Most of you would had known that I've gotten a review unit of PureDrift from Brooks Malaysia. I promised a detailed review of the shoes and it started with the unboxing of the "can't-find-it-yet-as-of-November-2012" yellow fellow in the blog entry here.
|Decked in my own Elastic-laces - race ready.|
|Blue Sockliner removed to reveal a yellow base|
|Sole victor: Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila runs barefoot for victory in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games marathon. (Caption and photo from Mirror.co.uk. article on 100 Days to Olympic)|
First Impression Counts
The market has moved from plain boring shoes to bright floro in-your-face-damn-you-can't-see-me-run color. Yellow. Plain and simple. Striking Yellow. If that doesn't make you look (at the shoes), you have to be color blind.
|Apart from my man-boobs, you would agree that the most striking would be the striking shoe. Photo by Mr. Chan WK. Thank you sir!|
|PureGrit. Toe Flex allows for more "feel" between the feet and ground.|
|In red dotted line - the two grooves for more feel with the ground|
|The Sole of the PureDrift|
For us mere mortals that runs for health, it is for us to feel like the "pros".
|See, told ya. Runners all want to be like Kenyans. Photo credit to Tey Eng Tiong. Thank you Huey Ling for the poster!|
|380grams/pair for US10|
|345grams per pair minus the Sockliner!|
The timing of the shoe seeding coincide nicely to the Powerman race I will be doing the next day. While some might argue that would be "suicidal" to try a new gear a day before, It has been the case for me in some of my previous seeding from another brand. I am a firm believer that a (well made and designed functional) shoe SHOULD live up to the expectation and deliver nothing short of what they are supposed to do. PureDrift in this instances, should not be an exception. After all, my reputation as an independent reviewer is at stake if i do not write in representation of the actual experience.
Run 1: Without Sockliner
|Me And Just You, PureDrift|
I decided that the first run will be without the Sockliner, effectively making me run at a Zero Drop configuration. Based on my experience with the PureGrit, i decided to run without socks as well. So, this is really a minimalist approach - KISS. Keep It Simple, Stupe. Fitting in the PureDrift with no socks or the liner provided substantial space for my toes. Perhaps it was early morning when my feet has not swelled up yet (tips to buy shoe is to get them in evening so your feet already at it's maximal width). As the gun went off, I started to pick up my pace. First thing i noticed immediately was how the shoe "forces" me to land midfoot/forefoot first. There were almost complete absence of heel-strike.
|The Line. My Best Friend.|
|First 2km completed in 4:17 and 4:24. I could had posted a new 1-Mile dash record.|
|Run 1 Loop 1 Captured by Tey.|
The Dual Flex Toe, that, I felt it functioning, this of course was compared to the PureGrit with single toe flex. As my barefoot run tend to roll in from outer to inner (aka landing on the outside, with the pad of my small toes contact first, and rolling towards the big toes), i felt connected and more stable. I counted strides and it was hitting 90 stride-per-minute (spm) with minimal effort. I ran strong and ran fast. I could had posted a new 10km personal best when i review the data back again. What say you?
Putrajaya was humid with rain from the night before and the morning run. I soon found myself and the shoes drenched in sweat. With no socks and no liner I started to feel blisters forming on the bottom left foot (inner, near the midfoot) and on the toe of my right foot. It happened circa KM9 water station and I got a few plasters from the first aiders in case i need it later.
|Just In Case...|
I told myself to just continue running and tend to it in T1. The blisters felt "controlled".
|Run 1 Loop 2. Passing the timing map before entering T1. Thanks to Sophia Chu for the photo.|
My first 11.4km was completed in 52minutes. I ran to my Bike, removed the shoe, insert the sockliner and went for my bike. The PureDrift, it was drenched.
|Preparing for Run 2 in advance.|
Run 2: 11.4kmI finished my biking faster than what i expected myself to do. Those hours on the trainers helped immensely. In fact, i was blasting past 57km/h at one stretch and felt like a pro-rider. This post, however, is not about me cycling. Lets get back to the shoe.
|Superb Shot. Just Out of Run 2. Checking My watch to make sure all system go. Thanks JoEtaNg for the photo capture! Nice play with wide angle lense!|
|Lets Run! Again.|
|Get what I meant on the Tongue?|
|Run 2 Loop 2. Thanks Nurina! You can still see my Mid and Fore-foot strike.|
After 6km on the second loop, the blisters that formed earlier did not get any worse. The Sockliner could had saved the day for me. I maintained the pace and keep counting my strides to ensure more efficient energy usage.
|Powering the last 700meters. Chris was inspirational.|
This entry has become like another Race Report. Pardon me for getting out of context, again. But that's all folks. The review of the shoes, in a race.
|After 23.4km and the shoe still look clean.|
|Thumbs UP. Thanks Tey!|
This PureDrift is light. I believe I had managed to set a little buzz about the shoes especially amongst friends and stranger that actually asked me which model of Brooks I am wearing. Lightweight. Fast. Responsive. Provide close to barefoot stability with more feel to the ground. By the way, the NavBand, that band across the top of your leg, it did not bother me one bit.
|Whose Shoes Is The Smelly Shoe?|
- Light. No complain in this department. Even when fully drenched in rain and sweat, it still felt light.
- Responsive. The Brooks DNA and TDM worked as claimed. Minimal padding but provide good feel and adequate cushioning.
- Stable. I noticed that the outer part of the sole runs from the front to the back, giving the shoe a continous tread much like the Ghost 5 "Caterpillar" crash pad. The Dual Flex Toe likely to lend even more real feel to this stability.
- Broad feet? No problem, this shoe is ROOMY. Which lead me to the following comments (Cons) below...
|Notice the black sole part on the outer part of the shoes? That's the Caterpillar-like pad I meant.|
- The sizing is a bit iffy. I wear a US11 on my PureGrit and Ghost5 but it was rrrroooommmy in the PureDrift. I down size to US10 and it fitted. Condition of fit is without socks, with Sockliner and in the late afternoon. I suggest that if you intend to use it as a Zero drop shoe to try it without the Sockliner; or should i say try it on using the typical condition you will wear your shoes for run.
Yes. Only ONE con from me. The list will be updated as the shoe is being put through it's paces whenever I run. I have plans to run this over 20km to see how it will behave.
|Now, everyone, KL-Drift on PureDrift!|
The shoe is only available in January 2013. It will be priced at RM399/pair. With the current Brooks discount structure, you will or might be able to get it off at 30% less making it an almost Sub-RM300 investment that look good and is actually functional. Make sure you test the shoe for good fit before buying and if any of you wear an US10 and would like to try it, let me know and I will bring it along when I come run with you. That is, if you don't mind wearing what my feet got in (Don't worry, I don't have Hong Kong Feet).
Well, not really additional since this is still within the original posting. :) But it does add some drama to the review, isn't it? Like there is something I am not telling. As this is a review unit, I decided to do something not many will do to their shoes.
|Put it into a mesh bag....Washing Machine!|
|The Sockliner from my bike shoe and PureDrift in another mesh bag|
|My Current Color. Anything and Everything BRIGHT.|
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