Yesterday I told you about Jonathon, the Brooks rep on site at The Runners Forum who helped us choose which shoes to test on our run.
Let me preface these reviews by reminding you that no two (or four?!?) feet are the same. If you are new to running or looking to switch your brand or type of running shoe, I urge you to find a specialty running shop with a knowledgeable staff who is trained to help you find the best shoe for you. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause or contribute to unnecessary pain and injury – blech! Take the time to find what works for you … we certainly hope these reviews will aid you in your search!
There were six testers who showed up for the run.
Jason, the only male tester who we also know from our half marathon training group, has run in Brooks for nearly a decade:
- Currently in Brooks PureFlow3
- Tested Ghost 7 and Transcend 2, switching halfway through his 4 miler
- Liked the Ghost much better than the Transcend, but still prefers his PureFlow3
- Currently in Brooks Ravenna 5
- Tested Transcend 2 and Adrenaline GTS 15, switching halfway through our 2.5 miler
- Transcend felt heavy, was not a good fit for her arch and was very painful on her shins
- Adrenaline was a lighter shoe and a much better fit for her, but prefers her Ravenna 5
- Currently in Saucony
- Tested Transcend 2
- Agreed that it felt heavy and was painful on her shins and calves, but admitted that she’s always preferred Saucony to any other brand of running shoe
Jenny and Summer:
- Both recently switching over from Brooks PureFlow2 to Ravenna 5, and both walking rather than running this weekend
- Jenny says the Transcend 2 was “okay” but much prefers her Ravennas
- Summer opted to say in her Ravennas to avoid aggravating an inflammed IT band
- Currently in PureFlow2
- Tested Ghost 7
- Comfortable, light, easy to run in; it felt good, but not as cozy as my PureFlow2
Upon our return, we shared our reviews with Jonathon. It was obvious we are all very specific when it comes to our shoe needs! Personally, the test shoes helped me to pinpoint exactly what I love about my current shoes – which is especially important because I’m about to max out the miles on my current PureFlow2’s and I didn’t like the PureFlow3’s the last time I tried them on.
My PureFlow2’s fit like a glove. They hug the inside of my small, narrow foot so there’s no slipping around inside my shoe when I run. When I tried on the PureFlow3 last year, it didn’t fit the same. Apparently the toe box is bigger and the tongue is sewn in on the opposite side – I didn’t recognize those differences when I tried it on, I just knew it didn’t feel the same. When I ran in the Ghost 7 though, I immediately realized why I love my PureFlow2! The Ghost 7 fits me like a traditional tennis shoe – light and comfortable, but a much looser fit than my PureFlow2.
Jonathon brought out the PureFlow4 for Jenny and Summer to try (he didn’t have my size on hand) and they both agreed that the 4 fit much more like the 2 – I’m very excited to try the 4 for myself now!
We would like to thank The Runners Forum for hosting this test run and thanks to Brooks/Moving Comfort and Jonathon as well! (Please Note: No one from our group was compensated in any way for these reviews; all opinions are our own.)
What’s your favorite brand of running shoe? Do you like to try different brands/styles or do you just keep re-ordering the same shoe in different colors? Totally guilty of the latter!!
This was as exciting as our weekend got! Tell us something fun you did with your free time!