and well-cushioned forefront.

How can the shoe be so adaptive to so many foot types? Brooks uses a unique Cushion Material called “BioMoGo DNA foam.”  It’s essential, like memory foam.  It molds to your feet and cushions you where you need it. Out of any brand, the cushioning is the most adaptable to your stride.   It’s soft, lightweight and well-cushioned. The plush transition zone and segmented crash pad make for a great roll through the gait.

I’ve run speed workouts but also long runs in the Brooks Ghost 10.  Ideally, I like to do my easy runs and long runs in the Brooks ghost 10though.  Since I’m not running a lot, I do the majority of it in the Brooks Ghost 10 right now.

Brooks Ghost 10 Conclusion:

In summary, I like the Brooks Ghost 10 and think it’s a great shoe.  The updates from the Ghost 9 to the Brooks Ghost 10 have only enhanced the fit.

Current Rotation:
Brooks Ghost 10 (any run)
Brooks Glycerin 15 
Hoka Bondi 5

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Question for you:

What is your favorite running shoe?  Has it changed through the years? 

Have you tried the Brooks ghost 10? 

 

Brooks Pureflow 6 Review

2017 Brooks Pureflow 6 Shoe Review

This Spring there have been a lot of updated shoes I’ve wanted to try.  Since I took a big portion off from running, I have a lot of catching up to do!  I haven’t necessarily found a shoe I’m “married” too, but I have found most of the shoes I’ve tried are good updates.  I work at a local running store, but I’m not paid by any company.  All thoughts are my own.

One shoe I’ve wanted to try for a long time in 2017 has been the Brooks Pureflow.  Unfortunately, I have a wide foot, and it never felt comfortable.  I also don’t train every day in flat, minimalist shoes.   For me, the Brooks Pureflow 6 is more of a speedwork shoe.

The Pureflow was one of the last shoes I tried before taking a running break.  I was using it as a speedwork shoe.  During my running break, I rotated it into a casual shoe, and it was just as comfortable.  The shoe has almost reached the end of its life, and I’ve probably logged equally speedwork and walking miles. The 6 is the latest version of the Pureflow.

2017 Brooks Pureflow 6 Fit:

As mentioned, the Brooks Pureflow has run narrow.  The Brooks Pureflow 6 has become wider and accommodating.  Like many Brooks shoes, the upper is now seamless, so even if you have a bunion or wider forefront, your foot will probably still fit into the shoe.  I usually wear a size 10 in running shoes, and size 10 fits well. I appreciate the wider tow box.

2017 Brooks Pureflow 6 Feel:

The 2017 Brooks Pureflow is part of the Brooks “Pure” series which includes the stable Brooks Pure Cadence as well as trail Puregrit. The focus of the Pure line is low profile and minimal design.  It is in the natural running category and is light weight. For some runners, this is their everyday trainer.  For others, like myself, it’s more of a speedwork shoe or faster longer run. If you have high arches, the Brooks Pureflow 6 hugs the arches well. It doesn’t have arch support but it hugs many feet well.

To me, it feels like a typical speed work shoe.  It has a little more cushion than the Saucony Type A and a little less than the Brooks Ghost. In my opinion, it would be an ideal half marathon to marathon racing shoe for someone looking for a little less shoe but not a racing flat.

2017 Brooks Pureflow 6 Pros:

  • Less than most trainers ($100)
  • Wider than previous models and can accommodate more foot types

2017 Brooks Pureflow 6 Cons:

  • Less shoe means less durability.
  • While the toe box is wider, it’s still narrow.

In my rotation, the 2017 Brooks Pureflow 6 replacing the Launch 4.  I didn’t hate the Brooks Launch and would buy it again, but I wanted to try something different.

My Current Running Shoe Rotation:
Saucony Freedom ISO (long runs, daily runs)
Brooks Glycerin 15 (daily runs)
Hoka Bondi 5 (recovery runs)
Saucony Type A (races)
Asics Nimbus 19 (cross training)

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

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Questions for you:
Do you prefer more cushion or less?
What is your current favorite pair of running shoes? Have you tried the Brooks Pureflow 6? 

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