Brooks Pure Connect 2, $90
7.2 oz. (men); 6.4 oz. (women)
4mm heel-toe offset
FIT: Like the original Pure Connect, this version fits snug from heel to toe. A unique, split-toe groove enables more natural big toe movement while the new one-piece upper configuration creates a wrap-like fit.
FEEL: As the consummate modern lightweight trainer, the snug-fitting Pure Connect 2 has a lightweight, low-to-the-ground feel and crazy-agile demeanor that make it ideal for tempo runs, fartleks and other fast workouts. The features that make this shoe most compelling are its anatomical shape, reduced heel, energetic semi-firm midsole foam and glove-like fit that is enhanced by a midfoot elastic support band.
RIDE: Although there isn’t much cushioning underfoot, our testers raved about the relatively soft ride for such a minimally designed shoe. Most testers suggested this shoe was one of the snuggest-fitting models they tested and appreciated how that translated to an efficient energy return. Still, it’s a performance-oriented shoe without much cushioning, so it’s best for faster workouts and more efficient runners.
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