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THE BROOKS RUN BRA FAMILY IS GROWING

Brooks Run Bras: Drive and Dare Collection

Brooks put an end to the term sports bra and launched the run bra. And women runners replied, ‘rightly so!’

With the expanded run bra collection, Brooks has put 40 years of bio-mechanical research to work. Alongside real runners’ insights they partnered with the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth (UK) to conduct bio-mechanical testing on a wide range of sizes.

From this data they now offer a new era in bras specifically developed for runners – the Drive and Dare Run Bra Collections.

Read on to learn more about which one will best suit your needs, shape and running style.

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WOMEN ARE EQUAL, BUT DIFFERENT

Women runners are united in our joy of lacing up and putting one step in front of the other, but we differ in our physical shapes and sizes.

To offer a boob-inclusive run for all, both the Brooks collections offer a wide range of sizes to accommodate as many women runners as possible. Whether you want a compressive experience found in the Drive Collection or supportive encapsulation from the Dare collection, there is a run bra for you from Brooks.

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BROOKS DRIVE RUN BRAS

The Drive Collection is run-ready line of bras with a sweet spot offering compressive, moveable support with minimal or removable shaping. These performance bras are made with lightweight materials that hug your body and move with you for a chafe-free run.

Brooks Drive styles offer motion reduction plus comfort. They removable cups to let each runner customize coverage level. They also come in a variety of styles so you can choose your look as well as your support.

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WHO ARE THEY BEST FOR

The Drive Run Bras are perfect for those who are looking to avoid noticeable shape and want a tried and tested traditional fit. The upgraded technology in the design is anything but traditional tthough and is and upgraded with cutting edge fabrics and design.

Slip on, lace up and run.

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BROOKS DARE RUN BRAS

The Brooks Dare run bras take a game-changing ‘one bra, two boobs’ approach.

The Dare Run Bras solve the age-old issue perfectly summed by one runner, “I hate it when it looks like a don’t have boobs at all – or worse, a smushed down uniboob!”

Head over to read our full review about the Brooks Dare run bras. You’ll learn the full extend of the research and technology that went into creating this dynamic collection.

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WHO ARE THEY BEST FOR

With a molded, shaped support, the Dare Run Bras are for women who want shape, support and an unrestricted run. In a wide range of sizes accommodating A – DD cups, they bypass the uni-boob look by offering molded, shaped support.

As one JackRabbit tester noted, ‘It was literally game-changing when I upgraded to a bra that fitted correctly. Breathing was easier, I felt less compromised but still had all the support I need. I could PR by my bra choice alone!’

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THE RUNFULNESS PROJECT

CHANGE CAN START WITH YOUR FEET

The power of repetitive movement to calm and inspire the mind has been well documented. As runners, we know the tap, tap, tap of a foot fall on the road or the trail is like a metronome allowing our inner dialog to speak louder or quieten down.

Brooks Running calls this concept ‘Runfulness’, the perfect term to pay honor to the power of running to shape our mental as well as physical well-being.

Read on to learn more.

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FORGET YOUR FEET, FREE YOUR MIND

Runfulness is mindfulness unlocked by the power of running. It’s the effect of a run that is so good, so freeing, it allows you to forget your feet altogether – taking your mind to places your feet can’t go.

It’s in this state where you find the power to change a day, a life, the world.

What Runfulness means for each of us is different.

Running is processing time. It’s a time when I have no digital interruptions. It allows my mind to not only work through the day as the miles tick by, but also to switch to the ‘dreaming hour’ where I plan and contemplate what’s to come. Being present in the moment allows us the space to dream up the future.” – MELANIE MITCHELL

For me, running is a time of reflection and planning. I’m an active advocate for accessibility to and representation in sport, so the time running allows for unobstructed thoughts and space to dream up big goals and initiatives. Having running be that outlet is empowering and a privilege, and it’s exciting to figure out how to share that with others. “- LAURA CORTEZ

RUNFULNESS IN ACTION

As you lace up your shoes this week, think about adding a little Runfulness as well. There is nothing like a bit of accountability to keep you committed to a week of Runfulness. After all, Rome was not built in a day and you can’t put mental well-being on speed dial. It takes consistency to effect meaningful change.

With this in mind, we’re stepping in as your accountability partner with our downloadable Runfulness Tracker. Download by clicking below, note down your run days and how you will add a little Runfulness to your day alongside your run.

