Technical Trainer Porn

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So a couple of weeks ago I got to try out these ….

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Photo from Areta @MyZestBest

In my opinion I think they are pretty darn lovely to look at!  I would always choose function over fashion (when it comes to actual running trainers, any other trainers then I am definitely shallow – it’s all about they how look ;D).  However, these beauts look good and also work pretty well too!

A couple of months ago I got invited down to a preview of Brooks Autumn / Winter 2015 kit and I was seriously impressed.  I knew Brooks as a brand but had never really tried any of their shoes and definitely hadn’t seen much of their sportswear – but the colours, the feel of the garments and how they performed whilst enjoying a gentle jog around Regent’s Park instantly made me a huge fan!  What also really surprised me was how well I got on with their trainers.  Since I started running I have always stuck to the same shoe as nothing else came close but I was given a pair of the Ghost 8, a neutral shoe, and well, we got on rather nicely!

Brooks have since released the Urban Jungle Pack which sees a limited number of the Ghost 8 and Ravenna 6 being reinvented with a jungle animal print.  So we come back to these …

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These are the Ravenna 6 in an rather yummy leopard print.  The Ravenna 6 are more on the supportive side of a neutral shoe.

Thoughts on the shoe:  For me I couldn’t fault them.  The shoe feels light, but still cosy thanks to the cushioning and has a nice wide toe box (which I love!)  The day I took them out for a spin it was chucking it down and I mean literally chucking it down – I couldn’t have put them through their outdoor urban paces more if I tried – and yet my feet stayed dry and warm!!  Yes, I was extremely surprised and impressed, did I mention it was WET?!  In fact my only fault with these shoes is that the back felt very low down on my heel, and so a little less “locked in” than I am used to.  Now, this is likely to be personal preference but this was the only thing I would change.

For me, I do think the Ghost 8 is the slightly better shoe.   This lightweight, neutral shoe seems to fit perfectly and offers the right balance of support – safe but flexible, and this may be due to the slightly higher back, but like I said that could just be a personal thing ;D.  Overall I am genuinely impressed with Brooks and couldn’t thank the team and all involved for introducing me to the collection.  I was never asked to do a write up but I thought people might want to hear an honest word or two 😀 as with marathon season around the corner trainer shopping is upon us!

If you want to see more about the launch of the shoe then type in #brooksrunwild for some rather hilarious images of runners running around a zoo in the pouring rain! ;D

 

 

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