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Post  Tim M on Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:25 am

For at least the past 5 or 6 years I've worn nothing but Brooks. I've been known as that Brooks guy. For 2 years I was in their sponsored runner program. I am still part of one of their new corporate programs.

But for some reason I am really being drawn towards a non-Brooks shoe. I have not bought them yet because I am afraid of our local Brooks Guru (Brooks tech rep). She is small, but vicious.

I'm thinking of the NM Minimus Trail.

Should I buy the shoes and risk the wrath?
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Post  Dave-O on Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:25 am

If I can bring myself to buy a pair of Brooks, you can branch out as well.
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Post  Jim Lentz on Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:28 am

There's a whole new world of shoes to discover.
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Post  Kenny B. on Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:22 am

I went from Nike, to brooks, to Saucony, to Asics to Mizuno. I would say Nike was my least favorite brand. I have asics speedstars 3 (No longer available) and the Mizuno Ronin 2's to be the best of the bunch. Also did like the Saucony Sinisters.

So free your mind!
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Post  Mrs. Schuey on Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:46 am

@Jim Lentz wrote:There's a whole new world of shoes to discover.

Good stuff, Jim!
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Post  Tim M on Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:15 pm

@Jim Lentz wrote:There's a whole new world of shoes to discover.

I tried a bunch of different brands when I started running. Really didn't care for Nike and some others felt too narrow. I landed on Brooks back then and stuck with them for supporting the Hansons team. When I moved out to Denver, the Brooks Rep really took care of me. Brooks has treated me well over the years, which is awesome since I just an old, fat, slow guy.

Some new shoes look interesting. I'd like to try out the Kinvara 2s too.

But it really comes down to being afraid of my local Brooks tech rep.

(That being said, I'll run out at lunch and buy the Minimus Trail)

I will say that I am very excited about the new line of running shoes coming in October from Brooks. The Pure Project is going to rock.
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Post  Schuey on Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:50 pm

Wow Tim in something else other then Brooks!

I know how you feel though I love racing in my now T7's great shoe!
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Post  Mark B on Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:55 pm

Wait... so Tim strongly advocates the Cascadia from Brooks, then goes out and buys a Minimus Trail? scratch
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Post  Schuey on Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:59 pm

@Mark B wrote:Wait... so Tim strongly advocates the Cascadia from Brooks, then goes out and buys a Minimus Trail? scratch

That's Tim for you, always keeping us on our toes!
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Post  Tim M on Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:07 pm

@Mark B wrote:Wait... so Tim strongly advocates the Cascadia from Brooks, then goes out and buys a Minimus Trail? scratch

For rocky terrain, nothing beats the Brooks Cascadia 6 (at least until the Cascadia 7 is released).

But a lot of trails around here are pretty smooth, so a more minimal approach is warranted. I would just buy the Brooks PureGrit shoe, but it is not out until October - and there is a lot of running time between.

But they are not Brooks Books-pure-grit-mens
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Post  Tim M on Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:54 pm

Ok, I went and picked up the NB Minimus Trail shoes at lunch. I will do my best to hide them from the Brooks Guru.
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Post  Neil Ruggiero on Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:57 am

Let us know how you like the trail Minimus! I'm trying to decide now between a pair of those, and Inov-8 Bare Grips
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Post  Tim M on Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:42 pm

@Neil Ruggiero wrote:Let us know how you like the trail Minimus! I'm trying to decide now between a pair of those, and Inov-8 Bare Grips

Wow, the lugs on those Inov-8's looks like it would hurt to run on.
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Post  Neil Ruggiero on Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:44 pm

Ya those lugs are pretty aggressive Very Happy . My main question about them though is how grippy the rubber is. There's a few sections of trail that I'll be running on regularly that are primarily rock. Dunno how those are gonna hold up to something like that, but we'll see.
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Post  Tim M on Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:07 pm

Tony Krupicka helped design the Minimus Trail and he is a stud out here. The Inov-8 team does not look like much. So, just on that, I'd go with Tony's NB shoe.
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Post  Neil Ruggiero on Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:46 pm

Ya Anton is amazing, that's whats drawing my towards these. If he can run the way he does in them, I'm sure they'll be able to handle any surface I come across.

Only thing holding my back is that I can get the Inov-8's for really cheap.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:23 am

speaking of Brooks shoes, Tim - you can tell your rep that I love, love, love the Launch. Not sure what it is about the shoe, but I find that I put more mileage on it than my Defyances. Not sure if i just lift my feet better with the lighter shoe, but they are truly great to me.
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Post  Chris M on Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:49 pm

@Michele "1L" Keane wrote:speaking of Brooks shoes, Tim - you can tell your rep that I love, love, love the Launch. Not sure what it is about the shoe, but I find that I put more mileage on it than my Defyances. Not sure if i just lift my feet better with the lighter shoe, but they are truly great to me.
The Launch is my favorite ever shoe and I am most definitely NOT a Brooks person. But I do love running regularly in that particular shoe more than any I've ever worn.
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:50 pm

I say go for it...It never hurts to try something new. Plus, you can always go back to Brooks if you do not like them.
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