This could be:

  • Adding an extra few minutes to cool down physically and mentally before tackling the rest of the day.
  • Rewarding yourself for reaching a running or life micro-goal
  • Setting aside time for a virtual or distanced coffee/beer/beverage with a friend or loved one.
  • Committing to reducing your inbox for the mental relief (oh, how sweet that is).
  • Writing down what you have achieved in the last month and what you want to achieve this coming month.
  • Use your Runfulness imagination and fill in the gaps.
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SHOP BROOKS GLCYERIN 19

To celebrate the month of Runfulness and to help you to get into a more Runfulness state of mind, we invite you to also slip into one of the softest shoes from Brooks Running, the Glcyerin 19.

Built specifically with comfort in mind, experience it for yourself by lacing up, heading out and freeing your soul (or would that be sole?!)

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BROOKS LAUNCH 8 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Launch 8 is a neutral (but inherently stable) lightweight cushioned trainer. The Launch 8 can either be a fast-workout speed shoe or an everyday trainer for all of your running needs.

With a clean, sleek design and exceptional cushioning, it serves up an ideal mix of comfort, energy, versatility and consistency at a very affordable price.

With as good as this shoe has become, it’s hard to believe it was temporarily discontinued several years ago.

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WHAT’S NEW

Brooks Launch 8 has received two key updates from last year’s model. A new, engineered mesh upper that enhances the fit and improves breathability. Also, the addition of more blown rubber in the outsole to increase durability and faster transitions. The new version is also a tad bit lighter, and that’s never a bad thing.

The single-layer midsole has a “happy medium” feel. The feel is not spongy or bouncy, but it’s not rigid and firm, either. It’s somewhere perfectly in between — soft enough to be comfortable, but firm enough to be fast. BioMoGo midsole foam and the brand’s proprietary DNA cushioning technology are fused for a responsive, nearly custom ride that adapts to your individual gait characteristics. 

The new upper is durable, breathable and helps bolster the secure fit. It tends to give the shoe a low-volume interior feel, especially in the forefoot where there’s just enough wiggle room for your piggies. The new upper is consistent with the snug fit and athletic vibe that has always been inherent to the Launch. 

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Launch 8 continues to have a snug, true-to-size athletic fit that feels locked-down in the heel and midfoot with a touch of extra room in the toe box. (It is available in two widths for men and women.)

The step-in feel is soft, comfortable and accommodating, but not luxuriously plush. When running in it, you get the idea that your foot is anchored to a lightweight shoe ready for quick-cadence running.

The ride gives off an energetic and exciting aura, with a sensation that is slightly softer and accommodating in the heel and slightly more rigid in the forefoot. That makes for comfortable foot strikes and electric toe-offs.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Given its multi-faceted makeup, the Launch has always been a bit of a multipurpose ‘tweener of a shoe. It falls between lightweight performance trainers and high-mileage workhorses that are an ounce or two heavier.

It can roll as a as a twice-a-week fast workout shoe, but it can also hold its own as a versatile, do-everything shoe and everyday trainer. It’s also a good consideration as a race-day shoe for 5K to the marathon.

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PROS: BROOKS LAUNCH 8

The updated outsole has full-coverage rubber from heel to toe. A thin, durable compound in the rear and a thicker and more resilient blown rubber in the forefoot. It also features four flex grooves that contribute to the pliable and energetic feeling just before toe-off. 

The tongue is no longer secured by a partially gusseted interior bootie but it doesn’t seem to wander once you lace it up. It has medium padding that provides a tinge of comfort and protection on the top of your foot where the laces crisscross, but it otherwise just does its job without getting in the way.

Is a shoe with a $100 price tag really worth it? Yes, this is an exceptional shoe for the price with loads of value and upside for frugal runners. Few shoes come close to the versatility, lightweight, well-cushioned performance of the Launch. And it’s only a hundred bucks! 

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CONS: BROOKS LAUNCH 8

There’s really not much not to like about the Launch 8.

Compared to higher-priced shoes in the performance trainer or premium cushioned trainer categories, the Launch 8 isn’t quite as light, doesn’t offer as much energy return, doesn’t feel as plush and doesn’t have as bouncy of a ride.

But it’s a pretty darn good shoe overall.

