Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

Brooks Pure Flow 2, $100

8.8 oz. (men’s); 7.2 oz. (women’s)

4mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The new version of the Flow is comfortably snug with appropriate interior cushioning and forefoot wiggle room, but it is slightly narrower than the first version.

FEEL: Although the upper mesh, asymmetrical lacing system and wrap-around tongue are new, the shoe retains its flexible and responsive feel, as well as its softly cushioned-but-still-connected vibe. It’s not a minimalist shoe, but it feels light, cushy and minimally constructed.

RIDE: With ample cushioning and 4mm heel-toe drop, the Pure Flow 2 offers up the consistently soft and smooth ride of its predecessor. It’s somewhat of a modern ’tweener with enough cushioning for long, slow distance runs but light and agile enough for faster workouts and longer racing.

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