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You’ve got to know your limitations, wether its the pace you set out with at the start of a marathon, or the number of duty free drinks you have at the post marathon party if you don’t know your own limits its going to get messy. Running attire is no exception if you exceed its limits then your likely to end up too hot, too cold, or rubbed up the wrong way. This winter gave me the opportunity to test out the limits of two pieces of Brooks clothing the Essential Run Jacket and the Infintiy Tights.

Yes ladies, finally a man that wants to talk about his feelings…

When Brooks introduced the new PureProject line they used a graph to show the difference between them and the shoes in their traditional range. The graph shows a new scale Float vs Feel.

 
It highlights the different feeling of running in the PureProject shoes. The PureProject is all about feeling more on your run. Feeling connected with your running environment.
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Ive been lucky enough to get the opportunity to run in both the Brooks Ghost 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 9. Both very popular neutral shoes from the brooks lineup. Ive reviewed both in the past Brooks Ghost 4 – An Allrounder & Brooks Glycerin – How far is too far. This time I wanted to compare them and give my thoughts on each in comparison for the benefit of those who havent had the chance to run in both.

Welcome ladies and Gentlemen to this Neutral Shoe Championship bout. In the Blue corner we have the Brooks Ghost 4, a favorite of many, and a real good all-rounder. In the red corner we have the Brooks Glycerin 9, a long standing staple, and built to go the distance. I’ve seen both of these shoes in action, they are both outstanding, we should be in for a real good match up. I don’t expect an early knockout, this one will go the full 12 rounds.



Let’s get ready to Ruuuuuumble!

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I recently obtained a pair of Brooks Ghost 4’s, this time not as part of my test packet. I have done the bulk of my training in several pairs of an earlier version, the Ghost 2. So I was really looking forward to this shoe. The first steps in the new Ghosts are comfortable, however…. I notice that the toe box feels a little restrictive. My toes were still a little swollen from the Röntgenlauf and the tip of the 4th toe was touching the end of the toe box… I decided to take the shoes off and put them on the shelf until I was fully recovered.

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My Brooks Test Package included a shoe that Id not run in before. The Brooks Glycerin, currently in its ninth version.

The Glycerin 9 is the Rolls Royce in the Brooks neutral category… built for comfort. The extra cushioning is immediately obvious. The whole shoe just feels plush when you put it on. From the thick foam around the collar, to the extra thick tongue, even the material in the toe-box feels thicker than what you get in a Ghost. Walking around in them the shoe feels soft, luxurious and just a little bit squishy underfoot.

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My Test Packet from brooks didn’t just contain shoes, after all Brooks isn’t just a running shoe company, they also have a good range of clothing and accessories that cater to the runners needs. To get a first impression of the clothing in my packet I decided to spend the whole of the first week running in nothing but the new Brooks attire.

Day 1: Cloudy 15°c 10Km Rogue Runner III Shorts, Versatile LS Shirt, Infiniti Socks, Pure Connect – Fast … Running Happy

Day 2: Clear 4°c 22Km Rogue Runner III Shorts , HVAC Synergy SS Shirt, Essential Run Jacket, Infiniti Socks, Glycerin 9′s – Comfortable all round … Running Happy

 

The Brooks HVAC Synergy Short Sleeve Shirt is primarily at home in hot Sunny conditions. As we’re now approaching the middle of Autumn the opportunities to test it out under a sweltering sun are limited. But thats OK because this shirt isn’t just a one-hit wonder.

The shirt is constructed of several different materials, on the shoulders and upper arms is a thicker material that provides the UV+ 40 protection. That panel extends down the chest to about sternum height on me and to the top of the shoulder blades in the back. The rest of the front and back is a much lighter material. The shirt comes with a reflective brooks logo on the left of the chest, and small tribal like reflective patches on each sleeve and between the shoulder blades. All seams are flat and well sewn.

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I have to admit that I almost certainly would not have purchased a headband myself. But thanks to Brooks and the Messengers of RunHappy Program I had the opportunity to try out the Brooks Seamless Headband that came in my test package.

One of these things is not like the others!

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Feel the run from head to big toe with the radically lightweight and flexible PureConnect. Neutral runners who crave less shoe and more freedom will love the maximum breathability of an open mesh upper built on a slim and nimble underfoot. A split toe groove extends through the forefoot allowing the runner to really engage the foot and get a greater sense of connection to the ground. This is a shoe for those who want as little as possible between them and the road.  – www.brooksrunning.com

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