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BROOKS GLYCERIN GTS 19 REVIEW

The Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 is the Brooks Transcend reinvented. Brian Metzler puts the new reiteration through its paces.

THE BUZZ

An update to the shoe formerly known as the Transcend 7, the Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 is a stability-enhancing everyday trainer. It provides provides soft, pillowy cushioning and adaptive support in every stride.

The Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 is essentially a near-exact duplicate of the Glycerin 19. The difference is that it also has the GuideRails stability mechanism to keep the foot from rolling inward or outward.

With the buttery soft ride feels like a neutral shoe with an exquisitely plush interior. The Glycerin GTS serves up softness, stability and a bit of liveliness in every stride.

Brooks Glycerin 19 GTS - What's New

WHAT’S NEW

The key this shoe is the updated GuideRails holistic support system. These helps keep the foot moving forward without a firm medial-side post.

It also includes more of Brooks’ soft and responsive top-tier DNA Loft midsole compound. This results in a cozier and more responsive feeling in every stride.

The new engineered mesh upper is soft and stretchy. This allows it to accommodate a wide range of foot shapes with a 3D-printed overlay design for structure.

The new double-jacquard mesh upper offers exceptional breathability that helps keep the feet cool, dry and comfortable in warm conditions. It’s slightly stretchy and more accommodating — but also slightly more secure — than the upper on the Glycerin 18.

The outsole provides reliable traction and connectivity with the ground as it has in previous editions of the Glycerin. The array of flex grooves has been updated to provide better midsole flexibility without compromising the sensation of the cushioning and ride.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Glycerin GTS 19 fits true to size with a medium-width interior volume and a snug, locked-down feeling from heel to toe. There’s a tiny bit of wiggle room in the forefoot, but the engineered mesh upper also accommodates a range of foot shapes within the same size.

The step-in feeling is soft and comforting with a wrap-like sensation. This is thanks to the seamless interior, fully gusseted tongue and extra cushioning in the heel collar and footbed.

The smooth, secure and resilient ride is highlighted by the inherent lateral stability provided by the GuideRails system. It’s not very fast or agile by design, but you can push it to moderately fast paces for specific workouts or progression runs if necessary.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate the feeling of plush, soft cushioning in every stride but also need significant support to offset over-pronation or supination, will love the Glycerin GTS 19.

It’s ideal for long runs, recovery runs and mid-length tempo runs.

The Glycerin GTS 19 is not especially adept at high-cadence running. However, if you’re a runner who is looking for a shoe with a smooth, clean ride and the reliable stability to offset over-pronation or supination in your stride, you’ll like this shoe a lot.

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PROS: BROOKS GLCYERIN 19 GTS

The magic of the Glycerin GTS comes from the blend of the full-length DNA Loft midsole and the GuideRails stability system. It’s the softest midsole foam in the Brooks toolbox, one that produces a forgiving and resilient sensation in every step and isn’t negatively impact by the GuideRails system that channels the motion of the feet forward.

Whether your gait pattern needs a little support or a lot, the Glycerin GTS midsole chassis will provide it.

A stretchy internal bootie and cushy ankle collar provide a seamless, sock-like fit. This allows the Glycerin GTS to adapt to a wide variety of foot sizes, shapes and volumes with a locked-down fit.

If you’re a runner who needs added support, the Glycerin GTS will bring endless miles of soft, consistent cushioning. It offers adaptive stability to your individual stride details when and where you need it.

Additional inherent stability comes from the structure of the midsole foam and the wider overall footprint. This is enhanced by the slightly flared design of the midsole/outsole chassis.

The biggest updates to the Glycerin GTS 19 (from the Transcend 7) were minor. This GTS is marginally lighter, slightly more flexible, noticeably more comfortable and generally a better shoe for a wider range of runners.

The Glycerin GTS 19 is probably too sturdy for neutral runners or runners who mildly over-pronate. Or those who don’t really need excessive support. Several other Brooks stability shoes utilize the GuideRails system with slightly less structure, including the Launch GTS 8, Bedlam 3 and Adrenaline GTS 20.

Otherwise, the Glycerin 19 is a partner neutral shoe to the GTS version that has a very similar fit, feel and ride, but without the stability-enhancing GuideRails.

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CONS: BROOKS GLYCERIN GTS 19

The only drawback to the Glycerin GTS 19 is that it can feel a bit overbearing. This is given it’s not as light or energetic or fast as some of its contemporaries. 

