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.
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.
I bought a new pair of LG Carbon Tri HRS bike shoes from TriSports.com. Today I took my first ride in them.
Out of the box these shoes had a very good fit. After following the simple instructions for a semi “custom” fit they fit great! The custom fit involves pre-heating an oven to 150 degrees, inserting shoes for 15 minutes, remove shoes, put shoes on foot, tighten straps, let cool on foot…very simple. The shoe uppers are very sturdy. Several large vents, including one in the toe and two in the sole, keep feet cool. One nice feature is the inclusion of two insoles, one solid for cold days and one perforated for warm days. Attaching my cleat system (Speedplay) was simple and straight forward. The soles have marks on them to make replicating cleat placement easy. The soles are drilled for 3 hole mounts.
On the bike the shoes cradled my feet snuggly but comfortably. My feet stayed in place…no hill lift or foot movement throughout the pedal stroke. The carbon soles are stiff and transfer power nicely.
Looking forward to spending many miles in the saddle in these shoes.