I tried the sense mantra but simply didn't like the fit, not saying they're a bad shoe but definitely not for me.
Just taken delivery of pair of hoka Rapa Nui Comp, less extreme than the mafate and lighter at 275g. not had a run in them yet but feel comfortable out of the box.......time will tell if i become a convert
Barry, to go back to the original question, in my experience Brooks and Asics fit the same size-wise. This is based on my experience of Asics Gel Lyte 33 2, Asics ds trainer, Brooks Green Silence, Brooks ST Racer and Brooks Adrenaline (admittedly only tried last one in shop, not actually run in them)
On the other points raised of course it's better to try on in shop but if needs must..... and you can never really tell what a shoe is like until you've got a good few miles under your belt so buying in store can still go wrong.
Lastly you can always be a complete mercenary bast**d, try in a shop then buy cheap online
Bradley, off of a poor few months training I 'got round' in just under 4.10, had given up on a decent time a while back so just used it as a long slow run, really enjoyed it though, great well organised race.
3.29 debut is a stormer though mate, it's a relatively tough course, equivalent to 3.15 on a flatter route ?
now looking to build up to the SVP100.....see you there
Bradley, the Ultra Guide gets pretty good reviews. I recently tried on some TNF Hyper Guide and they were pretty comfy despite being a lot more minimal than the ultra guide. I was put off by the salesperson though, I told her I needed something for a 100k ultrarun and she said they would be ok for shorter distances but for 100k I would probably need some strong hiking boots !!!!!! I made my excuses and left
I received my Mantra the other day and to my disappointment did not like the fit, not saying they aren't any good...just not for me, my search for the ultimate trail shoe continues.........