TECH SPECS

Brooks Glycerin 19 GTS - Tech Specs

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BROOKS GLYCERIN 19 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Glycerin 19 is a neutral-oriented everyday trainer that provides soft, pillowy cushioning in every stride.

With a buttery soft ride and an exquisitely plush interior, the Glycerin has always been a top-of-the-line workhorse model. It exudes softness and responsiveness in every stride.

If you’re looking for a premium fit, feel and ride, this is the shoe for you. Run a few steps in the Brooks Glycerin, it’s like you’re dancing on clouds. Run 15 miles in them and it’s the same sensation.

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WHAT’S NEW

The Brooks Glycerin 19 has been updated with more of Brooks’ soft and responsive top-tier DNA Loft midsole compound. This results in a cozier and more responsive feeling in every stride.

The new engineered mesh upper is soft and stretchy, allowing it to accommodate a wide range of foot shapes with a 3D-printed overlay design for structure.

The updates to the Glycerin 19 are significant, but it hasn’t changed the familiar feeling and smooth ride of this shoe. It’s a tad lighter, more flexible, more cushioned and generally a better shoe for a wider range of runners.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Glycerin fits true to size with a medium-width interior volume with a snug, locked-down feeling from heel to toe. There’s a tiny bit of wiggle room offered in the forefoot. The engineered mesh upper also accommodates a range of foot shapes within the same size.

The step-in feeling is soft and comforting with a wrap-like sensation. This is thanks to the extra cushioning in the heel collar, foot bed, seamless interior and fully gusseted tongue.

All of those aspects contribute to a particularly smooth and consistent ride, a rolling, slightly bouncy and very forgiving sensation for short distances or long runs.

The Glycerin is not exceptionally agile or fast by nature, but it can be pushed to moderately fast paces for specific workouts or progression runs.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate the feeling of plush, soft cushioning in every stride will appreciate the Brooks Glycerin 19.

It’s ideal for long runs, recovery runs and mid-length tempo runs, the Glycerin is a mid-weight shoe that provides subtle stability and industry-leading cushion and comfort.

Although it’s not especially adept at high-cadence running, it has enough cushiness in the midsole for consistent moderately fast running. With this in mind, some runners might even consider it for a half marathon or marathon.

If you’re a runner with a neutral gait pattern, the Glycerin will bring endless miles of soft, consistent cushioning that’s not mushy and also not too bouncy like some other neutral shoes.

Although it’s not a stability shoe, there is a bit of inherent stability. This derives from the structure of the midsole foam and the wider overall footprint. It’s enhanced by the slightly flared design of the midsole/outsole chassis.

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PROS: Brooks Glycerin 19

The magic of the Glycerin comes from the full-length DNA Loft midsole. It’s the softest midsole foam in the Brooks toolbox, one that produces a forgiving and resilient sensation in every step.

A stretchy internal bootie and cushy ankle collar provide a seamless, sock-like fit that allows the Glycerin to adapt to a wide variety of foot sizes, shapes and volumes.

The new double-jacquard mesh upper offers exceptional breathability that helps keep the feet cool, dry and comfortable in warm conditions. It’s slightly stretchy and more accommodating — but also slightly more secure — than the upper on the Glycerin 18.

The outsole provides reliable traction and connectivity with the ground as it has in previous editions of the Glycerin. What has changed is the array of flex grooves. They have updates to provide better midsole flexibility without compromising the sensation of the cushioning and ride.

If you like the feeling of the soft, smooth ride of the neutral-oriented Brooks Ghost 13 ($130), you’ll find the Glycerin 19 to be a notch up when it comes to softness, smoothness and plushness. The Glycerin 19 is a premium everyday trainer that compares well to other top-tier trainers from other brands in the same price range.

LOOKING FOR MORE STABILITY?

The Glycerin is probably too soft for runners who need some degree of support to accommodate an over-pronating gait pattern.

It’s worth noting that Brooks has changed the name of its Transcend stability shoe to the Glycerin 19 GTS. This launches in March 2021 ($150) with a similarly plush ride to the original Glycerin. The stability-enhancing ride of the Guiderails system that was in the Transcend is also built into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS and Launch GTS.

