Brooks is no slouch when it comes to high quality running shoes, and the folks over at Runner’s World would have to agree with us. Three different models from Brooks have recently won three awards from Runner’s World, including Best Update, Best Buy, and Editors Choice for the April 2013 issue.
Brooks Pure Grit 2 – Runner’s World Best Update
Runner’s World was highly impressed with the second shoe from the Brooks Pure Grit line, the Pure Grit 2, which had many updates from the predecessor model. Most notably, the Pure Grit 2 received an all-new outsole, complete with diamond lugged design that grips any surface very well. The upper also received an update, and the welded overlays seem to hold the foot in better than the last model. Editors at Runner’s World also noticed the shoe fits better, and they really loved the burrito style tongue that holds the foot in place and doesn’t move.
Brooks Ravenna 4 – Runner’s World Best Buy
Coming in at a price of $110, the editors at Runner’s World couldn’t find a better shoe for such a good price. The Ravenna 4 has great cushion and stability, primarily thanks to the segmented crash pad that slows the foot roll from heel down to toe off. The Ravenna 4 also has increased forefoot flexibility from the predecessor model, along with added elasticity for a better lock down fit. Runner’s World didn’t have any complaints about the new model, and for $110 you couldn’t find a better shoe yourself.
Brooks Cascadia 8 – Runner’s World Editors Choice
Last, but certainly not least, the Brooks Cascadia 8 received the Runner’s World award for Editors Choice. Some things they loved about this model; for one, the heel of the shoe has a real soft feel, and rolls smoothly from heel to toe off. The Cascadia 8 also has a new outsole, and the multi-directional lugs are perfect for gripping any surface, as well as for controlling speed while going downhill. The new welded overlays in the upper hold the foot perfectly, and the asymmetrical lacing system relieves pressure at the top of the foot. Runner’s World didn’t have anything bad to say about the Cascadia 8, crowning it the award for Editors Choice.