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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.

Brooks Run Visible Jacket, Tights and Shorts
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.

Brooks Run Visible Hoodie

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.

Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Gloves

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
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BROOKS BEDLAM 3 REVIEW

Brian Metzler reviews the Brooks Bedlam 3, the stability partner of the Brooks Levitate 4.

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Bedlam is an energetic stability shoe that offers copious cushioning and a good amount of support for runners who tend to overpronate.

It has a comfortable interior and a sleek and a modern look that could double as a casual shoe with shorts or jeans.

Brooks Bedlam 3 - What's New?

WHAT’S NEW?

The Bedlam was overhauled quite a bit from the previous edition and is lighter and bouncier than ever before.

The big changes in the Brooks Bedlam 3 include:

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

The updated GuideRails system will guide your feet forward. They offer subtle stability, as much as you need it without inhibiting the flex and flow for the shoe’s undercarriage.

These GuideRails act as a holistic approach to support. They are aimed at keeping your ankles, legs, knees and hips aligned through the gait cycle while reducing unwanted side-to-side motion. There’s also excellent rear-foot support from the firm, exoskeletal heel counter.

The Bedlam 3 is a near-identical cousin to the neutral-oriented Brooks Levitate 4, only it’s sturdier and not quite as flexible. If you want slightly less support in every stride, give the Levitate 4 a try.

The new diagonally lugged, arrow-pointed outsole on the Brooks Bedlam 3 provides more flexibility and better traction than the previous edition. It’s integrated into the midsole to promote better transitions to the toe-off phase of your stride and help put more spring into every step.

Brooks Bedlam 3 - 2020

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Bedlam 3 fits true to size with a slightly more narrow forefoot and toe box than some shoes. 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 with a sock-like fit with a soft step-in feel. (While our narrow-footed wear-testers loved the fit and feel, those with slightly wider feet found it a bit constricting.)

The ride is smooth and semi-firm, but there’s noticeable cushioning and in every foot strike. There’s a nice a boost of energy in the forefoot at the apex of every stride.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate soft, energetic shoes and need or want a bit of stability to compensate for a overpronating stride will love the Bedlam 3.

Because the fit and feel have been enhanced and it’s much lighter, it’s a much more versatile shoe that it was in the past.

Beginner, novice and advanced runners will love this model as an everyday training shoe for long runs, recovery runs and faster workout sessions.

It might be a good shoe to consider for your next half marathon. It could help offset the form breakdown from your fatigued legs over the final miles.

Brooks Bedlam 3 - Pros

The Beldam 3’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.

Runners accustomed to wearing stability shoes with firm medial-side wedges of foam will appreciate the smooth, energetic ride of the Bedlam 3. Not only does the Bedlam have a modern design, it’s lighter and more effortless than most stability shoes available.

Brooks Bedlam 3 - Cons

The Bedlam doesn’t ooze a feeling of agility, but OK that’s expected.

The improvements have made it lighter and faster, but it’s still not to be confused with a performance trainer.

TECH SPECS

Brooks Bedlam 3 - Tech Specs

SHOP BROOKS BEDLAM 3

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 - Trail racing
Brian Metzler - Boulder Running Company
Brian Metzler - trail running
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BROOKS GHOST 13 REVIEW

by Brian Metzler

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Ghost 13 is ready for new runners in 2020.

The Ghost is one of the flagship shoes in the Brooks line and one of the best-selling shoes in the U.S. It’s a cushy, smooth-riding neutral running shoe that serves up a comfortable fit, soft feel and reliable performance.

The Brooks Ghost is known for shock-absorbing ride and extended comfort on medium to longer runs.

Brooks Ghost 13 - what's new?

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE BROOKS GHOST 13

The biggest update to this year’s Ghost is the extension of DNA Loft midsole foam from the heel to the forefoot. This provides smoother heel-to-toe transitions

The engineered mesh upper on the Brooks Ghost 13 has been tweaked slightly to enhanced fit offering more comfort and breathability. The outsole has been adjusted slightly for increased flexibility, better traction and optimal heel-toe transitions.

The secret sauce of the Ghost 13 is the co-molded foam midsole that includes a thick, full-length layer of DNA Loft foam. This is a soft, lightweight and durable compound that absorbs and attenuates impact shock. It also features a thinner layer of environmentally friendly BioMoGo DNA foam, which stretches from the arch to the toes.

The outsole has been updated slightly with a slight adjustment in the flex gloves and positioning of carbon rubber segments. This optimizes flexibility without compromising cushioning. The outsole doesn’t slip at all on wet or dry surfaces.

The changes to the Brooks Ghost are minimal, but they help make a great shoe truly exceptional.

The Ghost 13 GTX ($160) also comes in a Gore-Tex-lined version for those days when you need a waterproof shoe.

Brooks Ghost 13 - review

FIT, FEEL RIDE

The Brooks Ghost 13 fits true to size and has a medium volume from heel to toe, although it has a slightly lower toe box height.

The step-in feel is exceptionally soft and luxurious, one of the most comfortable shoes available on the market. That plush feeling is accentuated out on the run and converts to long-haul comfort in the latter miles of a long run.

The Ghost rides like a luxury SUV with leather seats. It’s so smooth, soft and comfortable that you barely feel a bump in the road.

The thick heel cushion and relatively high heel-toe offset (12mm) encourages a heel-striking gait. However, the segmented crash pad in the heel quickly disperses that force and smoothes out the stride. It adds a bit of energetic propulsion as the foot rolls to the toe-off phase.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate a soft, smooth and reliable neutral-oriented training shoe will really like the Ghost 13.

The slight refinements make it an exceptional high-mileage trainer, a shoe that’s light and nimble enough for some types of faster running.

The Brooks Ghost 13 is a great do-everything shoe for beginners and a great long-run training shoe for more advanced runners.

Brooks Ghost 13 - pros

Brooks Ghost 13: Pros

The co-molded foam midsole offers a dynamic, semi-custom cushioning experience that adapts to keep your foot moving forward.

The updated edition of the Ghost is a smidge lighter than last year’s, helping it become slightly more agile. Lighter is almost always better, especially when it comes to training shoes.

The new, two-color knitted upper delivers softness and breathability while also offering a fresh new look. A few of our wear-testers said they’d consider wearing the Ghost 13 as a casual shoe with shorts or jeans.

Although it’s a neutral shoe and not intended for runners who over-pronate, the Ghost 13 offers a bit of inherent stability from its wide foot print and the subtle and svelte internal heel counter.

Brooks Ghost 13: Cons

Con: The Ghost 13 doesn’t have a lot of get-up-and-go.

It can handle tempo runs and faster long runs, but it’s definitely not a shoe that easily accelerates to quick-turnover, performance-oriented running. 

BROOKS GHOST 13: TECH SPECS

Brooks Ghost 13 - 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.”

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