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CONS: Brooks Glycerin 19

There aren’t really any negatives to the Glycerin 19, but there are some minor limitations. While it’s as soft and smooth and comfortable as any neutral shoe on the market, it’s not as light or energetic of fast as some of its contemporaries

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GIFT GUIDE: SUPPORT THE TATAS SPORTS BRAS FOR ALL

Sports Bras: Supporting, empowering and celebrating women never goes out of style. And nothing does that better than, arguably the best invention in women’s sports apparel, the sports bra!  

We asked team member Melanie, the woman who has donned sports bras for more years than most, to share her wisdom of ‘The Bra Wall’ at JackRabbit.

In her sporting bra career, she has gone from teen xc runner, to triathlete (when running in a swimsuit with no bra was the thing), to mother, to returning to triathlon (where wearing a sports bra is now firmly a thing). Her tatas have literally seen it all through her varied sport and life journey.

HOW TO GIFT A SPORTS BRAS FOR EVERY OCCASION

Read on to support your ladies, support the tatas and make sure you select the right one. Our gift guide will take all the decision making out of the equation. Buy the perfect one with confidence, wrap and give the gift of support in 2021.

Much like there are race shoes, training shoes and athleisure shoes, there are sports bras for all occasions and all support scenarios. Fortunately, just like shoes, we have you covered at JackRabbit.

STRENGTH TRAINING BRAS

When you’re pumping iron, box jumping, twisting, squatting and crunching, it’s ok to have a bra that offers lighter support for these non-impact kind of scenarios.

This is where you can really shine with your design choices, just make sure there is enough coverage to avoid any slippage when you twist and comfort to avoid any chafing when you’re moving.

Double Down Bra

HANDFUL DOUBLE DOWN BRA $57. There is ample coverage on the sides and back to eliminate side boob, spillage, pinching, and other unpleasantries. Extra wide band provides comfort and support for time in the gym

Brooks Fast Forward Bra

BROOKS FAST FORWARD BRA $36. Perfect for strength workouts thanks to minimal back coverage. This gives you a flexible range of motion for all-day comfort and building the power you need.

LIGHT SUPPORT BRAS

Smaller-breasted women can use a lighter support bra when running, merely from the physics of less movement. Indoor bike training? Perfect scenario to crack out the light support bra for a tough workout on the pedals. 

Nike Swoosh Bra

NIKE SWOOSH SPORTS BRA $38 The Nike Swoosh Sports Bra gives you classic coverage and medium support for activities like indoor bike training, socially distanced cardio classes and yoga.

Brooks Dare Strappy Bra

DARE STRAPPY BRA $59. The minimal seams add a modern style and distraction-free fit. Plus, an integrated bottom band provides invisible support and comfort.

HIGH SUPPORT BRAS

We hear you pre- and post-partum mothers, ladies with curves, ladies with implants, ladies with ample bosoms needing support. Fortunately, there are science gurus who have literally dedicated their careers – no sniggering in the back – to studying how breasts move and how to support them without restricting breathing (we’ve all made that mistake). 

Here are our top support bras for high-impact sports and running. The right support cannot be underestimated and gone are the days when the need for support meant you had to sacrifice style. New fabrics and construction have been game-changing for high-impact bra designs.

Brooks Fiona

BROOKS FIONA SPORTS BRA $50 This is the best-selling bra at JackRabbit and the most versatile. It blends comfort and support in a fit that works for nearly any body type. This is a bra which you can expect everything from it with no regrets.

Brooks Dare High Neck

BROOKS DARE HIGH NECK SPORTS BRA $65 A streamlined shape and support come in this statement-making silhouette. With minimal seams, the neckline and longer length deliver a modern, streamlined look that layers easily and looks great solo.

THE HISTORY OF THE SPORTS BRA

Oh, and we love sports bras so much at JackRabbit, head over to our blog to read about their development, the science behind and how the modern pioneers have, rightly so, been added to the Sports Apparel Hall of Fame. Read, print and add to your gift. What you are giving is really a piece of sporting history.

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BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 21 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

Most runners relish in a comfortable, smooth-riding running shoe. This includes runners who appreciate or need a bit of added stability in every stride.

With the new Adrenaline GTS 21, Brooks has continued to evolve its best-selling stability trainer. It has a new smoother, softer ride and more adaptable support.

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WHAT’S NEW

Brooks has slightly tweaked its GuideRails stabilizing technology to provide holistic support for a runner’s entire kinematic chain from the feet to the hips.

