Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Brooks Running PureConnect and ID Elite Long Sleeve

Brooks Running PureConnect

The first time I wore these shoes I hated them, partly because they pinched my instep, but mostly because they weren’t my new favorites, the PureFlows. But I overcame that initial mental hiccup, adjusted the laces and guess what? They’re pretty cool as well, though quite different than the PureFlows. The PureConnects are the lightest and most flexible shoe in the line, with open mesh materials for featherweight breathability, and a split toe groove that gives extra flexibility. Their goal with this shoe puts as little as necessary between you and the ground. The Nav Band provides close-to-foot fit (but also can pinch if laced too tight, at least in my case). What do the experts think? The PureConnects were named "Best Debut" by Runner's World in their Winter 2012 Shoe Guide. Not bad.

These shoes are incredibly light, give support yet retain ground feel, and are comfortable for a variety of distances. It seems to me that they are a bit narrower than the PureFlows, but it also might just be the 2 pairs I am comparing. These are an excellent shoe for someone who is interested in trying out minimalist shoes, but isn’t quite ready to give up some cushioning and support. I ran in them again this morning, just to confirm that my initial impression was wrong—and it was. These shoes will definitely be a part of the rotation going forward.

Brooks Running ID ELite Long Sleeve
Vibrant color, no?

The ID Elite Long Sleeve is an interesting shirt, to say the least. I wore it on a hot day in mid-summer, but also on a cooler day this fall. It worked in both cases. The ID Elite is an update of the Equilibrium LS , achieved by adding ultra-soft mesh Silc Lite for added breathability and comfort on the skin. 360 degrees of reflectivity, and vibrant Brooks Blue for daytime visibility, this fitted top lets you be seen and also work out in comfort. Brooks makes no claim for this shirt beyond moisture-transfer for dry running, but it really is 2 shirts in one, as it also works as a primary layer for cooler days.

As always, their products come with the Brooks' True Blue Guarantee, a no-questions-asked, 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your new Brooks equipment within the first 30 days after purchase, they will replace or exchange your product. Nice.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Brooks Running. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the websites, the opinions are my own.)

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1 comment:

  1. The Connects are still my go-to long run shoe. I have many pairs of zero drop shoes in rotation, but still need to go back to something a bit more for the longer miles. These have fit the bill now for a full year. I also tried the Flows, but they were awful for me!

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