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First run with Brooks PureDrift was a race.

I picked up a pair of the new Brooks PureDrifts from TriSports.com to use as my race day shoes for this season. I chose these since I train in the Brooks pureGrits and the Pure line up of shoes all have the same 4mm hill offset (with the insert removed the Drifts have 0 offset)so this would make for a smooth transition from one shoe to the other.
The Drift is a neutral shoe and as with all the Pure line are designed for a mid/fore foot strike. The Drifts are not a fly weight shoe, but at 5.6oz. they are a great light shoe for longer distance races. The soles have two grooves that allow for toe flex. The cushioning is firm and allows for good feel of the surface. The lacing uses 6 loops and your choice of 2 sets of holes at the top.
My first test of the Drift was the Tucson Triathlon. The run was 5k. I used stretch laces but in trying the shoes on prior to the race found that with the laces tied in a comfortable tightness the shoes were hard to put on in a fast manner So I added lace locks. The stretch lace/lace lock combo combined with the Drifts one piece wrap around tongue made for a fast transition from bike to run. The shoe has lots of room in the toe box and the heel cup cradled my heel nicely. I ran the race sockless and had no issues with friction, blisters or hotspots. My foot stayed planted in the shoe. The upper material breaths well and molds nicely around the foot.
If you are a user of the Pure line up of shoes this is a great choice for a race shoe.
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First impressions…Brooks Pure Grit

I had TriSports.com special order me a pair of the new Brooks Pure Grits (they carry the rest of the Pure line). I had been running in the Brookd Cascadia’s (very happy with the 5’s, not so happy with the 6’s) prior. I have been wanting to try a more minimalist shoe so decided to give these a try.

Out of the box.

 I immediately noticed the light weight. The Grits weigh in at a hair under 10 oz., where as the Cascadia’s are just over 12 oz. The outsole is wide for a stable platform. The upper is a mesh type material. The Brooks stripe on the side is reflective for low light safety. The insole is soft and spongey to the feel. The Grits have a great fit. The toe box is wide and the heel fits snuggly.

On the trail.

 Once on the feet the “spongeyness” of the midsole disapears and has a firm feel. My first run was a 9 mile run on desert trails…dry, hardpack, rocky, sand, and gravel with 1500 feet of accending and descending. During the run my feet stayed firmly in place in the shoe. I had no blisters or hot spots. The lug pattern of the soles had great grip on the varying ground surfaces. The soles offer much more flex than typical trail shoes. The uppers left my feet cool in the late morning heat (85-90 degrees). The minimal heel drop is great for mid/fore foot runners. The split toe is actually functional as I could feel the movement it allowed of the big toe. The wide sole is very stable. Rocks were not an issue…the soles offer plenty of protection. Overall, these are one of the best trail  shoes I have worn. If they wear well this looks like my new favorite trail shoe!

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Brooks Cascadia 6…a bit let down

After having great success with the Brooks Cascadia 5 running shoe I didn’t hesitate to purchase the Cascadia 6.

I have been running in the Cascadia 6 since January (3 1/2 months). Terrain has been desert trails…hard pack, sand, gravel/loose rock and large rocks with only a small amount on pavement. I have been using this particular pair 2-3 times a week in my rotation for longer runs. I abused my Cascadia 5’s for a full year (rotating 2 pair) and they are still used for short runs so I was expecting big things from the Cascadia 6’s. Not to be however.

The only noticeable difference was the color (now red versus the green 5’s) and the tread pattern on the soles. The uppers and midsoles have performed and held up great. The problem is in the sole. First off Brooks changed the lug pattern on the bottom from a triangle pattern to circles. I noticed right off that the new pattern did not bite as well on the trail. The shoe slipped around on the surface more than it’s predissesor. Not sure of the lug pattern is the cause or if Brooks changed the compound on the sole but the sole wears out FAST. The lugs were worn down quickly and the sole has now worn through and is separating from the midsole. Not at all  what I was expecting after my great success with the 5’s. Lets hope that Brooks can fix this in the 7’s.

However next up to get beaten on the trail will be a pair of the Brooks Pure Grits.


365 days in the Brooks Cascadia-long term review

365 days ago I purchased 2 pair of Brooks Cascadia trail running shoes from TriSports.com. These where my primary training shoes. I ran on average 6 times a week totaling 40-60 miles per week. I rotated the shoes on a daily basis. 90% of my runs were on trails with hard packed, rocky and sandy terrain in the Arizona desert. These shoes are beasts.

The uppers…I have had no complaints. They look as good today as they did the day I purchased them. They have held up extremely well. The materials show no wear (except for being a bit dirtier) and the seams are still completely in tact.

The soles/mid soles…The soles wear well. Being a mid foot striker, the heel area still looks new and the mid/fore foot area, though worn, still has some lug surface left. The midsole held up well. I began noticing breakdown of the midsole at around 11 months.

Overall this is a very solid, long wearing shoe that I would recommend highly to anybody that spends a lot of time on the trail. Not a light shoe by any means but a great trainer.

I am replacing these with another pair of Cascadia’s and trying out a pair of the new  Brooks Grits.

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