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Heroine in a half-shell
Reviewed: 09 April 2014

Light and bright!

I am not a natural athlete or a keen runner, but I have just run my first marathon. Prior to buying these shoes (always run in Saucony before) I didn't believe that I would be able to do the training required for a marathon as I always ended up with crippling blisters & awful pains in my shins & knees. However, I have been able to triple my monthly mileage without any shin or knee pain & only very minimal blisters. I ran the marathon with no plasters on my feet, unheard of for me! I don't find the shoe any hotter than any other shoe & the sole is very flexible.
Little grip for muddy runs, I fell on my ass the only time I tried! But I didn't find them a problem in wet conditions when road running, just on muddy fields.

I found the heal being lower than the fore-foot both a pro and a con - excellent for keeping shin and knee pain at bay but my calves have had some pain, probably due to increasing my mileage so substantially and carrying a little more weight than is necessary for a runner!!
Would definitely recommend this shoe. I have one pair in eye-watering pink and one in a less offensive purple!
Score breakdown



Performance:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Value:
4.0
Fit:
5.0
Responsiveness:
4.0
Cushioning:
3.0
Comfort:
5.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
5.0
Value:
4.0

Heroine in a half-shell would recommend this product
Amin Rahman
Reviewed: 02 February 2013

Nice flexible shoes to wear, great for HM

Exellent
Initially causing sore on my calf, but getting use for that
Recommened for wide toe
Score breakdown



Performance:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Value:
5.0
Fit:
5.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
4.0
Value:
5.0

Amin Rahman would recommend this product
Brian Duguid
Reviewed: 25 June 2012

Reasonably lightweight cushioned shoe. Exactly what I was looking for.

I've used these for almost every type of run training except off-road - I have Cascadia for those runs.
From long runs to speedwork to Tempo to 10K, 21K and 42K races, they have been a pleasure to run in.
I suffered badly from Morton's Neuroma and also Piriformus pain prior to changing back to Brooks. Yes, I have incorporated some additional stretching but think the shoes have made a major contribution to pain free running.
Haven't found any.
Superb shoe; might buy again, but always keen to try something else out of the same range - perhaps Cadence. A bit pricy, but also priceless!
Score breakdown



Performance:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Value:
5.0
Fit:
5.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Breathability:
4.0
Durability:
5.0
Value:
5.0

Brian Duguid would recommend this product
Grozzlybear
Reviewed: 31 May 2012

Hot foot it down the road with these - literally !

Light yet generously cushioned, encourage better running style (avoid heel striking). Fast shoe.
Not cheap, inflexible, poor breathability and dreadful underfoot rubber, poor grip in wet. Cushioning overly mushy.
These shoes are promising in that Brooks have clearly made an effort to bridge the gap between the extreme minimalist shoes that discourage heel striking and have low or zero heel-to-toe drop as well as minimal cushioning and the more substantial traditional well cushioned shoe that sacrifices feel and limits natural movement. Unfortunately they are let down in too many areas. They are inflexible in all but the forefoot area, they are way too hot to run in for any distance (poor breathability in upper and rubber underneath insole) and they have poor wet grip. I found it almost impossible to do much more than 15 mile in them without extreme discomfort (burning metatarsals) and they lack responsiveness as they are too rigid. The cushioning is impressive but too squishy for my liking allowing the feet to pronate too much (which goes against the whole natural running deal). Have to add though that many people claim these shoes are great and they could be if you don't do too many miles but I got them as a potential Marathon shoe and they just don't cut it at that level.
Score breakdown



Performance:
4.0
Comfort:
2.0
Value:
2.0
Fit:
5.0
Responsiveness:
2.0
Cushioning:
4.0
Comfort:
2.0
Breathability:
1.0
Durability:
3.0
Value:
2.0

Grozzlybear would not recommend this product
Catherine B
Reviewed: 03 April 2012

LOVE THEM! FLEXIBLE, LIGHT, CUSHIONED FOREFOOT BUT LOW PROFILE

Ideal for mid-foot/forefoot strikers who want something very light and with a low heel-to-toe drop but enough forefoot cushioning to prevent bruising, leg jarring from concrete, or foot injuries from stones. I've had minimalist shoes in the past (Nike Free Runs, Saucony Kinvaras) and while I loved the flexibility of the Nike Free, being on the heavy side I needed a BIT more cushioning for longer runs. The Saucony Kinvaras were not for me: ugly (in my opinion) and inflexible (by comparison)
None that I've found so far after 75 miles. I've scored only 'average' for durability as I haven't had them long enough to judge this.
So much fun to run in: light, bouncy, flexible, encouraging mid-foot striking. I've just ordered the trail version (pure grit).
Score breakdown



Performance:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Value:
5.0
Fit:
5.0
Responsiveness:
4.0
Cushioning:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
3.0
Value:
5.0

Catherine B would recommend this product
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