Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Brooks PureFlow2

Reviewer: Jimmy Gabany

Shoe/Category: Brooks PureFlow2 (Men’s), PureProject

Specs: 
• 8.8 oz, 4 mm midsole drop, medium arch 
•Type: Road/track training shoe for neutral pronators
Price: ~ $70.00 
Features: Toe Flex—split sole in the outsole/midsole lets big toe function independently, engaging runner’s balance; BioMoGo midsole and DNA gel cushioning

Fit and Feel: The shoe fits true to size; my 12.5 fits like a 12.5. The PureFlow2, like its predecessor, does not seem to have any irritation points. I ran 5 miles right out of the box with no discomfort. Nice snug fit all around; no gaps or loose areas to contend with anywhere. The Nav band, which is a stretchy band that wraps over the midfoot, keeps the shoe secure and the feel snug without being binding. The addition of an asymmetrical lacing pattern in the PureFlow 2 improves the fit by keeping the tongue in place better and avoiding hotspots over the instep of the foot. The PureFlow2 is very comfortable for a minimal shoe. The cushioning system is protective without being heavy, and soft without feeling squishy. It’s not designed to protect feet on trails with significant rocky debris, but it will keep runners comfortable on fairly long runs (15+ miles), unlike many of the other minimal shoes.

Wear: I have run approximately 50 miles (90% road and 10% trail, dry conditions) in the PureFlow 2 shoes prior to reviewing and they show no significant wear either on a quick visual appraisal or on closer physical inspection. As with the previous iteration, this model seems like it will hold up very well. I anticipate getting at least 250-300 miles from this shoe.

Appearance: I like the colors and general appearance of the shoe. The split toe is visible but I do not feel it while running. The reflective elements on the shoe are extremely bright.

Bottom Line: The Brooks PureFlow2 is my favorite road shoe at this point. I have run in the original PureFlow and recommend it to many others because of the way it promotes an efficient midfoot strike and helps keep the feet under the hips while running. I’ll continue to recommend the latest version. The changes in the PureFlow2—e.g., asymmetrical lacing—are positive and only enhance the quality of the shoe. This shoe is a solid performer at a great price.

My score: 10/10

Thanks to the nice people at Brooks for sending me a pair of Brooks PureFlow2 to test and review. This did not influence the outcome of my review, which was written after objective wear-testing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Too Much Too Soon

Last Sunday I went out on a trail run at Cottonwood Canyon with the Red Rock Runs group. Cottonwood is the site of my Ride the Wind 100 course so I am very familiar with the terrain and trails. That being said even I get caught up in the excitement of the run and I bit off more than I could chew. 

I had planned on a nice, simple 10 miler but unfortunately crumbled to the peer pressure and 18ish it became. I actually am not really sure because my gps died and phone was on its last 5%. I think it more resembled the Bataan Death March for me instead of an easy trail run. I am definitely not in the best running shape right now. Sigh...

So even experienced runners and coaches can he caught up in the moment. Know your limits and run within yourself being injured or sore for 5 days isn't conducive to a consistent training program. 

Run strong!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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