The Catamount is built for speed and rivals some of the other top trail shoes with a similar focus.
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Brooks is moving away from using degrees of stability as the key differentiation for models in their range. Other brands are moving in this direction, with Nike being the largest example at this time.
"Run Happy" is Brooks motto and their running shoe philosophy is that there is no right or wrong way to run. That a running shoe is not intrinsically right or wrong for you, but that each runner should choose the shoe they want based on their individual preference and the experience they want to get out of a run.
They therefore split their running shoe collection into 4 "silos" that reflect 4 different kind of runs (Brooks calls them "experiences"):
Brooks "Cushion" Running Shoes
Don't let the name "Cushion" fool you into thinking these are Brooks neutral shoes. The Beast and the Adrenaline - two of Brooks most popular stability running shoes - sit in this category.
Cushion is about the feel the shoe has during the run. The emphasis is on delivering a soft landing of the foot to protect each step.
Here are the shoes that make up this category, and for clarity I will explain which ones are in the traditional "neutral" or "stability" class.
“The Brooks Aurora-BL is a limited edition concept shoe which gets things right. Its oversized midsole feels very well cushioned while also possessing excellent energy return and a high level of stability. DNA Loft v3 midsole foam makes its debut in the Aurora-BL and shows us that this new super foam is a force to be reckoned with. ”
If you don't mind the heavy price of $200 and you want to experience one of the most exciting shoes Brooks has ever launched, you should get the Aurora-BL. The Aurora-BL has a versatile, fun ride with a comfortable upper and no major flaws.
“The Glycerin is the premium neutral option from Brooks. It fits and rides similar to the Ghost, but it has more cushioning and more premium materials used in the upper. We recommend it especially for heavier runners. ”
If you’re a runner who likes a max-cushioned trainer that isn’t overly soft and very stable, the Glycerin 19 is the shoe for you. The Glycerin 19’s strength is its magnificent upper which is a design masterpiece.
“The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 offers a supportive yet springy ride as all design components work together to cup the heal with a gentle hug, which transitions smoothly into a solid toe-off. Minor changes to the base and added medial support strips to an overall slimmed-down upper mean this Go-To-Shoe just keeps getting better!”
The Adrenaline continues to shine as an all-around trainer for runners needing steady support, durability, and cushion for everyday runs whether speed or distance is the focus. The cost pays off in the long run, with a durable build and midsole that make it a solid investment whether new to...
GuideRails noticeably guide the foot without being obtrusive or feeling like an orthotic.
Shoe's heavier weight is mitigated by the shoe's design = feels medium-weight.
“Like the Glycerin is the premium version of the Ghost, the Transcend is the premium version of the Adrenaline. Meant for runners looking for stability, but also needing a lot of soft, plush cushioning. ”
This shoe is superb for narrow-footed runners who want medium-high stability and a durable build yet do not want a shoe weighs them down (medium-width feet, order half-size up). It's a solid trainer for all types of runs, though the weight (despite the ride) makes it less-suitable as a speed...
Unique approach to stability. Guide rails provide dynamic support that give a smooth ride.
Rediculously comfortable for running and walking.
“As the name suggests, the "Beast" is a monster of stability. Originally one of Brooks' most successful shoes, it provides an incredible amount of support for the runners that need it the most, especially flat footed ones. ”
Ideal for a runner on the heavier side looking for an everyday trainer that offers the most amount of support they can find. It excels for those who are prone to injury or are just getting into running.
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“The Ariel is the female version of the Beast, with a similar function but engineered specifically for the woman's body. ”
The Ariel 20 is a women's running shoe for runners who have severe overpronation but are looking for a soft cushioned running shoe. It's recommended for runners looking for a traditional running shoe with a big heel to toe drop (this one comes in at 12mm). The Ariel 20 is available in 3 widths,...
“The Revel is a lower-priced neutral option. It is meant for the more casual runner that wants a shoe that is meant for running, but can also be worn casually or for other workouts. ”
The Brooks Revel 3 is for those who want a well-developed shoe at a good price. It is flexible, provides a smooth ride, and is durable on the asphalt. This shoe performs well for everyday wear and short to mid-distance runs.
“The Brooks Hyperion Tempo is a fantastic running shoe. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing them for tempo and daily training sessions. I loved the fresh upper and midsole Brooks has brought to the table. If you are looking for a shoe that offers a little bit of everything then look no further. ”
“Do you like the Ghost and are looking for a lighter version, with a lower drop and more responsive cushioning? The Launch is the shoe for you ”
This shoe is designed for runners looking for a simple yet effective shoe for a variety of distances. If you’re just starting out running and have a moderate budget to spend on a shoe, or you’re a seasoned runner looking for a lightweight responsive yet cushioned shoe for longer runs, the Brooks...
“The Ravenna is the stability counterpart of the Launch: if you like the Adrenaline but are looking for a faster, lighter version for speedwork or race day, look no further than the Ravenna! ”
Like past models, this version of Ravenna is well-suited for speed workouts and mid distance runs for neutral to light stability runners wanting a streamlined shoe; the tread holds up well in light snow and rainy conditions. A narrow foot can probably wear its regular-size shoe, while the...
“The Levitate uses a new foam compound from Brooks in order to deliver the same soft cushioning as the Ghost, but with more responsiveness for faster efforts. Unfortunately many runners are turned off by the higher weight. ”
This shoe is for short or long runs and possibly some speed work. The shoe should work for beginners or experienced runners.
