Bonding With Our Brooks Rep: Part 2

STOP!  In case you missed yesterday’s post, check out Bonding With Our Brooks Rep: Part 1  🙂 You can also find both Part 1 and Part 2 of our weekend on Tara’s Weekend Update.

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.

Hanging out with our new friend Jonathon! You’ll have to read yesterday’s post to find out why Jenny is wearing a sports bra over her shirt …

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!

Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 15

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

Brooks Women’s Adrenaline GTS 15


  • 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

Pre-Run Picture 😉


  • 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

Brooks Women’s Ghost 7


  • 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.

Love my PureFlow2!

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! 


9 thoughts on “Bonding With Our Brooks Rep: Part 2

  1. Oh, my gosh…I’m horrible! I have been wearing the same shoe (ASICS GEL-Cumulus) for about 10 years; I just keep getting the updated models when they come out. I do change around my track/speed shoes and have worn Saucony and Newton for those, but I never mess with the long run/race shoes! Are we just that superstitious, as runners? I think I am – ha! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  2. Jen says:

    And if you have had an injury may want to recheck your stride and running shoe. I am so a Brooks girl!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      You are so right! Shoes are often a contributor to injury, but it’s often not the first thing we check! Great point Jen!

  3. I love the Brooks PureFlow 2’s too! I haven’t tried the 3’s but it’s good to know that the 4’s are more like the 2’s. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      It’s amazing how much I learned about the shoes I’ve been wearing for over a year (two different pairs) after trying styles that were a little bit different. I can’t wait to try the 4’s for myself 🙂

  4. alsoranagain says:

    My favorite brand is Mizuno because they’re really light and responsive, but I wear them only for races or speedwork. I also like Brooks (I wear the Adrenaline) and I’m starting to get into Hoka. I bought a pair of Hoka Stinson Lites and they make it easy for me to run with a midfoot strike.

    1. Java & Sole says:

      I started in Mizunos, but I think they were they wrong kind for me – too supportive – because they were’t kind to my calves! Several of our girls have recently tried Hokas and really like them. Tons of cushion but somehow still very light! I love that you have different speedwork/race shoes from your normal training shoes!!

  5. Donna says:

    I run in the PureFlow 3 and look forward to trying the 4 soon with my recently won $50 Brooks gift certificate from Runners Forum. Good reviews.

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Whoa – way to go Donna!! Jenny and Summer both really liked the feel of the 4 when they tried it on! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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