A new uniquely airy and supportive upper rounds out an exceptional update. The midsole has been updated with a longer segment of soft, plush DNA Loft foam. This combines with the more compliant Bio Mogo DNA for an optimal blend of cushion and support.

Brooks continues to evolve its GuideRails support system aimed at keeping the knee aligned. It does this with medial and lateral bumpers that nudge a runner’s foot back to the center if it veers too far to one side. It can provide maximum stability or just a hint of stability depending on your gait pattern. In other words, the support is there when you need it and not when you don’t.

The outsole retains the segmented crash pad design that provides sufficient traction, optimally targeted cushioning and improved flexibility.

The Adrenaline GTS 21 is slightly lighter than last year’s edition and considerably lighter than the version from two years ago.

The weight reductions have been made possible from the new engineered mesh uppers that lack any unnecessary decorative elements. The new edition of the Adrenaline GTS is virtually as light as the Brooks Glyercin premium cushioned neutral shoe.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

Brooks has improved the fit, feel and ride of this popular shoe by making it slightly softer but more precisely stable.

The new upper gives the Adrenaline GTS 21 a more comprehensive and accommodating fit. It comes complete with a high arch, cushy tongue, padded heel collar, premium footbed, snug heel and wide toe box.

It is as comfortable as any shoe in the Brooks line, but it’s also as secure as any stability model on the market.

The beauty of this shoe is that that stability is delivered subtly and almost imperceptibly. It offers you just the amount of support you need when you need it. Otherwise, it feels and performs like a cushy neutral shoe, with a soft, accommodating sensation when your foot hits the ground and a smooth, rolling sensation to the toe-off phase.

The ride is mildly energetic, but not at all bouncy or lively like some other daily trainers.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who want, need or appreciate stability-enhancing support in every stride will really enjoy the Adrenaline GTS 21. It’s a durable and reliable everyday training shoe.

The Adreanline GTS 21 a great long run shoe and recovery shoe. It can be sufficient for tempo runs in a pinch, even though speed isn’t its forte.

It might not have the range of a lot of its contemporaries, but for a stability shoe it’s a gem.

If you have just one horse in your stable, the Adrenaline GTS 21 can be a good choice to be the only pair of shoes in your quiver.

This could be a good choice for a half-marathon or a marathon shoe for a committed mid-pack runner. It’s not ideal for running shorter and faster workouts and races.

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PROS: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

The Adrenaline GTS 21 is built on a midsole platform made from DNA Loft foam and BioMogo DNA. DNA Loft is a lightweight blend of EVA foam, rubber and air that provides a good balance of durability, smoothness and comfort in the heel and along the lateral edge to the forefoot. BioMogo DNA is a cushioning foam that includes a nontoxic natural additive encourages anaerobic microbes to munch away 50 times faster once it hits an active, enclosed landfill.

The new Engineered Air Mesh upper is soft, pliable and comfortable, but it offers specific support where your foot needs it most. It hugs the foot from the top, side and front and keeps it securely attached to the footbed.

We love this shoe because it feels like a comfy, neutral-oriented cruiser, but it provides understated support and stabilizes every stride without any extra bulk or awkwardness of traditional stability shoes.

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CONS: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

While this shoe is lighter, smoother and more flexible than previous editions, the Adrenaline GTS doesn’t have the liveliness to handle faster track and fartlek workouts as well as some performance-oriented stability models.

TECH SPECS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.

As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

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BROOKS RUN VISIBLE COLLECTION

RUN PAST DARK WITH BROOKS

Do you have enough hours in the day? Silly question, no need to answer! With the new Brooks Run Visible Collection, your need for more daylight hours, might be defunct given their new solution for running outside at the dawn/dusk time of day.

As the days make way for the darker seasons, low-light and night-running take on a necessity. Brooks Running set out to solve the issue of staying visible when running in the urban jungle of dawn/dusk/night runs.

Brooks engineers are keen to let science guide them. With that in mind, they met with scientists to inquire, not only how humans see light, but also how humans discern what is another human in certain types of low-light and no-light situations.

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Low light or no light, no problem

It came to light (pun intended) that in order to ‘see’ a runner as a human in motion, the brain is drawn to interpreting the motion zones of the approaching object to discern what they are. For us two-legged mammals, that means the key joints and moving parts of the human skeleton.

