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Through the latest in spectral imaging technology, we were able to capture a picture (at right) of the upcoming Brooks Ghost 5 traveling through the dark of night. This spirit of the underworld is set to have a hauntingly good fit and feel. Don’t expect to be able to run through walls, but do expect additional cushioning and a fresh design for the spookiest shoe in Brooks’ lineup.
So OK, the new Ghost 5 is real and not an apparition. We actually do have some real pics of this shoe – check them out below.
What to Watch For
- Lighter Weight: Published weights for the Ghost 5 are 10.7 oz for Men and 8.8 oz for Women, both lighter than our measurements for the Ghost 4.
- Added Cushioning: The Ghost 5 has more cushioning on the lateral side compared to the prior model.
Brooks Ghost 5 Women's Running Shoes
Brooks Ghost 5 Men's Running Shoes
Brooks Glycerin 10 Men's and Women's Running Shoes
And you thought the Glycerin 9 had some style… The new Glycerin 10 is a fresh design that bumps up the plush. This latest version is all about enhanced flexibility and cushioning. And if you ever forget the name of the shoe you’re running in, just look down at your pinkie toe and all will become clear.
What to Watch For
- More Cushion: Brooks added more cushioning on the lateral side of the shoe for a softer landing.
- Revised Arch Bridge: The midfoot arch bridge that extended all the way across the shoe in the Glycerin 9 now only extends about halfway across on the medial side. This helps the shoe hug your foot while creating a smoother transition.
Men’s Colors at Launch
Women’s Colors at Launch
Brooks PureFlow Men's Shoe April 2012 Color
The Saucony Kinvara 2 no longer stands alone. Prepared to duel, is the Brooks PureFlow. It is built with a 4mm heel-toe offset, just like the Kinvara 2, but sits an estimated 2mm higher off the ground (stack height: heel-23mm, forefoot-19mm). The extra 2mm mostly comes from the outsole, which should increase durability over the Kinvara 2. But that extra thickness, no matter how slight, does come with a weight increase. The PureFlow comes in an estimated 1.3 ounces heavier than the Kinvara 2 but is still quite light (men’s sample size 9.0=8.6 oz, women’s sample size 8.0=7.6 oz).
Comparisons with the Kinvara 2 do not end with the specifications. The PureFlow is similarly quite soft while standing or walking but more responsive while running. Whereas some customer feedback indicates the Kinvara 2 may be too soft at a quick pace, initial reports suggest the PureFlow to be more responsive at faster paces. This unique dynamic is the result of Brooks blending their DNA cushioning with their premium BioMoGo midsole foam.
As part of the Brooks PureProject line, the PureFlow comes with a set of standard features geared toward midfoot striking and a less-is-more philosophy. This shoe is for those who want a more “natural” experience but with cushioning not found in the near-barefoot type shoes (Altra Adam/Eve, Inov-8 Bare-X 200, Merrell Trail/Pace Glove, New Balance Minimus Trail, Saucony Hattori).
The PureFlow has an MRSP of $90 with a limited release in October 2011. A broader release with additional colors begins January 2012.
Brooks PureFlow Women's Shoe October 2011 color
Brooks PureGrit Men's Shoe October 2011 Color
Runners seeking a more natural foot motion inevitably should find themselves running on trails. The natural terrain of the outdoors is more forgiving on the body compared to the paved world. As such, reductionist running shoes have taken hold of the trail running market. A reductionist shoe has at least one of the following attributes when compared to a traditional running shoe: sits lower to the ground, has smaller heel-toe offsets, greater flexibility or lower weight.
For Spring 2012, Brooks is providing a new trail shoe within the reductionist arena. The PureGrit has a 4mm heel-toe offset, is light weight (men’s size 9.0 is 8.9 oz, women’s size 7.0 is 7.6 oz), utilizes a split-toe outsole to better engage the stabilizing nature of the big toe at toe-off and has a round heel to promote a more forward landing position.
A unique feature of the PureGrit is the slightly concave shaped outsole, which splays out under ground contact for a stable and smooth ride. A broad base further promotes stability and the lug pattern keeps the runner connected to the ground. The PureGrit will compete directly with the Saucony Peregrine and New Balance MT110/WT110 (a January 2012 update to the MT101/WT101).
Brooks PureGrit Women's Shoe April 2011 Color
The Brooks PureGrit has an MSRP of $100 and is expected to be available in our Running Warehouse, San Luis Obispo retail store in October 2011, while the online release of the shoe, www.runningwarehouse.com, is January 2012.
Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX Women's Shoe
In an effort to keep runner’s feet more comfortable on a year-round basis, Brooks is introducing waterproof versions of their two most popular shoes: Adrenaline GTS 11 and Ghost 4. By fashioning GORE-TEX GTX uppers into the same patterns used on the breathable mesh versions, Brooks is able to provide its familiar, great fit in a package that keeps water out . While shoes with GTX uppers will be warmer than the mesh versions, the GTX upper is breathable and should provide foot comfort, in damp or cold conditions, from Autumn through Spring.
Brooks Ghost GTX Men's Shoe
The Brook Ghost GTX is simply the Ghost 4 with a GTX upper, while the Adrenaline ASR GTX is a GTX version of the Adrenaline ASR 8, which is a trail/road version of the Adrenaline GTS 11. By incorporating the more aggressive outsole from the Adrenilane ASR 8, The Adrenaline ASR GTX, is a worthy shoe for snow, wet and dry streets and all but the toughest trail conditions.
The GTX shoes come with a $20 premium over their non-waterproof brethren and are both priced at an MSRP of $120. Availability is August 2011. Get direct online access to the shoes at Running Warehouse: Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX Men’s Shoes, Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX Women’s Shoes, Brooks Ghost GTX Men’s Shoes, Brooks Ghost GTX Women’s Shoes.
Brooks PureConnect Men's Shoe April 2012 Color
To address the current trends toward “barefoot” and “minimalist” running, more and more shoe companies are providing options to meet the demand. Where on the barefoot-to-traditional shoe continuum product offerings fall varies from company to company. For Spring 2012, Brooks is introducing a line of shoes, under the heading PureProject, that slot between the midpoint of the continuum and the barefoot end. While the PureProject shoes may not be nearly barefoot (think Merrell Trail Glove or Saucony Hattori), they certainly reflect the less-is-more concept and provide a unique foot-fuction philosophy that should resonate with a lot of runners.
With the PureProject, Brooks brings forth 5 innovations to enhance the sensory aspect of running. 1. Ideal Heel uses a unique heel geometry, which reportedly results in the initial ground contact point occurring 2cm forward compared to traditional shoes. 2. Toe-flex utilizes a split-toe midsole/outsole configuration to better engage the big toe’s natural stability function at toe-off. 3. Nav Band hugs the midfoot with an elastic band for a secure fit. 4. Anatomical Last allows for the toes to splay during ground contact and allows the shoe to better follow the contours of the foot. 5. BioMogo DNA is a midsole blend that truly adapts to different ground forces, so the running experience is unique to the pace of the run; a softer feel exists at slower paces and a firmer feel is present at faster paces.
Leading the way in the PureProject is the PureConnect. This shoe is the most minimal of the shoes in the PureProject launch. With a 4mm heel-to-toe offset and a reported midsole height of 14:10 (14mm in the heel, 10mm in the forefoot), The PureConnect puts the runner close to the ground and delivers a great feel for the road. Specifications indicate a weight of 7.2 ounces for a men’s size 9.0 and 6.5 ounces for a women’s size 8.
The low weight, small heel-toe differential and adaptable midsole that firms up as the pace quickens combine to provide a unique sensory experience that is sure to hit the sweet spot for runners that seek a touch more protection than the nearly-barefoot shoes provide. If you love the Saucony Kinvara but find the Saucony Hattori to be too minimal, chances are good that the Brooks PureConnect will be in your closet next Spring.
The Brooks PureConnect has an MSRP of $90 and is expected to be available in our Running Warehouse, San Luis Obispo retail store in October 2011, while the online release of the shoe, www.runningwarehouse.com, is January 2012. Learn about the other shoes in the PureProject line (PureFlow, PureCadence, and PureGrit) in future blog posts.
Brooks PureConnect Women's Shoe October 2011 Color
Our Brooks rep Scott Young came in to show us the spring 2010 lineup of Brooks shoes this past week and the overall impression was very good for the updated models.
First up was the Glycerin 8. This was a great improvement over the Glycerin 7 and features Brooks’ new DNA cushioning system. DNA is a liquid compound that responds differently based on the force applied to it. Unlike standard midsole materials who’s energy return decreases as force increases, DNA works in reverse. Energy return increases as the impact force increases. For instance DNA would be much softer when a runner is going at a slow pace versus that same runner running at a fast pace where it would provide greater rebound. A very cool concept. The graphics on the new Glycerin 8 are much more contemporary and modern, particular when compared with past editions of the Glycerin which were pretty conservative cosmetically. Kara took a pair for a spin and declared the fit and road feel super.
The new Brooks Glycerin 8 for men.