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Brooks PureConnect Shoe Report

A bunch of the Rockhopper group met in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere, a neighborhood still waiting to be built. The area had some great steep hills and plenty of scenic views from the tops of the hills. We ran hill repeats, uphill for a half mile, downhill for half a mile. Totaled about five miles. As this was all on pavement, I got to break-in my new shoes.

And I really like ’em.

They feel super light, weighing  7.2 ounces. Now I’m not a big enough shoe nerd to know about stats like shoe weights (I looked that up on the Brooks site), but I’d bet 7.2 is toward the low end.

The fit is absolutely fantastic. I’ve never had a shoe fit that well. As an added bonus, the sock liner(!) offers a surprising amount of arch support. My flat feet really enjoyed the lift. I don’t know if the arch support is intentional or not, but I hope the shoe maintains the same level of support through the miles.

The lacing system is very unusual. Normally, the tongue sits under both sides of the shoe, and the laces pull the sides closer together. Here, the tongue is eliminated. The outside of the shoe is pulled into the inner side of the shoe. This should theoretically eliminate any chance of the tongue slipping down.

The shoelaces have a nice little feature. Rather than just a flat ribbon, the shoelaces are wavy, fat, thin, fat, thin. This, I believe, is supposed to help the laces stay tied. It also provides more tactile feedback when you are tying your shoes.

The soles feel way more cushiony than my Free’s, which are starting to feel flat and lifeless to me. Though I do have a concern about the “nobules” on the sole. I could feel them as I ran. It’s a new / unusual sensation that may go away with time, so I’m not sure what to make of that.

I have been trying to practice landing on the forefoot when I’m running, but it takes effort and I have to consciously think about what I’m doing. These shoes seem to encourage that running style, they almost have a rocking sort of motion. But I still have to work at it.

While it wasn’t hot on the run, I did feel that they provided good ventilation. I was wearing thin socks, and could feel the wind through the shoes. That will be good for really hot days.

If I had to find something wrong with the shoe, I would be hard pressed. Perhaps the color scheme of the blue and green are not so hot? (That was my initial reaction, but the look is growing on me.) Yeah, I’d really have to stretch to find something I’m not happy with about these shoes. Let’s hope I feel that way 300 miles from now!

New Road Shoes!!

Cinderella's Road Shoe
Cinderella Road Shoe

Went to REI today. Returned my crummy Princeton Tec AMP 3.5 for… another Princeton Tec AMP 3.5. Hopefully the first one was defective and the new one will work like a charm. I really want it to work because it hit the sweet spot in terms of lumens (110) and burn time (112H on low and 50H on high). Nothing else REI had (In the store) even came close to matching both those specs. So I’ll suffer the poorly designed battery compartment for now.

And I also returned my Garmin FR 610. It was more expensive than I needed to begin with, the touch screen was annoying, and the battery life would eventually become an issue. (And actually during my run with Rachel, after only four and a half hours, the low battery warning came on. Unacceptable.) So I returned that and ordered another Garmin which should arrive in a week.

I’ll be watchless for a few days. Running with my phone seems almost archaic now. Or maybe I just say to heck with it and just run. But the best part about exchanging the FR 610 was the $100 price difference, as in the new Garmin I’m getting was $100 less. So I got a pair of Brooks Pure Connect. Score!

Last week, when I was shopping for the flashlight, I wanted to try on the older model Pure Connect’s they had on clearance, but they didn’t have my size. The woman brought out the newer model, which I tried on anyway, and I swear the shoes fit my foot beautifully. I’ve never had a pair of shoes that felt so perfect on my feet – not even my first pair of Frees. And now I own these Cinderella shoes.

I may run in them tonight depending on the surface of the workout location. If it’s trail, the shoes will have to wait another day. I hope it’s not trail!