“The Ricochet uses the new DNA AMP foam from Brooks and a very nice knitted upper. ”
The Ricochet 2 is recommended for runners looking for a shoe with a sock like upper and light firm cushioning for faster longer runs, or longer runs with tempo work. If you're a fan of Brooks, and looking for a shoe that give a firmer rider than their usual soft cushioning the Ricochet 2 could be a...
“The latest in Brooks' Bedlam line, the Bedlam 3, is an everyday road running shoe, offering stability, plush cushioning and a bouncy ride. ”
The Bedlam 3 is recommended for runners looking for a stability shoe to use on everyday runs and training. Premium technologies in the Bedlam 3 demand it's premium price tag. For a more neutral ride, consider the near identical Levitate range. If you're looking for the ultimate bouncy ride, the...
“The Brooks PureCadence 7’s fantastic sole unit and decent upper prepare this lightweight, low-drop shoe to support you over many miles, all for a great price. This version has (just) a touch more room in the width, but going up a half size is still recommended for the length.”
PureCadence fits a narrow to medium-width foot best, for long-distance training and daily runs; it doubles as a racer with a touch of stability. The supportive midfoot with GuideRails encourages foot-knee-hip alignment but bends under forceful pressure, not holding up for those with higher...
“The Brooks Hyperion Elite 3 is categorized as a top-of-the-line super shoe. I think it’s been miscategorized and overpriced. It is a shoe that will help get you those race day personal best times but not worn for race day. It’s a fantastic choice for training runs. This road-racing shoe is designed to keep you running efficiently at race effort and includes a carbon plate that springs you forward with every step. ”
“The Hyperion Tempo is a brand new shoe in the Brooks Speed range, designed for faster training runs and tempo runs. It was designed in partnership with Brooks fastest pro athletes to maximise the effects of your training runs. ”
The Hyperion Tempo is recommended for runners looking for a training shoe for tempo runs (hence the name) who are willing to spend a little more for premium, technologies in a lightweight shoe. It will see you through training, giving impact cushioning to protect the joints, and will also be...
“The Brooks Hyperion is a very lightweight racing flat that is stripped down to the bare essentials to give you maximum speed with moderate durability for fast workouts and important races.”
The Brooks Hyperion is designed for road-racing runners looking for a neutral shoe that can keep up at elite speeds. Due to the lightweight construction of the shoe, it’s not recommended for daily training.
“The Brooks Catamount is built for speed and rivals some of the other top trail shoes with a similar focus. While the Catamount is ideal for pushing the pace and handling road-to-trail transitions, it is clearly not meant for more than moderate or challenging terrain or climbs.”
“The Brooks Cascadia 13 gets a modern upper in the latest iteration while maintaining its midsole, outsole and other details from the previous version. The shoe is relatively heavy, which drags down the responsiveness and overall feel of the ride.”
For those who love previous versions of the Cascadia, this shoe will be pleasing with its comfort and durability. Additionally, it’s a good starter shoe for trail and ultra runners, who aren’t gunning for a fast time.
Launched in 2008, BioMoGo is the material found in virtually all Brooks midsoles. Due to its formulation, BioMoGo is completely bio-degradable. While a standard EVA foam will take approximately 1,000 years to fully degrade in a landfill, BioMoGo can biodegrade in roughly 20 years when placed in the same environment.
What makes this technology incredible to me is that Brooks decided not to patent it, but to offer it as a “open source” innovation for any other shoe producer to use. Way to go!
Launched in 2010, DNA is a cushioning technology that is also present in most of Brooks’ running shoes.
Brooks claims that DNA is the first cushioning technology that dynamically adapts with each foot strike to the ever-changing amount of force placed on the foot during the run. No matter what the age, weight, gender, gait… DNA adapts itself to deliver the right amount of cushioning.
How’s that possible? DNA is a non-Newtonian compound.
A non-Newtonian material is a material that behaves very differently from what we expect, based on the impact applied to it. Although it sounds crazy at first, it is a real thing! Please watch the video below. It’s from Brooks, it’s quite cheesy, but the demonstration give it justice more than I could by writing about it.
Super-DNA is the latest version of DNA and we can expect in the near future most of Brooks’ running shoes to be featuring this new compound. Still based on the same principle of the DNA, a non-newtonian based material offers different amount of cushioning based on the force of the impact applied.
This new version adds 25% cushioning to the previous BioMoGo DNA material while preserving all the other specs, including the bio-degradability.
Brooks Segmented Crashpad
Shaped like a caterpillar, the Segmented Crash Pad is a midsole made up of independent, yet fully integrated shock absorbers.
As your foot strikes the ground, the segments work together to customize your individual lay down to provide the right amount of cushion and seamless heel-to-toe transition for you – making the most of all that effort you put into each stride.
Guide Rails are the latest introduction in Brooks technology and like all the others, it seems to veer in the direction of “we don’t correct your stride, we let your body define how to run”. This latest is about providing some stability without traditional stability technology (ie. dual posts).
Guide Rails are specialized plates built into the midsole that allow your hips, knees and joints to move along their unique motion path while you run – all without any traditional posts. What they do is to wrap around the edge of your foot in order to keep it aligned. The illustration below, from the Brooks website, might help clarify what they are.
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