Taking all of this data into consideration, the smart folks at Brooks designed the Run Visible Collection with key reflective components around the joints of the human body.

Their goal? So you look like a runner, not a supernova when you’re reflected in the headlights of an oncoming car.

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LIGHT ‘EM UP STATS

The Run Visible Collection is designed so you’re identifiable as a human being from 600ft away. When it comes to low light, every foot counts when it comes to identifying yourself as a runner.

WHAT IS CANDLE POWER?

Each piece included in the Brooks Run Visible collection is designe to reflect back light. Thanks to the neon color and reflective strips, it’s the equivalent of 300 candles burning in the same location.

If you’re past the age of, err, 40, you’ll appreciate what forty candles burning on your birthday cake look like. Multiply that inferno by 7.5 and there you have it.

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THE BROOKS RUN VISIBLE COLLECTION

Running in the dark is not limited to the just northern climes. So, Brooks has made their Run Visible apparel in styles to suit all climates for shorter winter days.

Those in the ‘almost Canadian’ states will need a little more coverage than their neighbors in the ‘almost Caribbean’ states.

With that in mind the collection features a lightweight carbonite jacket, tights, gloves and hat as well as shorts and a technical running tee. Add to this, if you’re going head to toe, you might as well add in a pair of the carbonite socks to complete the visibility puzzle.

SHOP RUN VISIBLE APPAREL

‘BE SEEN’ GIVEAWAY

As the days make way for the darker seasons, low-light and night-running take on a necessity. So have teamed up with Brooks and Petzl headlamps to solve the issue of staying visible when running with limited visibility. 

Together, they help light the way for endless low-light running possibilities! 

And the best part? We are giving away a Petzl IKO Core Headlamp and a Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Jacket.

Here’s how to enter: 

1. To enter, simple click this link and tell us if you prefer running at DAWN or DUSK

2. Make sure you are a JackRabbit Run Rewards member.

3. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by October 31, 2020, so you have until then to submit your answer!

*Must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the lower 48 United States to be eligible to win.

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Brooks Reviews

BROOKS CASCADIA 15 REVIEW

The new Brooks Cascadia 15 (coming August 2020) features improvements that make it lighter with an improved fit and traction while offering the same protection it has always been known for.

THE BUZZ

One of the best-selling trail shoes of all-time, the Brooks Cascadia is a comfortable, super-stable shoe. It serves up superior traction and protection on a variety of surfaces.

Add to that, the Cascadia is extremely versatile; it’s capable of running all types of trails from smooth dirt paths or rugged, rocky routes.

Brooks Cascadia 15 - What's New?

WHAT’S NEW?

The biggest change to the Cascadia is a new, lightweight upper made from a mono-loop mesh with the Brooks 3D Print system. This gives this version an optimal fit, increased breathability and improved drainage.

Additionally, updates to the lacing eyelets, a thinner, better fitting tongue and updated outsole add to the overall reduction in weight. These also add positive benefits to fit and performance.

The sticky rubber TrailTak outsole and multi-directional lug pattern provides reliable traction on gravel, dirt, wooden steps and wet and dry rocks.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Cascadia fits true to size but it has a slightly wider heel and a low-volume, snug-fitting toe box. A padded, fully gusseted tongue keep the foot snug and secure and keep it from moving inside the shoe on variable terrain.

The step-in feel of the Cascadia 15 is soft. This comfort remains while out on the trails and through the duration of a run, but the ride is more bulldozer than ballet shoe.

In other words, the Cascadia is built to ramble over rugged trail debris instead of being agile to tip-toe around it.

Our wear-testers rated it as one of the most comfortable, durable and protective shoes available this year.

Brooks Cascadia 15 Review 2020

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who demand stability and protection while running on a wide range of trail surfaces will love the Cascadia 15.

It’s an ideal trail running shoe for runners new to off-road running. It nicely meets the needs of runners who run on rugged mountain trail and those who need only one trail shoe in their quiver.

Brooks Cascadia 15 - Pros

Pros: Brooks Cascadia 15

Lighter is better! Brooks shaved a half ounce off of this year’s edition. It’s a noticeable change that helps make this shoe a bit more agile.

The flexible, thermoplastic EVA Ballistic Rockshield provides ample defense against sharp rocks, awkward roots and other trail obstacles. A sturdy toe bumper and lightly reinforced sidewalls add to the protective vibe the Cascadia has always been known for.

