Monday, November 3, 2014

Brooks Beast 2014 - A Review

Don't you just love it when you have a legitimate excuse to go shopping for something you want? With my recent pair of Junkies reaching the end of their running career and in the interest of protecting my knee from what's left of Half Marathon training as well as the actual Philadelphia Half Marathon, it was time to visit my local running store and grab a new pair of shoes.

This time though -with an important race in the horizon- I wasn't gonna pull any punches. Last time I got a pair of Brooks Addiction (The Junkies) as they are a bit cheaper. They work well but nothing comes close to my shoe of choice, the Brooks Beast. And what do you know, Brooks has redesigned the shoe for 2014 and since I have never really reviewed these before, what better time than now?

Here is the 2012 model compared to the new one:

Historically, Motion Control shoes has not been the most cutting edge category when it comes to aesthetics. To be honest, most look horrible, while the "coolest" ones can earn the designation of "boring" but Brooks has been working on that. The 2012 model was pretty decent and the improvements made to the new one are quite welcome. Gone are the glossier pieces, replaced by flat, textured fabrics. Think alcantara or suede. 

The bottom of the shoe is almost identical to the previous version and that's a good thing. There was no reason to change what really works and I can attest from experience this is one tough sole that will stand up to plenty of miles and abuse.

From the back, you can see that this shoe clearly caters to heavy pronators, with a very pronounced lean to the inside as compensation. Neutral shoe, this is not.

The fit is excellent in my case. Snug but with plenty of room in the toe box to stretch and move the little piggies. They do feel different around the foot compared to the previous version. Like they are lighter (even thought they aren't. They are, in fact  .1oz heavier) or like there is less shoe around your foot. But any concerns that might arise from that fact will quickly fade once you start running. Brooks claims even more cushioning than ever on this edition and putting them to the test seems to confirm this. Compared to the previous edition, they feel more nimble and agile. Compared to my current set of Junkies there is no contest. The Beast remains the Motion Control shoe to beat in my humble opinion. While it is pretty obvious to anyone who reads this blog regularly that I'm a Brooks nerd, I have tried other brands of shoes, especialy Motion Control shoes. However I keep coming back to the Beasties. For me, they just work and if you are a heavier runner looking for cushioning, and pronation support, this is the pair to get or at the very least, it should be on your short list.

By the way, I'm no way endorsed or affiliated with Brooks. I bought these puppies at my local running shop with my hard-earned (and not-so disposable) income. Though with all the shoes I have bought from them over the last two years, maybe they should. LOL


  1. When you find shoes that work you don't steer from them! That's my motto lol! I love my Asics!

    1. You bet Mindy. I ran both my first Half and the Full with the ones on the top picture. Maybe I should give them to the Smithsonian.

  2. Those are some sharp looking shoes ( both styles)! I didn't realize that their actual name is The Beast!

    1. I call them the Beasties. lol But they are indeed Brooks Beast. Coolest Motion Control shoe name EVER!

  3. Ben Roethlisberger and I are about the same height, weight, build. If you are, get Brooks Beast(ies) for running.

    From a long time I ran on high numbered New Balance's 1xxx. Then they started only making only white or light colors that look awful after running in the rain on trails. I tried three pairs of high-end Nike's (great light-weight running shoes for a few runs) they really screwed up my shins, knees and I ended up with plantar fasciitis (which feels like running on broken glass). I've learned the best physio therapy is to back off but keep running thru pain. To do this I researched and purchased Brooks Beast 14's.

    PS. I dont know why but even the Brooks flag ship store in Seattle will try and get you into Brooks Transcend (go for Brooks Beast if you are over 250lbs)