Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Brooks Catamount Agil Video Review with 7 Comparisons

Video by Mike Postaski

Brooks Catamount Agil ($180)

Mike P takes us on two test runs in the beautiful foothills above Boise, Idaho - sharing his on-the-run thoughts on the new Brooks Catamount Agil. Lots of weather, mixed terrain, snow, and ice! At 06:33 How does the Agil perform? 07:20 foam and trail feel . 

Stay tuned until the end 12:44 for an in-depth comparison against rival speedsters - Merrell Skyfire 2 and Long Sky 2, VJ Lightspeed and MAXx2, Salomon Pulsar, and of course the big brother Catamount 3. 

Mike's Catamount Agil Video Review (22:40)

Features and Stats

  • Nitrogen Infused DNA Flash v2 midsole
  • SpeedVault Trail protection and propulsion plate
  • TrailTack Green outsole with 4.5mm lugs
  • Engineered mono mesh type upper with stretch knit tongue and rear collars
  • Weight: men's 7.7 oz  / 218 g (US9)  /  women’s 6.72oz / 191g (US8) 
  • Stack Height: men’s 26 mm heel / 16 mm forefoot ( 10mm drop spec) 
  • Platform Width: 80 mm heel / 60 mm midfoot / 100 mm forefoo

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Full multi tester written review HERE

Mike Postaski currently focuses on long mountainous ultras - anywhere from 50K up to his favorite - 100M. 5'10", 138 lbs, midfoot/forefoot striker - he typically averages 70 mpw (mostly on trails), ramping up to 100+ mpw during race buildups. A recent 2:39 road marathoner, his easy running pace ranges from 7:30 - 9:00/mi. From 2022-23 Mike has won the Standhope 100M, IMTUF 100M, and Scout Mountain 100M trail ultras. He also set a CR of 123.74M at the Pulse Endurance Runs 24H and completed the Boise Trails Challenge on foot in 3 days 13 hours, besting the previous record by 7 hours. Mike's shoe preferences lean towards firmer, dense cushioning, and shoes with narrower profiles. He prefers extra forefoot space, especially for long ultras, and he strongly dislikes pointy toe boxes.

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Anonymous said...

Best RTR video review yet

Anonymous said...

Here lugs are 4.5mm, in the video 5.7mm. Also drop here is 10mm, Brook's website says 6mm.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks for this great review!
I run with the Merrell Long Sky 2 Matryx and I love them. For a relatively smooth 46k, which would you choose between the catamount agil and the long sky 2?

Mike P said...

Specs in video, Brooks website are correct: 5.7mm, 6mm drop. Will get this post fixed.

Anonymous said...

Would try both, but I think the Long Sky is way ahead, both in terms of mesh, grip, comfort, energy return...

Anonymous said...

You missed a coupe things I think. The upper mesh is really easy to stain, and relatively hard to wash correctly. The sole grip is good, but doesn't reach Megagrip Litebase. And the upper, for front foot strikers, is really problematic on steep uphills because of the brand logo which ends right where the shoe bends on this kind of terrain, this causing friction (got blisters on both feet there).

Anonymous said...

Another white (or light bright) trail shoes? What an impractical trend these days. Fashion over common sense. Who needs another Sunday church shoes? LOL

Mike P said...

I would pick the Agil over the Long Sky 2 Matryx for racing. The plate makes it faster and it's 0.8 oz lighter than the LS in my size. The LS has a little more cushion and is more flexible underfoot, which is great and more comfortable for every day running, but racing I'd go with the Agil.

Mike P said...

Regarding the white color - how do you define "practicality"?

For me out here in the American West it get very hot in the summer and many areas are exposed. I seek out lighter colored, and even white shoes for this practical reason. Solar heat gain is real - darker colors absorb more heat, and that goes for shoes as well. I also never wash or clean my shoes. Maybe I'll hose them down if they get particularly dirt-logged.

But aesthetics is not a "practical" concern by definition. Unless you give particular weight to the look good/feel good idea. I tend to just let my trail shoes get dirty and that's never a consideration in my reviews. Our "official" scoring does give 5% weight to style.