Run Oregon receives and tests running shoes from time to time. This initial post about the Brooks Neuro.
Specs (from Brooks Website):
- Propulsion Pods, BioMoGo DNA encapsulated into blown rubber, provide adaptive cushioning and rapidly return energy
- Dual Toe Flex engages a foot’s natural balance for an efficient push-off
- Gearing Mechanism allows the heel and forefoot to move independently for a powerful push-off
- Propulsion plates create a stable platform for powerful and aligned toe-offs
- Dynamic Hammock System wraps underfoot and tightens through the eyelets for a second-skin fit and improved foot alignment built for maximum energy return
- Mesh upper manages moisture to keep feet cool and dry
- Men’s weight: 9.3 (perhaps a bit heavy for many)
- Heel-to-toe offset: 6mm
- Price: $130.00
Over the past few months, I have put in over 120 miles in the Neuros. While I didn’t have any issues with the look of them (as many other reviewers have complained about), I still ended up liking these shoes more than I anticipated.
The Dynamic Lacing System is one of my favorites and my foot continues to fit snugly without any problems at all. The shorter tongue, which I thought may lead to some irritation, ended up not being an issue at all.
The unique podded sole has held up pretty well and I definitely noticed a little extra spring (though I didn’t feel it as annoyingly bouncy). Despite the bulky look of it, the rubber-wrapped foam pods don’t leave you feel like you are running on clouds – as one may expect. I found that they still have a surprisingly good ground feel. And since the pods are individually placed (as opposed to attached to one continual sole), and there is a soft sole under the pods, there is a lot of flexibility in all directions.
I have worn the Neuros on a variety of terrain – from road running to trails and gravel. All in all, there were minimal issues with getting debris lodged between the pods. However, it would be inaccurate to say that it didn’t happen. I would guess that it happened twice in the 10+ runs I put in on the more rugged terrain. This isn’t a huge deal to me (I’m not going to upset about stopping for a second or two to dislodge rocks), but I can understand how this may be frustrating to some.
As I mentioned earlier, I ended up enjoying the fit and the feel of the Neuros more than I expected. If you think you can get past the unique look, I wouldn’t hesitate to say to give these a try. They may not be for everyone, but don’t judge a book by its cover (or a shoe by its outer).