Brooks Beast/Ariel £79.99

Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 437g
Evaluation The Beast (and Ariel, the women’s model) is one of those enduring favourites that periodically gets a retouching. This update is a little more than that. Brooks has attempted to streamline this beefy monster without stripping its imposing overpronation features. This has been accomplished by replacing its bulky midsole with a better quality midsole foam (Substance 257) in the heel-strike area. The Substance 257 goes not only in the rearfoot, but has been added in the forefoot for durability and road protection. (The Substance 257 is the blue material in the forefoot.) But there’s a weight cost to using this new material, and the Beast is extremely heavy.
The Beast’s medial post has also been extended for better rearfoot rigidity and wraps from the lateral side through the arch along the medial side. Also, Brooks has created a larger centre-of-pressure area in the rearfoot for a better landing spot, and increased the cushioning with a bigger HydroFlow pad in the rearfoot.
In short The Beast has always been one of the better big-runner shoes. Despite a £5 price increase, it’s still a key player. Its cushioning and stability have been refined further, and it doesn’t look as bulky as previous models.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 587 (£75); Asics Gel MC+ (£75); Saucony GRID Stabil (£70)

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To any ‘newbies’ out there who may be experiencing the same problems I was (Shin splints, pulled muscle etc) after many attempts to correct the problems I found two little words which did the trick for me.

Brooks Beast – I bought these at a local shop and was finding improvements in performance (which wouldn’t have been hard since I’m a beginner) and pain free running.

I’d recommend these to any gentlemen out there who may be like me (heavy built)

I don’t want to sound like an advert for this company and I know everyone is different, but seriously, I was about to give up until I discovered the Beast.

Posted: 24/10/2004 at 20:45

Hi Wolf Soldier

I thought that I was going to end up buying a pair of these also but found that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS5 best suited my problems.

The Beast are quite a pair of shoes! I too would recommend that runners (new or seasoned) look at what the Brooks range can offer them. I had never heard of them until I went to Achilles Heel in Glasgow to see if new shoes would stop knee pain I was having.

All the best with your running.


Posted: 24/10/2004 at 23:38

I had knee problems, went to a physio and they suggested some exercises and support socks - went to local running shop where they recommended brooks ariel (ladies version of beast). Have not had problems since and that was 5 years ago.
Posted: 25/08/2007 at 11:09

For any newbies out there, go to a running shop and get properly fitted.  Whilst I'm sure the Brooks Beast trainers are right for some runners, they may be totally wrong for another and may aggravate an injury issue.

I use Mizuno Wave and have found them to be most excellent for my needs..

Posted: 25/08/2007 at 17:30

Just noticed this thread is old.........
Posted: 25/08/2007 at 17:31

I also found my gait changed during my first year of running.  So it's a good idea to get things re-checked occasionally if you ask me.  I went from over-pronator, to neutral.

Posted: 27/08/2007 at 13:01

I went to my local up and running on saturday, recommended my some brooks radius, fantastic
Posted: 27/08/2007 at 14:44

My gait changed too as I upped the milage.  I think new runners tend to be a little cautious with their strides and take small steps.  As my distance (and confidence) improved I found myself taking longer strides and then started getting niggles - nothing I could call an injury, but warning signs.  The next time I went to get new shoes I found that my giat had changed slightly.

I now run in Brookes Vapor and think they are great!

Posted: 28/08/2007 at 09:25

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