Sunday, January 15, 2017

Outdoor Retailer: Brooks Running Fall 2017 Previews-PureGrit 6,Adrenaline ASR 14, Glycerin 15, Ghost 10, Revel


Pure Grit 6
$120
Available 6/1/17
The 4mm drop Pure Grit drops 0.3 oz to 9.6 oz and gets a very cool 3D printed upper with 10% rubber in the printed overlay materials. The idea is that the rubber component provides stretch and thus a better fit while also providing structure and durability. We tried a pair on and the upper felt very secure and comfortable. The midfoot strap of the Pure Grit 5 is eliminated. A lace keeper pocket is added.
Brooks Running PureGrit 6

Brooks Running PureGrit 6
The upper construction is noticeably more streamlined and we think will be more accommodating to different foot shapes when compared to the PureGrit 5 below.
Pure Grit 5 with heavy dense rubber overlays

The underfoot platform remains the same with the 3D Hex lugs reinforced for added durability and the flexibility enhanced. 
Brooks Running Pure Grit 6

Adrenaline ASR 14
10.9 oz, 12mm drop
$130
Available 7/1/17
The stable rugged trail runner looked real sharp. The key changes are softer side wall geometries for a smoother softer feel underfoot, 


Glycerin 15
10.6 oz, 10mm offset
$150
Available 6/1/17
A key focus of the presentation was the update to the Glycerin premium neutral trainer. It will have a softer top stack (the purple layer) and it now a full top stack, a softer lateral side, and the entire upper now has 3D stretch print.
Brooks Running Glycerin 15

Brooks Running Glycerin 15
Significant changes come to the outsole geometry with greater segmentation, more sculpting out of the center of midsole and less of flat edge to edge platform at mid foot. We might expect that landings and transitions will be far smoother than in the 14 and that the Glyerin will feel more like a neutral shoe than something between neutral and support. Brooks has the Transcend 4 for that.


Brooks Running Glycerin 14 PC: Brooks
Ghost 10
10.4 oz, 12mm offset
$120
Available 7/1/17

The Ghost drops 0.2 oz from the 9th edition.  We like the "ghostly" colorway below. A Gore-Tex version at $150 will be available in August 2017. Brooks told us the Ghost 9 is the #1 selling shoe in speciality running stores. We look forward to testing the Ghost 10. 
Brooks Running Ghost 10
Brooks Running Ghost 10
Brooks Running Ghost 9 PC:Brooks Running
As illustrated below many Brooks neutral shoes share a similar outsole geometry of what Brooks calls a Plush Transition Zone at mid foot and a Segmented Crash Pad to promote "soft and smooth transitions."
Left to Right: Brooks Running Revel, Ghost 10, Glycerin 15

Revel 

10.3 oz 12mm offset
$100
Available 7/1/17

A new shoe the Revel features an engineered flat knit upper with internal booty. Also available in various combinations of white, gray and black it joins the trend for high performance running shoes with street every day style, At $100 it is very fairly priced.
Brooks Running Revel
Brooks Running Revel
Launch 4 
The Launch 4 which will "launch" imminently and which Road Trail Run has reviewed here and which comes in at 9 oz will see a heathered circular knit version in May 2017

The GTS 17 will also come in a heathered circular knit editipn.


See our Spring 2017 Brooks Preview bere
And reviews of Spring 2017 Brooks shoes:
   Launch 4 here
   Neuro 2 here
   Pure Flow 6 here

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2 comments:

Alexander Björk said...

Any comments on the fit of the puregrit compared to previous versions? I like the puregrits, but find the toebox a bit too narrow.

sam winebaum said...

Alexander, I only had a quick try on of a half size up PureGrit 6. The fit was excellent. By removing the heavy denser toe cap that extended over the top of the toes replacing it with the 3D print with rubber in the mix. While the last is the same, I think the toe area will be more comfortable yet still supportive. I added a picture of the PG5 to the preview for comparison. Thanks for reading! Sam, Editor.