The Cascadia has always been known for unwavering stability that comes from its Pivot Post System. With four wedges of firmer foam built into the softer full-length midsole foam, it helps keep a runner’s foot balanced on uneven and technical sections of trail.

Brooks Cascadia 15 - Cons

Cons: Brooks Cascadia 15

Although the Cascadia 15 is extremely sturdy and protective, the tradeoff is that it’s not light and fast.

It has a solid, semi-firm feel on the trails, but lacks the some of the nimbleness and softness of a lot of contemporary trail shoes.

TECH SPECS

Brooks Cascadia 15 - Tech Specs

SHOP BROOKS CASCADIA 15

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine and formerly the editor of Competitor Magazine. He is the author of Kicksology: The Science, Hype, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes. (2019, VeloPress)

Brian Metzler - Les Alpes
Brian Metzler - Boulder Running Company
Brian Metzler - trail running
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Brooks Reviews

BROOKS LEVITATE 4 REVIEW

The arrival of the Brooks Levitate 4 is reviewed by shoe guru Brian Metzler.

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Levitate is a neutral-oriented everyday training shoe. It offers copious amounts of cushioning, comfort and springiness in every stride.

The new Levitate 4 has a comfortable interior and a sleek and a modern look that can double as a casual shoe with shorts or jeans.

Brooks Levitate 4 - What's new?

WHAT’S NEW

Like it’s cousin the stability-enhancing Bedlam 3, the Brooks Levitate 4 was overhauled considerably from the previous edition. The result is it’s now lighter and bouncier than ever before.

The big modifications include:

  • A lighter formulation of the super-springy DNA Amp polyurethane foam in the midsole,
  • An improved outsole design for better traction and
  • An updated knit upper for a better fit and improved breathability. 

The new diagonally lugged, arrow-pointed outsole design provides more flexibility and better traction than the previous edition. It’s integrated into the midsole and promotes better transitions to the toe-off phase of your stride. This helps put more spring into every step. While there’s a lot of cushioning under foot, the new Levitate has a low-to-the-ground feel in the forefoot.

Brooks Levitate 4 - New for 2020

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Levitate 4 fits true to size with a similarly snug fit from heel to toe. Although the tongue isn’t gusseted, the sleek fabric of the upper and its smooth interior lining allow it to snug up around the foot. This gives the upper a sock-like fit with a soft step-in feel.

The Levitate 4 feels semi-firm going through the gait cycle, but there’s loads of cushioning and a boost of energy. Although not especially agile and fast, the ride is reliably consistent and smooth.

The Levitate 4’s DNA AMP midsole is now 20 percent lighter and considerably springier. Combined with the new upper and outsole, it creates an amazing feeling of energy return in every stride.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate soft, energetic shoes with a twinge of inherent support from a wide footprint will love this edition of the Levitate.

Because the fit and feel have been enhanced and it’s much lighter, it’s a much more versatile shoe than previous editions.

Beginner, novice and advanced runners will love this model as an everyday training shoe for long runs, recovery runs. It can also double duty for select faster workout sessions.

Brooks Levitate 4 - Pros

The Levitate is not a stability shoe, but it does offer a stable ride from its wide outsole/midsole chassis and moderate firm heel counter. For runners who appreciate the style, features and comfort of the Levitate 4 but need more support, check out the Bedlam 3.

While Levitate will never feel like a light, fast and agile performance trainer or race-day shoe, our wear-testers love how light and lively this shoe feels now that it’s almost a full ounce lighter than its predecessor. 

Not only is this year’s edition of the Levitate lighter, softer and springier, but it also fits and feels better. The updated Fit Knit Upper hugs the contours of your feet, creating a near-custom fit that conforms to your specific foot shape and moves with the natural motion of your feet on the run.

Brooks Levitate 4 - Cons

Our wear-testers with narrow feet said it was hard to get this shoe snugged down tight enough without really torquing on the laces.

But those with wider feet seem to love the size and shape.

TECH SPECS

Brooks Levitate 4 - Tech Specs

SHOP BROOKS LEVITATE 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine and formerly the editor of Competitor Magazine. He is the author of Kicksology: The Science, Hype, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes. (2019, VeloPress)

Brian Metzler - Les Alpes
Brian Metzler - Trail racing
Brian Metzler - trail running