I have recently reviewed two shoes from Brooks, the Glycerin 13 (which received Runner’s World’s Best Update Award for 2015) and the PureFlow 5. They are both great shoes that I use on a regular basis in my training.
Brooks is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Brooks’ motto is to “Run Happy” but they also try to “Live Green.” Brooks has four categories for their shoes.
- Cushion Me – Soft and protective shoes
- Energize Me – Responsive and springy shoes
- Connect Me – Light weight and flexible shoes
- Propel Me – Fast, low-profile shoes
The Propel me series is the newest in the Brooks lineup and the Brooks Neuro is the first shoe in this category. Shoes in the Propel Me category are built for speed. They are streamlined to propel your performance to the next level.
Let’s get the basic specs out of the way. The Neuro has an 8mm heel drop, is a neutral shoe, and weighs in at 9.3 ounces. While the Glycerin 13 and PureFlow 5 were made with similar materials and technologies, the Neuro heads off in its own direction.
My favorite feature of the Neuro is the lacing system. Brooks calls it the “Dynamic Hammock System and it is awesome! It wraps the underfoot and tightens though the eyelets. It really provides a secure fit and the shoe hugs your feet without being too constrictive. This is the best lacing system of any shoe that I have ever tested. The round laces are great too.
The upper material is made of a mesh material and it allows for enough air flow to keep your feet cool and dry. The tongue is padded and protects the top of your foot from lace pressure. The difference really comes from the mid sole and outsole. They were designed to allow your foot to flex and provide a powerful toe-off.
When you look at the bottom of the Neuro, you will see 24 (14 white and 10 black) Propulsion Pods. The white pods are made out of a harder material and the black pods are a softer material. The Propulsion Pods are made of Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA material that is encapsulated into blown rubber. This not only provides cushioning, but a rapid return of energy as well.
The Dual Toe Flex design allows your foot to work as it is intended to, engaging a more natural balance so it is easier to push-off. There is a Propulsion plate that creates a stable platform and provides a more powerful push off as well. Together these really let you put more power into your stride.
My first few miles in the Neuro were interesting. I felt like my feet were hitting the ground with more impact than normal. After the about 5 miles I got the hang of running in the Neuro and really liked what I was feeling. The shoes almost felt like they softened up and everything felt great after that. I noticed that I was able to run with a more efficient gait and had more energy at toe-off. The shoe really fit like a glove. I can’t say enough about the lacing system either. The Neuro really fit like it was a part of my foot. It performed well on my long run, tempo run, and intervals as well. This is my favorite Brooks shoe to date. The one downside is that it does run about a ½ size small, so make sure to order a ½ size larger than your normal shoes.
Best lacing system I have tried
Heel drop at 8mm
Great price $130
Light weight at 9.3 ounces
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Runs a little short so I had to get a ½ size bigger.
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Brooks has put out another shoe that is sure to impress. I really like that it is a lighter weight shoe that provides cushion and gives some energy back at toe-off. The lacing system is awesome and I hope they incorporate this into all of their shoes. The price point is great as well at $130 on the Brooks website. You can also find them at your local retailer (click here for locations). Brooks might have broken the mold with the Neuro! Go to your local running store and give it a test run. I don’t think you will regret it.